GMC Terrain Denali
2018 GMC Terrain
2018 GMC Terrain

2020 GMC Terrain Denali

Pros: Good selection of available comfort and safety features; lively performance with 2.0-liter turbo engine

Cons: So-so acceleration with base engine; price premium of optioned-up versions, especially topline Denali model

CG Says: The 2020 GMC Terrain adds standard safety features. Automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights are now standard on all models. The optional diesel engine has been dropped. Terrain was redesigned and downsized for 2018. The current Terrain is about three inches shorter and up to 400 pounds lighter than the previous generation, which bumped it from the smaller side of our midsize SUV class to our compact SUV category. The Terrain shares its basic platform and powertrains with the Chevrolet Equinox, which was also redesigned for 2018. The base engine is a turbocharged 170-horsepower 1.5-liter 4-cylinder and a more powerful 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is available. Both engines are paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all models except the base SL are available with all-wheel drive. Available safety features include forward-collision alert, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert. Other available features include a surround-view camera, automatic parking assist, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, heated and ventilated front seats, and hands-free power liftgate. The redesigned GMC Terrain now competes more directly with the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, and it boasts a slightly more upscale look and feel than the other vehicles in its class. You’ll pay a bit of a premium for that ambiance, but the Terrain’s pleasant road manners, user-friendly infotainment system, and generous passenger room also satisfy.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer GMC
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices SL: $26,195
SLE: $29,595
AWD SLE: $31,195
SLT: $32,395
AWD SLT: $33,995
Denali: $39,495
AWD Denali: $41,095

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
170
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-30

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
252
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-28

GMC Terrain
2020 GMC Terrain
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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