If you're looking for a crossover that straddles the line between compact and midsize, the GMC Terrain has proved a popular choice over the last few years. While it's priced to compete with compact rivals such as the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, it's larger and available with a V6 engine. What's more, it's a comfortable and fuel efficient vehicle for carrying four people and cargo.
The Terrain enters its fifth model year with few changes except for trim.
Exterior styling is polarizing. Some people might like the squared-off grille and wheel arches -- reminiscent of GMC's full-size SUVs -- while others may consider the Terrain far too boxy. Either way, the Terrain stands out among the curvy look-alike compact crossovers out there. The top-trim Denali gets an even more distinctive look with more upscale finishes to the grille and wheels.
The interior is much more conventional, but rather well-finished for something at this price. All models now come equipped with a color 7-inch touchscreen that controls the sound system as well as GMC IntelliLink, which is available on most trims.
There's a generous helping of space in all areas of the Terrain. Storage cubbies are large and useful in front, and the wide second-row seat slides back and forth to optimize cargo room or legroom.
Under the Hood
The Terrain offers two powertrains with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Most buyers will find the standard 2.4-liter four cylinder with 182 horsepower sufficient for daily use. But those who like to tow or want more highway passing power will go for the 3.6-liter V6. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered on the Terrain.
Four-cylinder front-wheel drive models are rated at an impressive 22 city and 32 highway by the EPA. It drops to 20/29 with all-wheel drive. The V6 is less impressive -- 17/24 with front-wheel drive, and falling to 16/23 with all-wheel drive.
The Terrain Denali is the pick for buyers who want the luxury of a premium crossover at a more mainstream price. The Denali differentiates itself from standard Terrains with a special grille and wheels, as well as a wood/leather steering wheel and wood trim on the doors. Other than that, it also gets higher-grade leather upholstery. Navigation is optional, as is the V6 engine, a rear entertainment system, tow package and a cargo cover.
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|Build & Price|
2013 GMC Terrain$23,800 | 19,781 mi
2013 GMC Terrain$23,995 | 16,214 mi
2013 GMC Terrain$26,795 | 16,822 mi
2013 GMC Terrain$26,900 | 15,599 mi
2013 GMC TERRAIN$26,995 | 13,837 mi
2013 GMC Terrain$27,951 | 30,106 mi
2013 GMC Terrain$28,388 | 24,024 mi
2013 GMC Terrain$30,900 | 19,073 mi
2013 GMC Terrain$32,734 | 8,761 mi
2012 GMC Terrain$20,982 | 16,185 mi
2012 GMC Terrain$22,950 | 62,645 mi
2012 GMC Terrain$22,950 | 21,935 mi
2011 GMC Terrain$18,887 | 51,167 mi
2011 GMC Terrain$18,955 | 57,076 mi
2011 GMC Terrain$19,993 | 41,600 mi
2011 GMC Terrain$19,998 | 45,746 mi
2011 GMC Terrain$20,465 | 62,665 mi
2011 GMC Terrain$22,877 | 35,494 mi
2011 GMC Terrain$22,977 | 46,995 mi
2011 GMC Terrain$23,993 | 47,702 mi
2011 GMC Terrain$23,997 | 32,333 mi
2011 GMC Terrain$24,577 | 38,307 mi
2010 GMC Terrain$14,729 | 94,394 mi
2010 GMC TERRAIN$14,991 | 117,685 mi
2010 GMC Terrain$15,685 | 108,641 mi
2010 GMC TERRAIN$16,989 | 68,354 mi
2010 GMC Terrain$17,991 | 68,133 mi
2010 GMC Terrain$22,495 | 55,365 mi
Fun to drive and offers lots of advanced features, but can be very expensive
Spacious, well-equipped and efficient, but dull to drive, lacks power and latest technology
Offers smooth V6, third-row seat and well-priced, but can get expensive and lacks agility
Efficient, standard all-wheel drive, well equipped, but inefficient turbo engine and expensive