GMC Terrain

The 2022 GMC Terrain is an exciting contender in the mid-size crossover segment. It uses the same platform as the Chevrolet Equinox and shares a general aesthetic with both the Acadia and the latest Chevrolet Malibu, though its unique styling helps to set it apart. The Terrain's rocker panels are integrated into the doors, narrowing the area over which a passenger must step. The body is stiffened with single-piece side stampings plus high-strength steel in critical areas.

The Terrain is powered by a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers 170 horsepower with an impressive 30 mpg on the highway. A 9-speed automatic transmission is standard for all trims. Front-wheel drive is the standard drivetrains, but all-wheel drive is available.

Storage areas are everywhere in the cabin, including an oversized glovebox, an expanded center console with pass-through storage underneath large enough for a laptop computer. The rear seats feature MultiFlex, which allows the seats to move back and forth a total of eight inches for the best rear legroom in the segment.

Standard equipment on base SL includes Bluetooth, a rearview camera, 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, StabiliTrak stability control, traction control, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, six air bags, an anti-theft system, a 7-inch touchscreen display, and integrated navigation. Power windows, door locks, remote keyless entry, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, as well as power mirrors and automatic headlamps round out the generous standards list. The upscaled SLT trim includes luggage rails, a 6-speaker stereo system, heated power front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and remote start standard.

The Terrain Denali is immediately recognizable by its unique wheels, chrome grill, satin chrome accents and unique headlight and taillight design. Inside, the Denali comes with black leather seating surfaces with contrasting stitching, a soft touch instrument panel with French stitching, smoked mahogany wood trim and 8-way power adjustable front seats.

Safety equipment across all trims includes, an active lane departure system, forward collision mitigation, and pedestrian detection, while the Denali trim also adds front and rear parking sensors, a blind spot warning system and rear collision warning.

Editors' Review

The 2022 GMC Terrain is a mainstream compact SUV. It's reasonably priced, handsomely styled and unexpectedly efficient in real-world driving. With a speedy and simple-to-use infotainment system, a shotgun blast of USB ports inside and an impressively quiet cabin, you'd think the Terrain would be a top recommendation, but, unfortunately, that's not the case.

GMC's second-generation Terrain is by no means a new product, having been around since the 2018 model year, but a midlife facelift for 2022 means there are a few upgrades of note. The front end has been spruced up with new grille designs and reworked LED headlamps that provide a more assertive look. Bookending those enhancements, the Terrain's LED taillights are new as well. Several fresh, extra-cost paint colors are offered, too, as are some new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs. Inside, there are upgraded materials and newly standard wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Also new for 2022 is this AT4 trim, which is intended to be more off road-focused than other versions of the Terrain. This model comes standard with all-wheel drive and a front skid plate, though with only 7.9 inches of ground clearance and no low-range gearing, you probably won't be going very far off the beaten path.

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The Good ~ Obedient transmission ~ Good fuel economy ~ Ports a-plenty

The Bad ~ Flimsy control stalks ~ Tepid performance ~ Buzzy engine

The Bottom Line GMC's Terrain doesn't offend, but neither does it wow.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 6.5
  • Features 8
  • Design 7
  • Media 8

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