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2019 GMC Terrain

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2019 SL Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $25,000
2019 SLE Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,100
2019 SLE All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,800
2019 SLT Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,900
2019 SLE Diesel Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $31,800
2019 SLT All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,600
2019 SLE Diesel All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,600
2019 SLT Diesel Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,700
2019 SLT Diesel All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,500
2019 Denali Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,800
2019 Denali All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,500

Overview

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.

GMC Terrain

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:

GMC Terrain

SL

The SL trim costs $25,995 (all prices include the $995 destination fee) and is only available with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Despite being the most affordable trim in the Terrain's lineup, the SUV is handsomely equipped. Exterior features include 17-inch aluminum wheels, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, LED taillights, and heated exterior mirrors. On the inside, the Terrain SL comes with cloth seats, a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, keyless open and start, single-zone climate control, and a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. There are no optional packages for the base SL trim.

GMC Terrain

SLE

The SLE carries a starting price tag of $29,095 and brings some more features over the base SL trim. The SLE adds a 4.2-inch multi-color Driver Information Center, body-color mirror caps, a compact spare tire, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Adding all-wheel drive to the SLE trim costs an extra $1,700, while fitting the SUV with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is an additional $1,745.

The SLE has numerous available packages. The Driver Convenience Package ($1,375) brings an eight-way power driver's seat, power driver lumbar control, remote start, dual-zone automatic control, heated front seats, and roof-mounted luggage rack side rails. With that package selected, drivers can then choose the Infotainment Package I ($895) that includes an eigh-inch touchscreen, a 4.2-inch enhanced display, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, an HD rearview camera, navigation, four USB ports, and an 110-volt power outlet. The Bright Accent Package ($675) adds a chrome grille, chrome mirror caps, and a bright rear bumper protector, while the Driver Alert Package I ($495) includes rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, a safety alert seat, integrated turn signal indicators, and heated outside mirrors. Standalone options include, 18-inch wheels ($400), a power sunroof ($1,495), molded assist steps ($795), and a power programmable liftgate ($400).

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SLT

The SLT trim is priced at $31,895 and adds 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-inch touchscreen, remote start, and roof-mounted side rails as standard over the SLE.

The SLT gets even more optional packages than the SLE trim. The Preferred Package ($1,250) adds a hands-free rear power liftgate, memory settings for the driver's seat and exterior mirrors, a heated steering wheel, and an universal home remote. Choosing the Preferred Package allows you to add the Infotainment Package II ($1,180) that brings navigation, a Bose seven-speaker audio system, and HD Radio.

The Dark Accent Package ($1,145) comes with a dark grille, black painted mirror caps, a black rear license plate applique, and black front and rear fascia inserts. The Chrome Package ($795) adds 19-inch aluminum wheels, a unique chrome grill, chrome mirror caps, body-color door handles, and bright chrome side rails. The Driver Alert Package I ($445) comes with a lot of the same features as it does on the SLE. Choosing the package allows you to add the Driver Alert Package II ($745) that adds low-speed forward automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist with lane departure warning, front pedestrian braking, forward collision warning, a following distance indicator, adaptive cruise control, and adaptive headlights. The Bright Accent Package costs the same amount of money and adds the same features as it does on the SLE trim.

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SLE Diesel

The SLE Diesel trim is the most affordable way to get into a diesel-powered Terrain. The trim starts at $32,795 and is powered by the 1.6-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. The SLE Diesel builds upon the SLE trim's list of standard features, but adds heated front seats, a power programmable liftgate, an eight-way power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and roof-mounted side rails as standard. The SLE Diesel has the same optional packages available as the SLE trim.

GMC Terrain

SLT Diesel

The SLT Diesel costs $34,695 and adds more standard features on top of the SLT trim's. A hands-free power liftgate, a heated steering wheel, a six-way power front passenger seat, memory settings for the power driver's seat and exterior mirrors, and an universal home remote are standard for the SLT Diesel. The SLT Diesel trim shares a lot of the same available packages as the SLT trim.

GMC Terrain

Denali

The range-topping Terrain Denali trim costs $38,795 and is exclusively available with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive. The Denali has all of the SLT trim's standard features, but adds 19-inch aluminum wheels, LED headlights with signature lighting, a hands-free power liftgate, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane change alert, a heated steering wheel, navigation, and a Bose premium seven-speaker audio system.

The Advanced Safety Package ($745) adds an HD surround-view camera system and automatic parking assist. The Comfort Package ($450) includes ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. The Driver Alert Package II ($745) adds the same features as it does on the SLT trim.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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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 compact 2019 GMC Terrain operates in a highly competitive segment with models from Toyota, Nissan, and Honda leading the game. In the Terrain, GMC brings premium elements to the market, especially with the Denali trim. You’ll also find a segment rarity: a diesel engine, but only if you’re willing to pay the price.

Best Value

The 2019 GMC Terrain is a compact crossover utility vehicle with room for five. It comes with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. You have a choice of three engines, including a turbodiesel. Each engine works with an automatic transmission.

Standard features include a turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. GMC also includes keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a seven-inch diagonal infotainment system screen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility.

  • Model: 2019 GMC Terrain SLT
  • Engine: 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 170 hp / 203 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 26 City / 30 Hwy
  • Options: Infotainment Package II ($1,180, navigation, HD Radio, a seven-speaker Bose audio system), Preferred Package ($1,250, hands-free liftgate, a heated steering wheel, a six-way power front passenger seat with lumbar control, memory driver seat and outside mirrors), Driver Alert Package I ($445, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane change alert, safety alert seat)
  • Base Price: $31,895 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $34,770

Performance

GMC Terrain

The turbodiesel would be our pick here, except that it’ll cost you nearly $3,000 more for the upgrade. That’s too bitter of a cost pill to swallow, so we went with the standard 1.5-liter turbocharged gas engine with 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. GMC pairs this engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

This engine’s torque kicks in early, so you'll enjoy an extra bit of grunt as you make your way around town. Perhaps its only disadvantage is when the engine is tasked with hauling four people and all their gear on high terrain. In this case, expect to feel some breathlessness – for the engine, that is.

We’re happy with the nine-speed automatic transmission, which never seems to struggle to find the right gear for the moment. Sadly, GMC doesn’t include paddle shifters, which would hold gears in place longer, especially when plunging down steep grades or rounding corners.

We didn’t opt for all-wheel drive, as most people probably can do without it. That said, if you live in a snowy climate, the all-wheel-drive system is an important feature, but it's only part time in this model. This means you have to activate it with a dial and that’s a curiosity to us. Kudos, however, to GMC for delivering superior steering feedback.

Style

The first-generation GMC Terrain had an almost utilitarian look with its squared edges. Its earlier designers may have had the Yukon and Yukon XL brethren in mind, the two real body-on-frame SUVs offered by GMC. But that look on the Terrain grew wearisome after a while.

The new model, which rolled out last year, cleaned things up, aligning this vehicle closer to the larger Acadia crossover. The grille still dominates the front fascia, but this SUV’s underbite is now restrained and the headlights bring in a sporty, even upscale flair. The look is cleaner and more elegant front to back.

Inside, the 2019 GMC Terrain seats four with ease and five in a pinch. We like that the front passenger seat folds flat as that makes it possible to carry a ladder or other large object inside. The standard cargo space is 29.6 cubic feet, expandable to 63.3 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. Oddly, the second-row seat no longer slides forward as it once did.

The cabin is quiet and comfortable. The look is a slight cut above the similar Chevrolet Equinox. In Denali guise, this crossover adds soft-touch materials for an overall refined feel.

The Best and Worst Things

The GMC Terrain is the right size for people who want a comfortable, two-row SUV. It isn’t quite as large as the previous model, but it's an entirely suitable layout nevertheless.

What disappoints us is the lack of standard active safety features. Yes, they’re available across the model line, but they’ll cost you extra. That’s surprising for a premium brand such as GMC.

Right For? Wrong For?

GMC Terrain

The Terrain gets our nod for its upscale styling and range of available engines. We think these are attributes that'll attract buyers.

But if you’re looking for advanced safety features and you don’t want to pay a bundle for the package, the Terrain isn’t right for you.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 GMC Terrain offers a handsome exterior and a composed ride. The cost can jump in a hurry, especially if you add the diesel engine, all-wheel drive, and opt for the advanced driver assist safety package. Fortunately, there's a middle ground that should satisfy most buyers.

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Specs & Features

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Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-4 / 170 HP / 203 ft.lbs.
Transmission
9-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 30 / 28 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-4 / 170 HP / 203 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
26 / 30 / 28 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
14.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$57
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
63.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
182.3 "
Exterior Width
72.4 "
Exterior Height
65.4 "
Front Headroom
40.0 "
Rear Headroom
38.5 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
39.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,449 Lbs.
Wheel Base
107 "
Turning Radius
18.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated Convex Spotter
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
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
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
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
Front
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
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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