Pros: Flexible passenger and cargo space; smooth powertrains; cabin quietness; “just right” sizing straddles the line between compact and midsize SUVs; availability of ritzy Denali model
Cons: Surprisingly large turning radius complicates close-quarters maneuvering; power steering lacks road feel; middling power in 4-cyl. models
CG Says: Except for new exterior colors and some minor wheel changes, the 2014 Terrain carries over intact from 2013. Terrain carves out its own niche in the midsize-SUV market with its “trucky” styling and luxury-leaning Denali model. The Denali trim level adds a large number of comfort, convenience, and safety features, not to mention styling enhancements and improved ride quality. Though the 4-cylinder engine lacks needed muscle in certain situations, you might want to consider it over the V6. It’s not only less expensive and more fuel efficient, but it’s quieter, too. You could put that savings toward all-wheel drive or a higher trim level, perhaps even the ritzy Denali.