GMC’s smallest SUV, but don’t call it a cute ute.
Bolstered by its good fuel economy and available features, the Terrain is a solid competitor in the small-SUV segment. The Terrain, which shares a platform with the Chevrolet Equinox, comes with a choice of two good engines. The previous Terrain V-6 made do with 3.0 liters and 264 hp, but the 2013 model ditches that for a 301-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 with the same fuel economy as that of the outgoing model. The 2.4-liter in-line four — with up to 32 mpg highway — is unchanged. The Terrain’s cabin is tastefully appointed and features plenty of cubbyholes for storage. IntelliLink voice-activated infotainment continues to be optional, and GMC has added safety features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and optional forward-collision and lane-departure warning, as well as rear parking assist. It has a second-row seat that slides fore and aft about eight inches so you can choose to have maximum rear legroom or maximum storage in the cargo hold. Of course, the second row also folds flat. The Terrain is larger than many of its competitors, however, so storage shouldn’t be an issue. GMC has added a Denali trim level for 2013. It has the same two engines, an upgraded suspension, special eighteen- or nineteen-inch wheels, IntelliLink, and unique exterior and interior trim.
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The Terrain adds a Denali model with an upgraded suspension, unique trim details, and eight-way power driver and passenger seats. All models gain a universal home remote, as well as a few new paint colors: crystal red, Atlantis blue metallic, champagne silver metallic, ashen gray metallic, and iridium metallic.
ABS; a tire-pressure monitoring system; stability and traction control; rollover mitigation; a rearview camera; and front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard. Available on certain models are rear park assist, lane-departure warning, forward-collision alert, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Good fuel economy
Lots of cargo space
No third row
Minimal towing capacity with four-cylinder engine
Base Price Range: $27,000–$37,295 (est.)
DRIVE: Front-wheel, 4-wheel
TRIM LEVELS: SLE, SLT
BODY STYLE: SUV/crossover, 5-passenger
ENGINES: 2.4L I-4, 182 hp, 172 lb-ft (E85 capable)
3.6L V-6, 301 hp, 272 lb-ft (E85 capable)
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: 99.6 cu ft
CAPACITIES: Towing 1500–3500 lb; cargo (rear seats up/down) 31.1/63.9 cu ft