The 2019 GMC AWD Terrain SUV is in the class of compact SUV and it is the latest model released from GMC in its class. Compact SUVs (sport utility vehicles) are a crossover vehicle. This means that the car was constructed with a unibody architectural style as opposed to a regular SUV has a separate frame built onto a truck chassis. Similar in shape to the family centered minivan with similar amounts of storage room, the 2019 GMC Terrain may be a good option for families or for those who need ample amounts of storage room. Compact SUVs are a competitive class so how does the 2019 GMC Terrain stack up against the competition.
The 2019 GMC Terrain is a stylish vehicle with very defined lines. The car is designed with a combination of hard lines along with smooth transitions. The 2019 GMC transition to the roof is a smooth incline leading up to the roof which is supported by black columns. The black supporting columns give the roof an appearance of “floating” as the black blends in with the windows. The front grille of the car has an almost imposing look with a boxy look to it along with the two headlights which give the impression of two fierce eyes. Customers have the option of buying the car in either a black trim or a chrome trim which can either uplay or downplay the defined lines. For those who pick the chrome option it will compliment the seventeen inch chrome wheels that the car comes standard with. The GMC Terrain is also offered in a variety of different colors so everyone can find something they like.
Compared to other compact SUVs, the 2019 GMC Terrain offers a best in class cabin which is both spacious and comfortable. The Terrain can fit up to five people inside with enough room for two regular sized adults to sit comfortably in the backseat together. The interior is constructed with a soft- touch material which adds to the overall comfort of the vehicle. A lot of The standard upholstery of the car is of a premium make and add to the quality of the interior. Of course there is also the option to to upgrade the upholstery even more for those who are inclined to do so. The storage space of this car is average for its class with twenty nine cubic feet of room in the trunk and sixty three feet of cubic space with the backseat folded down. Additional upgrades to the GMC include heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheels, power adjustable front seats, ventilated fronts seats and more. The cabin of the GMC can probably rival the cabin of any other car in its class and this may be a big selling point of this car.
The GMC Terrain offers three different options for the turbocharged engine. The base engine starts out at a 1.5 liter turbo-4 engine that can reaches up to one hundred and seventy horsepower and up to two hundred and three pounds of torque (torque causes acceleration). This engine definitely serves its purpose for the casual driver. The next upgrade is a 2.0 liter turbo-4 which yields two hundred and fifty two horsepower and two hundred and sixty lb-ft of torque. This engine is of course more powerful and for those who want a fiercer car, this a good option for just 1,300$ dollars more. Both of these options come along with a nine speed transmission which performs very well. The final and most expensive option is a 1.6 liter turbodiesel engine which has only one hundred and thirty seven horsepower and just two hundred and forty pounds of torque both lower numbers than the 2.0 liter turbo-4 engine. While lacking in horsepower and torque, the more expensive diesel engine has a much better fuel economy than the other two options. The turbo diesel engine also comes with six speed automatic unlike the nine of the other two engines. The terrain comes with a part time all wheel drive system that the driver needs to engage in order to use otherwise the car will revert to a front wheel drive for better fuel economy. This more expensive option gets around twenty eight miles per gallon of city driving and thirty eight miles per gallon on the highway. The standard 1.5 turbo-4 engine gets around twenty six miles of city driving and thirty miles per gallon on the highway. The 2.0 liter engine has the lowest fuel economy with twenty one miles of city driving and twenty six miles per gallon on the highway plus requiring more expensive premium fuel.
One area where the terrain may fall behind its competitors is the safety category. Federal testers gave the Terrain good scores in crash-worthiness, an overall five star rating, and four stars in rollover safety. Although the car was scored positively, this is marred by the vital safety features which customers need to pay additional funds for if they want. Almost all active safety features cost more. This includes parking sensors, forward collision warnings, Automatic emergency braking, and more. The headlights that the 2019 GMC Terrain comes standard with were given poor scores by an independent agency but those who are concerned have the option of upgrading the headlights for additional money. The Terrain does however come standard with a rear-view camera and a teen driver setting for those families with fledgling drivers. So while the car did perform well on safety tests, the fact that many important safety features require extra money and upgrades negatively impacts the rating of the car.
Starting out at twenty five thousand dollars, the terrain may be a pricier option than other cars in its class plus the option for upgrades which many might look at. Areas where the Terrain excels include the smooth looking and comfortable interior, overall good driving performance, and more. Areas where the Terrain may be outmatched by competitors are price point and the additional safety features which customers have to pay extra for. Overall though, the Terrain is a decent dependable car which may be just what people are looking for.