The 2014 GMC Terrain is the perfect example of how a company can put a model in the best position to succeed by not deviating away from its true identity, even if it means not appeasing those who clamor for a new and futuristic design. The Terrain may be classified as a midsize SUV , but it still has the soul of a truck, which is why the muscular nature of its looks fits into its identity. The 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque also helps in that department.
It probably would’ve been a good idea to change the way the Terrain looks if it was struggling in sales, but the Terrain has been one of GMC’s more successful models, and there doesn’t appear to be much calling for any drastic changes to its appearance.
Why change a good thing, right? In the case of the Terrain, it definitely applies.
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GMC knows what it’s identity is and with people connecting the company to its trucks, it was important that the design of the Terrain also carried this look. So kudos to GMC for not deviating from the Terrain’s rugged and brawny character.
Looking at the Terrain immediately shows just how strong it’s appearance is. The generous helpings of chrome also add to the muscular look of the SUV, and to a certain extent, the angular wheel openings and the enormous grille with giant "GMC" block lettering do the same to add to the appeal of the Terrain.
Some might brush away this design approach with a lack of creativity on GMC’s part, but some companies have a strong identity and deviating from it would only look pretentious on its part. In a lot of ways, that’s what GMC avoided and it worked.
2014 GMC Terrain - Exterior Dimensions
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||112.5 / 2858|
|Overall length (in / mm):||185.3 / 4771|
|Overall width (in / mm):||72.8 / 1849|
|Overall height (in / mm):||66.3 / 1684|
|Track (in / mm):||front: 62.9 / 1598 |
rear: 62.1 / 1577
|Approach angle (deg):||15.2|
|Departure angle (deg):||23.5|
|Breakover ramp angle (deg):||16.7|
|Minimum ground clearance (in / mm):||6.9 / 175|
|Ground to rear load floor (in / mm):||28.8 / 731.2|
2014 GMC Terrain - Standard Exterior Features
- Bumpers, front and rear body-color
- Daytime Running Lamps
- Door handles, body-color
- Fog lamps, front round, halogen
- Glass, deep-tinted
- Grille, Charcoal with chrome surround
- Headlamps, halogen projector lamp
- Liftgate, rear manual with fixed glass
- Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding and integral spotter mirror
The interior of the Terrain is pretty clean to look at, at least far from what it’s name conveys. The front, in particular, is neatly organized with the instrument panel carrying pretty much all the controls and buttons in one stacked area. Glowing red lighting and matching back lights add depth to the panel, and makes it easier to navigate at night. The touchscreen radio and sound system is appropriately sized, and has a lot of functions.
Outside of the components, the Terrain also makes use of some posh and fancy materials, including a satin metal trim and two-tone leather for the seats.
2014 GMC Terrain - Interior Dimensions
|Headroom (in / mm):||front: 39.8 / 1011 |
rear: 39.2 / 996
|Legroom (in / mm):||front: 41.2 / 1046 |
rear: 39.9 / 1013
|Shoulder room (in / mm):||front: 55.7 / 1415 |
rear: 55.3 / 1405
|Hip room (in / mm):||front: 55.1 / 1400 |
rear: 51.3 / 1303
2014 GMC Terrain - Standard Interior Features
- Air bags, dual-stage frontal, and thorax side-impact, driver and front passenger, and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions
- Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
- Seats, front buckets
- Seats, rear bench, 3 passenger with manual fore/aft adjustment, 60/40 split seatback and recline feature
- Steering column, tilt and telescopic
- Steering wheel, comfort grip vinyl with mounted cruise and audio controls
- Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
- Windows, power, with driver and front passenger Express-Down
Two powertrain options are going to come with the 2014 Terrain. The first one is a 2.4-liter, inline-four engine that produces 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. The Terrain also has an optional 3.6-liter V-6 that develops a tidy 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. Estimating the Terrain’s performance numbers, we’re looking at a 0-to-60 mph time of 8.4 seconds a top speed of 118 mph for the inline-four and 7.6 seconds and 130 mph for the V-6 version.
|2.4L DOHC I-4 DI||3.6L DOHC V-6 DI|
|Displacement (cu in / cc):||145 / 2384||217 / 3564|
|Bore & stroke (in / mm):||3.46 x 3.85 / 88 x 98||3.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6|
|Block material:||cast aluminum||cast aluminum|
|Cylinder head material:||cast aluminum||cast aluminum|
|Valvetrain:||DOHC, four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing||DOHC, four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing|
|Fuel delivery:||direct sequential fuel injection with electronic throttle control||direct sequential fuel injection with electronic throttle control|
|Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):||182 / 136 @ 6700 (SAE certified)||301 / 224 @ 6500 (SAE certified)|
|Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):||172 / 232 @ 4900 (SAE certified)||272 / 367 @ 4800 (SAE certified)|
|Recommended fuel:||regular unleaded or E85 ethanol with federal emissions||regular unleaded or E85 ethanol with federal emissions|
|Emissions controls:||close-coupled catalytic converters; Quick-Sync 24x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast-response O2 sensor||close-coupled catalytic converters; Quick-Sync 58x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast-response O2 sensor|
|EPA-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):||22 / 32 (FWD) |
20 / 29 (AWD)
|17 / 24 (FWD) |
16 / 23 (AWD)
The entry level price for the Terrain hits at $27,390 for the SLE-1 with the top-of-the-line model, the Terrain Denali, fetching $36,080.
|GMC Terrain SLE-1||$27,390|
|GMC Terrain SLE-2||$28,890|
|GMC Terrain SLT-1||$30,440|
|GMC Terrain SLT-2||$33,685|
|GMC Terrain Denali||$36,080|
The new-generation Toyota Highlander recently made its world debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show and with it came a series of new features, including an updated exterior look, a refined, premium interior and a new six-speed automatic with sequential shift offered for the V-6 models.
The 2014 Highlander is also offered with a choice of multiple engines options, including a pair of gasoline units and one hybrid powerplant. The model that could give the Terrain a run for its money is the one powered by a 3.5 liter, V-6 engine that delivers a total of 270 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque.
Gallery Toyota Highlander
Even though it’s not completely new, the 2013 Pathfinder does come with a series of updates that transform it into a pretty interesting option for a mid-size SUV. The Pathfinder is offered with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that delivers a total of 260 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 240 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. As you can see, the Pathfinder has the disadvantage of offering just one engine option, but a hybrid version is also being offered, giving it the kind of mechanical variety the Terrain doesn’t.
Gallery Nissan Pathfinder - Driven
Given how many other midsize SUVs are on the market today, it’s not easy to give a stamp of approval on the Terrain. But that’s not to say the GMC SUV doesn’t deserve it. We like its power. We like how it stays within itself in the aesthetics department. And most of all, we like how GMC packaged it as a rugged SUV that’s true to its brand’s identity. No flashy, yet ultimately empty promises here, fellas.
- Looks true to its character
- Interior is clean
- Powerful V-6
- Plenty of competition
- Price is above average for its market
Gallery GMC Terrain
GMC Terrain is one of the most popular compact crossovers, introducing the brand’s professional grade driving experience to a new generation of drivers. The luxury-minded Terrain Denali offers a higher level of style, technology and amenities.
The 2014 lineup rolls with two new wheel offerings and one new exterior color: Silver Sky Metallic
The new wheels complement the Terrain’s bold exterior design and include a 17-inch aluminum wheel that is standard on all SLE and SLT1 models. A new 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheel is standard on the SLT2 and available on SLE2 and SLT1 models.
Power and efficiency are highlighted by the standard Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder, which features direct injection and camshaft phasing to optimize performance and fuel efficiency – enabling EPA-rated 32 mpg on the highway (FWD models). An available 3.6L V-6 engine with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing is SAE certified at 301 horsepower (224 kW) and 272 lb.-ft. (369 Nm) of torque.
Terrain is offered in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models, in SLE and SLT trim levels, as well as the Denali. All models include four-wheel disc brakes with StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control, as well as six standard air bags: dual frontal air bags, head curtain side air bags and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side air bags.
The Terrain Denali brings an exceptional level of style, power and refinement to the segment. Unique exterior and interior appointments, exclusive wheels and design cues set it apart from competitors. A chrome grille, body-color fascias and rocker moldings, satin-chrome accents, specific headlamp and taillamp designs, and dual chrome-finish exhaust outlets (single outlet with the 2.4L) emit a look of superior finishes. Denali-specific 18-inch (with the 2.4L) or 19-inch (with the 3.6L) wheels complete its sculpted appearance.
Interior highlights for the Terrain Denali offer a sophisticated feel with soft-touch Jet Black leather lining the seats and door inserts. Denali-exclusive touches such as contrast stitching, along with a soft-touch instrument panel and leather-wrapped steering wheel with smoked mahogany wood accents, contribute to a luxurious interior. Additional cabin details include:
Embossed Denali logos on front seatbacks
Smoked mahogany wood trim accents
Denali illuminated front sill plates
Eight-way power driver and passenger seat
Dual-flow dampers are exclusive to the Terrain Denali’s suspension system and provide a smoother ride and improved handling by controlling suspension dampening across a broader range of driving conditions.
Exceptional safety features on the Terrain Denali include the standard forward collision alert and lane departure warning systems, which uses a single-camera crash-avoidance system to visually and audibly warn drivers when a collision is imminent or the vehicle crosses a lane marker. The Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, also standard, use radar technology to watch spots the driver may not be able to see and provide visible and audible warnings to help avoid collisions.
With the touch of a button, Terrain Denali drivers can access several convenience features, such as a programmable power liftgate, which allows access to the vehicle’s 63.9 cubic feet (1,810 liters) of cargo space behind the first row, while a memory function stops the liftgate at a chosen height to help shorter drivers or accommodate low garage heights. Other technology available on Terrain Denali includes color touch navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system.
Terrain exterior features
A bold exterior design sets Terrain apart from other midsize crossover vehicles on the road with a refined, sculpted body that is accented with a sleek, yet angular, appearance. New 18-inch chrome clad aluminum wheels (standard on SLT2 and available on SLE2 and SLT1 models) and 17-inch aluminum wheels (on SLE and SLT1 models) emphasize a powerful stance, while chrome details add another level of style.
Other exterior features include:
Body-color mirrors and door handles on SLE and SLT1
Fog lamps are standard on all models
Projector-beam headlamps and foglamps are standard on all models
Nineteen-inch chrome-clad wheels are available on SLE2 and SLT models with the 3.6L engine
Programmable power liftgate that can be set to open to a lower height to clear garage obstructions or make it easier to reach for those of shorter stature.
Terrain’s exterior colors for 2014 include, Silver Sky Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Carbon Black Metallic, Summit White, Ashen Gray Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Atlantis Blue Metallic, Onyx Black and Iridium Metallic.
Terrain Denali is offered exclusively in Quicksilver Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Carbon Black Metallic, Summit White and Iridium Metallic.
Terrain interior features
Inside the Terrain’s spacious cabin, premium interior features have been designed with high standards of functionality and materials that exude a commanding and structured feel. From the warm ambient lighting to the contrast stitching details, the Terrain is home to many comfort and convenience controls that make driving this vehicle seem effortless.
The standard and segment-exclusive MultiFlex sliding rear seat can be moved fore or aft nearly eight inches (200 mm), providing increased passenger comfort or greater rear cargo capacity, while the 60/40-split rear seatback offers additional configurations for passengers and cargo. The rear cargo area offers 31.6 cubic feet (894 liters) of storage, as well as one of the Terrain’s four auxiliary power outlets.
With best-in-class second-row leg room (39.9-in/1013-mm), the Terrain offers a level of comfort unique to the midsize SUV. Passengers experience an ample, roomy environment anywhere in the vehicle.
GMC IntelliLink combines with OnStar to bring segment-exclusive infotainment technology to Terrain at a time more and more consumers are buying smartphones. IntelliLink extends the OnStar experience from safety and security to information and entertainment by seamlessly integrating the capability of a smartphone into the vehicle so that hand-held phones may be safely stowed while driving.
New features for 2014 include text message support and Siri Eyes Free. With text message support, the driver is able to be alerted to new messages and can have them read aloud, view and respond to them (functionality depends on the smartphone). Siri Eyes Free enables iPhone4S and iPhone 5 users to access Siri via the steering wheel controls and check calendar entries, have text messages read and respond to them, place calls or call up music
Android phone users can use the steering wheel controls to access their phone’s voice recognition features, including the calendar, text message review and response, placing calls and calling up music.
Additional IntelliLink features include:
Enhanced hands-free voice control system powered by Nuance ®, which allows simple voice commands to initiate phone calls and select radio stations or media from portable MP3 players and smart phones.
Pandora Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio allow users to create personalized radio stations based on favorite artists or genres. IntelliLink integrates control of both of these apps for a driver-directed listening experience.
Gracenote ® identifies the music collection on the driver’s USB device, MP3 player or smart phone and presents information such as artist name, genres and album cover art on the IntelliLink screen.
Upgraded USB connectivity adds the ability to play music files directly from flash memory devices, and gives the customer the ability to update IntelliLink with future enhancements.
GMC’s color touch navigation radio features a touch-screen control that incorporates all of the IntelliLink features and more. It is available on SLE2, SLT models and Terrain Denali. SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with three-month trial period) is standard on all Terrain models.
Other interior features include:
Automatic climate control is standard on SLE2, SLT models and Denali
Color touch radio with seven-inch touch-screen display, USB and auxiliary inputs is standard on all models
Premium Pioneer sound system with subwoofer and amplifier is standard on SLE2, SLT models and Denali
Rear-seat entertainment system is available on SLT2 and Denali
Ambient lighting around the door handles, center console and cup holders is standard on all models
Heated driver and front passenger seats are standard on SLT models and Denali and available SLE2.
Tilting and telescoping steering column is standard on all models
Universal home remote is standard on SLT2 and Denali and available on SLT1
A sunroof is standard on SLT2 and Denali.
Interior color choices for 2014 include Jet Black, Light Titanium and Brownstone. Terrain Denali is offered exclusively in Jet Black.
GMC Terrain’s standard Ecotec 2.4L engine and available 3.6L V-6 feature fuel-saving direct injection and continuously variable valve timing. The 2 .4L delivers 182 horsepower (136 kW) with an EPA-estimated highway fuel economy rating of 32 mpg (FWD models).
The 3.6L is rated at 301 horsepower (224 kW) and 272 lb.-ft. of torque (369 Nm) and uses lightweight components that contribute to the Terrain’s fuel efficiency while boosting horsepower. An integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design saves about 13 pounds compared to a non-integrated design, while a composite intake manifold saves about 5.5 pounds vs. an aluminum intake. Additionally, a lightweight structural front cover and high-strength connecting rods save additional weight.
An efficient six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models and an “Eco” transmission mode on 2.4L-equipped models alters shift points to improve fuel economy.
Chassis and suspension
Terrain engineers have ensured a smooth, quiet ride by building on a body-integral structure with single-piece body side stampings and targeted applications of high-strength steel. The strong structure supports a four-wheel independent suspension system that – with a long, 112.5-inch (2,857 mm) wheelbase and wide front and rear tracks – contributes to car-like ride and handling traits. The long wheelbase and wide tracks reduce body roll for a more stable driving experience.
Additional features include:
Rack-mounted ZF Steering Systems electric power steering gear on 2.4L-equipped models; hydraulic power rack-and-pinion steering on 3.6L V-6-equipped models
Available all-wheel drive
Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control helps keep the vehicle in its intended path in the event of an emergency maneuver
Standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes with traction control.
Safety and crash-avoidance features
Superior safety features are a cornerstone attribute of the GMC Terrain. Built on a solid structure that includes strategic applications of high-strength steel to protect occupants in the event of a crash, the Terrain is equipped with several safety components to avoid crashes or protect occupants in the event of one, including:
Six standard air bags including dual frontal air bags, head curtain side air bags and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side air bags
Standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control and rollover mitigation.
Standard rear-vision camera that helps drivers identify objects behind the vehicle
Standard tire pressure monitoring system
Forward collision alert is standard on SLT-2 and Denali and available on SLE-2 and SLT-1
Lane departure warning is standard on SLT-2 and Denali and available on SLE-2 and SLT-1
Side Blind Zone Alert is standard on Denali
Rear Cross Traffic Alert is standard on Denali.
The camera technology used with forward collision alert was recently named a “Top Ten Tech Breakthrough of 2012” by Popular Mechanics.