GMC originally launched its Terrain model in 2009, taking advantage of the growing crossover market with a vehicle built on a car platform but incorporating strong SUV styling.

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For its 2016 model year, the Terrain gets a styling refresh and new electronics, but it remains a five-passenger vehicle. At about 15.5 feet in length, it is longer than the typical compact SUV.

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With stacked headlight and an upright grille, the Terrain shows off strong SUV looks. New LED daytime running lights are available for the 2016 model.

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The Terrain is still available as a front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicle, using either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter V-6.

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Square fenders emphasize the SUV design. GMC leaves quite a bit of clearance in the wheel well, suggesting good articulation for off-road situations.

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The cargo capacity should come in well over 30 cubic feet with the rear seats up, and over 60 cubic feet with the seats down, adding to the Terrain's utility.

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High-trim Terrain models, such as the Denali or SLT, get leather-covered power-adjustable front seats.

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Driver-assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitor, forward-collision alert, and lane-departure warning.

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The Terrain comes with a six-speed automatic transmission in all configurations.

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The IntelliLink head unit include Bluetooth phone and digital audio features, and can be optioned up with navigation. OnStar telematics includes a 4G data link built into the Terrain.

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Rear seating is very spacious, even with the front seats pushed back, making the Terrain a reasonable substitute for a sedan.

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