The GMC Terrain
, along with the larger Acadia, was among the company’s first forays into the crossover market. While many of GMC’s SUVs share platforms and powertrains with pickups, the Terrain is a front-wheel-drive crossover with unibody construction and optional all-wheel drive. It shares its platform with the Chevrolet Equinox
, offering excellent fuel economy and a ton of space for passengers and cargo, particularly compared to other small crossovers like the Honda CR-V
and Toyota RAV4
Additionally, like most other GMCs, the Terrain is available in a top-spec Denali trim level, which brings extensive leather, woodgrain trim, and more standard features than almost any other vehicle in its class. Also, the Terrain can be ordered with a powerful 3.6L V-6, which can’t be said of most other compact crossovers.
However, although it’s largely based on a carlike chassis, the Terrain suffers from some unfortunate handling, such as excessive body roll and poor straight-ahead stability. And the steering feels inaccurate.
But a large, spacious interior is well appointed—even in base models—and the Terrain’s rear seat slides forward and backward to allow drivers to prioritize rear-seat space or cargo capacity. The optional, 301hp V-6 provides surprising verve with reasonable fuel economy. However, the I-4’s segment-best fuel economy number is the one to beat if you’re looking to save money.