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2017 GMC Terrain

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2017 SL Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $24,070
2017 SLE-1 Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,300
2017 SLE-2 Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,800
2017 SLE-1 All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,050
2017 SLE-2 All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,550
2017 SLT Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,920
2017 SLT All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,670
2017 Denali Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,275
2017 Denali All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,025


The compact crossover that's big for its class, 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 2017

Aside from the addition of a Nightfall appearance package, the Terrain is unchanged.

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Choosing Your GMC Terrain

The Terrain offers a relaxing five-passenger interior with a rear seat that slides and reclines. Fold it down and you have 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space at your disposal. 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 five trim levels that cover a broad swath of the compact crossover market:

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Comes with the four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive only, plus a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone, 17-inch alloy wheels, ambient interior lighting, and a six-speaker sound system.

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Gets satellite radio, body-color heated power mirrors, and additional paint choices. All-wheel drive becomes available at this level.

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Adds a power driver seat, automatic climate control, roof rails, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. You also get (optional) 18-inch wheels and an eight-speaker Pioneer sound system with voice controls and Bluetooth streaming. The available Driver Alert l package tacks on blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. Driver Alert ll adds forward collision alert and lane departure warning. Heated front seats and remote start come with the Convenience package. The Chrome Edition includes the Convenience features, plus additional chrome exterior trim, 18- or 19-inch chrome wheels, and a cargo mat. There's also a Nightfall package that combines gloss black-accented wheels and a charcoal grille with select exterior colors. The V6 engine and a sunroof become available at this level as individual options.

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Builds on the SLE-2 with leather upholstery, standard 18-inch chrome wheels (19s optional), and the contents of the Convenience package. The Open Road package adds the sunroof, navigation, a power liftgate, a universal garage door opener, and the Driver Alert l features. Driver Alert ll remains available separately. The Memory package adds driver memory settings and a power passenger seat. The Nightfalls package continues as an option.

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Tops off the Terrain with upgraded leather seating, wood interior trim, and unique wheels and styling details. With the exception of the still-optional navigation system and sunroof, everything you can get on the lesser models comes standard here.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Expert Review

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The GMC Terrain is a square-shouldered counterpoint to the belief that small crossovers should be domesticated, mainstreamed tall cars. It adds a welcome dose of rugged attitude and available V6 power to the standard compact-SUV recipe of everyday convenience and usability, and does so at a competitive price.

Pricing and Equipment

The Terrain is the starter GMC in terms of both size and purchase price, and shares its underpinnings with the Chevrolet Equinox. Base MSRP for a four-cylinder front-drive Terrain SL is $24,070 plus destination; a rearview camera, keyless entry, and Bluetooth phone connectivity are standard. Trim levels climb through SLE-1 (SiriusXM radio, among other details), SLE-2 (power driver's seat, more available options) and SLT (leather upholstery, navigation, etc.) before topping out with the Denali at $34,275 plus destination. Buying a V6 Terrain first requires selecting the SLE-2 or above, and then adding $1,500. All-wheel drive (available on all except the SL) costs another $1,750.

The standard motor is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with variable valve timing and 182 horsepower. The available 3.6-liter V6 packs 301 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is used on all models. EPA estimates range from a rather impressive 21 city/31 highway for a front-drive, four-cylinder Terrain, to a less cheerful 16 city/23 highway when the V6 and all-wheel-drive are selected.

  • A battery of driver safety aids (blind zone and cross-traffic alerts, collision warning, lane departure warning) is available on the SLE-2 and SLT, and standard on the Denali.
  • The Denali also piles on plenty of trim and luxury features, including genuine mahogany in the cabin, providing the full luxury experience at at a midmarket price.
  • If you have a shiny take on life, the Chrome Edition package applies the reflective material to door handles and external mirrors. If you feel more in tune with the Dark Side, the Nightfall dress package adds a slate of charcoal-colored accent pieces.

Performance Pros

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The Terrain delivers everything buyers expect in a small-to-midsize crossover: all-weather capability, easy handling, a sense of security, and enough grunt to handle moderate loads and rough roads. It's an excellent example of why crossovers are the most popular vehicles on the market right now.

  • The 301-horsepower V6, shared with the bigger Acadia, provides plenty of muscle for everything short of drag racing and pushes the Terrain around with confidence.
  • Ride quality is pleasant and well controlled, even on rough roads. The suspension tuning does a great job of minimizing impacts.
  • Towing capacity is a respectable 3500 pounds with the V6.

Performance Cons

  • The base four-cylinder provides good around-town motivation, but wilts when faced with heavy tasks. Customers who regularly haul loads, face steep hills, or tow trailers should treat the V6 as mandatory.
  • The flip side of that advice is measured at the pump: fuel economy with the V6 will remind you more of a traditional SUV than a light-footed crossover.
  • The rugged cousin-of-Hummer styling is unfortunately not matched by serious off-road capability. A Terrain will be fine along unpaved roads, but it's really an all-weather suburban transporter, not a rock crawler.

Interior Pros

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The Terrain is another example of GMC's appealing paradox of designing very comfortable and livable interiors for their tough-looking trucks. Clocking long distances in the Terrain is effortless regardless of weather or road conditions, and the body's larger-than-class-average dimensions translate into plenty of usable interior room.

  • The front features enough headroom to handle NBA point guards or Abraham Lincoln impersonators, complete with hat.
  • Long-suffering long-legged passengers will be thrilled to learn that the rear seat slides back and forth a full 8 inches, adding an extra dose of flexibility to the generous dimensions of the Terrain's cabin.
  • The four-cylinder includes Active Noise Cancellation technology to put a lid on sound from the engine; the V6's noises are pleasantly muted by nature.

Interior Cons

  • You will quickly learn to appreciate the standard rearview camera. As with many modern crossovers, outward visibility is not generous.
  • The quality of some materials is still a step behind the competition.
  • Your tolerance of the cargo-floor height may depend on how long it's been since your last CrossFit session.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

There's nothing in the Terrain's general description or appearance that indicates how it excels as a long-distance highway cruiser. The quiet and spacious cabin and comfortable ride give it legs to rival expensive sedans.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The crossover market is intensely competitive and the Terrain's dated structure and mechanics—the platform was introduced back in 2010—put it at a qualitative disadvantage. It's time for the Terrain and its Equinox sibling to get the kind of audacious and appealing remake that is turning into a habit for GM.

The Bottom Line

The Terrain has been a strong seller for GMC, and for good reason . Not only does it cover the standard crossover bases, but it also works extremely well over the long haul. If you want a dose of gutsy design and a spacious interior along with all-weather capability and all-around usability, the Terrain makes a strong case for a visit to your local GMC dealer.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 182 HP / 172 ft.lbs.
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 31 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 182 HP / 172 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 31 / 26 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
63.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
100 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
185.5 "
Exterior Width
72.8 "
Exterior Height
66.3 "
Front Headroom
39.8 "
Rear Headroom
39.2 "
Front Legroom
41.2 "
Rear Legroom
39.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,792 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
20.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Convex Spotter
Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way (2-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
6-way (2-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Passkey Iii
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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