By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com

Introduced over a decade ago, the GMC Terrain has stood the test of time despite fierce competition in the compact SUV segment. Available as a front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the hands-on and robust Terrain is a superb blend of performance and style. For 2022, an AT4 (All-Terrain four-wheel drive) model with a front steel skid plate has been introduced.

Sharing power trains with the Chevrolet Equinox, the base engine is a 1.5-liter turbo inline 4-cylinder engine putting out 170 horsepower @ 5600 rpm and 203 pounds-feet @ 4000 rpm. And that is ample for this 3,659-pound vehicle to tackle peak-hour traffic or cruise the highway. An independent MacPherson strut front and independent four-link rear suspension isolates occupants from road noise. Guiding the small SUV toward its destination is a three-mode electric power, rack-and-pinion steering system. Power routed through the seamless 9-speed auto gear box delivers ample performance. Tow capacity is just around 1,500 pounds.

Redesigned C-shaped LED headlights border a massive and intimidating multi-dimensional grille hosting the centered GMC emblem. The rear also features C-shaped LEDs within vertical tail lamps and integrated dual exhausts. Of course, it’s in the passenger/cargo department that the Terrain shines. Ours came in jet black perforated leather seats with 8-way power for driver and 6-way for front passenger. The second-row seat folds flat to open up for stowing longer items. Cubicles and bins are well placed throughout but if you fancy a mobile office of sorts, the front center console can swallow a laptop. Other comforts include dual auto a/c, aluminum sill plates, 8-inch touch screen for nav, audio and phone controls, 4.2-inch driver information center, overhead sunglass holder, and 110-volt power outlet, four data/charging and two charge-only USB ports.

Standard safety features are dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag with rollover protection, rearview camera, stability and traction control, remote keyless entry and start, hill descent control, three-point safety belts for all, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system. For peace of mind, opt for the GMC Pro Safety package ($645) so you get lane change with side blind zone, rear cross traffic and safety alerts, as well as adaptive cruise control.

You will be hard-pressed to find a small SUV with a sundry of tempting options and upgrades. With the AT4 addition, you can enjoy and explore the ‘Terrain’ off-road too in this practical and versatile vehicle with an attractive cabin.


Tires: P225/65R17

Wheelbase: 107.3 inches

Length: 182.3 inches

Fuel capacity: 15.6 gallons

City: 25 mpg

Highway: 28 mpg

Base price: $34,000

Price as tested: $39,315

Web site: www.gmc.com/terrain