2016 GMC Terrain Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on May 25, 2016 6:46 AM

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Starting Price: $24,900 | Build

Above Average: Spacious second row, comfortable ride, quiet, attractive interior

Below Average: Top-of-the-line is pricier than most, materials quality needs improvement 

Consensus: Still good-looking, but the Terrain is overdue for a major overhaul

Upmarket, but not upcountry.

GMC is General Motors' venerable outlet for all things truck, and it had a big hit with the introduction of its compact crossover SUV, the GMC Terrain. Although its truck-like styling dynamic isn't for everyone, neither will the Terrain be confused with the more ubiquitous entries from Honda, Toyota or Subaru. And despite its truckish appearance, with its base four-cylinder engine it rivals Honda's CR-V in economy, while an available V6 will rival many Audis in acceleration. Plus, for 2016, the Terrain receives updated styling inside and out. 

Driving It

"GMC adds laminated glass, active noise-cancellation technology and triple-seal doors to create an environment different from anything you'll experience in Ford Escape or Toyota RAV4. While the standard 182-horsepower 2.4-liter engine isn't fast, it can accelerate with sufficient urgency, and its fuel economy is respectable." Read our 2016 GMC Terrain full review.

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Consumer Reviews

The following speaks to GMC's success in attracting new buyers to the brand, including owners of imports: "I was in need of an AWD vehicle to handle mountainous winter driving. While I haven't had much opportunity to test it out under these conditions yet, my normal day-to-day driving has been great. Prior to this I drove a Mini Cooper and would always comment how "invisible" I was to other drivers. The Terrain has a much bigger profile, but not so big I feel like I'm driving a Hummer." See more GMC Terrain consumer reviews.

Build and Price

The Terrain can be purchased in SL, SLE and SLT guise, while the Terrain Denali essentially constitutes its own sub-brand and price point. The cost of entry for the base Terrain -- around $25,000 -- is surprisingly modest for what is almost a near-luxury purchase experience. Head up to Denali and the trailhead begins at $35K and can quickly ascend to over $41K. Build and price your own 2016 GMC Terrain to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Others to Consider

With a price range that spans from $25,000 to more than $40,000, the 2016 GMC Terrain competes to varying degrees in both the small SUV and midsize SUV segments. Check out our Compact SUV Buyer's Guide and Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on both groups.

Photo Gallery: GMC Terrain Inside and Out

 

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