2018 GMC Terrain Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Summit White
MSRP
$21,115 - $34,792
Crash Test
MPG (up to)
28 City / 38 HWY
Horsepower
137-252
Seats
5

How 2018 GMC Terrain Ranks In Its Class

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#19
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#17
  By Experts
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#2
  By MPG

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

Editor's Overview

The all-new 2018 GMC Terrain offers buyers in the compact-crossover-SUV market a little bit of everything. Entry-level buyers can choose the base or SLE models with the 1.5-liter engine and a comfortable interior. The Terrain Denali offers luxury intenders a powerful engine, nicer interior and upscale exterior appearance. Fuel misers have the option of a 1.6-liter diesel offering fuel economy up to 39 mpg on the highway.

GMC Terrain Models & Trims

SL $21,115 - $23,464
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Turbo Gas/Ethanol I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SLE $27,061 - $29,466
Horsepower: 170 hp - 252 hp
Engine Type: Turbo Gas/Ethanol I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0, 18 X 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SLE Diesel $27,047 - $29,732
Horsepower: 137 hp
Engine Type: Turbo Diesel I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SLT $30,384 - $32,941
Horsepower: 170 hp - 252 hp
Engine Type: Turbo Gas/Ethanol I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0, 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SLT Diesel $30,396 - $33,131
Horsepower: 137 hp
Engine Type: Turbo Diesel I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Denali $31,817 - $34,792
Horsepower: 252 hp
Engine Type: Turbo Gas/Ethanol I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 x 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.61

This vehicle rocks! You'll love it as much as I do!

I truly love my terrain. It has a sleek body style, clean lines, and looks sharp. It comes equipped with OnStar, a great radio that is Bluetooth compatible, and my favorite part, seats that raise in height so height-challenged girls like me can avoid being blinded by the mid-afternoon sun. The seats fold down, which was extremely helpful while moving. Large enough backseat for my teenage and pre-teen sons to fit in without fighting.

Shanna T
Helpful

Apple play gives you navigation without the extra cost.

Very comfortable seats. Very smooth ride. Average amount of outside noise, it could block out noise better. Auto stop is annoying because it cannot be turned off. Transmission with auto stop stalls very often which makes for an uncomfortable ride at times. Electronic glitches happen frequently. Apple play is a great feature. Remote start is very convenient. I wish it sat higher off the ground. It seems to be a low rider of an SUV.

Darby M
Helpful

2018 GMC Terrain - great vehicle

I really like my GMC Terrain. It has the 2.0 turbo charged 4 cylinder engine and gets great gas mileage (28-30 mpg around town) and has plenty of get up and go when you need it. Could be a little quieter with the road noise but better than most other vehicles. Ride is comfortable. Seats 4 adults comfortably but can hold 5. Plenty of room in the back. pay the extra money and get the power liftgate, I wish I had.

Carol M
Helpful

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Compare Models & Key Features

Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$21,115 - $23,464
$27,061 - $29,466

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 (hp)
170 - 252 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.5L Turbo DOHC 4, Fuel, gasoline, E15, 1.5L TURBO DOHC 4
1.5L Turbo DOHC 4, Fuel, gasoline, E15, 2.0L TURBO, 4
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.9 (in.)
40.9 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.2 - 40 (in.)
38.2 - 40 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39.7 (in.)
39.7 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.8 - 38.5 (in.)
36.8 - 38.5 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Not Available
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

WiFi Hotspot
Standard
Standard

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Not Available
Optional
Optional

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Not Available
Optional
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Running Boards
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/65R17
P225/60R18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
107.3 (in.)
107.3 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.4 - 38.4 (ft.)
37.4 - 38.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
182.3 (in.)
182.3 (in.)

Width

Width
72.4 (in.)
72.4 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3449 (.lbs)
3449 - 3756 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 (hp)
252 (hp)

Torque

Torque
203 (ft. lbs.)
260 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
150 - 350 (.lbs)
150 - 350 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Standard
Standard

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.9 (gal.)
14.9 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
28 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

City

City
26 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
30 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Standard
Standard

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
Front
Side
Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
G
Side
G
Roof Strength
G
Driver-side Overlap Front
G
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with Traction Control
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Daytime Running Lamps, LED signature
  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, and thorax side-impact driver and front passenger, and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Air bag, Passenger Sensing System sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger presence detector (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • OnStar and GMC connected services capable; EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model.)
  • GMC Connected Access with 10 years of standard connectivity which enables services such as, Vehicle Diagnostics, Dealer Maintenance Notification, GMC Smart Driver, Marketplace and more; EFFECTIVE WITH SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Limitations apply. Not transferable. Standard connectivity available to original purchaser for ten years from the date of initial vehicle purchase for model year 2018 or newer GMC vehicles. See onstar.com for details and further plan limitations. Connected Access does not include emergency or security services. Availability and additional services enabled by Connected Access are subject to change.)
  • Teen Driver mode a configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. An in-vehicle report gives you information on your teen's driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver
  • Tire Pressure Monitor manual learn with Tire Fill Alert *
  • Horn, dual-note
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert *
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert *
  • Rear Park Assist *
  • Rear Vision Camera (Replaced with (UVH) Surround Vision Camera when (WPR) Advanced Safety Package is ordered.) *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

‌Overall
Mechanical
Powertrain Quality
Body & Interior Design
‌Features
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best

Safety Recalls (4)

Fuel System, Gasoline May 31, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
May 31, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V358000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2018 Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Equinox, Malibu and Colorado and GMC Terrain, Acadia and Canyon vehicles. The high pressure fuel pump may detach from its mounting flange, possibly resulting in the pump damaging the high pressure fuel line.
Consequence:
A damaged fuel line can create a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the high pressure fuel pump, and high pressure fuel pipe, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18188.
Service Brakes, Hydraulic Aug 30, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 30, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V576000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Chevrolet Equinox, Impala, Cruze, Volt and Bolt EV vehicles, GMC Terrain vehicles, Buick Lacrosse and Regal vehicles, Cadillac XTS and XTS Professional vehicles and 2018 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. The rear brake caliper pistons may have an insufficient coating causing gas pockets to form, potentially reducing rear brake performance.
Consequence:
A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will bleed the vehicle's brake system, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18279.
Power Train Aug 22, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 22, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V516000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles and 2017-2018 GMC Acadia vehicles. The right front intermediate driveshaft may fracture and separate while driving.
Consequence:
If the front right intermediate drive shaft assembly separates while driving, the vehicle will lose propulsion, increasing the risk of a crash. If the assembly separates while parked on a grade, without the park brake engaged, the vehicle may move unintentionally, increasing the risk of a vehicle roll-away.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the right front intermediate drive shaft assembly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 17329.
Air Bags May 24, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
May 24, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V340000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2018 GMC Terrain vehicles. The sensing diagnostic module (SDM) that senses a crash and deploys the necessary air bags may not power down correctly when the vehicle is shut off, causing it to be inoperative when the vehicle is restarted.
Consequence:
If the SDM becomes inoperative, it will not detect a crash or command the necessary air bag deployment, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the SDM with updated software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18179.

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