2015 GMC Terrain

MSRP $24,070 - $37,240

Ranked #10 in Suv

7.5

Overall Rating

2015 GMC Terrain Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 30, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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It won’t be abrupt to say that the customer base is preferring refreshing and “all fit one” approach in their daily commuting. The automotive industry burst in the SUV segment and the variations they are bringing are no less than evidence to the claim. The 2015 GMC Terrain is one among those well-established ones that have been fulfilling such expectations.

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Pros

Easy Commuting

Safety assurance

Cabin spaciousness

Cons

Cargo capacity

Powertrain prowess

What's New?

No major upgrade has been brought except coloring extension

OnStar with 4G-LTE


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24070

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

119 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

9.6 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

SL$24,070 onwards

SLE-1$26,560 onwards

SLE-2$28,060 onwards

SLT-1$29,820 onwards

SLT-2$33,065 onwards

Denali$35,490 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 GMC Terrain in Champagne Silver Metallic color
Champagne Silver 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

8.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The GMC Terrain hasn’t changed much over the years and has undergone only minor upgrades yet has managed to sway a huge mass in its corner. For 2015 it is available in 3 major trims that are; SLE, SLT, and Denali among which the SLE and SLT are further fragmented into “1” and “2”. The Terrain has to compete against the Kia Sorento, Chevrolet Equinox, and Toyota Highlander to stay relevant in the market. 


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2015 GMC Terrain Features

8.0/10

Available in 3 trims, the GMC Terrain has a lot to offer this market. The SLE-1, for instance, gets the 6 speaker audio system with an optional 8-speaker Pioneer audio system. The 7-inch touchscreen display further extends the interactive bay inside its cabin. The SLE-2, on the other hand, has power-flexing seats and leatherette touches. The temperature for the same gets regulated with automatic climate control. The SLT, within its variation, has been enriched with additional packages like the Safety package and Convenience package.

Trim

SLE

SLT

Denali

MSRP (FWD)

$24,070

$29,820

$35,490

MRSP (AWD)

$28,310

$31,550

$37,240

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels

In addition to the SL trim;

In addition to SLT trim;

 

Rearview camera

Leather upholstery

19-inch wheels for V6 configuration 

 

8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

Heated front seats with driver seat memory settings

Rear cross-traffic alert system

 

8-speaker Pioneer audio system

Height-adjustable power liftgate

Side blind zone alert system

 

7-inch touchscreen display

All convenience package add-ons are as standard

8-way power-adjustable passenger seat

 

Heated side-view mirrors

18-inch wheels

Special exterior/interior details

Eldest among all is the Denali, which has all those aforementioned features as standard. But the Denali tends to get a bit exclusive in its offering with exterior trimmings and engine-based wheel setup. The safety convenience is exaggerated by the availability of the Side blind zone alert system and Rear cross-traffic alert system. Thus, one might not find herself/himself at ease while gauging them as per their price to value ratio as there is too much to measure.

We Recommend

We recommend the SLT trim which falls between the base trim SLE and top-tier trim Denali. It has both permutation and combination of existing and new features and that too with little incrementation. Moreover, one can also choose between the I-4 and V-6 depending on the driving experience. The comfort and convenience are also equivalent to what you might be needing at the max. 

2015 GMC Terrain Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The standard engine fitted in the Terrain is a 2.4L Inline-4 engine. It manages to put out 182 hp @ 6700 RPM and has a peak torque of 172 lb-ft @ 4900 RPM. In addition to that, you have an option to go for a more powerful engine which is a 3.6L V6. It is capable of producing 301 hp of power and 272 lb-ft of torque. Both these engines are coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission which is the only option available. However, the power can be delivered to either the front wheels or all four wheels with the former FWD drivetrain being standard on all trims. There’s a big difference in agility when it comes to these two engines and drivetrain combinations. For instance, the Inline-4 with FWD takes about 9.1 seconds to get to 60 mph from a standstill, whereas the 3.6L V6 with AWD combination takes only 7.0 seconds to achieve the same.

Model

2015 GMC Terrain

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

2015 Kia Sorento

2015 Toyota Highlander

MSRP

$24,070

$22,120

24,300

$29,765

Engine

2.4L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.7L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

182 hp @ 6700 RPM

182 hp @ 6700 RPM

191 hp @ 6300 RPM

185 hp @ 5800 RPM

Torque

172 lb-ft @ 4900 RPM

172 lb-ft @ 4900 RPM

181 lb-ft @ 4250 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.1 

8.7

8.0

10.0

Quarter mile (mph)

16.8

16.9

16.2

17.0

Top speed (mph)

119

122

124

115

The GMC Terrain is one of the slowest to 60mph among the SUVs mentioned above but with the V6 engine, it becomes the fastest taking only 7.0 seconds. The 2015 Kia Sorrento with the FWD configuration has the highest top speed with minimal margin, followed by the Equinox. The same story is replicated in the acceleration dominance as well whereas the Highlander settles in the middle of this chaos. 

2015 GMC Terrain Fuel Economy

6.0/10

GMC Terrain is one of the best in this business. It does 22 MPG in cities, 32 MPG on highways along with a combined fuel economy of 26 MPG. The AWD option has a decrease in the same by a small margin and scales at 23 MPG overall. The V6 gets even murkier with its figure as it tends to offer 17/24/20 (city/highway/combined) in its FWD while 16/23/19 in its AWD. The latter looks dull as it gives priority to performance and acceleration over the economy and is meant for a thrill. 

Model

2015 GMC Terrain

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

2015 Kia Sorento

2015 Toyota Highlander

MPG (city)

22

22

20

20

MPG (Highway)

32

32

27

25

MPG (Combined)

26

26

23

22

Fuel Capacity

18.0 gallons

18.8 gallons

17.4 gallons

19.2 gallons

Range (City/hwy)

396/576

413.6/601.6

348/469.8

384/480

The Terrain and the Equinox have identical fuel economies with a difference in their fuel tank capacities. The Chevy offers a slightly bigger tank of 18.8-gallon capacity giving it a better range than the GMC by some 25 miles. Further adding to the narration, the Toyota Highlander comes with the least impressive economy which forces it to depend on a bigger fuel tank but even after that it is as disappointing as it would have been without it. 

2015 GMC Terrain Interior

6.0/10

One of the highlights of this machinery is its comfort-enriched interior and the concerned accents. The spaciousness and ergonomics are satisfactory on all fronts. Memory function along power-adjustable seats as per trim hierarchy is one of the many facets of this arrangement. From cloth trimming to leather upholstery, the transition occurs across the trim with increment in their prices. The single-zone manual air conditioning gets an upgrade to be an automatic one in higher trims as well. The seat height and lumbar support maintain your posture during long hauling. Hence, the higher trims are worth investing in for every reason.

Model

2015 GMC Terrain

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

2015 Kia Sorento

2015 Toyota Highlander

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

8

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

39.8/55.7/41.2

40.9/55.8/41.2

39.2/59.3/41.3

40.7/59.3/44.2

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

39.2/55.3/39.9

39.2/55.3/39.9

39.2/58.7/38.8 

39.9/59.6/38.4

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

35.9/55.0/27.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

31.6

31.5

36.9

13.8

As per data, the Toyota Highlander can seat up to 8 passengers because of which its cargo space takes a hit. Meanwhile, just like the fuel economy, the interior dimensions of the GMC Terrain and Chevy Equinox are almost identical, making them no less than a sibling in a seating capacity of 5 in a go. Also mentioning Kia Sorento directs us towards its segment-leading cargo space of almost 37 cu-ft with a parallel head and legroom as that of the former.

Some of the highlights of the interior are:

  • Automatic climate control 
  • Leather upholstery
  • 8-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Memory settings for driver’s seat 
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel 

How intuitive is the 2015 GMC Terrain’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment unit of the Terrain is quite a variant across the trim level as the lower-tier gets the 7.0-inch touchscreen display while the elder ones have been adorned with the Intellilink Interface. It has some high-tech features like voice-activated satellite Radio, Bluetooth optional navigation, a 6-speaker audio system as standard with an option of having an 8-speaker Pioneer audio system, a newly added feature of 4G LTE connectivity, etc. The standard USB ports and AUX ports have also been integrated into it.

Some of the key features are;

  • Satellite Radio with voice activation
  • 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity
  • 8-speaker Pioneer audio system
  • USB charging port
  • Navigation (optional) 

2015 GMC Terrain Exterior

6.0/10

There has hardly been any upgrade throughout these years and the same is true for its exterior outfit as well. The front has been kept wide to bring about that bossy road appearance but the LED projector headlamps curvature dents that asset. The fender with bulged-out wheel faring does more harm than good. The 17,18 or 19-inch wheels inside those faring are also nothing more than functional entities. The silhouette even lacks the curvy flow and creases. The chrome-accented huge grille with GMC badging may do little to improve its appeal but it has a dire need to bring out some refreshments in the near future.

Model

2015 GMC Terrain

2015 Chevrolet Equinox

2015 Kia Sorento

2015 Toyota Highlander

Curb Weight (lbs)

3853

3777

3594

4134

Length (in.)

185.3

187.8

184.4

191.1

Width (in.)

72.8

72.5

74.2

75.8

Height (in.)

66.3

66.3

66.9

68.1

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.9

6.9

7.3

8.0 

Wheelbase (in.)

112.5

112.5

106.3

109.6

The Terrain is a heavy vehicle weighing more than 3800 pounds with a long wheelbase which translates into more interior space but takes a toll on its overall dynamics. The others are also somewhat close to these figures only and hence there is no concrete conclusion of one’s supremacy over another. Even the ground clearance varies no more than an inch throughout. But, it can’t be overlooked that these dimensions may have a high risk of body roll and toppling. Thus, GMC has to revisit its design layout. 

Some of the exterior highlights are:

  • 17,18 or 19-inch wheels depending on the trim and configuration
  • Roof rails
  • Heated power-adjustable side-view mirrors
  • Sunroof
  • Height-adjustable power liftgate
  • Dual exhaust outlets

2015 GMC Terrain Safety

8.0/10

The 2015 GMC Terrain performs well in its crash test analysis with the federal authorities. The NHTSA has given it a 4-star rating out of a possible 5-stars and the IIHS has rated it “Good” in most of their tests. It has also earned “Top Safety Pick '' in the midsize SUV segment by the IIHS which is applaud-worthy. The Terrain is equipped with multiple driver aids and safety features to keep the occupants safe inside like the Forward collision warning system, Side blind-zone alert system, and Lane departure warning. Apart from that, the dynamics and handling have been given consideration as it gets the Stability control along with the Traction control.

Some of the safety features on offer are:

  • Forward collision warning system
  • Side blind-zone alert system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Rear cross-traffic alert system
  • Rear parking sensors (optional)

2015 GMC Terrain Final Verdict

The 2015 GMC Terrain offers a lot of versatility in its trims and available features. The Terrain has been a highly capable crossover SUV for American buyers and it continues to do so for the year 2015. Depending on its trim and configuration, it offers calmness and composure or fuel-thirsty performance-driven madness. The Terrain is also safe, thanks to its multiple driver aids and safety features available. Thus, it can be given preference in the first place.

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