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2013 GMC Terrain Review

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Vehicle Overview

The 2013 GMC Terrain crossover remains in between mainstream and luxury crossovers, with Denali models pushing it more into the realm of luxury, while the base models keep it closer to mainstream competitors. The Terrain is powered by a 2.4-liter 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine that gets an estimated 22/32 mpg city/highway; a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 301hp and 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway is available, and all-wheel drive is optional with either engine.

Inside the 2013 GMC Terrain is a nice interior with a dashboard styled in two graceful curves, with gauges and other controls highlighted by blue backlighting. Ambient lighting fills other interior spaces. A standard 7-inch touchscreen display tries to push the Terrain above other compact crossovers, and the audio system can be customized and enhanced with IntelliLink system. Noise-cancelling features have been added, such as an acoustic windshield and active noise-cancellation systems.

The 2013 GMC Terrain is available in five models, the SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2, and Denali. Standard features include heated side view mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rearview camera, power height-adjustable driver seat, sliding and reclining backseat, OnStar, Bluetooth, and a 7-inch touchscreen with satellite radio. The SLE-2 adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, roof rails, upgraded cloth upholstery, Pioneer audio system, and IntelliLink. Included on the SLT-1 model is the Convenience package, which adds heated front seats and remote start, and leather upholstery. SLT-2 models include 18-inch chrome wheels, sunroof, Safety package that adds lane-departure warning, forward-collision alert, and rear park assist, height-selectable power liftgate, chrome exterior trim, and driver-seat memory functions. The Denali adds unique wheels, rear cross-traffic and side blind-zone alert systems, eight-way power passenger seat, and unique interior/exterior trim details.

New for 2013

The 2013 GMC Terrain features new exterior paint colors including Crystal Red, Atlantis Blue Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic, and Iridium Metallic. GMC adds a Denali model that features an upgraded suspension, new trim details, and an eight-way power driver and passenger seat. A universal home remote has also been added to all models.

You'll Like:

  • Nice interior
  • Cargo space
  • Spacious back seat

You Won't Like:

  • Poor steering
  • No third row
  • Poor visibility

Key Competitors:

  • Dodge Journey
  • Ford Explorer
  • Mitsubishi Outlander

See the New 2015 Terrain.

Front & Driver Side View