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

"Experience some conditions of highway passing and navigating hills where the 4-cyl engine is not adequate."

Anonymous, MI (2015 GMC Terrain)

"The engine is adequate to normal use. Not peppy. The seating is comfortable and we find it to be a good road car. Good visibility."

Anonymous, MD (2015 GMC Terrain)

"It has ample power and is good to merge in traffic and handles well. I have the lane monitor that tells me when I get out of my lane and when a car is approaching from the side, so that is a good thing"

TIA M., TX (2015 GMC Terrain)

"See previous answer"

L A., GA (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Compared to last vehicle this is a great ride. Navy system is a little complicated, but otherwise nice to operate."

Anonymous, SD (2015 GMC Terrain)

"6 cylinder engine is slow on acceleration"

BRUCE V., IL (2015 GMC Terrain)

"under powered, v-6 would be better choice. Had to add exhaust and intake, to bring increase power."

GREGORY B., CA (2015 GMC Terrain)

"We bought the smaller of the 2 engine options. It is under powered and MPG is not good for a vehicle this size. No where near the estimate per GM."

GEORGE V., MI (2015 GMC Terrain)

"very solid ride. comfortable. 6 cylinder provides as much power as an 8. good looks. rear hatch very usable. safe feeling vehicle. good truck looks, but car comfort and ride. best suv I drove"

MICHAEL W., OK (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Navigation is hard to use ie if you are navigating to a location and decide you want to change to another destination the first cannot be canceled.The manual provides no solution."

ROBERT L., NJ (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Nice ride. The entertainment system needs a upgrade like fords sync."

ROBERT R., CA (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Solid driving platform."

J C., FL (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Acceleration with 4 cyl is average at best."

TERENCE S., TX (2015 GMC Terrain)

"I love the expanse of this car because I can really sit comfortably. It has an "Eco" button wish I use all the time. So acceleration is slow but it doesn't bother me at all since I get great mileage. It has "on star" but I don't pay the monthly fee so I don't ever use any of the doodads..."

ROSALIND U., KS (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Rides real well, very comfortable. Just wish it had a little more pickup, trying to merge with traffic....."

DONALD P., OH (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Acceleration of 4-cyl is merely OK. But that is the price of better fuel economy."

ROBERT L., AZ (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Acceleration for a 4 cylinder could be better."

J M., MO (2015 GMC Terrain)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very quiet ride. The seats are very comfortable. I love the automatic climate control feature."

Anonymous, IL (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Road noise is high and ride quality is poor for the type of roads in our area"

Anonymous, PA (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Climate control has a mind of its own. There is nothing automatic about it. You have to be constantly adjusting it."

ROBERT W., MO (2015 GMC Terrain)

"The Seats are not wide enough. the side bolster cuts into my thighs."

R W., MI (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Ten hour rides from Ohio to NYC are no problems with the GMC Terrain. The long wheel base helps absorb the road and Active Noise Cancelation and Acoustic glass help absorb fatiguing noises. The 4-cylinder not the best for merging, it's broad torque just has you leaving your foot in it long to make a pass and my fiancé has no problem maintaining 80+ mph on the freeway. Though the suspension is stiff and the front seats are firm, I actually like the ride in the back seat. The back seat slide 9""

NORM C., OH (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Fairly quite ride."

J M., MO (2015 GMC Terrain)

"A constant knock from the right rear wheel well area."

JIM L., ON (2015 GMC Terrain)

"No a/c for rear seat passengers is my only complaint about the vehicle."

Anonymous, FL (2015 GMC Terrain)

"No room in front seat for purse, etc"

JUDY B., TN (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Built like a tin can. Road noise, wind noise and heavy rain noise come through loud and clear. Only the driver's seat is electric, all others are very uncomfortable. I got the V6 for extra acceleration, but the tin can is too lightweight to accommodate the extra power. When accelerating to pass, the front end is unstable"

L A., GA (2015 GMC Terrain)

"It came with Michelin tires which is bad for road noise on some roads surface."

Anonymous, SC (2015 GMC Terrain)

"The passenger seat is very uncomfortable and even though I bought the top of the line the seat has no adjustment except forward and backward."

WILLIAM S., IL (2015 GMC Terrain)

"sometimes the screen just cuts off and then comes back on"

Anonymous, SC (2015 GMC Terrain)

"The Air Conditioning has not been keeping up with heat over 80 degrees. Had the A/C checked and there were no leaks or problems and the GM Tech reported that the outlet temp of 48 degrees was within specifications for the Car. In 85 to 90 degree weather, the controls are at full yet the car does not cool down. GM has said the system is normal! Bull"

JOSEPH P., NY (2015 GMC Terrain)

"The ride is nice, very quiet and comfortable."

GREGORY B., CA (2015 GMC Terrain)

"The gmc is easy to get in and out of. The moving back bench seat is nice. It has a nice ride too."

ROBERT R., CA (2015 GMC Terrain)


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

What Owners Say

"Very dependable,good service and a good ride. I have had no problem to take it back to dealer. Very pleased with the dealership."

Anonymous, AL (2015 GMC Terrain)

"I don't like the laoding area when the rear seats are folded down. The loading area is on an angle and hard to keep boxes etc. from sliding."

Anonymous, ON (2015 GMC Terrain)

"I have a GM discount because my husband worked there but the car still cost over $30,000. I thought that was too high."

Anonymous, MI (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Good vehicle, its the second Terrain we bought"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 GMC Terrain)

"It's not overpriced. I feel the quality of the vehicle parts are better than other brands. Also the dealership was the best I've dealt with."

RACHEL W., TX (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Buy the equinox, not the GMC Terrain."

JIM L., ON (2015 GMC Terrain)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Distinctive exterior styling. Interior very detailed with contrasting piping/stitching"

TOBY K., MN (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Love the body style"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 GMC Terrain)

"Overall it is a comfortable car, not much road noise, good acceleration and the styling is good."

TIA M., TX (2015 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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