2018 GMC Terrain Price Starts at $25,970, Denali Costs $38,495

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, Contributing Writer - May 9, 2017

GMC has announced that base pricing for the 2018 Terrain will start at $25,970 for an entry-level SL trim (which is only available with front-wheel drive and top out at $40,245 for an all-wheel-drive Denali model when the redesigned crossover SUV reaches dealers later this summer).

There are two trims between the SL and Denali – the SLE starts at $28,795 while the SLT rings up at $32,295. GMC hasn't broken down specific pricing differences between the late availability 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder and the more potent 2.0-liter, turbocharged four, but the company did confirm the premium for the new 1.6-liter, turbodiesel four-cylinder. The super-efficient diesel powertrain costs an extra $3,770 on the SLE and $2,845 on the SLT. Regardless of trim or engine, all-wheel drive is a $1,750 option.

Although GMC touts it as a "premium compact," the new Terrain will face competition from inside the GM fold from its platform-mate, the 2018 Chevy Equinox. The well-equipped Equinox LT, which is the volume trim level, starts at $27,645, or a mere $1,675 more than the cheapest Terrain. And on the high end, a fully loaded, all-wheel-drive Equinox Premier retails for $38,650, or $1,595 less than a base Denali with all-wheel drive.

Despite GMC's attempt to position the Terrain as a more luxurious alternative to the Equinox and its ilk, it's hard to ignore its positioning in the industry's most important segment. Customers will likely cross-shop the Terrain against mainstream competitors like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Nissan Rogue – all vehicles that start around $24,000 on the bottom end and top out at or just over $30,000 before options. The Denali trim, meanwhile, will face even steeper competition, running up against models like the Acura RDX ($36,645) and Audi Q5 ($41,500).

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Steve Cypher is a contributing writer for CarsDirect.com and Senior Editor for Lotpro.com. When not covering the latest automotive news or reviewing vehicles, Steve calls upon his years of experience selling cars to explain the car buying process and all things subprime at AutoCreditExpress.com.