The Terrain is a corporate cousin of the Chevrolet Equinox, but a few critical differences compromise it, even though it is positioned as a more premium offering. We found it to be loud and stiff-riding, with severely hampered visibility. The standard engine is a lackluster 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder mated to a nine-speed automatic. The stronger 2.0-liter turbo has been dropped.
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Redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain Feels Like a Questionable Value

This upscale SUV doesn’t deliver the performance its price promises


General Motors redesigned the GMC Terrain with tidier dimensions, bringing it in line with most of the compact-SUV segment. The automaker has positioned this new version as a more premium offering than its sibling Chevrolet Equinox, to capture part of the hot upscale-SUV market.

On the safety front, forward collision warning and low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance with lane departure warning, and blind spot warning are available as options, but they are not widely available on dealer lots.

We bought an AWD SLE version with 2.0-liter, 252-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine and 9-speed automatic.  Added options were: 2.0-liter turbocharged engine; Driver Convenience Package, which features an eight-way adjustable power driver’s seat, heated front seats, remote start, and dual-zone climate control; Infotainment Package, with the 8-inch touch screen and navigation, dual-pane sunroof, power rear liftgate, and metallic paint. The total cost came out to $36,950.

Impressions But we found the Terrain lacking in some key areas, such as ride comfort, handling, and cabin quietness. By contrast, we found the less-expensive Equinox that we recently tested to be quieter and more enjoyable to drive because it does a better job smoothing out the ride.
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