Although included as a popular vehicle, the Terrain model currently lacks the standard-class for driving, interior and technology capabilities at the end of its work. Fortunately, the completely redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain takes care of this issue and it’s now a more attractive option for small crossover SUV.
The new 2018 GMC Terrain and its sibling the Chevy Equinox share the impressive trick of shrinking over 3 inches in length and 400 pounds in weighs from the current generation without sacrificing headroom or leg room. This weight loss combined with new engines and transmissions, promises better fuel economy and performance. The optional engine upgrade is also great. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder improves performance while the 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel is the fuel economy champion.
Trim, Features and Specification
The 2018 GMC Terrain SL comes with standard features including three paint colors, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, OnStar, GM’s Teen Driver system, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, two charging-only USB ports for the rear, two USB ports for the front seats, front and rear 110-volt power outlets, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio. The SLE trim adding a compact spare tire, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and interior trim upgrades.
Available packages for the 2018 GMC Terrain SLE include the Driver Convenience package, which adds remote engine start, roof rails, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver seat and heated front seats. The Infotainment I package adds a navigation system, 8-inch touchscreen, a color information display in the gauge cluster, a 110-volt outlet for the rear seat, two extra USB ports in the center console and an SD card reader. The Driver Alert I package adds rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and heated mirrors. All these package can be had along with a trailering equipment and panoramic sunroof.
Move to the SLT trim you’ll gets leather upholstery and the Driver Convenience and Infotainment I package (without navigation). Optional package for the SLT include the Driver Alert I and the Driver Alert II package, which adds automatic high beams, lane departure warning and intervention, low-speed forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic braking. The Infotainment II package adds a seven-speaker Bose stereo system and navigation. The Preferred package adds a power liftgate, a heated steering wheel, a power passenger seat and driver-seat memory settings.
Topping the range is the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali which can only be had with the 2.0-liter engine. It receives unique styling and interior trim, 19-inch wheels, LED headlights. It also bundles with the Driver Alert I, Preferred package and panoramic sunroof. Optional for the Terrain Denali include the Comfort package which adds a wireless phone charging, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. The Driver Alert II package and Advanced Safety package.
Powering the 2018 GMC Terrain SL, SLE and SLT is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. It paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and front wheel drive as standard.
Both the SLE and SLT can be equipped with more a more efficient diesel or powerful gasoline engine. A turbocharged 1.6-liter diesel-powered four-cylinder engine makes 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. It paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and GMC estimates the diesel will return 40 mpg highway. A more powerfull engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, it also comes with dual exhaust tips and larger wheels.
All these engines come standard with front-wheel drive, but also can be equipped with all-wheel drive. A knob in AWD models allows drivers to switch between all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive quickly.
Inside, 2018 GMC Terrain looks bigger than many competitors. It offers good leg room and headroom, even with an optional sunroof panoramic. Unfortunately, the rear visibility over your shoulders is reduced by the thick roof pillars. Push-button shifter placement makes manually changing gears a reach across the center console. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, even on longer trips, and the cabin is quite from road and wind noise. If you choose Denali trim, it offers additional luxuries such as ventilated seating.
The 2018 GMC Terrain cargo capacity is slightly smaller than most of its competitors, yet remains large and easy to load. The lever in the trunk folds the back seat flat, providing 63.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds with a 2.0 liter engine.
Price and Release Date
The 2018 GMC Terrain will go on sale this summer with the base prices start from $25,970. The SLE begins at $28,795 for FWD models and $30,545 for AWD. The SLT starts at $32,295 with front-wheel drive and $34,045 with all-wheel drive. Choose the diesel engine adds $2,845 to the SLT and $3,770 to the SLE. The Denali start at $38,495 with front-wheel, while the all-wheel drive at $40,245.