2017 GMC Terrain Review
2017 GMC Terrain Review
The 2017 Terrain is GMC’s entry into the compact SUV segment of the automotive market. With a stylish exterior and good fuel economy ratings, the Terrain is a top pick in the class. Although it’s classified as a small SUV, there’s still plenty of space inside, and five people can fit comfortably. If you are seeking a compact SUV that combines power and performance with a comfortable, updated interior, the 2017 GMC Terrain is the right vehicle for you. There are five different trims available: SLE, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT, and Denali. Overall, the Terrain has a unique exterior featuring a more utility silhouette than the typical crossover shape seen in some of the Terrain’s competitors. The interior features some of the latest technology available with a focus on comfort and a quiet ride, and the newly redesigned second row is moveable to allow an increase in cargo space.
The 2017 GMC Terrain comes standard with a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine that is capable of 182 horsepower and can tow up to 1,500 pounds. This is a great choice for those who want a fuel-efficient SUV, as it gets 21 city/31 highway mpg. If you want more power, you can upgrade to the 3.6-liter V6, which delivers an impressive 301 horsepower. Buyers can choose between front-wheel or four-wheel drive on all trim levels.
The inside of the GMC Terrain was designed to provide a quiet ride by adding laminated glass, triple-strength door seals, and noise cancelling technology. Listen to music through the standard 6-speaker audio system or connect your phone via Bluetooth for hands-free connectivity, and operate everything via the 7-inch infotainment center. With the SLE-2, SLT, and Denali trims, IntelliLink comes standard along with a Pioneer 8-speaker audio system. With two-tone leather upholstery and glossy metallic trim, the interior of the Terrain has a distinctly upscale feeling. The infotainment system can be accessed through a 7-inch touchscreen. If you opt for the Terrain Denali, you’ll get wood-grained accents and and French-stitched seams on the upholstery.
The exterior of the Terrain provides a stylish and sporty exterior with a unique fascia and grille. For an ultra-modern look on the SLE-2 and higher trims, you can add the Nightfall package. New for 2017, the Nightfall package includes monochromatic black accents, a black fascia and grille, and the 18-inch aluminum wheels get a gloss black treatment. The Terrain has the type of boxy appearance you expect from a GMC, with a stylish three-bar grille accented in chrome. It’s one of the largest models in the compact SUV segment, and it’s perhaps the most rugged looking. A functional roof rack comes standard, making it easy to carry camping gear and sports equipment, and the power lift gate is an added convenience. The Terrain comes standard with 18-inch aluminum wheels, but 19-inch wheels are available on the Denali trim level.
A number of high-tech options are available on the Terrain, including IntelliLink smartphone integration, Bluetooth voice controls, and a remote start. The base-level Terrain comes standard with a touchscreen, power driver seat, satellite radio, and ambient lighting. A navigation system with multiple map views is also an option. If you opt for the second-row entertainment system, the kids will be able to watch DVDs on long trips.
The engineers at GMC know that whether you are driving with your family or making your daily commute, safety is a high priority. That’s why on the 2017 GMC Terrain, there are numerous standard safety features equipped on all trims, including a rear view camera, StabiliTrak, daytime running lights, and a collection of airbags. Six airbags and anti-lock brakes are standard. When you upgrade to the SLE-2, SLT and Denali trims, you’ll be able to get state-of-the-art features, including a rear-view camera, forward-collision alert, blind-spot detection and lane-departure warning. Buy a new Terrain, and you’ll get a three-month free subscription to OnStar, which includes roadside assistance and a turn-by-turn navigation feature.
The 2017 GMC Terrain is an excellent compact sport utility vehicle. It’s great for daily driving, and other family activities. However, it’s also got a luxurious, high-end feel that has all the modern conveniences drivers are looking for. Visit Dave Arbogast Buick GMC to test drive today!