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Review: New generation of GMC's Terrain arrives with a diesel engine option

G. Chambers Williams III, The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) on

Published in Automotive News

The Skyscape Sunroof ($1,495) was included, and also required addition of the Driver Alert Package II ($495), which added Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Following Distance Indicator.

In the instrument panel was a Driver Information Center with 4.2-inch color screen, providing vehicle information such as oil life and tire pressures, and trip information, including fuel range, average fuel economy, instant fuel economy, average vehicle speed, compass direction, and digital speed readout.

Eight exterior colors are offered: Summit White, at no extra charge, and six premium colors for $395 each, including the Quicksilver Metallic on our tester; and one for $495, called Red Quartz Tintcoat.

Our vehicle's perforated-leather seats were Jet Black with Brandy inserts. Other interior colors available are Jet Black with Medium Ash Gray inserts, and all Jet Black.

The tester also came with the OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. An unlimited data plan through AT&T is offered for $20 a month. The OnStar Basic Plan is standard across the line at no extra cost for the first five years.

The new Terrain has a roomier interior and lots of standard and available new technology. The cabin has also been extensively restyled, with a low windshield base that gives a larger outward view.


Among new interior features is the kneeling rear seat. Its bottom cushions tilt forward when the split-folding seatbacks are lowered, allowing a flat floor for easier loading of cargo. The front passenger seat also folds down to allow for hauling long items if there is no passenger in the front.

We had more than enough power with the diesel engine for a long road trip that included some mountain driving. Passing was easy, as the low-end torque from the diesel kicked in just when we needed it for quick pickup.

The diesel engine is a bit noisy at idle, but isn't all that noticeable at highway speeds. One of our passengers did remark while sitting at a traffic signal that "the engine sounds weird." She didn't know it was a diesel, just that it sounded different.

There was plenty of room in the cargo area for groceries and cat supplies. Behind the rear seat there is 29.6 cubic feet of cargo space; that expands to 63.3 cubic feet with the rear seat folded flat, and 81 cubic feet with the front passenger seat folded down.


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