For decades, GMC was all about trucks and SUVs. But the recent popularity of car-based crossovers has cued yet another evolution, as GMC has moved into this market as well. The latest entry is the GMC Terrain. A small crossover, the Terrain stands out thanks to its stylish cabin, versatile backseat, ample standard features and sophisticated driving manners. Along with its mechanically identical sibling, the Chevrolet Equinox, the Terrain is a smart choice for a new or used crossover.
Current GMC Terrain
The GMC Terrain comes with one of two engines. The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder is rated at 182 horsepower and comes with a six-speed automatic, while the optional 3.0-liter V6 offers 264 hp and 222 pound-feet of torque, also routed through a six-speed auto. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional across the lineup.
The GMC Terrain boasts a nice ride and handling combination, feeling like more of a substantial vehicle than its many small crossover rivals. Inside, the Terrain's cabin is impressively quiet, well built and earns top style marks. Fuel economy would seem to be a Terrain strong suit with the four-cylinder, but in real-world testing, we've found it to be merely average.
Features content is quite generous, with even the base model including such items as partial power front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, sliding and reclining rear seats, a rearview camera, OnStar emergency communications, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a touchscreen interface. With the latter two items, you can connect to Internet-based features like Pandora and Stitcher radio through a system GMC dubs Intellilink. Optional features like leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a lane-departure warning system, a navigation system and premium audio are available as you travel up the trim levels.
As a family hauler, the Terrain shines. Backseat accommodations are extraordinarily generous by default, and downright limousine-like when you slide the standard adjustable seat back. One minor disappointment is the Terrain's 64-cubic-foot maximum cargo capacity, which trails the class leaders despite this crossover's considerable dimensions.
Used GMC Terrain Models
The GMC Terrain debuted for the 2010 model year. Those built in its first two years on the market lacked the current car's standard touchscreen and Intellilink features. Though a touchscreen was available, it was of a less advanced design and only included with the optional navigation system. The lane-departure warning system was also not available prior to 2012.
Read the most recent 2013 GMC Terrain review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used GMC Terrain page.