2013 GMC Terrain

MSRP $26,305 - $36,745

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8.2

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2013 GMC Terrain Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 11, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2013 GMC Terrain is an excellent crossover utility vehicle that became one of the most legitimate choices in the segment. The Terrain is a large vehicle that doesn’t compromise in Fuel economy, refinement, and features to any other crossovers in the market. The five-passenger GMC Terrain is equipped with a spacious interior, convenient features, and also has great fuel economy which is highly desired in the crossover segment. 

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Pros

Premium looks with good styling

Spacious and comfortable interior

Good fuel economy

Cons

Lack of value on some models

Poor outward visibility

Unresponsive steering

What's New?

A new V6 Engine option

Luxury Denali Trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26305

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

118 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

145 cu.in.

horsepower

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

112.5 in.

length

185.3 in.

width

72.8 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3853 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1162 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/27/32 mpg

highway range

576 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SLE-1$26,305 onwards

SLE-2$27,805 onwards

SLT-1$29,355 onwards

SLT-2$32,600 onwards

Denali$34,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 GMC Terrain in Atlantic Metallic color
Atlantic Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

8.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


The Terrain’s size is larger than most of the compact crossovers but not quite as large as mid-size models. With the macho design approach, the Terrain shares more of its design cues to Hummers rather than its brand siblings. But all is not perfect for this crossover, the lack of value in some models and lack of good visibility can affect the Terrain in a highly competitive crossover segment. The Terrain competes with the likes of Ford Edge, Honda CR-V, and Chevrolet Equinox.


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2013 GMC Terrain Features

8.0/10

The 2013 GMC Terrain is offered with both AWD and FWD. The Terrain comes in Five trims SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2, and Denali with the same features for both drive trains. The base SLE-1 includes basic features like Bluetooth, Keyless Entry, cruise control, and much more. The SLE-2 adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable driver seat, automatic climate control, and more. The SLT-1 has a Leather seat, heated front seats, and remote start. The SLT-2 adds performance tires, seat memory, and other features. The most expensive and luxurious Denali trim adds leather and wood steering wheel, power-adjustable passenger seat 18- and 19-inch alloy, and more. 

Trim

SLE-1

SLE-2

SLT-1

SLT-2

Denali

MSRP

$26,305(FWD)

$28,055(AWD)

$27,805(FWD)

$29,555(AWD)

$29,355(FWD)

$31,105(AWD)

$32,600(FWD)

$34,350(AWD)

$34,995(FWD)

$36,745(AWD)

Key Features

Six-speaker audio system

Eight-speaker stereo system

Leather seats

Performance tires

18- and 19-inch wheels

 

7-inch touch screen

Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

Front heated seats

Chrome wheels with wheel locks

Power-adjustable front passenger seat

 

Remote keyless entry

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Remote start

Seat memory

Leather and wood steering wheel

 

Heated outside mirrors

Automatic climate control

Ultrasonic rear parking assist

Forward collision alert

Side blind zone alert

 

Cruise control

Luggage rails

Power sunroof

Chrome Door Handle

Chrome Grille

We Recommend

With all the five trims offering a really good set of features the choice comes down to price and the features required. The SLT-2 offers the most value for money with the right mix of luxury and safety features. The SLE trim lacks safety features while the Denali is expensive. Also, the SLT-2 brings about some cosmetic additions that make the car more visually appealing. We recommend the SLT-2 trim as it offers the right mix of luxury safety and visual features.

The SLT-2 trim comes with furthermore choices in the engine and drivetrain category. There is a choice of Four cylinders or Six-cylinder engine which has a huge difference in power with 180 hp and 302 hp respectively. Also, the drive train choices include a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. We recommend the SLT-2 trim with the V6 engine and all-wheel drive.

2013 GMC Terrain Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2013 GMC Terrain comes with a standard 2.4L engine that is capable of producing 182 hp. For those in need of more power and performance, the Terrain offers a V6 engine that churns out up to 301 hp. Both the engines are paired to the same automatic 6-speed transmission with optional FWD or AWD. The four-cylinder engine is refined and smooth enough for all daily needs with occasional cruises making the Terrain a good comfortable cruiser with great handling and a quiet interior. But the V6 engine is more powerful and feels needed only if filling all seats and making use of towing capabilities.

Models

GMC Terrain SLT-2

Ford Edge SEL

Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

Nissan Murano SL

MSRP

$34,350

$33,050

$32,735

$36,990

Engine

3.6L Six-cylinder Engine

3.6L Six-cylinder Engine

3.6L Six-cylinder Engine

3.6L Six-cylinder Engine

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic transmission

6-Speed Automatic transmission

6 Speed Automatic transmission 

Continuously Variable Transmission 

Power (hp @ RPM)

302 @ 6500

285 @ 6500

302 @ 6500

260 @ 6000

Torque (lb.- ft. @ RPM)

272 @ 4800

253 @ 4000

272 @ 4800 

240 @ 4400

0 – 60 MPH (seconds)

6.5

6.8

6.3

8.3

Quarter Mile

(Seconds)

15

15.5

14.8

16.6

Top Speed (MPH)

135

136

135

135

The GMC Terrain and the Chevrolet Equinox share almost the same performance with the Equinox taking a slight lead in acceleration figures. These engines produce the most amount of torque and power figures at 302 hp and 272 lb.-ft torque combined with 6-speed automatic transmission provides impressive acceleration. The Ford Edge ends up just behind with minor differences in 0 – 60 mph and quarter-mile figures. 

The 3.5L V6 on the Ford Edge emits 285 hp of power and 253 torque. Among the competition, the Nissan Murano lags in performance. Even with similar capacity engine outputs are lower at 260 hp and 240 cu.-ft torque. This is the only engine that comes with a CVT transmission. The difference in performance is clearly visible in the 0-60mph and quarter-mile figures. 

2013 GMC Terrain Fuel Economy

8.0/10

If you are an economy-centric person then the four-cylinder engine is the way to go for the Terrain. Not that the V6 engine is bad in fuel economy, the 2.4L four-cylinder engine provides much more efficient than the V6. The four-cylinder all-wheel-drive engine outputs an impressive 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The V6 engine with AWD provides 16 mpg and 23 mpg in cities and highways respectively. The efficiency of the V6 is not bad considering that the output difference is more than 120 hp. 

Model

GMC Terrain SLT-2 V6

Ford Edge SEL

Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

Nissan Murano SL

MPG (City)

16

18

16

18

MPG (Highway)

23

25

23

23

MPG (Combined)

19 

21

19

20

Fuel Capacity

18

19.2

18.8

21.7

Range (City/Highway)

288/414

345/480

300/432

390/500

The V6 engines on the Terrain and the Equinox are the least fuel-efficient among their rivals, capping out at 16 and 23 MPG on city and highway respectively. The Equinox also provides a better range owing to the slightly bigger fuel tank. The Ford Edge is the most fuel-efficient engine among the bunch with 18 and 25 mpg on city and highway. The Nissan Murano provides the most range on the vehicle with 390 miles in city conditions and 500 miles on the highways. The high fuel efficiency combined with the largest tank among the competition results in the most range.

2013 GMC Terrain Interior

8.0/10

The Terrain has a nicely appointed interior that is eye-catching and inviting to touch. The dashboard is styled by curves and highlighted gauges and controls. A notable feature in the Terrain is the Noise cancellation in the cabin. The active noise cancellation system and the acoustic windshield works wonders in keeping out the tire and wind noises even at high-speed cruising. The seats are comfortable and utility is maximized by the standard sliding rear seat which allows optimizing rear-seat legroom or rear cargo space depending on the need. That being said, all is not perfect for the Terrain. The interior is not efficient, and also the maximum cargo capacity is a bit less.

Model

GMC Terrain SLT-2 V6

Ford Edge SEL

Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

Nissan Murano SL

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.8/55.7/41.2

40/58.9/40.7

40.9/55.8/41.2

38.3/59.6/43.6

Rear Row (Head/ shoulder/leg) (in)

39.2/55.3/39.9

39.3/58.7/39.6

39.2/55.3/39.9

38.1/58.7/36.3

Boot space (Cubic ft)

31.6

32.2

31.5

31.6

With the standard seating capacity, the Nissan Murano has the most legroom in the front and the least legroom in the back. The rear dimension of the GMC Terrain is the same as that of Chevrolet Equinox at 39.2/55.3/39.6 in. The Ford also hosts the largest boot space with 32.2 cubic feet area followed by the Terrain and Murano at 31.6. Major interior features of the GMC Terrain include-

  • Active Noise cancellation technology.
  • Interior air filtration
  • Automatic climate control
  • Power adjustable and Heated front seats
  • Leather-trimmed interiors.
  • Wood tone steering wheel.

How initiative is the GMC Terrain’s Infotainment System?

The 7-inch color touchscreen display even on the base variant makes the cut above everyday compact crossover. The audio system is bundled with a premium eight-speaker system with a subwoofer and amplifier. The audio system is enhanced with IntelliLink System and a rear vision camera system. The IntelliLink system provides Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free smartphone integration. The infotainment system also comes with OnStar technology which features hands-free dialing with voice activation and turn-by-turn navigation. The system features SiriusXM Satellite radio. There is an optional Rear Entertainment system that features a DVD entertainment system with two 8-inch screens and headphones. Other salient infotainment features include

  • Color Touch Navigation with IntelliLink
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • Rear Seat Infotainment system
  • Rear vision camera
  • Universal Home Remote.
  • Cross-traffic alert

2013 GMC Terrain Exterior

9.0/10

The Terrain features a more distinctive and macho look than its counterparts. The Terrain shares many design cues with hummer rather than its brand siblings. The Terrain doesn’t feature any polite curves or soft bowlines. The design looks boxy and stands upright. The mesh grille covers the front of the car. The Terrain has a length, width, and height of 185.30, 72.80, 66.30 inches. The minimum ground clearance stands at 6.9 inches. The wheelbase is shorter compared to the overall length at 112.50 inches.

Model

GMC Terrain SLT-2 V6

Ford Edge SEL

Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

Nissan Murano SL

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4049

4234

3926

4208

Length (in)

185.3

184.2

187.8

189.9

Width (in)

72.8

76

72.5

74.1

Height (in)

66.3

67

66.3

67

Ground Clearance (in)

6.9

7.9

6.9

7.4

Wheelbase (in)

112.5

111.2

112.5

111.2

The Nissan Murano is the longest and the heaviest car among the competition. The Ford Edge has the widest body. The Terrain and the Equinox share almost similar dimensions in width, height, ground clearance, and wheelbase. While the Equinix is the lightest car in comparison Murano is the bulkiest. The ford edge has the highest ground clearance which is 1 inch higher than that of the Terrain. External features of the Terrain include

  • Projector-beam headlamps.
  • Aluminum wheels
  • Programmable power liftgate
  • Soft ride suspension
  • Body-colored skid plates

2013 GMC Terrain Safety

6.0/10

The 2013 GMC Terrain is one of the best scoring crossovers. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety rates the Terrain well in all its tests, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration puts the Terrain at four stars out of five. The Terrain adds much safety gear to complement its perfect scores. 

The Terrain comes with a reinforced steel safety cage design along with dual-stage frontal airbags and side-impact airbags. The Terrain also has a tire pressure monitoring system for added safety. The vehicle also features an Automatic crash response system which sends an alert in case of an accident. The Terrain features stolen vehicle assistance and Roadside assistance. The safety features on the GMC Terrain include

  • Stabilitrak Stability control system
  • Side blind zone and rear cross-traffic alerts.
  • Forward collision alert and departure warning.
  • OnStar with Turn-by-Turn Navigation.
  • Child safety locks
  • Theft-deterrent system

2013 GMC Terrain Final Verdict

The 2013 GMC Terrain is a good all-around performer that carries a large load of passengers as well as a decent amount of goods with a ton of safety features, decent fuel economy, and many options to choose from. The Terrain gives the customer a lot of options including engine choices, drive trains, and trims. Among these choices, there is something for everyone. The Terrain has a well-equipped cabin that provides quiet and comfortable rides. But all is not well for the Terrain. The numb handling and the wide turning radius can be a bit difficult to maneuver in tight spaces. Also the inefficient interior space utilization can affect some people. The fuel economy of the V6 engine is quite low. Despite these small negatives, the GMC Terrain remains one of the most interesting choices in the mid-size crossover segment with good safety and reliability scores. 

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