The GMC Terrain is new nameplate, a midsize crossover SUV that shares its basic structure with the Chevy Equinox. Terrain seats five and its cabin is roomy and substantial, with enough rear-seat legroom and interior volume for comfort on long trips.
GM says Terrain competes with compact SUVs such as the Honda CR-V and midsize sport-utilities such as the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano. As with these other crossover SUVs, Terrain uses front-wheel drive and carlike unit-body construction. Terrain starts under $25,000.
We found the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivers good performance and fuel economy, earning an EPA-estimated 22/32 mpg City/Highway. This engine is rated at 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. A 3.0-liter V6 is optional rated at 264 hp and 222 lb-ft of torque and 17/25 mpg. The V6 is rated to tow up to 3500 pounds, enough for two personal watercraft, two snowmobiles, or a light boat.
All-wheel drive is available for all-weather capability. All models come with a six-speed automatic transmission.
We found the interior of the GMC Terrain comfortable and quiet, well isolated from the noise and chop of the roadway. Interior design and workmanship is quite good.
The SLT trim levels offer the widest range of premium features, but even those opting for the four-cylinder engine can still equip a Terrain with options such as navigation and rear-seat DVD systems. All safety features are standard throughout the Terrain lineup, including six air bags, ABS, and rearview cameras.