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2020 SL Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $25,000
2020 SLE Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,400
2020 SLE All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,000
2020 SLT Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $31,200
2020 SLT All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,800
2020 Denali Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,300
2020 Denali All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,900
Expert Rating
3.2 (Good)

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: 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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What's New

The 2020 GMC Terrain returns largely unchanged, but it does add a few active safety features to the list of standard equipment. The biggest other changes are the discontinuation of the previously available 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine, and the former Black Edition package is now named the Elevation Edition.

Choosing Your GMC Terrain

The GMC Terrain is offered in four trim levels: SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali. Pricing starts at $26,195 for the base SL and climbs to $39,495 for the range-topping Denali.

Engine Choices

A 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes standard on the SL, SLE, and SLT, while the Denali gets a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. The latter is also optional on the SLT trim for $3,095.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueMax Towing CapacityFuel Economy (Combined)
1.5L Turbo 4-Cylinder170 hp203 lb-ft1,500 pounds27 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder252 hp260 lb-ft3,500 pounds24 mpg

Both engines are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available on the SLE, SLT, and Denali for $1,600. The AWD system includes a front-wheel-drive setting for maximum efficiency.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Terrain is available only as a five-passenger crossover. It has a cargo capacity of 29.6 cubic feet behind the second row, but space expands to 63.30 cubic feet with it folded.

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Safety Features

Newly standard on all trims are automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. The Denali also gets blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors as standard.

The Driver Alert Package I ($695) on the SLE includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, and more. This package costs $645 on the SLT.


The SL and SLE are equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wi-fit hotspot capability, Bluetooth, and four USB ports (two in front and two in back). The SLT gets an 8-inch infotainment system and satellite radio, while the Denali adds navigation and wireless charging.

The SLE's optional Infotainment Package I ($895) brings the 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, satellite radio, and more. The Infotainment Package II ($1,180) on the SLT adds HD radio and a seven-speaker Bose audio system to the mix.

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SL - From $26,195

The SL base trim is limited in available colors and offers no option packages, yet the base model’s standard features list includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, LED taillights, heated mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless open and start, and an acoustic windshield for added noise isolation. Its base model status shows with cloth seat trim, single-zone climate control, and four-way manual front seats.

SLE - From $29,595

The SLE is a significant step up in price over the SL and it adds more retail-friendly features like more colors, though for $495, a color digital driver display, rear carpeted floor mats ,and rear seat folding levers in the cargo area.

Add remote start, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control through the Driver Convenience Package ($1,375). This package also opens the door to the Driver Alert Package I.

SLT - From $32,395

The SLT trim adds perforated leather seating, roof-mounted side rails, the features from the Driver Convenience Package, and 18-inch wheels. Upgrade to a hands-free power liftgate with the Preferred Package ($1,250), which also adds a heated steering wheel and memory functionality for the driver's seat and outside mirrors.

Denali - From $39,495

The Denali receives the larger engine, an enhanced suspension, the hands-free power liftgate, 19-inch wheels, additional chrome trim, dual exhaust outlets, and LED headlights. Also included are the features from the Preferred Package, a six-way power front passenger seat, and a seven-speaker Bose audio system.

Buyers can unlock adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, heated rear outboard seats, and ventilated front seats through the Denali Premium Package ($1,445).

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The 2020 GMC Terrain SLT packs many of the features expected in today’s $30,000-plus crossover, plus it opens the door to the additional power of the optional larger engine.

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Expert Review

  • Striking good looks
  • Comfortable ride and cabin
  • Denali trim piles on luxury
  • Tons of standard safety tech
  • No more thrifty diesel
  • Uninspiring base engine
  • Prices balloon to near-luxury levels
Expert Rating
3.2 (Good)

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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Farewell thrifty oil-burner. The GMC Terrain went through a huge redesign in 2018 and has remained mostly unchanged since. The 2020 GMC Terrain makes one huge under-the-skin update in eliminating the thrifty, albeit unpopular, diesel engine that allowed it to tout one of the highest non-hybrid fuel economy ratings in the segment. This key update leaves just a pair of turbocharged four-cylinder engines: the standard 1.5-liter that makes 170 horsepower and the optional 2.0-liter with 252 hp.

Deletion isn’t all GMC did to shake up the 2020 Terrain, as it also gets new standard safety tech on all trims and an updated suspension on Denali models.

Staring is permitted. While it's improving with the stylish new Toyota RAV4 and the Mazda CX-5, the compact crossover segment remains relatively vanilla in terms of styling. The GMC Terrain’s striking appearance is a nice detour from this segment’s standard looks with its shapely headlights, bold grille, and floating roof. Even next to its platform-mate, the Chevrolet Equinox, it stands out.

Move into the range-topping Denali trim, and this style jumps up a few pegs with its 19-inch Ultra-Bright wheels, LED headlights, chrome mirror caps, chrome door handle surrounds, unique chrome grille, and more.

Plenty of comfort at all levels. The GMC Terrain may be a compact by stature, but it rides like a larger, more premium vehicle. Its suspension is compliant and absorbs bumps and potholes with relative ease, even with the larger wheel options. The latter owes a lot to the updated suspension in the Terrain Denali, which allows it to maintain a soft ride despite its 19-inch wheels.

We must also give the interior plenty of credit for all the comfort you’ll find. Soft-touch materials are abundant throughout the cabin, the seats boast ample padding in the front and rear, and the rear seats offer an adult-friendly 39.7 inches of legroom. Add to this standard active noise cancellation, and the Terrain’s comfort levels border on luxurious, especially in the Denali trim.

Cargo also rides in comfort in the Terrain with its 29.6 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 63.3 cubes with the rear seats folded. This easily beats the CX-5’s 59.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, but it falls short of the more cargo-friendly Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester.

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Feature overflow, but it comes at a price. The GMC Terrain has no issue with its standard features, as its base SL trim comes loaded to the gills with a 7-inch touchscreen, 17-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless ignition, two USB charging ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE wi-fi.

While most of these features are common in its competitors, except Android Auto in the Google-phobic RAV4, what sets the Terrain apart is its standard active noise cancellation that keeps even the base Terrain’s cabin whisper quiet.

Moving into the higher trim levels, like the SLT and range-topping Denali, adds even more premium features. The SLT adds heated leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, remote ignition, and more.

The Denali goes even further with Ultra-Bright 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, a hands-free power liftgate, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, a Bose audio system, and more.

While the features in the SLT and Denali area great, their respective MSRPs of $32,395 and $39,495 including destination are very high for the class.

Safety was a focal point for the Terrain, as GMC made its Pro Safety package standard across the board. This gives all Terrain models standard automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Final thoughts. The 2020 GMC Terrain offers all the roominess and standard features most families need, and its rear seats can also handle adults comfortably, making it a nice middle-ground for any family.

That said, if the higher trim levels are calling, you may want to reconsider, as the Terrain Denali tickles the price range of the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. The Toyota RAV4 Limited and the Mazda CX-5 Signature offer most of the features of the Terrain Denali but cost thousands less.

Shoppers seeking a utility vehicle with better fuel economy will find what they need in the RAV4 Hybrid and the upcoming Ford Escape Hybrid.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-4 / 170 HP / 203 ft.lbs.
9-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 30 / 28 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
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
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
26 / 30 / 28 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
14.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
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
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated Convex Spotter
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo, 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
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
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
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
Forward Collision Alert With Automatic Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Braking Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
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
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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