Tuesday, August 4, 2015


All new 2015 GMC Terrain is a bulkier different option for the little SUVs it's evaluated against, and that plays out in both great and awful ways. 

Age dependably appears to play up a SUV's absence of intensity, however the Terrain's qualities run profound. Regardless of having had five years to attempt, contenders haven't outmaneuvered this present SUV's center abilities just yet. Then again, the Terrain's screws up are as irritating as ever, and it will take a full upgrade to address some of them. 

This is the 6th model year for the Terrain, which comes in six trim levels, with two accessible motors and front-or all-wheel drive. Snap here to contrast them or here with stack up the 2014 and 2015 Terrain. The Terrain is firmly identified with the Chevrolet Equinox, and you can analyze the two here. We drove both SUVs with comparable components at Cars.com's $28,000 Compact SUV Challenge, which you can see here. 

For 2015, the Terrain gets some new interactive media innovation, however different changes are insignificant. We'll touch on particular characteristics of the Terrain beneath; for a more profound plunge, read our Equinox audit here.

We drove a front-wheel-drive Terrain SLE-1.

Blockier than its Equinox sibling, the Terrain's styling has always looked fierce to me. Still, some editors appreciate the distinction; the Terrain's protruding fenders and squared-off face hide a lot of its similarity with the Equinox. Fog lights and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard; 18s or 19s are optional. The Terrain's range-topping Denali trim gets a unique chrome grille, some additional mirror brightwork and Denali-specific 18s or 19s.

The half-measure greater methodology helps driving refinement, where the GMC travels with a level of ride quality and commotion reduction that is a class over its associates. Still, once the street gets awe-inspiring, the Terrain's soft brakes and flounder inclined suspension sap much fun; so did our test auto's 2.4-liter four-barrel, whose 182 drive isn't up to the assignment of throwing around the SUV's heavy weight. 

A discretionary 301-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 takes care of that issue to say the very least, giving the Terrain the kind of smart quickening we haven't seen subsequent to Toyota dropped the V-6 from its RAV4. It sucks fuel, however, returning only 19 to 20 mpg in joined appraisals by the EPA. Four-barrel models are evaluated 23 to 26 mpg, contingent upon driveline; numerous contenders, on the other hand, have surpassed even those number

Aside from the Denali edition, which dresses things up with some contrasting door trim and dashboard stitching, the Terrain's interior is straightforward. Cabin materials are basic, with low-budget paneling in places where competitors have used nicer materials, like the upper door panels.

Still, GMC comes out ahead in passenger space, with large chairs and backseat legroom to spare. Cloth seats with powered driver's-seat height adjustment are standard; heated leather seats are optional, with full power adjustments for the passenger seat, too — a rarity in this class.

All that space puts the rear window at a distance, however, and bulky C- and D-pillars also hurt visibility. Check out the photo thumbnails to see more.

The Terrain badly needs a redesign for its center controls, whose jumbled shapes seem designed by Picasso. A 7-inch touch-screen is standard. For 2015 the Terrain gets 4G LTE service through OnStar with the ability to create a Wi-Fi hot spot for passengers to surf the web. Once the trial period (three months or 3 gigabytes) runs out, however, the subscription fees are steep. OnStar's claimed advantage is better signal strength thanks to an antenna on top of the car, as opposed to your smartphone, but you'll pay for it. Many smartphones can create their own hot spots that run off your data plan and service multiple devices, and my iPhone's data plan charges less per extra gigabyte than OnStar.

Bluetooth phone and USB/iPod compatibility are also standard, but Bluetooth audio streaming requires GMC's IntelliLink multimedia suite, which includes app support and voice recognition. IntelliLink comes on SLE-2 trims and higher.

The extra room in the Terrain doesn't spill into the cargo area, where bulky wheel wells limit the volume behind the rear seats to just 31.6 cubic feet. Many competitors have more than 35 cubic feet, and the gap persists when you compare maximum cargo room with the seats folded. The Terrain tops out at 63.9 cubic feet; the CR-V and RAV4 both exceed 70.

Top crash-test scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety give the GMC Terrain a Top Safety Pick award for 2015. Click here to see all its safety features and here to see our Car Seat Check of the Terrain.

A backup camera is standard. Options include lane departure, blind spot and forward collision warning systems. The collision warning system lacks automatic braking, however, which most systems now incorporate.

The Terrain begins around $25,000, yet a stacked Denali can run north of $43,000. That positions the GMC over the Equinox and most contenders, and a few customers may even contrast a Denali and passage level extravagance SUVs from Lexus, Acura, Volvo. 

Whatever you're cross-shopping, the Terrain's solace and refinement ought to look at well; moreover, the dissatisfactions conceived of its cumbersomeness rise above the opposition. Which side wins? In Cars.com's SUV examination, the Equinox and Terrain set second and third, individually, out of seven SUVs regardless of being the most seasoned autos in the test by far.

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