September 25, 2021

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2022 GMC Terrain

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What kind of car is the 2022 GMC Terrain? What does it compare to?

The Terrain crossover SUV seats five as it takes up the entry-level spot in GMC’s lineup of trucks and utility vehicles. It’s the family wagon of the bunch, and a direct rival for crossovers such as the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4.

Is the 2022 GMC Terrain a good car?

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It’s better than average, but earns a lower TCC Rating of 6.3 out of 10 this year as it loses its more interesting powertrain. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2022 GMC Terrain?

Its former 252-hp turbo-4 is history, but the rest of the lineup—from base SLE to top Denali versions—wears a new front end with fresh LED headlights. An AT4 edition has standard all-wheel drive and a front skid plate; the SLT and AT4 can get a Tech Package with a surround-view camera system and a head-up display. 

Contemporary and sleek even with its chunky grille and big C-shaped headlights, the Terrain puts some distance between itself and GMC’s big trucks and SUVs. It puts up a rugged front, but behind the grille the flowing body reaches peak crossover with a de rigueur floating-roof treatment. Inside, the touchscreen-and-toggle-transmission interfaces weave in and out with woodgrain trim and leather on Denali versions for a sophisticated look—but even base models have a composed attitude.

GMC dropped the potent engine from the Terrain lineup this year, leaving it to make do with a 170-hp turbo-4 and 9-speed automatic that produce just passable acceleration. The Terrain steers with precision and rides well, but its available all-wheel-drive system is an outdated, manually engaged setup that’s better left off the bill. It’s a street driver, after all, not a trail blazer.

Four adults fit well in the Terrain, and their suitcases are welcome to come along in the 29.6-cubic-foot cargo hold, which expands to 63.3 cubic feet behind an available power tailgate. 

Standard automatic emergency braking also comes with available adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera system on top versions, but the IIHS doesn’t care for the Terrain’s headlights, and outward vision to the rear quarters gets blocked by its marvy rear-end design.

How much does the 2022 GMC Terrain cost?

The $29,095 Terrain SLE has cloth upholstery, 17-inch wheels, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; it’s $1,600 more for all-wheel drive. We recommend the $33,095 Terrain SLT, which gets leather upholstery, a power tailgate, heated front seats, and a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen. 

Where is the 2022 GMC Terrain made?

In Mexico.

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