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.
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.
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.
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.
Square fenders emphasize the SUV design. GMC leaves quite a bit of clearance in the wheel well, suggesting good articulation for off-road situations.
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.
High-trim Terrain models, such as the Denali or SLT, get leather-covered power-adjustable front seats.
Driver-assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitor, forward-collision alert, and lane-departure warning.
The Terrain comes with a six-speed automatic transmission in all configurations.
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.
Rear seating is very spacious, even with the front seats pushed back, making the Terrain a reasonable substitute for a sedan.