The 2018 GMC Terrain: What the critics say
Detroit Free Press
“The days when GMC vehicles were just gussied-up Chevys are long gone.” GM’s truck division is muscling into luxury-brand territory with the top-of-the-line edition of its redesigned compact SUV, th ough any new Terrain model you choose pairs a “striking” exterior and comfortable cabin. GMC’s 170-hp base model competes with Honda’s top-selling CR-V, while the sophisticated Terrain Denali—starting at $37,520— matches up well against the Audi A5.
Car and Driver
Cruising a highway in a Terrain Denali is “infuriatingly boring,” though “in the best way possible.” Even on hills, the turbocharged 252-hp engine and nine-speed transmission deliver “just quiet motivation,” while “comfortably firm” bucket seats enhance the tranquility. That said, the Terrain benefits from linear steering and a stiffened chassis, so it’s “not a complete drag” when pushed on a twisty road.
The Terrain has always been “a fish out of water” among compact SUVs, and it now plays the part with pride. If you don’t care for Denali-level luxury, you can buy a Terrain with a turbodiesel engine that gets 39_mpg on the highway, or choose the “refreshingly light and playful” base model and stand out from your friends with Hondas or Nissans. This new Terrain “doesn’t hide in the background.” ■