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2014 GMC Terrain Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

Fitting into what might be called the "just-right- size" SUV category, the 5-passenger 2014 GMC Terrain has a rugged-looking truck-like – yet handsome – exterior, a roomy and luxurious interior, an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that gives it all-weather capability for snowy days and a choice of two engines, each of which delivers commendably-good fuel economy. It does not offer a 3rd-row seat and it's not really intended for off-road duties. Still, for the more reasonable uses that most of its owners will require, the Terrain will more than fill the transportation bill. Compared to some of its likely competitors, such as the Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda CR-V, the 4-cylinder Terrain has fuel economy ratings around the upper-end of the category, and the optionally-available V6 engine delivers 301 horsepower-worth of performance, yet is still remarkably fuel-efficient.

You'll Like This Car If...

If this size and type of vehicle fit your needs, and you'd like something with a more truck-like image and appeal, or an available V6 engine, see your local GMC dealer for the Terrain.

You May Not Like This Car If...

For the serious off-roader, there are alternatives that will prove more satisfactory. While the Terrain's AWD is perfectly fine for snow-covered roads, those who deal with rough and rugged off-road trails will be happier with a Jeep Wrangler or Subaru Outback.

What's New for 2014

For 2014, the GMC Terrain has only minimal changes. There are 17-inch wheels standard on the SLE and SLT1 trim levels, 18-inch wheels are standard on the SLT2 and available on the SLE2 and SLT1. And you can now have the Terrain with the exterior painted in Silver Sky Metallic.

Driving the Terrain

Driving Impressions Occupants of the 2014 GMC Terrain will appreciate the remarkably quiet interior – thorough applications of laminated glass, active noise-cancellation technology and triple-sealed doors have resulted in an almost luxury-car...

level of quiet, even at highway speeds. The base engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder of 182 horsepower that delivers adequate performance along with exemplary fuel economy. Optionally available is a 3.6-liter V6, rated at 301 horsepower, that cranks out plenty of performance for passing or tackling long hills along with commendably-decent fuel economy. Going down the road, the Terrain has a comfortable ride, with predictable steering feel and reassuring directional stability. It might have the looks of a rugged truck, but it has the easy driving manners of a medium-size car.

DISTINCTIVE EXTERIOR
In a world of swoopy compact and mid-size SUVs, the Terrain's somewhat squared-off styling, with its prominent fender flares and truck-like grille, stands out from the crowd. It might not be for everyone, but we like it.

MOVEABLE 2ND-ROW SEATS
The Terrain's entire second row can be moved forward or back eight inches, allowing for taller passengers to gain more legroom or for parents to pull kids in car seats significantly closer.

2014 GMC Terrain Details
Interior

The Terrain shares a lot with its GM sibling, the Chevrolet Equinox, but comes across as more upscale, with higher-quality materials and a snazzier, more luxurious look that includes satin metal trim and 2-tone leather. Going further, the Terrain Denali includes an 8-way power passenger seat, smoked mahogany trim and French-stitched seams on the upholstery. More details show in the GMC signature instrument panel, with glowing red lighting and backlighting for the control functions – even the USB port is made easier to find at night, thanks to a lighted surround. Another nice touch is a touch-screen radio and sound system that includes icons similar to those on smartphones in order to operate the various functions.

Exterior

If you want your SUV to look more rugged and truck-like than others in this size category, the GMC Terrain is for you. The strong, angular wheel openings and big grille – with block GMC lettering and capped with a generous piece of chrome – will certainly catch your eye. There are optional 19-inch wheels to fill out those big wheel openings, and on top is a sturdy roof rack for whatever you want to tie down. Also, even though the Terrain looks substantial, it's not particularly high off the ground, so it's easy to get in and out and to reach that roof rack, as well.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment on the base 2014 GMC Terrain includes the 2.4-liter 182-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, rearview camera, color touch-screen radio, USB port, iPod support, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar, six airbags, and the very handy sliding rear seat that can be moved fore or aft nearly eight inches. Another nice feature is the Active Noise Cancellation that helps to keep the interior quieter by the projection of sound waves through the speakers to counteract loud and obnoxious exterior noises.

Optional Equipment

The 2014 GMC Terrain includes most of what you would want as standard, but the options list includes the 3.6-liter V6 engine (which is heartily recommended for those who will be carrying heavier loads or spending long times on the highways) and 19-inch alloy wheels. A 2nd-row entertainment system with two independent screens will keep the kids occupied on long trips. Other options include color touch-screen navigation with IntelliLink, a 10-gigabyte music-storage hard drive, Pioneer audio and a programmable rear liftgate that can be set to open at a desired height. Safety options include Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert, and the Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Under the Hood

The GMC Terrain for 2014 offers a choice of two engines: A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder of 182 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V6 of 301 horsepower. Both feature the efficiency benefit of direct fuel injection and are matched to 6-speed automatic transmissions, and both deliver remarkably good fuel-economy numbers. Most drivers will probably find the 4-cylinder entirely adequate around town and, if not too heavily loaded, will appreciate its fuel economy on the highway. But those who carry more or drive in hilly conditions should consider the more-powerful V6, which still has decent fuel economy ratings and is known for smooth, quiet operation.

2.4-liter inline-4 (SLE, SLT, Denali)
182 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
172 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 mpg (front-wheel drive), 15/22 mpg (E85, front-wheel drive), 20/29 mpg (AWD), 14/20 mpg (E85, AWD)

3.6-liter V6 (SLE-2, SLT, Denali)
301 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
272 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (front-wheel drive, gasoline), 13/22 mpg (front-wheel drive, E85), 16/23 mpg (AWD, gasoline), 12/17 (AWD, E85)

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2014 GMC Terrain Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 286 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

LOVE this car!!

By on Friday, February 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great gas mileage, roomy and comfortable."

Cons: "The mirrors-blind spots on passenger side"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this new. 2013 FWD, 4 cyl. Drove it cross country and back and it got fabulous gas mileage and was very comfortable. Husband uses it for work and is always loading furniture into it and it has been very useful. I just would have liked the floor to be flat when the seats are folded down. We have put 82000 on it in two years, and other than oil changes, the car has been perfect. NO problems at all. We live in Massachusetts and it has been fine in the winter. Sadly, two days ago, another driver smashed head on into my husband, totaling the car. He walked away with a small bruise on his ankle. If you saw the picture, you would think the driver would have been killed. The cabin held together just fine. The doors even open and close! We are hoping to replace it with the same or newer model."

Good, With issues

By on Monday, February 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great for daily driving"

Cons: "No Rear A/C. Front air vents difficult to direct."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"2013 Terrain Denali FWD 2.4L Flex Fuel . We live in Oklahoma. Hot summers cold winters. (anywhere between 8*f-110*f) I have two major complaints about my Denali. 1. No rear air vents AT ALL. So pre-heating/Cooling is definitely needed. Always keep a car blanket for kids in the winter, and kick that A/C on full blast at least 15-20 before putting kids in car. 2. The sticker MPG are completely fictional. (22/32 sticker) my average is much closer to 20/25, NEVER getting better than 26. 98% of my daily commute is full highway. We only use 100% gasoline. Even though our Denali is flex fuel, using E85 will put your MPG in the 15/20 Range. Other than those issues, there really isn't much to complain about, LOVE the Denali features. great sound, excellent red stitched leather. Touch screen Nav and easy to use Onstar/Sirius XM. Bluetooth Speaker loud and clear! EXCELLENT backup (HD!) camera, lane departure and collision alert, all so very handy. Some times collision alert will go off for no reasons. BUT better to be too efficient than not enough. Sunroof doesn't make too much noise when open and driving. Pretty Chrome, easy to maintain. Easy to drive in the snow/rain. Denali vehicle usually has dual chrome tip exhaust, terrain had single exhaust. but far more "pretty" than the standard terrain exhaust. (Only the V6 will get the dual tips while four cylinder models will only sport one.)"

Do not buy a GMC Terrain

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "too many recalls and repairs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"We purchased this car 2 years ago, used and have had nothing but problems with it. It has had many recalls and I found that it is burning oil. The latest repair is the Throttle body, which through research with different car repair websites, I find this is a common problem with GMC and Chevy's built from 08-11. The car gives a warning that it is reducing power and makes you pull over so you can't drive it. We had it towed to a dealer and they repaired it. Said it wasn't covered under the warranty. Very disappointed in GM."

11 people out of 11 found this review helpful

love it

By on Friday, December 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good Mileage, Comfortable, reliable"

Cons: "Could use a little more power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had this vehicle for nearly 3 years. It is dependable and efficient. I have averaged about 23 mpg which I think is decent for an AWD vehicle being run in a hilly environment."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great AWD Vehicle

By on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good profile, without feeling like driving a semi"

Cons: "A lot of chrome!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This was my in-laws car, and when they were no longer able to drive, they gave to us. 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. I feel very safe and really like the features such as remote start, auto lights, and blue tooth capability. While I may not have chosen this car (had I bought it), but for a free car it has been great and I would definitely purchase another one in the future."

15 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Great for long trips

By on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Nice design, comfortable interior, good stereo"

Cons: "Bad steering/cornering, no rear A/C, blind spots"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased my 2010 Terrain SLE-2 with FWD in 2014 as a certified pre-owned vehicle (the first owner leased the car for 3 years). I've put about 30,000 miles on it since then. I was nervous to read the Carfax report since it had a long history of repairs, but it has been mostly problem-free for me. I had to replace a brake rotor in the front tire after 8 months of owning it, and the A/C had a leak after a year, a $500 fix. I make several 10+ hour trips a year (mostly interstate driving) and the Terrain is perfect for that, I never even turn on Cruise control. The interior, it feels like someone put you in a comfy chair and designed the dashboard around you. Tall people fit comfortably inside. The door armrest, center console, and gearshift are perfectly placed for a comfortable seating position. The cabin uses cheap materials (lots of hard plastic) but was definitely designed for comfort and everyday use. The cupholders are at a comfortable spot & the storage under the dashboard is the perfect place to store your wallet or phone, the center console is huge inside. Love the red interior lighting and the silver/black color scheme on the interior. I also love the steering wheel controls. The triple-flash lane change signal (Tapping the turn signal stalk halfway blinks 3 times) is a nice feature. The soundproofing is quiet, almost Lexus-like. I don't have the Nav system, but when I use Google Maps navigation on my phone, it syncs with bluetooth and the voice directions are broadcast over the speakers. Driving dynamics are just OK. It's painfully slow accelerating (4 cylinder) but once up to speed, is comfortable to drive. The steering comes up short, the turning radius is worse than some pickup trucks and the steering feels disconnected, like playing an arcade racing game. Gas mileage isn't as good as advertised but is still pretty good, especially if you stick to highway driving."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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