With the introduction of an all-new, second-generation model last year, the 2019 GMC Terrain continues to be one of the class leaders in the compact crossover SUV segment. With its popular, easy-to-drive size and upscale features, the Terrain is a do-it-all machine that'll have you questioning the need for something bigger. GMC might be known for its luxurious pickups, but the Terrain solidifies the automaker's role as a major player in the compact crossover segment.
What's New for 2019
After the debut of an all-new model last year, the 2019 Terrain doesn't come with a lot of changes for the new year. The most noteworthy additions come in regard to technology features, which include full-speed adaptive cruise control and front pedestrian braking. The rest of the changes are related to the SUV's packages – the most obvious change being the introduction of the Terrain Black Edition.
Choosing Your GMC Terrain
GMC has sized the Terrain uniquely, as it's larger than the majority of compact crossovers in its class, but noticeably smaller than mid-size SUVs. The Terrain makes the most of its size with a roomy cabin that offers an ample amount of space for five. Besides the Terrain's interior space and generous cargo area, which measures in at 29.6 cubic feet with the rear seat down and 63.3 cubic feet in total, the SUV has numerous powertrain options to fit into any driving style.
The base engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that's rated to make 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The next step up is an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The larger 2.0-liter motor is also paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Both engines come with front-wheel drive as standard, but can be fitted with an all-wheel-drive system, as well.
When it comes to fuel economy for the two engines, the 1.5-liter unit is the clear choice. The engine, when paired with front-wheel drive, is rated by the EPA to get 26 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 28 combined. Stepping up to the 2.0-liter turbo brings fuel economy ratings of 22/28/24 mpg (city/highway/combined).
GMC offers a diesel powertrain for consumers that want the best fuel economy numbers possible for their Terrain. The 1.6-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine generates 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Once again, the turbodiesel motor comes with front-wheel drive as standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. The Terrain with the turbodiesel engine and front-wheel drive is rated to get up to 28/39/32 mpg.
The Terrain comes in six different trims:
While diesels have been frowned upon recently, the diesel-powered 2019 GMC Terrain is the best choice for commuters that travel on highways a lot. For everyone else, the SLT trim is the sweet spot, as it adds the ability to tack on all of the latest safety features. The other optional packages are hard to justify, as the Terrain SLT comes with a good mix of technology and luxury features as standard.