Road Test: 2018 GMC Terrain Denali

Road Test: 2018 GMC Terrain Denali

Story by Jordan Allan, photos courtesy of GMC Canada


Price: $46,900 (as tested)

Engine: 2.0L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve inline-4

Trans: 9-speed auto

Power: 252 hp@ 5,500 rpm

Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,801 lbs./ 1,724 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 11.2/9.0


New for 2018: The GMC Terrain has been completely redesigned for 2018 and now offers greater refinement and versatility than the outgoing model. A new 2.0L turbocharged engine is offered, as is a 1.6L turbo-diesel, and the overall look of the Terrain has been changed to reflect the most current GMC design language.

Segment Competitors: Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Chevrolet Equinox, Volkswagen Tiguan, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Mitsubishi Outlander

The Skinny: The GMC Terrain is part of the one of, if not the most competitive and crowded segments in the entire North American auto industry. Although it has not fared as well as they would like it to when compared to some of its main competitors like the Honda CR-V or Ford Escape, GMC hopes that this new redesign will be enough to attract some potential customers their way. With a bold new look, new technology, and an overall smooth ride I would see no reason why it wouldn’t garner some attention.

Pros: Love the bold new looks, especially on our Denali test model. Found the 2.0L turbo engine to provide more than enough power, and enjoyed the modern amenities found inside.

Cons: Not a huge deal, but it will take a while to get used to the centre stack-mounted gear select buttons.

The Verdict: Although it has a lot of work to do to get to the same level in terms of sales of some of its main competitors, what this new Terrain does better is offer a level of refinement and luxury that is not often matched amongst its rivals. Pair that to a very smooth ride, tons of room both up front and in the back and you have a vehicle that should probably get talked about more than it currently does.

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