John Diether
Automotive Editor - June 21, 2016

2017 GMC Terrain OVERVIEW

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.

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:


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.


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


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.


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.


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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