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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"quiet on the road, no wind noise, powerful enough for my driving,"

JOHN B., FL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Everything is good except acceleration is sluggish"

ANTHONY C., NY (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Acceleration with the four-cylinder engine is her Renda's. Also the truck is very hard to get in and out of"

SUSAN N., NJ (2013 GMC Terrain)

"When accelerating to pass, transmission down shifts too far and sticks at very high rpm until you back off the pedal. Very problematic until you get experience with this pattern."

R R., OH (2013 GMC Terrain)

"great performance, nice handling, sport car like"

JOHN W., IL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"I feel GM has done an excellent job in balancing power and gas mileage with this vehicle. Even though it's a 4 cylinder, it's very easy to get up to speed on the highway. I have always felt rear wheel drive vehicles are better "driving" vehicles, but GM has closed the gap with the Terrain. It is certainly no sports car, but, compared to some other fwd cars, understeer is at a minimum."

Anonymous, IN (2013 GMC Terrain)

"I had a 2013 that had a 4 cyl and it seemed under powered . I traded to another 2013 that was 6 cyl . Great car to drive"

Anonymous, IN (2013 GMC Terrain)

"4 cylinder engine /transmission does lots of shifting. Performs well but constant shifting is somewhat irritating. We live in Ozark Mountains so there is lots of ups and downs."

Anonymous, AR (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Too many blind spots"

Anonymous, OH (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The turning radius of my Terrain is not as tight as other similar vehicles making it a bit harder to navigate into narrow parking spaces."

Anonymous, NC (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Would like better acceleration. Handling is fine."

JOHN H., NS (2013 GMC Terrain)

"With 6 cylinder acceleration is excellent even with 5 persons inside., smooth handling and awd a plus in inclemental weather"

Anonymous, MA (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Acceleration is good with the four cylinder engine. Handling is great."

Anonymous, PA (2013 GMC Terrain)

"I feel like the AWD really detracts from acceleration. I have a V6 engine and many times it seems to take too long to accelerate"

Anonymous, MI (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The maneuverability is unbelievable. Tight and responsive. It is the first non German car I have ever owned. Totally amazed. Suspension provides a very smooth and stable ride. Very pleased with this car."

Juliana S., FL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The turning radius of the 2013 Terrain is not as tight as it could be. Turning into a parking spot, for example, requires more maneuvering space than other vehicles of about this size and type. The 6 cylinder engine is responsive and accelerates adequately for my needs. The steering is good, though not overly sensitive."

Anonymous, NC (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Excelleration"

Anonymous, NC (2013 GMC Terrain)

"4 cylinder somewhat underpowered"

Anonymous, PA (2013 GMC Terrain)

"slow accelleration"

Anonymous, WA (2013 GMC Terrain)

"poor transmission responses, tires break loose from dead stop if there is any dampness on the road. Downshifts too hard when coming to a stop. on sudden acceleration it downshifts hard. handling about what I'd expect for an suv. acceleration is better than expected for 4 cyl."

Anonymous, IL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Acceleration and handling are fine - Terrain is 6 cylinger AWD ."

Charles K., NC (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Drives and accelerates fine"

Anonymous, IN (2013 GMC Terrain)

"I do not have any negatives about this 2013 GMC Terrain Denali. I love all the built in safety features."

Anonymous, TN (2013 GMC Terrain)

"I have no problem with this truck"

Robert M., NY (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Acceleration is not good due to 4 cylander engine and bad gearing. Brakes grab too much."

Larry F., GA (2013 GMC Terrain)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The driving experience is great and the seats are very comfortable."

FREDERICK B., MT (2013 GMC Terrain)

"It definitely is not the 2013 Terrain's fault. But, this car was purchased to be my husband's "carpool car". In 2014 he slipped two discs in his neck and the way the seats are styled (narrow and curved in), his shoulders are forced to be rounded and pushed forward....something that is definitely not very comfortable for him. He now drives the car with not the best gas mileage to and from work."

Anonymous, ID (2013 GMC Terrain)

"THE AIR VENTS DO NOT PROPERLY DIRECT THE AIR AND COULD OFFER MORE ADJUSTMENT OPTIONS"

WILLIAM H., MI (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The AC does not provide enough cooling to the back seats"

Anonymous, FL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"It is very noisy. Hard to hear while on cellphone (as passenger) Unable to have sunroof open for long due to wind noise"

Anonymous, WI (2013 GMC Terrain)

"firm and comfortable seats; firm ride and handling;"

Anonymous, FL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"I love the driving position of this SUV. It can adjusted for 4' people and 7' people and everyone is happy. I had knee problems with many other vehicles from a cramped driving position. No raised footwell on the drivers left foot area like most others in this class. The ColorTouch radio has excellent sound and speakers and the hands free calls are clear. For a 2013 model GMC should offer the option of updating so Pandora and other services can work directly rather than plugging into Blueto"

DAN K., KY (2013 GMC Terrain)

"I love the programmable power seats. I'm a fairly big guy and this feature has made getting in and out easy. I also love the comfort height of this vehicle."

BEN C., GA (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Disappointedwith location of drivers side air vents. Left hand side can not be adjusted upward enough to provide adequate air flow for my wants. Right hand side vent flows air right at steering wheel, not driver"

Anonymous, AR (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The car is very noisy on asphalt roads that are not smooth."

SYLVIA W., OR (2013 GMC Terrain)

"General road noise precludes talking over speaker while driving: back seat uncomfortable harsh ride: driver experience necessary to accommodate acceleration response for a 4 cylinder, the modern tailgating driver between ages 25-50 unable to change change in culture even after driving 2500 miles. Navigation has great safety feature that precludes driver from making destination or searches while moving. Seems desirable that a passenger should be able to configure the navigation or any other chang"

JOE B., AL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"This vehicle is missing a/c in the back seat so the comfort level is diminished by that."

Anonymous, FL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Defrosting the windshield is tricky. The heat either Sears your eyeballs or it freezes you depending on what vents you choose to use. If you choose a different setting, it is alright."

TONY P., ON (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The heated seats have been a huge plus during northeastern winters. The AC is a bit temperamental and took a bit of fiddling to find the "sweet spot" in the settings for comfortable temperature control."

EDWARD F., MA (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Really hard to get the seatbelt buckled. Can't reach dash or glove box when buckled in. Not enough room for purse.other items I carry."

ELSIE S., KS (2013 GMC Terrain)

"More adjustment in seats a little getting in drivers side."

Anonymous, FL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Very quiet inside from traffic noise and loud squawk boxes from the young crowd Nice comfortable seats and air conditioning"

GARY B., ON (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Had to replace back window wiper. Ride is harsh and bumpy. Did not get advertised gas mileage. Less mpg than expected."

J K., NJ (2013 GMC Terrain)

"I wish that it had air vents for the back passengers. It takes quite a while for the rear seat passengers to get comfortable and the front seat passengers begin to get to the extreme of the desired temperature. In example, when it is hot, the front seat passengers are adequately cooled, bordering on cold while the back seat passengers are still quite uncomfortable."

Anonymous, IN (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Need back seat heat and AC vents"

- S., MI (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Vents dont move as much a needed. difficult to get air in front seats and rear seats at the same time. No rear vents. No dual control."

JIMMY S., AR (2013 GMC Terrain)

"the interior rattles... the dash and overhead rattle... it's very annoying. The heated seats are terrible. with both the bottom and back heated seats on the heat only comes up to the very lower part of my back..."

Anonymous, MA (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The air condiitoner has a tendency to stink - both inside the cabin and outside - it smells moldy. They added a fan to dry it out, but it doesnt seem to do enough to get rid of the stink."

Anonymous, IL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The air vents should have a 360 design as air flow/circulation as currently designed is poor."

C I., ON (2013 GMC Terrain)

"EXCELLENT I FEEL SAFE WHEN DRIVING."

Anonymous, OR (2013 GMC Terrain)

"I have severe back problems and the adjustments for the seating are great, ride quality is outstanding. We travel to visit kids and grand-kids in another state. before we purchased the Terrain we would be worn out when we arrived at our destination but driving the Terrain we arrive feeling refreshed. This car is the most comfortable vehicle to drive that I have ever owned or rented. Would buy this vehicle all over again."

Anonymous, TN (2013 GMC Terrain)

"I like everything about the ride comfortable quite"

Robert M., NY (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Extremely roomy, and very much so in the backseat. Quiet ride that handles road inaccuracies."

Paul K., IL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"They are like sitting in a recliner. Easily adjusted when going on long trips, just to change positions. Easy to keep clean, no creases or deep crevices to clean out. Back seat is split. Room for my Giant schnauzer."

Juliana S., FL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Seats are pretty comfortable, but manipulating them for Drivers 1 and 2 is more cumbersome than our previous vehicle."

Anonymous, NC (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Our GMC Terrain was purchased to be used as a carpool car for my husband. My husband is 6’2‿ and is more torso than legs. The Terrain has plenty of head room, but my husband slipped a disc in his neck and because of the seat design in the Terrain and how low the console sits compared to a full sized SUV, his right arm goes numb immediately. Because of this, we had to switch vehicles. I drive less than he does every day so It made sense for me to drive the vehicle that doesn’t get the greatest gas mileage. Shortly after we discovered this, we had to alter our plans and vehicles."

Anonymous, ID (2013 GMC Terrain)

"leg and head room is excellent"

Anonymous, MB (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Can’t hear radio when on interstate"

Anonymous, IN (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The noise levels are very high. Changing tires did nor improve it."

Sylvia W., OR (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Lumbar support and over All ride and comfort."

Anonymous, NC (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Very comfortable, heated seats that warm up quickly. Feels sturdy and long lasting with very little wear and tear"

Thomas B., WI (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The car seems to have more wind/road noise than it should."

Michael O., WA (2013 GMC Terrain)

"great seats front and back"

Anonymous, WI (2013 GMC Terrain)

"the car is extremely quiet on the inside even in highway driving. it uses noise cancelling technology"

Ralph B., FL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The ride is a little noisy."

Anonymous, GA (2013 GMC Terrain)

"way too much road noise, poor sound insulation. Seats are comfortable with plenty of leg room in back."

Anonymous, IL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"There always rattling noise when driving. I have to turn the radio louder to drown out the noise. Dealership has never been able to fix the problem"

Anonymous, MA (2013 GMC Terrain)

"very comfortable, still quiet as approaching 70,000 miles."

Anonymous, NY (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Comfortable seating, well fortified. Power seats allow finite adjustments allow for perfect control and visibility. The vehicle is ultra quiet on various road surfaces and wind noise is almost not existent. Handles beautifully in every situation."

John B., FL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The A/C system should have other vents in the rear. Passengers always complain not cool in back but when you turn it on high for rear cabin, front seat driver and passenger are cold."

Velia M., AZ (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The seats are comfortable and good for a trip with out feeling tired."

Terry B., FL (2013 GMC Terrain)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Solid construction. Excellent quality. Even my engineer friends from Toyota are impressed."

DAN K., KY (2013 GMC Terrain)

"It was a little pricey but has turned out to be a good car over all!"

RONALD H., IL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"EXCELLENT"

Anonymous, OR (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Gas mileage is good. Seats are not comfortable. Trasmission has problem. Ride is good and guiet."

Anonymous, GA (2013 GMC Terrain)

"No problems in the last 5.5 years. Just normal routine service. Probably the best vehicle in the GMC lineup for the year 2013"

Anonymous, FL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Too bad the Terrain got updated to newer version Kind of changed the vehicle is."

Anonymous, IL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"I like the size of the interior. Plus I haven’t done anything to this car except change the oil. Put Michelin’s on this past spring - what a difference in the ride! So much more comfortable."

Anonymous, AL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Excellent price with little msaintsnce cost"

- S., MI (2013 GMC Terrain)

"very satisfied with price and features"

Anonymous, PA (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Good value - solid vehicle - properly serviced - no major issues"

Charles K., NC (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Has been a reliable SUV w/o issue until last week when gear broke in transfer case and punched a hole in transfer case, dumping fluid. Was repaired and the repair was covered by powertrain warranty. That has been the only issue as it approaches 5 years old."

Anonymous, NY (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Great value for this vehicle. Has all the options normally found on more expensive cars. The car has been trouble free since purchase."

John B., FL (2013 GMC Terrain)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It looks a little too boxy for my liking"

Anonymous, AR (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The Terrain has a great unique look that distinguishes it from other cars. The back seat has a tremendous amount of adjustable room and the back fits a good sized pile of equipment for travel."

EDWARD F., MA (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Side driver seat controls to close to driver door, making it hard to adjust seat position due to hard to get hands between seat and door."

Anonymous, SC (2013 GMC Terrain)

"distinctive styling. No question it's a GMC Terrain."

JOHN B., FL (2013 GMC Terrain)

"cute"

ROBERT S., GA (2013 GMC Terrain)

"The shiny accents around the gear shift area should be matte to avoid the glaring reflection from the sun."

C I., ON (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Styling is great."

FREDERICK B., MT (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Our GMC Terrain is a Denali series. It has all the bells and whistles. It looks so sharp for a SUV. The chrome wheels and the chrome accents make it look so good. I paid extra to get red and it is a great looking vehicle."

GARY D., OK (2013 GMC Terrain)

"Very stylish vehicle"

Anonymous, MD (2013 GMC Terrain)

"looks great. get compliments on color and stile."

Anonymous, KY (2013 GMC Terrain)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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