The buttons are easy to operate, though, and for safety's sake, you do have to pull out on them to put the vehicle into gear. That prevents accidentally bumping the Terrain into "Drive" or "Reverse" while fooling with gadgets and such in the center console.
The Terrain also comes with GMC's driver-controllable Traction Select system, with settings for varied driving conditions. The all-wheel-drive models, like our SLT Diesel tester, include a front-wheel-drive mode to minimize drag and boost fuel economy when all-wheel drive isn't needed.
The Terrain has room for up to five passengers, and no third-row seat is offered to expand passenger capacity.
Standard features even at the base level include the Traction Select system; LED daytime running lights and taillights; leather-wrapped steering wheel; flat-folding front passenger seat; 17-inch wheels; and keyless open with pushbutton start.
Moving two steps up to the SLT trim brought us perforated leather seats, heated steering wheel and heated/ventilated front seats, 18-inch machined-aluminum wheels with gray painted pockets, a chrome grille, fog lights, roof rails, LED turn signals in the outside mirrors, and premium chrome accents.
Also included were an eight-way power driver's seat with power lumbar, self-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, a 110-volt power outlet and two USB ports (data/charge) up front and two USB charge-only ports for rear passengers.
Included with no extra charge on the SLT Diesel was the Preferred Package, with hands-free rear power programmable liftgate; memory settings for the power driver's seat and outside mirrors; a six-way power front passenger seat with power lumbar; and universal garage/gate opener.
In the center of the dash was an eight-inch multi-color touch-screen for the GMC Infotainment/Navigation system with Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones, compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and satellite radio.
The navigation was extra on our tester, part of the Infotainment Package II ($1,180), which also brought a Bose seven-speaker audio system, HD radio, and OnStar Connected Navigation. The rearview camera system showed its image on the eight-inch screen.
We also had the Driver Alert Package I ($840), with Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist and the Safety Alert Seat.