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2018 GMC Terrain

Is the 2018 GMC Terrain the Sleeper-Hit of the Segment?

While I’m not normally enthralled by the small crossover segment, I try to keep an open mind when it comes to models that receive a refresh or, even better, a full redesign. Perhaps it’s my constant hope that someone will introduce an offering that will change my mind, turning me around to a point where I finally understand the appeal of a small crossover. Of course, I usually find myself lending more attention to the offerings from Chevy, Mazda, or Honda since I find their crossover offerings slightly more compelling, for one reason or another. That said, the 2018 GMC Terrain presents the appeal of a full redesign, and an overall offering compelling enough to draw my attention to it. This is saying something since, truth be told, I tend to turn a blind eye to the GMC lineup.

First of all, it’s worth noting that the 2018 boasts a 400 LB Weight reduction and a 3-inch decrease in vehicle length. What’s more impressive is that it does so without compromising in-cabin comfort or available cargo space. This reduction in weight, combined with upgraded engines and transmissions are fairly compelling arguments in favor of the Terrain.

Depending on which of the four trim levels (SL, SLE, SLT or Denali) you opt for, those powertrain configurations include the standard 1.5-liter four-cylinder paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and 2.0-liter variant. The former offers 170hp and 203 lb-ft of torque, with the latter serving up 252 hp and 260 lb-ft. The Terrain also offers the turbocharged 1.6-liter diesel four-cylinder, mated with a six-speed automatic, delivering a more sustainable 137 hp and 240 lb-ft.  Regardless of which option best suits you, you’re nicely covered.

And it looks good. While, admittedly, I’m not the most ardent fan of GMC’s overall aesthetic the Terrain carries a sporty, athletic look that does justice to its core design philosophy. For an insightful look at the 2018 GMC Terrain take a look at the following review from Test Drives and Rides’ YouTube channel.


Whether or not the Terrain is right for you is a personal choice, but take a moment to check it out before you rule it out. It just might be one of the most unfairly overlooked small crossovers on the market today. Nicely done, GMC.


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