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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.

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.

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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 2014 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

“Locks up periodically and can't reset”

Allen S., OH (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“Car returned 3 times before they decided to replace a part. No issues since that time”

Charlie R., AZ (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Refer to previous issue. It may even be considered the same problem as the Intellilink not starting”

Mary B., IL (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“There is a short in the system that causes the. Dash lights to go out unexpectly and then comes back on”

Anonymous, MI (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Some times it leads to wrong address”

William W., NH (2014 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“System shuts down, blocking any other use of the touch screen. System restarts in 15 minutes to 2 hours”

Anonymous, OR (2014 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Difficult to pair and once paired does not stay paired”

Paul B., OR (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Drops pairing periodically and poor sound quality”

Allen S., OH (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Bluetooth system fails to connect after each reboot”

Anonymous, MI (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
Radio

“Radio was replaced after it randomly failed repeatedly”

Anonymous, MN (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Travel Link”

Anonymous, MI (2014 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“The XM radio feature sometimes does not work. It will show the radio station selection and no music or voice reports”

Ralph M., OH (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
Voice control commands

“On Star does not understand spoken commands most of the time”

Robert S., MI (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 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

“Hatchback making a squeaking sound”

Anonymous, OK (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The front wondow was replaced because it rattled so loudly that we were afraid it would fall out/shatter. Window still has a high pitched whistle at cold temps”

Anonymous, MN (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“could feel wind and noise on drivers side window,took it to dealer ans sort of fixed it! Would like it to be a lot better”

Anonymous, NY (2014 GMC Terrain Unsure Unsure)

“slight squeak when turning into driveway. GMC dealer fixed squeak by installing a GM provided brace between the frame and body”

Ronald N., CA (2014 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“rattling in the liftgate. I've had it repaired twice and the rattle is back”

Stephen S., NH (2014 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“seal on passenger door”

Anonymous, ON (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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)

“Paint under the rear chrome name plate peeled off and rust presented itself. This was covered under warranty and was repaired”

Anonymous, ON (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 3.6-L V6)
Rust

“rust spot on tail gate near rear window”

Anonymous, MI (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“corrosion from the inside in two spots on the tailgate”

Dan H., WI (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“The unit changes selection, wallpaper and operations on its own”

Ralph M., OH (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Approx. 2 or 3 times, the system did not light up immediately when the car was started. However, after about 5-10 minutes it initilializes and the display lights up with current information”

Mary B., IL (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Have had many issues with the infotainment system, ranging from navigation issues to phone pairing and freezing. This problem went right up to GM engineering and isn't fully resolved currently”

Anonymous, ON (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 3.6-L V6)

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

Gauges

“dash board went black several times for no reason. GMC fixed it and were aware of the problem”

Anonymous, FL (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
Interior lights

“climate control lights remained on and drained battery”

Anonymous, OH (2014 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

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

Shocks or struts

“leaked out oil”

Anonymous, WV (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 3.6-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“Heard a thumping sound. Took it to my mechanic. They noticed that one torsion bar was broke and the other was cracked. I was lucky and took it back to a dealer since it was still under warranty”

Michael B., NJ (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 3.6-L V6)

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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“tailgate comes down to hard, it takes to much pressure to make it reverse. it trapped my hand once, and had to get key to get out.. the dealer said that nothing is wrong. A small child would be in big trouble if under it when it comes down”

William W., NH (2014 GMC Terrain Denali 3.6-L V6)

“corrosion (rust) from the inside out”

Dan H., WI (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Burning oil or leaking oil. We had to add several quarts of oil within the first three months of owning vehicle. Added an additional two quarts during a 3 day trip. Next step is schedule a mechanic visit for diagnostic”

Julie D., MI (2014 GMC Terrain Unsure 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

Fuel pump

“Fuel pump knocked when the engine was cold. Had to be replaced under warranty. Known TSB issue”

Anonymous, MN (2014 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

Master cylinder

“Appears the problem was caused when we had a after market addition for our Class A Motor Home Air Brakes to control the Terrain when we are towing it. The Master Cylinder had to be replaced and no actual cause was found”

James P., IL (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

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

Transmission Minor

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

Climate System

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

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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