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While this version of the GMC Terrain is not a bad vehicle, the competition had left it in the dust. While nice and roomy inside, the Terrain is less efficient than other five-passenger SUVs, but burns as much gas as larger, seven-passenger models. The 3.6-liter engine, shared with many other General Motors products, supplies quick acceleration times at the test track, but feels sluggish in routine driving.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

While this version of the GMC Terrain is not a bad vehicle, the competition had left it in the dust. While nice and roomy inside, the Terrain is less efficient than other five-passenger SUVs, but burns as much gas as larger, seven-passenger models.

The 3.6-liter engine, shared with many other General Motors products, supplies quick acceleration times at the test track, but feels sluggish in routine driving. Plus, the unrefined and slow-shifting six-speed automatic transmission does it no favors. With 18 mpg overall, fuel economy from the V6 falls short of more capable and roomy SUVs. Four-cylinder models have an overworked 2.4-liter engine, which returns 21 mpg. Again, that falls far short of rivals, which approach 26 mpg overall. Handling and ride are decent, but ordinary.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (182 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (301 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 GMC Terrain owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“Controller for the side ve3hicle detection system went bad”

Anonymous, MI (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Screen freezes up every now and then”

Jeff W., NY (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“screen locked up. could not change fan speed, fan mode, A/C on or off, temp”

Anonymous, TX (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Screen will freeze, music will still be working but nothing on the electronic panel will work. You are unable to change the station”

Jennifer R., FL (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“This problem was synonymous with the radio issues”

Anonymous, AR (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The entire electronic panel will go blank for an unspecified period of time and nothing will work”

Jennifer R., FL (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Upon starting the car the display screen stays black. Can not access radio, navigation, or Bluetooth. Car must be shut off and restarted to have access”

Thomas H., PA (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“will not take input”

Anonymous, IL (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Not up to date; GM wants $150 for new maps; features require subscriptions to either OnStar or SiriusXM to work”

Henry S., MI (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Loses hookup”

Anonymous, LA (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Radio and screen controls went blank and became non-functional”

Anonymous, AR (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

“Doesn't pick up voice commands clearly. It garbles or adds things you didn't say”

Anonymous, MI (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Condensation right tail light”

D R., VA (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Popping/snapping noise in dash. Been to dealer for correction at least 6 times. Problem persists”

L H., CA (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear hatch rattle. GMC technicians have not been able to find the problem. A friend figured out the rubber stop on the hatch were installed backwards. Still have to adjust regularly to quiet noise. My terrain seem to be poorly built compare to my t”

Anonymous, SC (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“rattle in drivers side front door”

Brent W., OH (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear tail gate squeaked”

Anonymous, TX (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Dealership has not been able to stop rattle in dashboard”

Anonymous, OR (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Terrain has a lot of squeaks and rattles when driving , especially when on bumpy roads”

Denis T., ON (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“rattles when I increase fan for a/c for passengers in back seat of car. car should have had air vent in rear for passengers”

Velia M., AZ (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

“The cabin wind noise is loud and I believe is getting worse”

Denis T., ON (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“When the security system is engaged the alarm goes off randomly”

Anonymous, IN (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Rain collected in both tail lights”

Anonymous, CA (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“TPS looses signal mostly for right rear and sometimes left rear. Remote control door lock receiver (RCDLR) has been replaced, tire pressure sensors have been replaced. Problem still occurs. GM wants to blame 3rd party accessories”

Anonymous, TX (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

“System "dummy" lights would come on for no reason. The reason was because of a weak battery which the dealer and discount parts store could not diagnose”

Gregory M., GA (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“wiper motor covered by warenty”

Anonymous, NC (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Wiper motor malfunction causing wipers to stop working while driving in the rain”

Anonymous, TN (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“They have a recall because of corrosion replace with stainless steel”

Anonymous, TX (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Bubbling on the rear bumper. It showed up in the frigid weather”

Anonymous, MI (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“rust in pass door sill”

Anonymous, VA (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust on back door at the chrome plate”

Gerald B., QC (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust on the rear driver's side door. The rust was "bubbling" through the paint at the pinch weld”

James H., MI (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“tailgate rust from behind trim”

Anonymous, ON (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear driver side inside door bottom seam light rust, repaired under warranty”

James B., WI (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“The air conditioning did not work the day we took delivery of the vehicle. We had to get a loaner car before we even had a chance to drive our new car. The dealer fixed it, it still did not work when we got the car back. We had to take it in again”

Anonymous, NY (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“Jumps back and forth to off”

Bobby R., TN (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“The defrost has a mind of its own and goes from hot to very cold on its own”

Jeff W., NY (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Flex Fuel Sensor (Alcohol/Gas Sensor) I've never used Ethanol, but the sensor was out and causing problems”

Bill M., WI (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Bad fuel gauge sensor, dealer replaced under warrenty”

Anonymous, MO (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Fuel Temp Sensor - went bad during a cold snap here in Chicago -25 (windchill -50). They had over 100 cars go bad at my dealership part had to be back ordered. No real drive ability problems. Just a check engine light on”

Pat A., IL (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“The dealer determined the previously discussed brake problem was due to the calipers having been warped when I did the emergency stop”

Karen E., CA (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

“Had to replace rotors at 41000 km. I thought they should have lasted longer”

Gerald B., QC (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering leaks

“had to replace a hose”

Anonymous, MB (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 3.6-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“bad driver side wheel bearing”

Anonymous, NY (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“This is an intermittent problem. The shifting becomes very rough and jerky”

Thomas H., PA (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

“Gear selector would not move from park to drive without great effort exerted on the device and repeated manipulation of it”

James D., WV (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“made noise, but GMC replaced drive train at no cost to me -very satisfied. Love the car”

Donald C., NY (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

“We had hit a porcupine with the right front wheel and all of the speed control ESC and traction controls lit up like a Christmas tree. $600 later and the problem was solved for a whole two months. Then we the problem returned and this time we were told that it was the left side wheel sensor and that all the brakes needed replacement everything. This time the estimate was 1600 dollars, almost a thousand for parts. I purchased the parts OEM or better for $369 and four hours of my time to do the wo”

Ron M., ON (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“System stopped working and dealer kept car for three days while obtaining a computer code to correct the issue. They provided a loaner car and all has been fine since system was updated”

Anonymous, WV (2013 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“the entire radio failed. no radio, cd, bluetooth, backup camera, climate control indicators”

Anonymous, IL (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Rear driver side lower door seam light rust. Repaired under warranty”

James B., WI (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

“At times the driver's side mirror does not move when the joystick is used”

James H., MI (2013 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“According to the dealership a gasket blew and the car leaked out all its oil. However, it just had a oil change at that dealership so I'm still not sure they just didn't forget to fill it with oil, then made up the problem so they wouldn't have to pay for the repair”

Anonymous, MI (2013 GMC Terrain Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Had a leak from an oil gasket that caused me to take the car to the dealership. The leak was covered under warranty”

Anonymous, GA (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“My battery began to give off a bad smell and steam. I had to replace before it exploded”

Anonymous, GA (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transaxle failed completely - replaced under warranty. No problems since then”

Anonymous, PA (2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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