2022 GMC Terrain

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  • Overview

    A red 2022 GMC Terrain is angled left.

    It was back in 2010 when GMC unveiled the Terrain, an SUV that had the rugged independence and efficiency that GMC has always been known for, but with the economic advantages that were now being offered from their various competitors. While the market has always been competitive, SUVs have only increased in popularity in recent years. Naturally, this has led to manufacturers striving to make models that cater to a wide variety of drivers. A renewed focus on fuel economy, comfort, and easy handling in suburban and city areas has shifted the SUV from a rugged vehicle for the rough and tough to an ideal choice for the modern family and average consumer. The 2022 GMC Terrain is certainly up to the arduous task of competing with the various makes and models that people choose from on a near-daily basis. The brand is no stranger to bringing performance and dependability to the masses. So, as the old expression goes, this is certainly not GMC’s first rodeo, and if the 2022 Terrain has its way, it will be far from its last.


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    Starting at

    $27,900 [a]

  • Performance

    A black 2022 GMC Terrain is shown from the side driving on an open road past a large puddle.

    An Engine That Has Adapted Through the Years

    When the GMC Terrain made its iconic debut over a decade ago, it offered customers the choice between two different engines, a 2.4L 4-cylinder and a 3.0L V6. As the SUV has changed considerably in recent years, GMC isn’t above adapting to the changing needs of the public. Downsizing the scale of the engine to a single motor standard on all trim levels, the 2022 GMC Terrain comes with an economical and performance-oriented 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder. Capable of generating 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque, GMC equips this capable workhorse with a 9-speed automatic transmission. While those numbers might catch your eye as impressive, you’ll also be quite content with the Terrain's fuel economy of 25 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway.

    An advantage GMC holds over some of its competitors, such as Subaru and Mazda, is offering its customers the ability to choose between AWD and FWD. The previously mentioned companies are offering their SUVs with standard AWD on all models, without the ability to opt-out of the drivetrain. While AWD is very effective for off-roading or gaining a leg up on inclement weather conditions, it really isn't necessary for day-to-day driving here in NC, and you may find the slightly more fuel-efficient FWD to be a far better investment. Offering more alternatives to customers isn’t just good business practice; it’s understanding that the needs of drivers aren’t one-dimensional.

    The starting MSRP for the GMC Terrain is $27,900.[a] While slightly higher than others in its class, such as the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, and Ford Bronco, this investment is one that will surely go the distance for those who choose GMC this year. With a great engine under the hood and a 9-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifting, the Terrain is perfect for your daily drive or the occasional unusual adventure.

  • Interior

    The grey interior of a 2022 GMC Terrain shows the cargo space from the rear.

    This Vehicle Does Not Sacrifice Comfort

    GMC has never been one to sacrifice comfort in its designs. Whether it’s their trucks or SUVs, you can always rely on GMC to furnish its vehicles with a level of luxury that caters to those with impeccable tastes. The 2022 GMC Terrain has comforts spread across all its trim levels, with the Denali edition taking top billing for its posh and pristine features. Standard on all levels of the Terrain is cruise control, Apple & Android compatibility, and 12-volt auxiliary cargo area and front power outlets. The introductory trim line features a 7-inch infotainment center, whereas the next level features an 8-inches for the explorer who goes wherever their whims carry them. An 8-inch infotainment system with navigation is available on all trim levels but is standard for the Denali. Dual-zone climate control is standard on all upper trim levels and available for the SLE.

    The interior of the Terrain manages to perfectly encapsulate an aesthetic of refined elegance. While the exterior might look rugged and independent with its newly designed intimidating front end, cracking the hard candy shell reveals unparalleled sweetness. Available on the beginning trim line and standard on others are a pair of heated front seats that are ideal for getting through those chilly mornings and occasional snowy days.

    More Than Just Comfortable

    Along with all the amenities the GMC Terrain offers its drivers, all trims come with a sizable amount of storage space for those days that warrant the need. Over 63 cubic feet of available cargo room means you’ll be able to pick up that love seat from the art dealer and still have room for groceries. Of course, sometimes, the workload might be more sizable than others on certain days. GMC has that base covered as well with the Terrain’s maximum towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. If you’re looking to get out of dodge and bring some extra goodies with you, you’ll have the ability to do so. And while you’re on your way on a much needed trip (or just going to work), a complimentary three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM will ensure you have access to everything you want to listen to.

  • Safety

    A red 2022 GMC Terrain is shown from the front parked on an open tree-lined road.

    Don't Fret When You Have GMC Safety Features Equipped on Your Terrain

    Just like the other GM brands, the GMC Terrain wastes nothing in terms of providing a safe ride and the assurance of security for peace of mind. In recent testing from the NHTSA, the Terrain was awarded a five-star overall safety rating. Across all trim lines are a variety of safety features and driving assistance technologies that encompass GM’s continued dedication to providing the best features possible to their ever-growing number of drivers. Lane keep assist with lane departure warning is standard, Teen Driver and IntelliBeam High Beam Assist, which monitors traffic patterns and light levels and adjusts your vehicle's high beams accordingly.

    One standard feature that’s sure to brighten everyone’s day is GM’s hill descent control. Should you be driving in your GMC Terrain and find yourself in a situation that requires you to tackle some uneasy terrain of the hill variety, then this advanced piece of driving assistance technology will initiate the vehicle’s anti-lock braking system to keep you from rolling backward. This, along with GM’s Stabilitrak traction control system, means that no matter what your experience level might be in the world of off-roading, there’s a chance to explore your world in ways you might not have in the past.

    All trim levels come with GMC’s Pro Safety package, a suite of driving assistance features to help you retain peace of mind when you’re on the road. These include automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, and the following distance indicator. Upper trim levels contain more advanced features such as adaptive cruise control, front and rear park assist, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, and rear cross traffic alert. This speaks to GMC recognizing the necessity for all drivers to have proper access to the cutting-edge technology that keeps their customers safe.

    While certain features that increase our comfort levels are expected to come with a price tag, safety is one thing that never should. It’s also important to point out that while driver assistance technology has continued to develop and evolve, and it’s put in place to help increase the safety of your journey, it’s in no way a replacement for the effective habits of a responsible driver.

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