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2021 GMC Terrain

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  • Overview

    A silver 2021 GMC Terrain is angled left.

    One of the most affordably priced compact SUVs you will find on the road today, the 2021 GMC Terrain, has plenty to offer beyond its impressive starting MSRP of $25,000. Designed with a sleek and sporty exterior, the Terrain offers seating for five with standard flat-folding seats that maximize the rear cargo area. It also comes equipped with the latest in safety and technology such as GMC’s Pro Safety Suite, Amazon Alexa, and features like HD Surround Vision. Add in the fact that the Terrain will also be available in the luxurious Denali trim, and it’s easy to see why the SUV is one of GMC’s top sellers.

    What exactly does the Terrain have to offer to drivers who are looking for a fuel-efficient SUV that boasts plenty of room for passengers and cargo? From its four trim options (SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali) as well as its special Elevation Edition to its powertrain and suite of technology and safety features, the Terrain is one the best SUVs that GMC has to offer. Here’s a closer look at what makes the Terrain a driver favorite.

    170

    Horsepower (HP)

    203

    Torque (lb-ft)

    25/30

    Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)

    Starting at

    $25,000

  • Trims

    A grey 2021 GMC Terrain Denali is parked on a cobblestone street.

    SL

    The 2021 Terrain is available in the SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali trims that offer a progressive suite of features, with the late release Denali completing the lineup by offering the utmost in luxury. The SL base model starts at $25,000 and, like the other trims, offers spacious seating for five. To maximize cargo space and interior room, the SL includes a flat-folding rear seat with a 60/40 split and a flat-folding front passenger seat. Additional amenities include a 7-inch GMC infotainment system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, premium cloth trim, heated and powered exterior mirrors, LED taillamps and daytime running lamps, HID headlamps, and GMC’s Traction Select System.

    SLE

    The SLE takes the base model up a level and starts at $28,400. This trim gives drivers the option between front-wheel and all-wheel drive. There is also a variety of packages that include the Hit the Road Package, the Bright Accent Package, the Cargo Package, the Driver Convenience Package, the Floor Liner Package, the Infotainment Package I, and the GMC Pro Safety Plus Package. The SLE also adds a 4.2-inch multicolor driver information screen so that vital vehicle information like speed, mileage, and navigation cues are within the driver’s sight. Other additions include body-color mirror caps and keyless open and start.

    The SLE also gives drivers the option to add the Elevation Edition package. This transforms the Terrain’s entire aesthetic with new exterior color options like Ebony Twilight Metallic, Summit White, Graphite Gray Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, and Quicksilver Metallic. But GMC doesn’t stop there and pushes the Elevation even higher with 19-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels, black mirror caps, black roof rails, and all-black exterior accents and trim badging complete with a darkened front grille.

    SLT

    The SLT, which starts at $31,200, replaces the Equinox’s standard 17-inch wheels with 18-inch aluminum wheels with accents in Dark Gray. The model takes luxury and convenience to a new level with a hands-free power liftgate, automatic dimming exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, roof-mounted side rails, leather trim, heated and power front seats, a heated steering wheel, high-definition rear vision camera, dual-zone climate control, and a larger 8-inch GMC Infotainment System. Drivers also have more connectivity features, including a 110-volt power outlet, USB ports, an auxiliary jack, and an SD card reader.

    Denali

    The Denali trim is not yet priced since it will be late to arrive on GMC lots; however, it’s already stirred a lot of excitement thanks to the Denali reputation for offering exceptional luxury across the GMC lineup. The Terrain Denali will include most of the SLT features, as well as a few notable upgrades like the Denali exclusive 19-inch Ultra Bright, machined aluminum wheels, the exclusive Denali grille, and the Denali premium suspension with enhanced shock control. The Denali also includes LED headlamps, Front Park Assist, and chrome accents, as well as the GMC Pro Safety Plus package.

  • Capability

    A black 2021 GMC Terrain is driving on a mountain road.

    A Simple But Effective Engine

    The 2021 Terrain comes standard with a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and 9-speed automatic transmission. This pairing delivers 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque without sacrificing fuel efficiency. While this engine may seem simple, it still gives you all the power you need for an enjoyable drive.

    Not to mention, this singular engine option offers excellent fuel economy. The front-wheel drive Terrain averages 25 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway, which is a great rating for an SUV. However, if you like the added traction you get with all-wheel drive, you will see a slight drop in fuel economy to 25 miles per gallon city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

    The 2021 Terrain proves its capability on the road and handles exceptionally well in the compact crossover segment. It boasts responsive steering and easy handling, as well as a maximum towing capacity of up to 1,500 pounds. With the Denali premium suspension and enhanced shock control, the Terrain is even more capable. The simple but effective engine is all you need when you drive a 2021 GMC Terrain.

  • Technology

    The tan interior of a 2021 GMC Terrain is shown.

    Staying Safe With the Help of Technology

    The Terrain embodies GMC’s commitment to delivering the most innovative safety and technology, which is part of what makes the Terrain one of GMC’s top sellers. The GMC Pro Safety suite carries the torch of GMC’s innovation and is designed to give drivers greater confidence behind the wheel. This suite includes Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, IntelliBeam headlamps for enhanced visibility, a Following Distance Indicator to prevent tailgating, Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Forward Collision Alert.

    GMC gives drivers the option to take the suite a step further by upgrading to the Pro Safety Plus package, which is standard on the Denali trim. This suite includes Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Park Assist, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Drivers can avoid potential collisions when changing lanes with the Lane Change Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert features. GMC also makes operating the Terrain in reverse easier with Rear Park Assist, which provides distance alerts to objects behind the Terrain, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert that detects vehicles approaching from either the right or left of the vehicle. These are useful tools when navigating areas like busy parking lots and crowded city streets.

    Staying Connected with GMC Technology

    GMC promises first-class connectivity and delivers that and more with the connectivity features on the 2021 Terrain. Aside from offering the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, the Terrain also has Amazon Alexa Built-In capability. This allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel while accessing their Amazon account, listening to music, making phone calls, and more. Fortunately for Terrain drivers, that’s only the beginning of the Terrain’s innovative technology.

    The Denali offers a high-definition surround vision camera that gives drivers a clear view of the entire area around the vehicle. Drivers also have the option to add Automatic Parking Assist, which takes the guesswork out of parking by helping drivers steer the vehicle into a parking space. As the system steers the Terrain, the driver follows the cues to shift gears, accelerate, and brake.

    The Terrain also boasts a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with compatible plans as well as access to the MyGMC mobile app. The app gives drivers instant access to vehicle diagnostics like tire pressure, oil life, and fuel economy. Drivers can use the app to schedule vehicle maintenance with the dealership, locate their vehicle, use the app as a remote key fob, or access the Marketplace. Stay safe and stay connected in a 2021 GMC Terrain.

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