The compact crossover with midsize aspirations, the Terrain delivers enough passenger comfort to make you think twice about the need for a larger vehicle. Add the available V6 engine and posh trim, and you have a credible alternative to luxury vehicles costing thousands more.
What's New for 2016
The Terrain receives new front-end styling, updated dash displays, and a host of smaller trim upgrades. A new SL trim level serves as the base model.
Choosing Your GMC Terrain
The Terrain offers a relaxing five-passenger interior with a rear seat that slides and reclines. Even the base model now comes standard with premium cloth upholstery. Ride quality is a definite strong suit, as is the hushed cabin environment. The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is good for 182 horsepower. The optional 3.6-liter V6 provides a massive boost to 301 horsepower and allows the Terrain to tow up to 3,500 pounds. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive can be added to most models.
The Terrain is offered in four trim levels that cover a broad swath of the compact crossover market:
The popularly equipped SLE-2 remains our pick for overall value, and it gives you access to the fine V6 and other important options. While the Denali is expensive for this class, plenty of buyers want it, so you might find it well worth the price.