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GM has carved out good space inside a tidy package, and fitted the Terrain with very comfortable front bucket seats and a rear bench with enough support.
- The Car Connection

Introduction

The 2018 GMC Terrain compact crossover is all new, from the downsized chassis, to the all-turbo/9-speed powertrain, to the new body that moves from macho to mundane.The Terrain is much like the Chevy Equinox, with the same footprint, but sheetmetal that's sculpted into bold scoops and creases, and bigger fenders.

The compact crossover is a tough class.Terrain competes not only against its near-twin Equinox, but also Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, and others.Terrain's acceleration is smart, its handling sound, and its ride well tuned.

For 2018, the excellent 3.6-liter GM V6 engine gets disappeared.Its 301 horsepower will be missed in a vehicle as heavy as the Terrain, at 3500 pounds.Its replacement is a turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 making 252 horsepower, with vivid acceleration but a big thirst, achieving 24 mpg EPA Combined with fwd, 23 mpg with awd.

The base engine gets retired too.The old one was a 2.4-liter I4 with direct injection, making 180 horsepower and getting 25 mpg.The new one is a turbocharged 1.5-liter making 170 horsepower, but with more torque and fuel mileage of 28 mpg with fwd, 26 mpg with awd.

If the stats of the new engines don't sound so impressive, look at it this way: the new 252-horsepower I4 gets just 1 less mpg than the old 180-horsepower one.

There's also a diesel engine that gets better fuel mileage, 32 mpg with either front- or all-wheel drive.It's entertaining in a grown-up way, but less energetic.

The new 9-speed automatic transmission pairs beautifully with the new engines, but lacks manual control, with audio controls where we wish there were paddle shifters.

Driving Impression

The base engine, a turbocharged 1.5-liter I4, feels refined and quiet.It makes 170 horsepower and a strong 203 pound-feet of torque that comes at low revs, reaching its max at 2000 rpm.That gives it gutsy acceleration and the ability to push the 3500-pound Terrain around with some authority.The 9-speed automatic helps in this challenge, while the Equinox struggles with a 6-speed.

The transmission itself is smoother than other 9-speeds (Chrysler and Mercedes come to mind), but the method of shifting gears with a switch on the console, which is almost out of reach, is a what-were-they-thinking moment–more than a moment, it's a lifetime with the car.And the notion of audio controls in the place of paddleshifters is one of the worst GM ideas since the Aztek.

The transmission pairs brilliantly with the new 252-hp 2.0-liter turbo that felt strong during our quick runs in the Appalachians, like it were capable of zero to sixty miles per hour in about 7.5 seconds.With 260 pound-feet of torque, it pumps out steady power and a cool whistling turbo sound as it climbs through the gears.If only it had a usual manual control, namely paddle shifters, we'd be comparing it to the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine of the Ford Escape, the benchmark for thrust and eagerness.Manual shifting would also be useful for towing, a likely prospect since this engine is rated to tow 3500 pounds.

Ironically, surprisingly, the new 1.6-liter turbodiesel can only tow 1500 pounds, same as the base 1.5-liter.Diesel torque aside, it only makes 137 horsepower.It's heavier, slower, and vibrates a lot.It's more expensive and only comes with a 6-speed transmission.It's not worth the extra 9 mpg, at least not to us.

The optional all-wheel-drive is a part time, activated by a knob on the console, with different traction modes.It's mechanically simpler, without a brain to self-activate.

The Terrain's ride is biased more toward comfort than cornering.The ride only reveals its compact crossover nature with the sharpest of bumps.The suspension is same as before, struts in front and four links in rear, but the old hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering is replaced by electric power assist.

With the standard 17-inch wheels and tires, the handling is poised and predictable, if not very enthusiastic.But it helped us avoid six deer and two washed-out roads, during our seat time.The Denali has a higher state of suspension tune and 19-wheel wheels with better all-season tires.It tracks true but still doesn't offer much feedback.

Summary

GMC Terrain is all new for 2018, a compact crossover SUV.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Lineup

GMC Terrain comes as SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali.Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive available ($1750) on every model but the SL.The turbocharged 2.0-liter is an option on the Terrain SLE and SLT, and standard on the Denali.

Terrain SL ($25,990) is equipped with premium cloth, power features, active noise cancellation, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless ignition, 17-inch wheels, 3.5-inch digital display between the gauges, and rearview camera.There is a 7.0-inch touchscreen for audio, OnStar and in-car data hardware, two USB ports, and auxiliary jack, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Terrain SLE ($28,815) adds dual-zone automatic climate control.A trailer-tow package is an option on the SLE with the 2.0-liter turbo engine.

Terrain SLT ($32,315) gets leather seats and an 8.0-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, blind-spot monitors, a 110-volt power outlet, remote start, power driver seat, heated front seats, panoramic sunroof.

Denali ($38,515) adds a handsfree tailgate, a power passenger front seat, HD radio, seven-speaker audio, navigation, 19-inch wheels, LED headlamps, and a bundle of safety equipment including forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, lane-departure warnings, and rear parking sensors.The forward-collision warning bundle remains an option, as are surround-view cameras and automatic park assist.So are wireless smartphone charging, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

The turbodiesel is available in SLE and SLT trim.

Walkaround

The styling of the previous Terrain was almost Hummer-like, with its edges and flat panels.The all-new Terrain smoothes most of them away, to a place where character gets blurred.It's neither attractive nor distinctive, on the road it's just another crossover.

The large grille is either a fat oval with chopped edges, or a big rectangle with chopped corners.It looks way better in black, like on the base SL, than with chrome, like the Denali.In fact it looks horrendous in the way GM does the chrome.The SL also has matte black plastic running the bottom perimeter of the car, front and rear fascia plus over the wheels and under the doors.It gives the Terrain some rugged purpose, and looks better than the Denali's barely-flared metal fenders, although the Denali's 19-inch painted alloy wheels smartly fill the wheelwells.The SL is cleaner, absent the Denali's strip of chrome trim along the doors and over the window line.

The headlamps are shaped like the simplest bare-hand puppet, forefinger curved over the thumb, each facing center.They don't grab you.Except if you imagine them yakking at each other over the top of the grille.

The rear end is shaped like midsize GMC Acadia but better looking.

Just for effect, that doesn't work, the rear window is pinched, asymmetrically, and blacked out in back, continuing onto a wide band of black across the rear pillar.It's supposed to flow, which it does about as much as painting a wide stripe on a box.

Interior

The all-new Terrain loses some inches in the wheelbase, length, and width, but still has about the same seating space as the Ford Escape and Toyota Rav4.Base vehicles have cloth seats with manual adjustment, while the leather has more bolstering, ventilation, and power adjustment.They're good for long hours in the saddle, as long as you're not too tall, as the driver's seat lacks the enough support under the legs.The seating position is lower than before, which makes the Terrain feel less SUV-like.

The cabin isn't cohesive, it looks like three separate zones, although it can come together with leather in a warm color, and aluminum trim.Compared to the Equinox, the materials are softer and it's quieter, with more sound insulation under the floor.But the door panels have big chunks of the same plastic that composes most of the buttons on the instrument panel.This shouldn't happen on an SUV in this price range.

The standard infotainment system is lovely and simple, with a 7.0-inch screen and big icons.The display is clear, bright, responsive, fast, and doesn't drop its smartphone connection.But mostly it's clean, without too many features or too much information.

There is ample small storage in the cabin, with a deep console double door pockets.There's a special slot for a cellphone for the front passenger.In the rear cargo area, there are bins under the floor.

The downsizing is felt more in the rear than the front; legroom has decreased a tiny amount, from 39.9 inches to 39.7, but it feels like more since the second-row seat doesn't slide any more.The available panoramic sunroof cuts 1.6 inches from headroom, in front as well.The rear passengers will appreciate tall doors, so there's less ducking to climb in, but the they won't appreciate the flat seat bottoms, even in leather.

The seats fold but not quite flat, to provide 63.3 cubic feet of cargo space, way less than the Honda CR-V.Behind the rear seats there is 29.6 cubic feet, again less than the Honda.The good news is the front passenger seat folds flat, like the Honda Fit, to provide room for long things from 2x4s to kayaks.An optional liftgate opens at the wave of a foot, to make loading those things easier.

]Wheels, Front Size
Diameter19
ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Audio security systemYes
Audio security systemYes
Audio/Video Remote ControlYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Digital Audio InputYes
DVD-AudioYes
headsets2
Memory Card SlotYes
Memory Card SlotYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
RadioAM/FM stereo
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypePremium cloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Premium cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matVinyl/rubber
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimColoured
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
12V DC power outlet2
AC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, remote engine start
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, remote engine start
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power Activated Trunk/HatchPower liftgate
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Rear area cargo coverRoll-up
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Front Head Room1,016 mm
Front Hip Room1,382 mm
Front Leg Room1,039 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,453 mm
Front track1,582 mm
Overall height1,661 mm
Overall Length4,630 mm
Overall Width1,839 mm
Rear Head Room978 mm
Rear Hip Room1,316 mm
Rear Leg Room1,008 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,412 mm
Rear track1,588 mm
Wheelbase2,725 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
Rear door typePower liftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
Drivetrain
Axle ratio3.47
Descent ControlHill descent control
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio10.00 : 1
Compressor TypeIntercooled turbo
Cylinders4
Displacement91 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power170 hp
Keyless IgnitionPush button start only
Max RPM5,600 RPM
Max Torque RPM2,000 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size1.5 L
Torque276 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
GrilleBlack
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Rear spoilerLip
Header
CompressorIntercooled turbo
Compressor Type - VAIntercooled turbo
Doors4
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size1.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA9
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual foldable
Number of rear headrests2
Instrumentation
Blind Spot SensorWarning
ClockIn-radio display
ClockIn-radio display
CompassCompass
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear CollisionRear Cross-Traffic Alert warning
Rear View CameraYes
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Trip computerTrip computer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
High Intensity HeadlightsHigh intensity discharge
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height adjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
RecliningManual
TypeBench
Roof
Extended sunroofExtended sunroof
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
Roof rackYes
Roof rackRails only
SunroofSkyscape express open/close glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
FoldingFold flat passenger
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryPremium cloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlWith Anti-Roll
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
internet accessMobile hotspot
internet accessMobile hotspot
Navigation systemWith voice activation
Satellite communicationsOnStar and GMC connected services capable
Satellite communicationsOnStar and GMC connected services capable
smart device integrationApple CarPlay/Android Auto
smart device integrationApple CarPlay/Android Auto
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter17.0"
Diameter18.0"
Diameter19.0"
PrefixP
PrefixP
Profile60
Profile65
Profile50
Speed RatingH
Speed RatingT
Speed RatingT
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
TypeM+S
TypeAS
Width235 mm
Width225 mm
Width225 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Trailer Sway ControlTrailer sway control
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds9
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Video Monitor LocationFront and rear
Video Monitor LocationFront
Video playerWith digital media
Video playerWith DVD and digital media
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance160,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place838 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,793 L
Curb weight3,449 kg
Fuel Capacity56 L
Gross vehicle weight2,025 kg
Ground clearance175 mm
Max cargo capacity1,793 L
Towing Capacity680 kg
Turning radius6 m
Wheels
Diameter17
Diameter18
Diameter19.5
Diameter19
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Width7
Width7
Width7.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows4
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Power liftgate
Roof rack
Spoiler
Trailer sway control
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Illuminated entry
Navigation system
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Trunk/hatch auto-latch
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
A/V remote
AM/FM radio
DVD-Audio
Entertainment system
Headphones
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Compass
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
High intensity discharge headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Manual-shift auto
Mode select transmission
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
GM CA Cruze Limited Returning Lease Bonus
Terrain
$1,750 May 31, 2018
GM CA Toronto Auto Show Bonus
Terrain
$500 Apr 30, 2018
GM CA Military Appreciation
Terrain
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Lease Cash (GFC)
Terrain
$750 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Student Bonus Program
Terrain
$750 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Quebec City Auto Show Bonus
Terrain
$500 May 31, 2018
GM CA Montreal Auto Show Bonus
Terrain
$500 Apr 2, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
GM CA GMF Near Prime Financing
Terrain
4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
GM CA Financial Lease Rates
Terrain
0.9% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
GM CA GM Financial Residuals
Terrain 2WD SLE
56% 46% 39% 26% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

2018 GMC Terrain SLE Front-wheel Drive, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

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