2014 GMC Terrain
GMC Terrain is a generously sized compact crossover sport-utility vehicle, best suited to young families or active couples. It seats five in a well-designed, nicely finished cabin, with state-of-the-art powertrains, advanced safety systems and convenience features, and class-leading fuel economy.
The 2014 Terrain represents its fifth year of production, having been introduced as a 2010 model. Except for one new color choice, little has changed for the 2014 model year, except for revised wheels. New 17-inch aluminum wheels are standard on SLE and SLT1 models. Chrome-clad 18-inch wheels are now standard on the SLT2, and available for the SLE2 and SLT1. Also new for 2014 are text message support and Siri Eyes Free connectivity.
Technically a compact SUV, the Terrain crossover is nearly large enough to be considered a mid-size sport-utility, with lots of space inside. Terrain competes against compacts such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, and midsize models such as the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano.
Terrains most obvious strength might be its spacious, well-equipped cabin. The interior is comfortable, quiet and well isolated from the noise and chop of the roadway. Design and workmanship are quite good.
The GMC Terrain shares its platform and mechanical components with the Chevrolet Equinox, but the two vehicles dont look much alike. Terrain is geared toward GMCs truck image, and its angular styling is polished and rugged at the same time.
Terrain comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available for improved all-weather capability, even with the standard four-cylinder engine. All models come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The base 182-horspower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivers good performance and great fuel economy, earning an EPA-estimated 22/32 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel drive (20/29 mpg with all-wheel drive). A 3.6-liter V6 is optional, rated at 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, earning an estimate of 17/24 mpg with front-wheel drive (16/23 with AWD). The V6 increases towing capacity from 1,500 to 3,500 pounds, the latter sufficient to pull a light boat or a pair of personal watercraft or snowmobiles.
Terrain SLE comes well equipped, with a nice audio system, satellite radio hardware, GMs OnStar emergency and communications system, and a rearview camera. The standard rear seat ranks among the best in class. Terrains seatbacks recline, and both sections slide fore and aft up to eight inches to maximize either passenger or cargo space, according to personal preference.
Terrain SLT trim levels (SLT1 and SLT2) offer the widest range of available premium features, including navigation, streaming audio, heated seats and memory, but theyre still available with the four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Buyers dont have to take the big engine or all-wheel drive to get the technology features.