2018 GMC Terrain Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $25,990 | Price yours
Above Average: Engine options and power, comfortable ride, smart storage, available amenities
Below Average: More interior plastics than some, no adaptive cruise control
Consensus: Leaner, meaner and ready to take on the best sellers in its class
All-new, upscale and downsized.
While GMC has long been known for its upmarket trucks, the all-new Terrain is the most civilized, modern vehicle under the GMC banner -- and is decidedly not trucky. If you have looked at Terrains in the past, you'll notice little to no resemblance to the new model, which is now smaller, sharply styled and filled with modern safety, convenience and luxury amenities. The GMC Terrain has two more aces up its sleeve: an upscale Denali trim is available, and there are three solid engines to choose from, including a diesel. The end result of this meticulous reworking of the Terrain is that this SUV is more competitive than ever, and serves as a compelling alternative to compact SUVs from Honda, Toyota and Subaru.
"GMC Terrain buyers can choose among three different turbocharged 4-cylinder engines: a 1.5-liter, a more powerful 2.0-liter, or a diesel-burning 1.6-liter. All three engines offer their charms, with the base being the least expensive, the diesel offering excellent fuel economy, and the 2.0-liter bringing surprisingly good acceleration to the party." Read our 2018 GMC Terrain full review.
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When it comes to GMC's trucks and SUVs, the most upscale model you can get carries the Denali badge. The Terrain Denali comes with uplevel features like chrome accents, satin chrome grille and special Denali wheels. On the inside, there are leather seats -- the front two are heated -- and Denali-exclusive accents throughout the interior. The Denali comes with the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the most powerful engine offered in a Terrain, matched with unique suspension tuning for smoother ride quality.
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 -- just under $26,000 -- is surprisingly modest for what is almost a near-luxury purchase experience. Head up to Denali and the trailhead begins at $40K and ascends to over $44K. Build and price your own 2018 GMC Terrain to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
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