While the GMC Terrain and its twin the Chevrolet Equinox are not bad vehicles, the competition has left them in the dust. They split the difference between small SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and midsized models like the Ford Explorer. While they're nice and roomy inside, the Equinox and Terrain are less efficient than other five-passenger SUVs and burn as much gas as larger, seven-passenger models.

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

"It provides reasonable acceleration for a 4 cylinder engine - better than the 2011 model (which I have owned also) I have found the handling to be very good for a vehicle its size.. I wish their was a indicator when the all-wheel drive automatically kicks in - you have no way of knowing when it is being activated by road conditions."

Anonymous, PA (2017 GMC Terrain)

"This Denali model has the V-6 with the six speed automatic, and has outstanding acceleration. Very smooth, positive shifts up and down. It handles quickly and positively, with no push or oversteer. The AWD is quiet and smooth. We have a couple Corvettes, and know what a good driving experience can be. This Denali is an excellent driving, high performing vehicle in it's class."

Anonymous, MI (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Poor acceleration with 4 cyl engine. Handling good"

Fred O., NJ (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Accelerates well both in city and highway driving. Responsive steering and cornering."

Jan P., MI (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Acceleration is slow, especially on the low end. Handing is OK for a vehicle this size. It is all-wheel drive as needed - but tere is no indicator when it moves in to all-wheel drive."

Anonymous, PA (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Four cylinder engine works too hard in hilly terrain."

Anonymous, MO (2017 GMC Terrain)

"smooth handling on almost all types of road surfaces acceleration is great when needed such as entering a freeway"

Anonymous, MI (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Handles well but acceleration tends to be a bit sluggish and transmission is not very responsive and occasionally gets confused if you step accelerator if cruise is engaged"

Anonymous, AB (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Engine revs up to high in 1st & 2nd gears and is noisy."

Anonymous, CO (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Drives and handles well. Good acceleration and ease of maneuvering in traffic."

Anonymous, WA (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Really bad torque stearing."

Joseph M., FL (2017 GMC Terrain)

"THe V6 has very ample acceleration and it handles beautifully on the highway or in town."

Rick R., CO (2017 GMC Terrain)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very impressed with the comfort of this size SUV. The ride is firm and positive. The seats are very comfortable (we are average size). Noise level is low (V-6). We have taken a couple long trips and have not found it at all tiring. A very positive driving experience."

Anonymous, MI (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Very comfortable vehicle and nice to drive although it does lack oomph."

Anonymous, ON (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Very comfortable seating and ride. Reasonably quite for a SUV. Wish it had slightly taller door opening for tall drivers."

Anonymous, PA (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Seat adjustment should be better, ride ok, noise harsh under acceleration."

Fred O., NJ (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Comfortable fully adjustable heated seats are very comfortable. Reasonable noise levels and the ride is very good, not too stiff or mushy"

Lawrence N., MI (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Very comfortable seats with good adjustments. Unit is quiet and very little road noise or wind noise. Ride is reasonably firm and handles well"

Anonymous, AB (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Driver's seat is very comfortable. Front passenger seat not so much. The car is fairly noisy inside."

James D., MI (2017 GMC Terrain)

"The seating is adequately comfortable. I am short, 5’1‿, and I find that the seating is not ideal to receive maximum airflow from AC I also find that it’s difficult for me to see out the side passenger window because of my height as the Sideview mirror is in my direct site line. I think the ride is good and I don’t find a ride noisy. I do worry about not being adequately able to see out of the passenger window as I would like"

Anonymous, LA (2017 GMC Terrain)

"We suffered with the 4cyldender 2011 GMC Terrain for 6 years-poor acceleration. The 2017 has the 6 cyl. Glad we bought the 17, since they shrunk the 2018"

John M., MI (2017 GMC Terrain)

"comfortable seats with heating, very smooth ride, no noise"

Bob H., OK (2017 GMC Terrain)

"This is noisier than the Equinox I had previously."

Anonymous, WI (2017 GMC Terrain)

"The GMC Terrain is noisy as you can hear the road noise, the ride is hard like a truck and the seats are not very comfortable."

G S., SC (2017 GMC Terrain)

"I find that I (6'2" 250lbs) need to lower the seat all the way down getting in the vehicle. Once in the vehicle I am comfortable even with skylight. The standard 4 cylinder does not have much low end acceleration, but once up to highway speed it is OK. The engine is more noisy than I would like."

Anonymous, PA (2017 GMC Terrain)

"The HVAC SYSTEM does not have rear passenger controls and the front seat area HVAC venting and controls are very limited in how you can adjust the amount and direction of the airflow."

Joseph A., TN (2017 GMC Terrain)

"THE SEATS ARE HARD AND NOT GIVING COMFORT."

R W., MI (2017 GMC Terrain)

"The seats and driving position are very comfortable. It is a bit noisier than my Sierra pickup but then it doesn't cost as much either. The ride is what I would expect from a small SUV."

Rick R., CO (2017 GMC Terrain)

Value

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

What Owners Say

". Having leased it in the middle of. August makes it a good value with a reasonable monthly payment."

Anonymous, CT (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Rides like a larger vehicle. Extremely steady and road worthy on the expressway. Smooth Ride Handles well. Good braking. Roomy with large cargo area. Well appointed interior."

Jan P., MI (2017 GMC Terrain)

"I think it is a well designed and well built vehicle. It feels a bit larger than it really is. Very good rear seating."

Lawrence N., MI (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Shop wisely and use the many websites to determine a fair price as the Terrain should not be bought at MSRP. There are many vehicles in that class that are much better."

G S., SC (2017 GMC Terrain)

"I think the value of the car is excellent. It’s a very good looking SUV for the money. The only huge complaint I have is that GMC Discontinued the automatic back gate opener feature from the keypad. In my line of work it was a very important feature. I nowhave to put my load down and physically open the back gate door."

Anonymous, LA (2017 GMC Terrain)

"The car is enjoyable to drive, but the exterior already has rust spots and some of the trim has loosened and is hanging, which is not good on a car only one and half years old."

James D., MI (2017 GMC Terrain)

"Bought early in the new year (2018) with large manufacturer incentives. This heavily optioned SUV was purchased for $32500 brand new."

Gary S., BC (2017 GMC Terrain)

"best ptice in class, got 20% off msp,"

Bob H., OK (2017 GMC Terrain)

"NO AIR TO BACK SEATS. WHEEL WELLS IN TRUNK TAKE UP TO MUCH ROOM. ROAD NOISE A LITTLE TO MUCH."

Daniel M., MD (2017 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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