The 2021 GMC Terrain will arguably be the best entry-level model that’s on the market for any company.
The Terrain, which is supposedly GMC’s version of the Chevrolet Equinox, is a relatively new model that has been in production since 2010. The latest generation GMC Terrain was completely redesigned in the 2018 model year, ringing in the second generation Terrain. While the Chevrolet Equinox may be the more popular of the twin models, the GMC Terrain is arguably the better of the two models, although the sales don’t reflect this sentiment. The Terrain doesn’t separate itself from the competition in any category, but it offers quality day-to-day drivability and a high-end interior.
What users tell us about the GMC Terrain
The GMC Terrain ranks well against its competitors in what has become a tough SUV market in the United States. The interior/exterior of this model has a great, upscale design that doesn’t surpass the competition, but competes extremely well. The cargo area in the rear of this model is significantly smaller than many other compact SUV models. The base engine on the current model doesn’t accelerate with the same spirit as money other compact SUV models, but the models great fuel efficiency is a fair trade-off in this instance. Additionally, there’s a bigger available engine that produces up to 252 horsepower, which is more popular and faster than the base engine.
What can we expect from the 2021 GMC Terrain
GMC’s Terrain model is due for a mid-cycle refresh to keep up in the crowded compact SUV market. Minor upgrades to the exterior are common during a mid-cycle refresh. While we shouldn’t expect any dramatic changes to the dimensions of this model, it would be nice for GMC to address the lack of cargo space for this model. There’s currently only one infotainment display, which is common for entry-level models, but GMC could add another optional display to add some variety to this model. This model already comes with tons of standard safety features, so the company’s list of features will likely remain unchanged for the 2021 model year.
GMC Terrain Facts
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the current Terrain model a five star crash test rating. Additionally, the list of standard safety features for this model is amongst the longest lists in the compact SUV class. The Terrain’s standard safety features include automated emergency braking, a forward collision warning system, a rearview camera, a TeenDriver System (which allows parents to set speed and audio limits), and more.
The current GMC Terrain’s base engine averages an EPA-estimated 26 city and 30 highway miles per gallon, which are great figures for this class of vehicle. The bigger engine option averages 22 city and 28 highway miles per gallon which, in retrospect, are also great figures for this class.
The interior of the second generation GMC Terrain is described as well-built and upscale. It’s not the nicest SUV interior that’s available, but this interior is certainly better than many of the Terrain’s competitors.
The modern design of the second generation Terrain is built to be nearly identical to the Chevrolet Equinox. The exterior is bigger than many other models in this class, allowing for a decent amount of passenger space. Strangely, this didn’t translate to ample cargo space.
There’s currently two available engine options for the GMC Terrain. Regardless of which option you choose, both are suitable for day-to-day driving, although the bigger engine is considerably more powerful, and it doesn’t sacrifice power for fuel efficiency. The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that makes up to 170 horsepower. The bigger, better engine option is a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 252 horsepower. These turbo diesel engines are available with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive powertrains. Nothing stands out (in a good or bad way) for this model’s performance. It’s suitable for most driving situations, but there’s always going to be better options of the same class.
The 2020 GMC Terrain was given a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five by J.D. Power and Associates. This rating is considered slightly above average for any model of any class. Generally speaking, this is a reliable vehicle, but there are better options.
Price and expected release date
The price of the 2020 GMC Terrain is fair, but there are cheaper models of the same class that are considerably better. As the GMC Terrain nears a mid-cycle refresh, it may be in the company’s best interest to slightly lower the starting price of this model to remain competitive in sales. The starting MSRP of the current GMC Terrain is $25,000. It’s reasonable to expect more information about the 2021 GMC Terrain by the summer of 2020. With the Kia Telluride delivering a lot for a great price we wonder if the Terrain will work on its price.
Some previous model year images as teaser.