SUM UP (3 Stars)

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Terrain in 2014

The 2014 GMC Terrain gains a new exterior color called Silver Sky Metallic, standard 17-inch wheels on SLE and SLT1 trims and standard 18-inch wheels in the SLT2 grade...
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Vehicle Overview

The 2014 GMC Terrain is a midsize five-passenger crossover slotting under the larger Acadia. It is sold in five trim levels, which includes the more upscale Denali, and is available in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.


The 2014 Terrain is available with two engines: a 2.4-liter I-4 making 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque or a 3.6-liter V-6 producing 301 hp and 272 lb-ft paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is competitive with the EPA rating front-drive I-4 variants at 22/32 mpg city/highway and for 20/29 mpg for all-wheel drive models. V-6 Terrains achieve 17/24 mpg with front-wheel drive and 16/23 mpg with all-wheel drive, which is slightly behind the competition. We prefer the V-6 over the more fuel-efficient I-4 since its better matched with the six-speed automatic.

Driving dynamics is not a 2014 Terrain strong suit as it tends to wallow around and “would have benefitted from better control of body motions.” Furthermore, its steering felt “light and artificial,” and “lacks a strong sense of straight ahead.”

Interior space is among the most spacious in the compact crossover segment especially the rear seats that slide eight inches fore and aft to increase the already generous passenger or cargo space. Available tech and convenient features such as navigation, rear seat entertainment system, and a trailer towing package improve the crossover’s usability and allows mobile devices such as smartphones to connect with the infotainment system via Bluetooth and GM’s IntelliLink system.

The 2014 GMC Terrain has a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and scored a good in all IIHS tests including the small overlap front category (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The 2014 GMC Terrain is a good choice for a midsize crossover due to its flexible cabin and generous space for passengers. In a 2012 Driven review, we said that the Terrain is “the most spacious in its class” with pleasant upscale materials that help make the cabin feel more luxurious. Additionally, we also praised the crossover’s user-friendly infotainment controls with a center stack that is “the best laid-out of any GM car” and a “logical and easy to use” navigation system.

However, the Terrain’s driving dynamics let it down with an artificial steering feel and lack of straight line stability. We noted that the crossover could benefit from better chassis tuning to help control its body motions and improve the overall driving experience.

You’ll Like

  • Generous space for passengers and/or cargo
  • Sliding rear seats improve practicality
  • User-friendly center stack

You Won’t Like

  • Sloppy handling
  • Artificial steering
  • Unimpressive V-6 fuel economy

Key Competitors

  • Ford Edge
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Nissan Murano
  • Subaru Outback



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