The 2017 GMC Terrain proves that a supple ride, a quiet cabin, powerful available V6 engine and commodious backseat never go out of style. The Terrain, a small crossover SUV, has been on the market for eight years, during which time many competing vehicles have introduced more up-to-date features, especially in infotainment and active safety. But from the beginning, the Terrain's formula was a good one, and the appeal remains strong for buyers of crossover SUVs, as recent sales have continued to prove. This crossover is the right size and has a perpetually winning look. It can be trimmed with a selection of bright and glossy highlights and fitted with large flashy wheels.
With the four-cylinder engine, the front-wheel-drive Terrain returns an EPA-rated 25 mpg combined (21 city/31 highway), while the V6-powered all-wheel-drive model achieves 18 mpg combined (16 city/23 highway).
But as you might imagine, time hasn't been kind to the Terrain in some other respects. The base four-cylinder engine provides both underwhelming acceleration and disappointing real-world fuel economy, while the dashboard is showing its age thanks to a hard-to-reach touchscreen and some ergonomic faux pas. Furthermore, smartphone users — i.e., just about every car shopper these days — should note that Bluetooth audio connectivity isn't even available on the two lowest trim levels (SL and SLE-1). Besides the lack of some contemporary technology, the biggest drawback of the 2017 Terrain is the comparatively small rear cargo area.
The 2017 Terrain remains a versatile and generally competent crossover, but we'd recommend taking a close look at a number of its rivals before making a final decision. Segment leaders include the enduringly well-rounded Honda CR-V, the significantly refreshed Toyota RAV4, and the sporty yet practical Mazda CX-5. We also like the redesigned Kia Sportage, which has a big backseat like the Terrain's, along with contemporary cabin technology. Faced with distinguished competitors such as these, the 2017 GMC Terrain has its work cut out if it wants to win your heart.
The Terrain offers five trim levels to choose from. The front-drive SL is reasonably well equipped except for the lack of Bluetooth connectivity. The SLE-1 introduces all-wheel drive, while the SLE-2 piles on the comfort and convenience features. The SLT adds even greater refinement. Finally, at the top of the line, the Denali offers an exclusive suspension for added comfort.
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