2019 GMC Terrain Review
Which Terrain does Edmunds recommend?
It's hard to recommend the lower-trim Terrains. If you're looking to save money, you could opt for the nearly identical but less expensive Chevy Equinox. At the same time, the top-tier Denali trim is priced against more luxurious and capable vehicles. To that end, we recommend the SLT, which gets you a handful of luxury features along with a solid spread of tech features and access to a full range of option packages. In particular, the Driver Alert I package and Driver Alert II package add active safety features that are standard on a lot of competitors. We also strongly recommend upgrading to the 2.0-liter engine as it bests the lethargic 1.5-liter and loud, unrefined diesel.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Comfortable and upscale interior
- Optional 2.0-liter engine is efficient and powerful
- Touchscreen interfaces are intuitive and easy to use
- Price with options runs higher than average for the class
- Advanced safety tech restricted to pricey upper trim levels
- Disappointing base and diesel engines
- Less cargo space behind the back seat than most competitors
- Upgraded rearview camera for cars with 8-inch touchscreen
- New appearance packages
- Minor tweaks to feature availability
- Part of the second Terrain generation introduced for 2018
|Overall||6.5 / 10|
The base engine lacks power, and its transmission is slow-witted. The focus on fuel economy all but eliminates snappy acceleration and quick pedal response. Elsewhere it's better. The brakes feel good, and the Terrain handles curves and corners with composure. The optional 2.0-liter is a major improvement in acceleration and drivability. The diesel is very loud and causes excessive vibration.
Poorly placed central air vents and stifling leather upholstery aside, the Terrain is quite comfortable, at least at rest. On the road, it's prone to regular low-impact shock, vibration and jostling on even moderately rough roads. The seats are good, though, and the cabin keeps outside noise at bay.
The interior is attractive and well-configured, but some controls are awkwardly placed. Taller drivers will want the steering wheel to extend farther. The panoramic sunroof cuts into rear headroom for taller folks, but overall this is a roomy cabin with ample space for shoulders, legs and elbows.
The Terrain doesn't offer an abundance of cargo space compared to some rivals, but it can handle most routine hauling and cargo needs. Some of its more thoughtful features — such as small trays and cubbies and a fold-flat front passenger seat — offer an edge.
The Terrain deserves high marks for its tech. Plenty of features are standard throughout the lineup, multiple driver aids are available, and six USB ports help ensure that all devices get charged. Navigation comes with strings attached, though.
Most helpful consumer reviews
Denali 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
I was skeptical at first only have my 2017 GMC Acadia Denali. We were rear-ended in Sept 2018. We were all safe in the Acadia, the insurance company deemed it a total lose. I was just glad that our injuries were not bad. GMC builds solid SUVS and that is why I went back to GMC. I have owed many vehicles in my lifetime, ie; Mercedes, Porsche, Cadillac's but I keep coming back to the GM brand for safety. So, when I went into the Dealership 2 weeks ago, they said, take a look at the Terrain, I was not hesitate because I did like the BOLD look of it from 2018. So, I was hesitate about the 4 speed transmission, but after driving it for 2 weeks I do NOT feel as if I lost anything other than space (sometimes wasted) from the Acadia, when I am driving myself. I am a care giver for my mother and I found the ease of putting her wheel chair in the back of my Terrain to be quite easy. I say to anyone looking to buy/lease a SUV, TAKE A LOOK AT THE 2019 GMC TERRAIN, great value for your hard working monies.
Denali 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
Purchased my 2019 Denali terrain on10/31018 and the entertainment system has not worked right since I got it. Been to the shop one time already, and still isn’t fixed. Also warning signs for “ service transmission “ on it has already started coming on, and it doesn’t even have 2500 miles on it. Breaks are scrubbing also.So disappointed in my terrain. Cost to much for the quality of the vehicle.
SLT 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
it’s been one year since we purchased our 2019 terrain. During the year the car was brought back to the dealer 1 time. That was for a oil change and tire rotation. We are very satisfied with our purchase since the car is very dependable, and it is so easy to get in and out of the car. Being older this could be a problem buying a low car making excess difficult.
Denali 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
My lease on my Acadia SLT2 was coming to a end and since I loved the Acadia and my kids are all driving now I down sized. I leased the terrain "Denali" thought it was top of the line but missing safety features my Acadia had. I was disappointed but could live without them. What I can't live without is comfortable seats!! The most uncomfortable short hard seats, the whole cockpit is of very poor design. Price was high and options and comfort low. I will say if you are not tall it may be ok, and it does drive smooth and quiet. But for the taller driver stay away I think the seat is just to short so no leg support which means you will be seating on you tail bone!! Don't make the PAINFULLY bad decision I did.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Terrain models:
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Alerts the driver to perpendicular oncoming traffic when reversing out of a driveway or parking space.
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Monitors blind spots for traffic, warning the driver when an obstacle is present.
- Safety Alert Seat
- Vibrates the driver seat cushion to provide physical alerts from safety systems.