What Is It?
GMC has cued up a freshened look, improved interior materials and a wider availability of electronic safety features for the 2016 version of the Terrain compact crossover, which continues to seat up to five in two rows of seats.
Outside, the 2016 GMC Terrain has new front and rear styling, including a power dome hood and a new grille for all but the base trim, new 18- and 19-inch wheel styles (the 19s come only on the top-notch Denali) and LED daytime running lamps for upper trims. The interior features a redesigned center stack with added storage, better cloth for the SL and SLE models and some other trim upgrades, while the trim levels have been slightly revised to SL, SLE, SLT and Denali.
For 2016, a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert are available for the Terrain SLE and SLT trims; those features were previously only available for the Terrain Denali.
The 2016 GMC Terrain’s engine choices are unchanged: There’s a 182-horsepower base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a 301-hp 3.6-liter V6. Either is available for front-wheel or all-wheel-drive models, working through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
GMC isn’t yet detailing pricing for the 2016 Terrain, but the new styling and equipment probably won’t amount to much of a hike for the Terrain’s current price range of $24,000 and going up to about $37,000 for the top-line Denali.
When Can You Get It?
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
The GMC Terrain offers you a wide range of choices when configuring your compact crossover: 4-cylinder or V6 power, front- or all-wheel drive, and several trim levels that allow you to tailor the equipment level to suit your needs (and pocketbook). The Terrain is an upscale crossover that doesn’t have to cost upscale money.
Other Cars to Consider
2015 Ford Edge — With above-average interior appointments and stout engines, the Edge is also a cut above workaday crossovers and at a fair price for its added pampering.
2015 Nissan Murano — All new for 2015, the Murano makes a statement with truly unique sheet metal and a high-style, beautifully constructed interior.
Used Lexus RX 350 — Costing about the same as the upper end of the GMC Terrain model range, a used RX 350 is an investment worth considering. The RX has a supremely comfortable ride (some might think it too soft, actually) and a meticulously assembled cabin, not to mention that vaunted Lexus refinement.
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee — The Grand Cherokee sells in giant numbers every year for a reason. By almost any metric, it’s a fantastic SUV and has legitimate off-road ability. It’s no secret, though, that the Grand Cherokee’s upper-level trims can get expensive. Shop for a lightly used 2- or 3-year-old Overland, and you’ll spend similar money to a midlevel Terrain.