2020 GMC Terrain Reviews

2020 Terrain New Car Test Drive


The smallest crossover in the GMC range is the compact Terrain. A cousin of the Chevrolet Equinox, the 2020 Terrain seats five in comfort and provides plenty of standard and optional equipment. It is a solid value in a competitive class, though Denali models are pricey. 

For 2020, the Terrain holds steady. Another paint choice is now on the option sheet, and there are more standard active-safety features. The optional turbodiesel has been dropped due to lack of demand. 

With the turbodiesel gone, buyers must choose between one of two gas engines. The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbo-4 with 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, while the upgrade engine is a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. 

Both engines pair with a 9-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available. 

With the 2.0-liter engine, maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds. 

A number of active-safety features have been made standard for 2020, including parking sensors, blind-spot monitors, automatic emergency braking, and active lane control. Adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera system remain optional on the high-trim models. 

Crashworthiness has been a strong suit of the Terrain. The NHTSA has awarded it a five-star overall rating, while the IIHS deemed it 'Good'? in all categories save the headlights. 

Fuel economy is also a strength of the Terrain, and considering the efficiency of the two turbo-4s it isn't surprising that GMC dropped the turbodiesel from the lineup. With front-drive and the 1.5-liter engine, buyers can expect 26 mpg city, 30 highway, 27 combined. Adding all-wheel drive drops those figures slightly to 25/28/26 mpg. The 2.0-liter engine manages only 21/26/23 mpg with all-wheel drive. 


All prices include a $1,195 destination charge. 

The lowest-rung Terrain is the SL ($26,195). It is only available with front-wheel drive and can be picked out in a crowd by its unpainted black mirror caps. Standard features include a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, cloth upholstery, and keyless entry. All aforementioned safety features are also standard. 

Next up is the SLE ($29,595 for FWD, $31,195 for AWD). It adds a 4.2-inch driver information screen, rear-seat release levers in the cargo area, and painted mirror caps. This trim also opens up more options. 

The SLT ($32,395 with FWD, $33,995 with AWD) is where things begin to get luxurious. There's leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, 18-inch wheels, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. The 2.0-liter turbo-4 is available on this trim, making an SLT the cheapest way into the upsized engine. 

The Denali ($39,495 for FWD $41,095 with AWD) is the top-shelf Terrain. There's 19-inch wheels, the Denali grille treatment, hands-free tailgate, navigation, a heated steering wheel, and wireless charging, among other luxuries. 

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