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2014 GMC Terrain SUV - Overview

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$26,465 – $36,905 MSRP

$25,142 – $35,060 Invoice

20 / 29 MPG City/Hwy


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Overall Quality 5.0

Overall Performance and Design 3.0

Predicted Reliability 3.0

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2014 GMC Terrain SUV

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What's New for 2014:

  • Redesigned alloy wheels
  • Silver Sky Metallic paint color

GMC's 2014 Terrain is a 5-passenger crossover available with front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability, 4- or 6-cylinder power, and five trim levels. It is the corporate sibling of the Chevrolet Equinox, and competes with the Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Volvo XC60.

Models and Features
Buyers interested in the most affordable version of the 2014 GMC Terrain will want to focus on the SLE-1 trim level, which, despite its placement within the lineup, is delivered nicely equipped with a 7-inch touch-screen audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a 6-month complimentary subscription to GM's OnStar telematics system.

GMC follows the SLE-1 with the Terrain SLE-2. This version is dressed up a bit more with a premium sound system, power driver's seat with 8-way adjustment, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a smartphone-linked infotainment system.

Additionally, the 2014 GMC Terrain SLT-1 offers remote start and heated front seats, while the SLT-2 puts extra emphasis on creature comforts and safety with standard forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems, rear park-assist sensors, memory settings for the driver, power tilt/slide moonroof, and a power liftgate. Designers have also made the SLT-2 stand out with a good dose of chrome trim and 18-inch alloy wheels.

For the ultimate 2014 Terrain experience, the top-of-the-line Denali version goes the extra mile with upgrades including rear cross-traffic and side blind-zone alerts, wood interior accents, unique exterior appointments, retuned suspension, and either 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels (dependent upon engine choice).

Options and Packages
Shoppers considering the 2014 GMC Terrain have access to a slew of options. Among the highlights are a navigation system, rear-seat entertainment system, and a Class II trailering package that allows drivers to safely tow up to 3,500 lbs. The company also offers a Convenience package that upgrades the Terrain SLE-2 with heated front seats and remote start.

Safety features, such as lane-departure warning and rear park-assist sensors, are available as optional equipment on the SLE-2 and SLT-1 trim levels.

Under the Hood
Different as they may be with regard to equipment, all versions of the 2014 GMC Terrain--even the Denali--are fitted with a standard 2.4-liter, direct-injection 4-cylinder engine that delivers 182 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission directs output to the front wheels or, when the optional AWD system is added, both front and rear wheels.

Drivers who want a little more muscle behind the gas pedal may be more interested in the Terrain's available 3.6-liter, direct-injection V-6 engine that produces 301 horsepower and 272 lb.-ft. of torque. Those who opt for this engine also get dual exhaust tips and hydraulic rather than electric power steering.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2014 GMC Terrain are:
  • Terrain FWD with 4-cylinder engine: 22/32/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Terrain FWD with 6-cylinder engine: 17/24/20 mpg
  • Terrain AWD with 4-cylinder engine: 20/29/23 mpg
  • Terrain AWD with 6-cylinder engine: 16/23/19 mpg

Safety and Ratings
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 GMC Terrain received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Terrain received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for moderate frontal-offset crash protection.

Safety features on the Terrain include 6 standard air bags, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic stability control, and the rearview camera, as well as available features including rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning.

Available Trims for the 2014 GMC Terrain SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
SLE-1 6 speed automatic $26,465 182-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/32
SLE-2 6 speed automatic $27,965 182-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/32
SLT-1 6 speed automatic $29,515 182-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/32
SLT-2 6 speed automatic $32,760 182-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/32
Denali 6 speed automatic $35,155 182-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/32

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