2020 GMC Terrain

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$26,195 - $41,095
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2020 GMC Terrain Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: February 14, 2020
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The 2020 GMC Terrain is priced ambitiously, starting at $26,195 for the base trim. Though GMC keeps running substantial discounts throughout the year. The Terrain is a stylish mid-size crossover comes with two engine options in front-wheel -r an all-wheel-drive. The Terrain shares its platform with its corporate sibling Chevrolet Equinox but differs in creature comfort and preferences.

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Pros

Distinct Exterior Styling

Comfortable Ride

Intuitive Infotainment System

The optional 2.0-liter engine is efficient and powerful

Cons

Prices escalate high for top trims

Sub-par Cargo Capacity behind the rear seats

What's New?

The Diesel engine is now defunct

GMC Pro Safety array of driver aids fitted as standard

Denali gets an optional premium package


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

170 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

203 lbs.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

9 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.3/62.5

dimensions

wheelbase

107.3 in.

length

182.3 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

65.4 in.

curb weight

3449 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

63.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1146 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/27/30 mpg

ev range

387.4 mi.

highway range

447 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 GMC Terrain in Ebony Twilight Metallic color  2020 GMC Terrain in Graphite Gray Metallic color  2020 GMC Terrain in Quicksilver Metallic color  2020 GMC Terrain in Summit White color  2020 GMC Terrain in Satin Steel Gray Metallic color
Ebony Twilight Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Interior

6.0

6.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 GMC Terrain SL

SL

power
170 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$26,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $26,195 MSRP (26/27/30) 170 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 GMC Terrain SLE

SLE

power
170 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$29,595 - $31,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $29,595 MSRP (26/27/30) 170 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SLE 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $31,195 MSRP (25/26/28) 170 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 GMC Terrain SLT

SLT

power
170 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$32,395 - $33,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $32,395 MSRP (26/28/30) 170 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SLT 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $33,995 MSRP (25/26/28) 170 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 GMC Terrain Denali

Denali

power
252 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$39,495 - $41,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Denali 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $39,495 MSRP (22/24/28) 252 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Denali 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $41,095 MSRP (21/23/26) 252 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.5

Overall Rating


The 2020 GMC Terrain is a handsome subcompact crossover offering strongly turbocharged engines, a comfort-oriented chassis, and a decent-level of standard features. The GMC Terrain faces direct competition from the class-leading giants like Honda CR-V, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot.

So GMC Terrain is presented to be a style icon, distinct from the arch-rivals in the market. Also, the special Denali Trim is a much more exclusive and upscale version than all of the new Terrain models.

2020 GMC Terrain SUV Front View
2020 GMC Terrain SUV Rear View

7.5/10
Features

 
 
 

6.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 GMC Terrain Features

7.5/10

The 2020 GMC Terrain is a five-seat midsize crossover SUV that offers enticing looks, comfort and standard convinience features. With four trims on offer with multiple powertrain configurations, Terrain provides different sizes that fit all. Trim levels include the Terrain SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali, differentiated with the increasing level of creature comforts. GMC offers a choice between a 1.5- or 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 mated with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional on all except the base.

The Terrain is practical enough with room for four adults and plenty of cargo. Every Terrain rides atop 17-inch wheels and gets a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Carplay, and Android Auto compatibility, etc. The top trim, Denali nears the luxury SUV with the use of Chrome accents, standard leather upholstery and every other feature in a modern luxury SUV. Also, 2020 brings a premium option package for the Terrain Denali which adds a suite of safety equipment.

Trim

SL

SLE

SLT

Denali

MSRP FWD

$26,195

$29,595

$32,395

$39,495

MSRP AWD

-

$31,195

$33,995

$41,095

Key Features

 

In addition to SL features:

In addition to SLE features:

In addition to SLT standard features:

 

HID Headlamps with LED Signature Lighting

4.2" multi-color Driver Information Center

18" machined aluminum wheels with Dark Gray painted accents

2.0L Turbo engine

 

19" Ultra-Bright machined aluminum wheels

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Body-color mirror caps

Leather-appointed seating

 

Heated front seats

LED Headlamps with Signature Lighting

 

Keyless Open and Start

Release levers for folding second row in the cargo area

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Hands-free power programmable liftgate

 

Fold-flat front passenger seat

 

Traction Select System

 

8" diagonal GMC Infotainment System

Rear Park Assist

 

7" diagonal GMC Infotainment System

 

4.2" multi-color driver information screen

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility

 

Remote start

 

Roof-mounted side rails

Side-blind zone alert with lane change alert

 

3.5" monochromatic driver information screen

 

 

Heated steering wheel

 

Navigation

 

 

 

 

Bose premium 7-speaker system

What do we recommend?

The value pick will be the Terrain SLT, which includes leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, 18-inch wheels, the upgraded 8.0-inch touchscreen, and heated front seats. One can upgrade to the 2.0-liter option by incurring $1500 additional.

2020 GMC Terrain Engine and Performance

GMC offers a turbocharged family of four-cylinder, gasoline-powered options mated with 9-speed automatic transmission. The diesel four-cylinder option and six-speed automatic transmission as been done away with for 2020.

The 2020 GMC Terrain brings all the ideal traits of an SUV aligned for a calm and composed ride. With the base engine, the fuel economy is great but isn’t very swift. As you opt for an upgraded engine, the acceleration and towing capacity get a boost while trading-off with the mog ratings.

Engine and transmission

The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that pumps 170 hp. The base engine suffices the daily driving needs without adding to the running cost. The Terrain with the 1.5-l variant takes time to attain the desired speed. In case of highway passing or overtaking, planned maneuvers will be advised.

A 252-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder comes standard in the Terran Denali while it is available in every trim except the base and SLE. the uprated performance is most welcome as the Terrain now feels punchy. For highways and off-roading adventure, the 2.0-liter engine is a preferred choice.

Models

GMC Terrain

Ford Escape

Chevrolet Equinox

Honda CR-V

MSRP

$26,195

$24,885

$23,800

$26,170

Engine

1.5-liter I-4 regular

1.5-liter I-3 premium

1.5-liter I-4 regular

1.5-liter I-4 regular

Transmission

9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed automatic w/OD

6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

2-speed CVT w/OD

Horsepower

170 hp @ 5,600 rpm

180 hp

170 hp @ 5,600 rpm

190 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque

203 lb.-ft. @ 2,000 rpm

177 lb.-ft.

203 lb.-ft. @ 2,000 rpm

179 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

The standard is the 9-speed automatic transmission which adds to the fun-driving. The well-calibrated transmission is quick to respond and nowhere delays the performance statistics. Terrain’s corporate sibling uses the same engine but a six-speed automatic transmission, which remains slightly behind the 9-speed auto in Terrain.

Acceleration

The 2.0L engine mated with 9-speed auto takes the Terrain Denali to 60 mph off-the-line in 6.8 seconds. The base engine is focussed less on a brisk performance but more on the fuel economy. Thus the GMC Terrain with the base engine takes under 10 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph. Further, GMC provides the front-wheel-drive as standard with an available option of an all-wheel-drive with every trim except the base.

2020 GMC Terrain SUV 0-60 MPH in Just 9.3 sec

Model

GMC Terrain

Ford Escape

Chevrolet Equinox

Honda CR-V

0-60 MPH

9.3

9.2

NA

NA

Quarter Mile

NA

16.9

NA

NA

Engine

1.5L

1.5L

1.5L

2.4L

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

6.6

NA

6.3

6.3

The passing power is a bit of an issue with the base engine which is compensated by the available 2.0L powertrain option. The automatic transmission is so smooth that it doesn’t even give a glimpse of the action. The Chevrolet Equinox with 1.5L turbo takes around 8.9 seconds to cross the 60 mph milestone. The Equinox transmission isn’t as smooth as its sibling’s.

Ride and handling

The GMC Terrain isn’t a sports SUV but an engaging one at least. The overall ride remains comfortable and composed. The handling is engaging enough if not entertaining. The GMC suspension tuning focuses on a comfort-oriented ride be it in the city or on the highway.

2020 GMC Terrain SUV Front View

The steering is a bit slow but direct. At low speeds, the steering remains effortless and as you touch the cruising speed the steering weighs up nicely. The 2020 Terrain keeps the body roll in check as you pitch in the curvy roads. It is surprising how composed and stable the GMC remains over the twists and turns.

Braking

The GMC Terrain does not face any shortcomings on the braking front. The 4-wheel antilock disc brakes bite smoothly. The brake pedal gives realtime feedback and maintains a good relationship between pedal pressure and actual stopping power.

2020 GMC Terrain SUV Front Brake is 11.8 in.

Model

GMC Terrain

Ford Escape

Chevrolet Equinox

Honda CR-V

Brake front

(in.)

11.8

12.8

NA

11.1

Brake Rear

(in.)

11.3

12

NA

10.2

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

3449

3522

3274

3307

60-0 MPH (ft.)

130

112

121

115

The 2020 Terrain has a curb weight of around 3500 lbs, the brakes are well-calibrated to provide the adequate stopping power and inspire confidence. The nosedive is next to none in case of an emergency stop. The competitors lead with better stopping distance than the GMC Terrain.

Towing Capacity

Terrains equipped with the turbocharged 1.5-liter are limited to a maximum towing capacity of 1500 pounds. Upgrading to more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter increases the towing capacity up to 3500 pounds.

Model

GMC Terrain

Ford Escape

Chevrolet Equinox

Honda CR-V

Maximum Towing Capacity (lbs)

3500

3500

3500

1500

The direct rival of Terrain, all offers a similar maximum towing ability with the Honda CR-V trailing far behind.

2020 GMC Terrain Fuel Economy

It is quite evident that the GMC Terrain primarily focusses on an efficient and economical performance. The base engine offers class-competitive EPA fuel-economy figures. The 2.0-L turbo with an all-wheel-drive, however, downgrades the EPA ratings compared with the base engine but doesn’t go insane.

The 1.5-liter in an all-wheel-drive configuration puts EPA ratings of 25/28/26 mpg on city/highway/combined while the 2.0L engine in the same configuration puts out 21/26/23 mpg for city/highway/combined.

Model

GMC Terrain

Ford Escape

Chevrolet Equinox

Honda CR-V

MPG (city)

26

21

26

26

MPG (highway)

30

29

32

32

MPG (combined)

27

24

28

28

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallon)

14.9

14.2

14.9

14

Range (Cty/Hwy) (miles)

387/447

298/412

387/477

392/448

GMC offers 14.9 gallons of fuel tank capacity with the base engine while increases the capacity to 15.6 gallons for the one equipped with a 2.0-l option. This keeps the range in check so that you don’t have pay frequent visits to a gas station.

2020 GMC Terrain Interior

6.0/10

The GMC Terrain is a midsize two-row SUV. This five-seater SUV offers a class-average space and comfort. GMC offers a lot of optional equipment to suit the individual needs. Also, moving up the ladder, the interior breather upscale air. The Terrain’s interior is comfortable and perfectly functional without being that luxurious.

Seating and capacity

To begin with, it is easy to get in and out of the GMC Terrain, thanks to wide-opening doors and low seat bolsters. Upfront, there is plenty of room with comfortable seats. The rear faces a shoulder space crunch while the legroom remains generous even for tall adults. The deep, angled dash keeps the front hidden thereby restricting visibility. Also, the GMC Terrain is under speculation for sub-par build quality.

2020 GMC Terrain SUV Front Seats

The GMC Terrain seems to be ergonomically challenged. The interior is attractive but some controls are small enough to be identified. Cloth upholstery, four-way manually adjustable front seats, and a fold-flat rear seat with a 60/40 split are standard. Seating options include leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a six-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Model

GMC Terrain

Ford Escape

Chevrolet Equinox

Honda CR-V

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.0/57.2/40.9

39.9/56.0/43.1

40.0/57.2/40.9

40.1/57.9/41.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.5/55.6/39.7

39.0/55.3/37.3

38.5/55.5/39.9

39.2/55.6/40.4

Infotainment

GMC Terrain infotainment system scores good and offers enticing entertainment options. The easy-to-use and responsive infotainment system of Terran benefits from the clear graphics, logical menus, and standard Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity options. The GMC native software also comes standard for ease of use. The standard infotainment features include a 7-inch touch screen, four USB ports (including Type-C), Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and six speakers. Proximity keyless entry and push-button start are also standard.

2020 GMC Terrain SUV Has 7-inch Infotainment Screen

Moving to the higher-end SLT and Denali trims fetch you an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen. The top Denali also features a standard in-dash navigation which is optional on the SLE and SLT trims. Other optional features include a seven-speaker Bose audio system, a 110-volt power outlet, wireless device charging, dual-zone climate control, and remote start.

Key infotainment features

  • 7" diagonal GMC Infotainment System with multi-touch display and AM/FM stereo
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 2" diagonal multi-color driver information screen

Cargo capacity

The 2020 GMC Terrain doesn’t offer a lot of cargo space for a midsize SUV, just 29.6 cu-ft. With rear seats folded, the Terrain;’s 63 cu-ft of cargo space is still behind the class benchmark. However, Terran comes with one feature where you can fold the front passenger seat flat to expand the hauling options. Now the maximum space on offer is 81 cu-ft. Also, GMC equips the Terrain with a power liftgate and low liftover height making cargo loading easy.

2020 GMC Terrain SUV Has Cargo Volume with rear seats up is 29.6 cu ft.

Model

GMC Terrain

Ford Escape

Chevrolet Equinox

Honda CR-V

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

29.6

34

29.9

39.2

The small storage spaces are ample, thanks to plenty of bins, trays and door pockets. The Terrain can hold 24 cases behind the rear seats, those looking for absolute maximum must look towards the Honda CR-V.

Key Interior Features

The interior has no complaints but no element qualifies to be class-leading. Some key comfort features in the 2020 GMC Terrain are listed below:

  • Front bucket seats
  • Seat trim, premium cloth
  • 5-passenger seating
  • 4-way manual driver seat
  • 4-way manual front passenger seat
  • Flat-folding front passenger seatback
  • Rear seat release levers
  • Rear Seat Reminder
  • Front carpeted floor mats
  • Rear carpeted floor mats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel mounted controls
  • Speedometer, miles/kilometers
  • Driver Information Center
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2020 GMC Terrain Exterior

2020 GMC Terrain unlike conventional boxy design, flaunts a bold look with a floating roof design. The 2020 Terrain comes unchanged in this department other than the addition of one more color option. The front fascia is polarizing and benefits from the available black or chromed-out styling options. The sheet metal is sleek and looks distinct from the class rivals.

2020 GMC Terrain SUV Three Quarter View

The Terrain Denali flaunts the right amount of glitz and brighter option, from the grilles and front bumper right back to the tail. Overall, the Terrain enjoys a sharp silhouette, uniquely styled headlights with LED accents and the current trend of rear-pillar treatment.

Model

GMC Terrain

Ford Escape

Chevrolet Equinox

Honda CR-V

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3449

3522

3274

3307

Length (in.)

182.3

NA

183.1

NA

Width (in.)

72.4

75

72.6

73

Height (in.)

65.4

66.3

65.4

66.1

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.9

7.9

NA

NA

Wheelbase (in.)

107.3

105.9

107.3

104.7

Track Width (in.) F/R

62.3/62.5

61.5/61.6

62.2/62.2

63.0/63.7

Key Exterior Features includes the following:

  • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps
  • Automatic delay headlamps
  • Automatic on/off headlamps
  • LED signature taillamps
  • Acoustic laminated windshield
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • Heated power outside mirrors
  • Body-color mirror caps
  • Body-color door handles
  • Manual liftgate
  • Active Noise Cancellation
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2020 GMC Terrain Safety

The 2020 GMC Terrain is certified to be safe by both federal safety rating agencies. NHTSA crash-test yielded a sloid rating of five stars for its overall safety. Similarly, the IIHS crash-test of GMC Terran marks the authenticity with “good” ratings. However, the Terrain missed out on the Top Safety Pick award from IIHS because its headlamps performed poorly in the test.

The standard safety feature list isn’t comprehensive, as the most advanced driver assistance features are part of an optional list. For 2020, GMC has introduced significant safety upgrades which include features like forwarding automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, the following distance indicator, front pedestrian braking, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Key standard safety features in the 2020 GMC Terrain includes:

  • Airbag system
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • C-Shaped LED signature lighting
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Passenger Sensing System
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • StabiliTrak, an electronic stability control system with traction control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2020 GMC Terrain Competition

2020 GMC Terrain Vs Ford Escape

The 2020 Ford Escape with the 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder is neither quick not efficient. The available 2.0-l option is best suited in case you opt for one. Ford Escape offers ample space and a quiet ride. However, the Escape uses cheap-quality interior materials with silly drive mode animations. The only point where we think the Ford Escape actually escapes the defeat is the good list of standard safety gear.

2020 Ford Escape SUV

2020 GMC Terrain Vs Chevrolet Equinox

Both are corporate siblings sharing a similar base engine with quite a lot more mechanical similarities. The build of Equinox offers a slightly better fuel economy ratings. Also, The Equinox offers higher torque and transmits power a bit more effectively than the GMC Terrain. However, for spirited performance, the 9-speed auto gearbox is preferred in the GMC Terrain over the 6-speed in Equinox.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

 2020 GMC Terrain Vs Honda CR-V

Since the very inception, Honda CR-V has had a special place in the class. It is a versatile, comfortable and spacious subcompact SUV with all sorts of flexible optional extras. The 1.5-liter CR-V engine is our favorite, thanks to the impressive throttle response and class-leading fuel economy figures. The Honda CR-V is priced upwards than the GMC Terrain but the base CR-V is also well-equipped.

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 GMC Terrain Final Verdict

The 2020 GMC Terrain is a good car in terms of the spacious interior, a decent cargo area, verified safety, and good ranging fuel economy as per the powertrain configuration. The GMC Terrain offers unique styling unlike usual boxy design of crossovers. The daily driving dynamics with the 1.5L engine suffice the needs, keeping things within a limit. The 2020 Terrain achieves a more spirited driving performance with the upgraded 2.0L turbo. Depending on your needs, the terrain makes a good package but pricing is a bit aspirational.