2014 GMC Terrain

MSRP $26,465 - $36,905

Ranked #3 in Suv

8.2

Overall Rating

2014 GMC Terrain Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 18, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Crossovers have been a wild concept for over a decade. Buyers are crowding around the showrooms like zombies to pick up one of these more practical yet compact SUVs. Even brands like GMC, which has been perceived as the “truck” brand, are jumping onto the bandwagon. The 2014 GMC Terrain is a perfect example of how the American automaker has excelled in this game.

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Pros

Potent optional V6

Lavish Denali trim

A wide array of optional features

Premium looks

Cons

Underwhelming standard engine

Poor handling dynamics

Average cargo capacity

What's New?

Improved features list

Minor revision to interior and exterior design


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26465

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

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

MacPherson strut front suspension

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

9.6 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


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SLE-1$26,465 onwards

SLE-2$27,965 onwards

SLT-1$29,715 onwards

SLT-2$32,760 onwards

Denali$35,155 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 GMC Terrain in Atlantic Metallic color
Atlantic Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


The bold-box design of the GMC Terrain contrasts with modern and upscale interiors that are known for high-level comfort and serenity. And if you opt for the top-spec Denali trim, you might end up with a fantastic budget crossover with lavish interiors for the price, and chrome garnishing in the exteriors. But as we said, it’s a busy segment and rivals like Chevrolet Equinox, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Murano are a tough competition to GMC’s slightly larger than compact crossover Terrain. 


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2014 GMC Terrain Features

8.0/10

The buyers have a wider suite of trims, five to be exact while availing of the 2014 GMC Terrain. These are SLE, SLT, and Denali, while the former two trims are subdivided into two levels, SLE-1 and 2 and SLT-1 and 2. The Denali sits as the range-topping spec, priced at $35,155. The GMC Terrain lineup starts with the SLE-1 that comes with a plethora of features, heated side-view mirrors, a rearview camera, and cruise control to name some. The SLE-2 adds roof rails, automatic climate control, and an eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar adjustment. The SLE-2 trim also opens the door to optional packages like Safety Package and the Convenience package. The former adds lane-departure warning and forward-collision alert systems, along with rear parking sensors while the Convenience package adds heated front seats and remote engine start. The SLE-2 trim gets the Chrome package for better exterior design and an improved features list, while the SLT-1 and SLT-2 which are placed higher up in the lineup have an improved feature load and also get access to the Convenience Package.

Trims

SLE-1

SLE-2

SLT-1

SLT-2

MSRP(FWD)

$26,465

$27,965

$29,515

$32,760

MSRP(AWD)

$28,215

$29,715

$31,265

$34,510

Key features

17-inch alloy wheels

Adds to SLE-1

Adds to SLE-2

Adds to SLT-1

 

Cruise control

eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar adjustment

18-inch chrome-finish wheels

Driver seat memory functions

 

Sliding and reclining backseat

8-speaker Pioneer audio system

Chrome exterior trim

 
 

7-inch touchscreen infotainment

GM's IntelliLink user interface

18-inch chrome-finish wheels

 
 

Power height-adjustable driver seat

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and upgraded cloth upholstery

Leather upholstery

 
 

6-speaker sound system

     
 

OnStar

     

We Recommend

The SLT trim with the optional V6 is a hot-selling configuration and we recommend the same while opting for the 2014 GMC Terrain. It not only adds leather upholstery but unlocks more packages for you.

2014 GMC Terrain Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2014 GMC Terrain, irrespective of the trim you choose, comes standard with a 2.4L Inline-4 engine that pushes out 182-hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. There’s an optional 3.6L V6 available for all trims except the SLE-1, which cranks out 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. Irrespective of the trim, the engines come mashed with a 6-speed automatic transmission along with a standard front-wheel drive. Yet buyers can opt for all-wheel-drive for extra bucks.

The standard four-pot engine is reputed to be impotent and sluggish, doing a 0-60 mph in 9.6 seconds. This means you’ll have to constantly foot the throttle, and time would slow down. Upgrading to the optional V6 should be a wise decision, as it’s more brawny and muscular, capable of pulling 3,500 lbs of towing load as compared to the 1,500 lbs capacity of the standard 4-cylinder block. The V6 is more energetic, doing 0-60mph in just less than 7-seconds. Besides, the V6 and the 6-speed automatic unit make a perfect couple, and the Terrain feels lively and agile, in crossover terms.

Models

2014 GMC Terrain

2014 Chevrolet Equinox

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2014 Nissan Murano

MSRP

$31,015

$27,585

$29,495

$28,530

Engine 

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

CVT

Power 

301 hp @ 6000 RPM

301 hp @ 6000 RPM

290 hp @ 6400 RPM

260 hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque

272 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM

272 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM

260 lb-ft. @ 4800 RPM

240 lb-ft. @ 4400 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

7

7

7.5

7.3

Quarter mile (sec)

NA

NA

15.9

16.2

Top Speed (MPH)

130

130

130

134

The standard 4-cylinder setup in the GMC Terrain feels underwhelming while the optional V6 engine makes the rivals feel the same. The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers rear-wheel drive as standard, while the Nissan Murano is a swift crossover in the lot. The Chevrolet Equinox offers identical powertrain details but at a lesser price. Both the GM twins manage similar 60mph timings, while competitors including the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Murano rank lower down taking 7.5 and 7.3 seconds to achieve a similar feat.

2014 GMC Terrain Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The standard Inline-4 engine on the 2014 GMC Terrain offers decent EPA estimates, 26 mpg combined to be exact, but in the real world, the economy is significantly low. This is where the optional V6 emerges as a hero, offering more power at little cost to fuel economy, as its EPA estimates are 20 mpg and 19 mpg combined in front and all-wheel-drive configuration respectively. It gets a standard 20-gallon tank which is the smallest and consequently, the SUV manages the least range of 480 miles. 

Models

2014 GMC Terrain

2014 Chevrolet Equinox

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2014 Nissan Murano

MPG (City)

17

17

17

18

MPG (Highway)

24

24

25

24

MPG (Combined)

20

20

20

20

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

20

20.9

24.6

21.7

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

340/480

355/501

418/615

390/520

The 2014 GMC Terrain boasts great figures, equally as impressive as the Chevrolet Equinox. In terms of economy, the Jeep and Nissan crossovers are as efficient as the GM siblings, but bigger fuel tanks help them offer potent mileage with the former offering 615 highway miles. Equip the GM twins with the V6 and their fuel economy drops down to what their rivals offer.

2014 GMC Terrain Interior

6.0/10

The interior of the 2014 GMC Terrain is nicely appointed for the fact that GMC has been used to manufacturing rugged trucks. Once inside, the occupants would appreciate both the breeziness of the cabin as well as comfortable seating ergonomics. To start with the front, the bucket seats are bolstered and hold on to the driver and the front passenger. The seating position is apt and the driver gets great visibility. From the front seats, the eyes would love to stare at the elegant and clean design with smooth flowing lines and curves. Of course, the upper trims add various garnishings like ambient lighting, premium leather upholstery with contrasting stitching, and more. 

The rear seats also offer roomy headroom and legroom and are impressively supportive for longer overhauls. The rear seats slide to optimize the legroom and cargo space according to the needs. The GMC has put a lot of effort into Terrain’s cabin to make it serene and silent. There's an acoustic windshield and other noise-killing measures -- including an active noise-cancellation system to reduce or nullify the tire and wind noise. Opting for the range-topping Denali trim would equip the interior with wood inlays and aluminum accents on the dash. The front seats are also embroidered with the “Denali” logo.

Models

2014 GMC Terrain

2014 Chevrolet Equinox

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2014 Nissan Murano

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.8/55.7/41.2

40.9/55.8/41.2

39.9/58.7/40.3

40.1/59.6/43.6

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

39.2/55.3/39.9

39.2/55.3/39.9

39.2/58.0/38.6

39.4/58.7/36.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

31.6

31.5

36.3

31.6

When it comes to cargo space, the GMC Terrain offers a commodious 31.6 cu-ft of space behind the rear seats. The 60/40-split folding seats once done contribute to 63.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity. To reduce the efforts, the Terrain can also be equipped with an optional height-adjustable power liftgate in SLT-1 trims and above. The GM sibling crossovers excel in terms of cabin space, but when it comes to cargo capacity, rivals like the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee have more room to offer, 36.3 cubic feet to be precise. The interiors of each rival are packed with exciting design and layout, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee feels slightly outdated as compared to the rivals. 

Standout interior features:

  • Power height-adjustable driver seat
  • Sliding and reclining backseat
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with cruise and audio controls
  • Automatic climate control
  • 8-way power driver seat with power lumbar adjustment
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Upgraded cloth upholstery
  • Leather upholstery

How intuitive is the 2014 GMC Terrain’s infotainment unit?

The 2014 GMC Terrain offers a standard 7-inch touchscreen in all trims, which adds a more hi-tech feel to the cabin. The interface feels slightly outdated in terms of graphics and touch-response, but the system is highly intuitive. The base SLE-1 trim also features goodies like satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, and an iPod/USB interface. The SLE-2 trim adds GM's IntelliLink user interface that allows the system to recognize the voice commands, and let the driver access some features while getting distracted. 

The SLE-2 trim also equips the vehicle with an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system which is an upgrade from a six-speaker setup fitted in the base trim. Besides, all the trims, except the SLE-1, can opt for a navigation system. There’s also an option of a dual-screen DVD rear entertainment system, which is limited to just the SLT-2 and Denali trims.

Standout infotainment features:

  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite radio
  • iPod/USB interface
  • GM’s IntelliLink user interface
  • Eight-speaker Pioneer audio system
  • Optional dual-screen DVD rear entertainment system

2014 GMC Terrain Exterior

8.0/10

The 2014 GMC Terrain sports a bold and boxy design with an innocent front fascia look. In the front, the small grille and rectangular headlights offer a friendly look. The side stance flaunts squared and husky wheel arches. The rear is dominated by a large portion of the rear window that wraps the car from the rear quarters of each side. 

The SLE-2 trim offers an optional chrome package that adds chrome exterior trim, but if you are still left unsatisfied, then the Denali trim can add more chrome and Denali-specific tires to stand out. It is the shortest SUV in the segment with a total length of 185.3 inches and a wheelbase of 112.5 inches. Even its height and ground clearance that measure 66.3 and 6.9 inches, respectively, are the lowest in the segment.

Models

2014 GMC Terrain

2014 Chevrolet Equinox

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2014 Nissan Murano

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4032

NA

4545

3841

Length (in.)

185.3

187.8

189.8

189.9

Width (in.)

72.8

72.5

76.5

74.1

Height (in.)

66.3

66.3

69.3

67

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.9

6.9

8.6

7.4

Wheelbase (in.)

112.5

112.5

114.8

111.2

The GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox are almost identical in dimensions, and except for the front fascia, these two look similar in terms of design language. If you aren’t a huge fan of boxy crossovers, the 2014 Nissan Murano has some curves you would love to flaunt. The Jeep Grand Cherokee gets the highest ground clearance and wheelbase of 69.3 and 8.6 inches, respectively, while the 2014 Murano is the longest at 189.9 inches. It is also relatively lighter than all of its competitors. . 

Standout exterior features:

  • Heated side-view mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • Chrome exterior trim(convenience package)
  • 18-inch chrome-finish wheels
  • Height-adjustable power liftgate

2014 GMC Terrain Safety

9.0/10

Besides offering nicely appointed interiors and a brawny V6 engine option, the 2014 GMC Terrain equips a wide suite of standard safety aids like standard anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, and a rearview camera. Every Terrain also equips GM’s OnStar emergency communication system that includes automatic crash notification, an emergency assistance button, the remote door unlocks, and stolen vehicle assistance. In addition to safety features, the Terrain utilizes high-tensile materials and a robust structure to shield the occupants. The NHTSA and IIHS, both have awarded the GMC crossover with impressive safety ratings in their crash tests. 

Standout safety features:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Cross-traffic alert

2014 GMC Terrain Final Verdict

To conclude, the 2014 GMC Terrain comes with exciting features, spacious interior, and a bold design. Besides the uninspiring standard engine block, the optional V6 and the 6-speed automatic make a great combo. There are a wide variety of trims to choose from and additional features that let the buyer customize the Terrain according to their lifestyle.

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