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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

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Rear passengers had a 12-volt power outlet and two USB charging ports available in the rear of the front center console, along with A/C vents. A pull-down center armrest was available when there was no middle passenger, and it had two cupholders. There are small single bottle holders in each door.

There are two decent-size side-by-side cupholders in the front center console for the driver and front passenger, In front of them is a tray for smartphones, and behind is a covered console box.

The Terrain was surprisingly quiet inside, even at highway speeds. Conversation between front and rear passengers was easy – no one had to raise their voices.

Ride and handling were typical for a modern crossover, smooth and carlike, with no real complaints. Everyone was comfortable, front and rear, although we didn't put anyone in the rear middle position.

Standard safety features included electronic stability control with traction control, front seat-mounted side air bags, outboard roof-mounted side-curtain air bags for both rows of seats, the GM teen-driver system, a theft-deterrent system, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and tire-pressure monitoring.

Total sticker price for our 2018 Terrain SLT Diesel all-wheel drive was $41,400, including freight and options.

The automotive columns of G. Chambers Williams III have appeared regularly in the Star-Telegram since 1994. Contact him at or on Twitter @gchambers3.


The package: Compact, five-passenger, five-door, front- or all-wheel-drive, four-cylinder gasoline- or diesel-powered crossover utility vehicle.

Highlights: The second generation of GMC's compact crossover has arrived for 2018. It's completely redesigned inside and out, with more safety and connectivity/comfort features. Two turbocharged gasoline engines and a turbo diesel engine are available.

Negatives: No third row of seating offered for increased capacity; no V-6 engine offered.

Engines: 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline, turbocharged; 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder, gasoline, turbocharged; 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder, diesel, turbocharged.

Transmission: Nine-speed automatic (gasoline engines); six-speed automatic (diesel).

Power/torque: 170 HP./203 foot-pounds (1.5); 252 HP./260 foot-pounds (2.0); 137 HP./240 foot-pounds (diesel).

Brakes, front/rear: Disc/disc, antilock.

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Length: 182.3 inches.

Curb weight range (base): 3,440-3,815 pounds.

Cargo volume: 29.6 cubic feet (behind rear seat); 63.3 cubic feet (rear seat folded).

Towing capacity: 1,500 pounds (1.5-liter; diesel); 3,500 pounds (2.0-liter).

EPA fuel economy: 26 mpg city/32 highway/28 combined (front-wheel drive).

Fuel capacity/type: 14.9 gallons, regular unleaded or diesel (front drive); 15.6 gallons, regular unleaded or diesel (all-wheel drive).

Base price range: $24,995-$39,695, plus $995 freight.

Price as tested: $41,400, including freight and options (SLT Diesel, all-wheel drive).

Major competitors: Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, Dodge Journey, Jeep Cherokee, Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Outback.

On the Road rating: 9.2 (of a possible 10).

Prices shown are manufacturer's suggested retail; actual selling price may vary.

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