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.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Terrain will have about average reliability when compared to the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019, 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The camera goes out intermittently. I did take it to the dealer and they advised that the cost to repair was high due to the diagnosis time (camera was working when I brought it in). Said to bring it back when it went out completely. It has not gone out completely. I would estimate that the camera works 80% of the time."

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

"Screen in black after heavy rains. Once tries up then camera works fine again."

Anonymous, (2014 GMC Terrain Unsure Unsure)

"Back-up camera goes out periodically. It will stay out for a few days, then start working again."

Anonymous, TN (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"Locks up periodically and can't reset"

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

"Sometimes when backing, camera does not initiate, and when put car in drive, camera does not disengage from screen."

Sally S., TX (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)

"When hit bump while driving sometimes screen goes black and then reconnects in few seconds and works fine again."

Anonymous, (2014 GMC Terrain Unsure Unsure)

"the screen gets fuzzy then goes black. I have to turn the radio off and wait a minute or so then I turn it on and it works again."

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

"The rearview camera does not work all the time. It will work fine most of the time, but then it does not work. This typically last a couple of days, and then the camera starts working again. Talked to dealer, they said it would be best if I waited until the system quick working completely as repairing it would be easier and more likely to be a better fix."

Anonymous, TN (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"there are times that an IPhone or Ipod will not be recognized when plugged in by USB. When it does load, it is very slow."

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

"The use of the navigation system is more complex than it needs to be."

Anonymous, TX (2014 GMC Terrain Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"On map GPS, map turned in circles like direction finder was out."

Sally S., TX (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 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

Air or water leaks

"Seals failed on the rear liftgate which allowed water to collect in the spare tire well. I repaired the seals and apparently that stopped the leak."

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

"While raining the water seeps behind the doors and it has to be wiped dry to avoid corrosion"

Anonymous, FL (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
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)
Squeaks or rattles

"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)

"Plastic parts rattle and squeak and are very irritating while driving. Poor design."

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

"seal on passenger door"

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

"wind noise around front windows"

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"catalytic was plugged, probably due to early on this vehicle has a oil consumption probem that required the motor to be rebuilt new rings and pistons."

Kevin G., TX (2014 GMC Terrain 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Resolved by welding an aftermarket resonator. A complete exhaust system would have been too expensive."

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

"The air bag sensor in the right front seat would not stop chirping or sounding"

Anonymous, OH (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 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)

"Started rusting approx. 18 months after purchase. Tailgate has been repainted by dealer 3 times and continues to rust. Paint is chipping and peeling from tailgate which is adding to the rust issue."

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

"Problem with water getting in at the bottom of the doors. Caused the bottom inside all doors to rust. B"

Anonymous, IA (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 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)
Tire wear is uneven

"The tires were supposed to be new. I don’t think the car was 4 wheels were aligned or cheep tires"

James P., OH (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Front bearings wore out before they should have in My opinion at about 65000"

James P., OH (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

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 3.6-L V6)

"Oil is leaking into cylinder #1, the oil level was low and refilled, still operable and runs well."

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

"Oil filter leak. Replaced twice."

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

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)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The check engine light came on and the a sensor on the intake manifold needed to be replaced."

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

"Not a major problem to me. Repaired under warranty."

Anonymous, MO (2014 GMC Terrain Denali 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.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Something wrong with a front wheel bushing, leaking oil."

Anonymous, ND (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"The mode door actuator failed - air only blows out the vent on the floor board now. It has not been fixed yet due to the cost and location of the problem in the dash."

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

"Something in the wiring shorted out...causing it to lose power. $750 later, all is well."

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

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)
Normal routine brake wear

"Seems more expensive to replace than on other vehicles I've owned."

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

"There was a squeaking that came from the wheels that multiple mechanics were unable to diagnose. It wasn't until we had the brakes replaced that it stopped."

Anonymous, NY (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)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"I had a problem in the engine which was covered by my 100000 extended warranty I forgot the exact name of it but after I had a problem with severe oil burning which I had repaired at my expense. I don't like 4 cylinder engines"

Ron L., NY (2014 GMC Terrain SLE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Cylinder 1 lost pressure, needs to be rebuilt, it is losing compression= rebuild = $3000 replace block $7000. Bought a platinum bumper to bumper protectio0n, but it covers everything but the drive train and engine."

Anonymous, TX (2014 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

"Problem developed rather quickly. It had been driving fine, but on a 40-mile round trip it made a strange "thump". We continued on the trip, but were concerned about the noise. Took it to the dealer where it was purchased, and they determined that the transmission would likely fail in a short time and it needed to be repaired or replaced."

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

"Timing chain went out had to get it fixed"

Anonymous, WI (2014 GMC Terrain Denali 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

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)

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)

"right after I purchased my car, they had to replace my battery, due to it being defective. Then, I needed to replace it in last year as well."

Anonymous, CA (2014 GMC Terrain Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Not sure if its part of electronic ignition or not, but my car died in middle of driving & was unable to restart. This happened several times...it had to do with the cyclinoids (?) was over $500 to repair & they actually suggested I also repair the output as well (they repaired the input), I could not due to $"

Anonymous, CA (2014 GMC Terrain Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Vehicle lurches forward/shifts hard going from 1st to 2nd gear (automatic transmission), but only when A/C is on."

Jean S., MN (2014 GMC Terrain SLT 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"System doesn't heat or cool to temperature set"

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

Engine Cooling

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

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Recalls
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VISIBILITY
Mar 17, 2022
Inoperative windshield wipers can reduce visibility in certain driving conditions, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors, LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2014-2015 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles. The ball joints in the windshield wiper module may corrode, causing one or both windshield wipers to fail.
What should you do:
Dealers will inspect the wiper module, and repair or replace it as necessary, free of charge. Interim owner notification letters informing owners of the safety risk were mailed on April 21, 2022. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on October 31, 2022. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N212352530.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 22V165000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 681509
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Mar 08, 2022
The bright reflection may cause a glare for other drivers, reducing their visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors, LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2010-2017 GMC Terrain vehicles. A reflection caused by the headlight housings may illuminate areas above the vehicle and outside of the driver's view with excessively bright light. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
What should you do:
The remedy is currently under development. Interim owner notification letters were mailed on April 25, 2022 Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 25, 2022. Owners may contact GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N222363740.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 22V137000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 740581
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