The 2019 GMC Terrain Offers Impressive Power With Style

With options to satisfy a multitude of tastes and personal styles, the 2019 GMC Terrain doesn't skimp on performance. With three engine choices, you can build one to fit your individual needs, whether that means running errands around town or towing a trailer. The new Terrain stands as a leader among compact SUVs and offers one of the finest cabins in the class.


Are there many changes from last year's model?

GMC changed very little to create the 2019 Terrain, but what they did alter is worth mentioning. The new, sleek exterior design sets the Terrain apart from other four-door [search label="crossovers" items="crossover SUVs|Mazda CX-5|Honda CR-V|Kia Sorento"]. They also added a panoramic sunroof, so you can enjoy the magnificent views to the fullest.


What is special about the exterior of the 2019 Terrain?

This is no ordinary crossover. Its attractive shape gives the Terrain a distinctive look, with a sleeker, more elegant appearance than its close rival, the Chevrolet Equinox. This beauty is not just skin deep, either. The design makes it more aerodynamic, as well. The 2019 GMC Terrain sports a trendy floating roof and sculpted tail, along with a squared grille shape. You can choose whether you want to dress your new Terrain up or down, with a chrome- or black-trimmed version, to suit your personality.


What features does the 2019 offer inside?

GMC has added noticeable luxury touches to the interior of the Terrain, providing a stylish and comfortable ride for everyone. The interior is equipped with more wood and luxury appointments for a sharper look than its competitors. There's plenty of room for all, with 40.9 inches of legroom in the front and almost as much in the back. The user-friendly infotainment system is packed with the latest technology, [search label="OnStar telematics" items="OnStar Navigation|GM Fleet|OnStar App|Infotainment"], and standard Apple CarPlay compatibility. On the downside, the flat-bottom cushions in the rear seats and the contrast stitching on the Denali upholstery detract from the otherwise opulent ride.


How powerful is the 2019 Terrain?

There are three engine choices for the Terrain, all turbocharged. The base model comes with a 1.5-liter gas-powered turbo-four, capable of producing 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. Opting for an upgrade to the 2-liter turbo-four, also gas increases the horsepower to 252 and the torque to 260. That's quite a difference, especially for only about $1,300 more. Both of these nine-speed automatics offer a smooth luxury ride, but if you need your crossover to do more than basic errands around town, the 2-liter turbo-four is worth the money. It can tow an impressive 3,500 pounds, making much more versatile. The third option is a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel and, though it is the most expensive choice, it is not offered on the most expensive version, the Denali. It packs 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque.


What different trims are available this year?

The Terrain SL is the base model, with standard features, including keyless entry, push-button start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and cloth upholstery. There are only three color options at this level. The SLE doesn't really add a lot of features but offers a wide range of color options and is available with an assortment of options packages that will upgrade your Terrain. Smart money is probably on the next level up, the SLT. This trim comes with leather interiors, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, 18-inch wheels, and heated seats. The top trim is the Denali, featuring more chrome and body-colored bumpers for an eye-catching look. It includes leather interior, 19-inch wheels, soft-touch materials, and a very ornate exterior design.


What features are included in the standard package?

GMC includes a fine selection of features in their standard package. They provide 17-inch wheels, rear-view camera, active noise cancellation, and a feature designed especially for parents of teen drivers which allows them to set limits for their children when they are behind the wheel. The state-of-the-art IntelliLink infotainment system comes with 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth streaming, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, built-in Wi-fi hot spot, four USB ports, and a 7-speaker Bose premium sound system.


How much room does the Terrain have for people and cargo?

The 2019 Terrain is smaller than last year's model. While it seats five, it comfortably seats only two adults in the back. Even with a full passenger load, there is room for a small to moderate amount of cargo. The 29.6 cubic feet of cargo space jumps to 63.3 cubic feet when you fold the second row of seats down.


How good is the fuel economy?

For its class, the 2019 Terrain gets excellent gas mileage. The all-wheel-drive Terrain with the standard 1.5-liter turbo-four gets an estimated 24 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Opting for the front-wheel-drive raises that to 26 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The AWD 2-liter turbo gets around 21 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway, while the AWD turbo-diesel gets 28 mpg in the city and 38 on the highway.


How safe is the 2019 Terrain?

This year's crossover received impressive scores for safety. The NHTSA gave it five stars in both front and side impact worthiness, and the IIHS gave the 2019 Terrain good scores on all tests. GMC also includes features such as daytime-running lights to increase overall safety. However, the IIHS also rated the headlights on the 2019 as poor, and GMC failed to include many safety features that competitors deem standard, such as automatic braking, blind-spot monitors, and parking sensors.


How much will a new Terrain cost?

The biggest issue with the price of the 2019 GMC Terrain its lack of features that competitors provide as standard. When you add the optional features to match rivals, like the Honda CR-V, the Terrain becomes a much more expensive choice. The front-wheel-drive SL is the most inexpensive version, starting at $25,000. The SLE all-wheel drive begins at $29,800, while the AWD Terrain SLE diesel's starting price is $33,600. For the top trim, the Denali, the all-wheel-drive version runs $39,000 standard.

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