Buyer's Guide: 2015 GMC Terrain

By Editors on December 3, 2014 6:46 AM

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. There's a lot to love about today's Terrain if -- of course -- you like it. 

Driving It

"The laminated glass, active noise cancellation technology, and triple-seal doors give this SUV the interior quiet of a luxury car, even at highway speeds. The base engine is a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that offers up good fuel economy, but at the cost of anything resembling snappy acceleration." Read our 2015 GMC Terrain full review.

Consumer Reviews

The following speaks to GMC's success in attracting new buyers to the brand, including owners of imports: "I traded my Jetta TDI for the Terrain because it was just too small. The Terrain has a more masculine look to it, and it doesn't have the same look as all the others in its class." See more GMC Terrain consumer reviews.

Looking Ahead

For 2016, the GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali receive new front and rear styling and brightwork accents, while the interior also receives a refresh. The updated Terrains were revealed at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Build and Price

The Terrain can be purchased in both 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 $27,000 -- is surprisingly modest for what is almost a near-luxury purchase experience. Head up to Denali and the trailhead begins at $36K and can quickly ascend to over $40K. The SLE (base trim level) accounts for almost 60% of the Terrain's sales volume. Build and price your own 2015 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 $27,000 to more than $40,000, the 2015 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.