The 2018 GMC Terrain is a mainstream compact SUV that slots below the mid-size three-row GMC Acadia and full-size GMC Yukon in the brand’s SUV lineup. Like other vehicles in GMC’s lineup, the Terrain has an available Denali trim level thickly laps on bling and interior features, elevating the Terrain to near-luxury status. While the styling is mostly cohesive, it is letdown by a goofy D-pillar treatment. Prices start from an MSRP of $24,995.
Pros: Fuel-Efficient, Comfortable Ride, Available Diesel, Interior Design
Cons: Questionable Styling Details, Weak Acceleration
Looks Best In: Blue Steel exterior/Jet Black/Brandy interior
Competition: Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Jeep Cherokee, Nissan Rogue, Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Tucson, Subaru Forester
Safety Score: Although the 2018 GMC Terrain received good crash test ratings, it was letdown by weak headlamps in an evaluation by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Summary: At a time when some compact SUV’s have almost cartoonish interior designs, the Terrain’s stands out for its sophisticated ambiance. The Terrain delivers when it comes to comfort with a quiet and controlled ride. The trade-off for good fuel-economy is weak acceleration. Be sure to take the Terrain out on the open road to ensure you’re comfortable with its passing power.
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