2016 GMC Terrain

Rating8.2

Ranked #5 in Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$23,975 - $35,925

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Key Spec of 2016 GMC Terrain
fuel economy

22/26/32

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2016 GMC Terrain Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The latest GMC Terrain demonstrates what a long way GM has come in just two decades. Remember Hummer, a car which was used as a prop to stereotype the USA; a gas guzzling giant with a burger eating man with a pornstache.

2016 GMC Terrain Latest Updates

  • Mar' 25, 2022 : General Motors To Recall 726,959 Units Of The GMC Terrain SUV After Petition Refusal Read More »
  • Sep' 27, 2021 : GMC Showcase Its 2021 Full AT4 Premium Off-Road Line-up Read More »

ProsConsWhat's New

Spacious and silent cabin

Underpowered base I-4 motor

Refreshed exterior design

Comfortable ride quality

Uninspiring handling

Addition of some safety techs

Sliding and reclining rear seats

The touchscreen infotainment screen is tough to access from the driver's seat

Lesser cargo capacity as compared to some rivals

Over All Rating

8.2

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Features7.50
Engine and Performance8.00
Fuel Economy8.00
Interior9.00
Exterior8.50
Safety7.50
Competition7.00
Notable Rankings

#5 in Suv

#5 in Compact Suv


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Trims

SL$23,975 onwards

  • 17-inch silver painted aluminum wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Manual front air conditioning
  • Premium cloth Seat trim

SLE-1$27,000 onwards

  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

SLE-2$28,500 onwards

  • Automatic Front air conditioning

SLT$30,820 onwards

Denali$34,175 onwards

  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Parking assist

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2016 GMC Terrain26
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $1390026 Apr 2022

2016 GMC Terrain SLT

SLT 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$12,900
Est. $175/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,001 Below market
RMV: $15,901
Atlantic Highlands, NJ
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2015 GMC Terrain10
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $1388823 Jun 2022

2015 GMC Terrain SLT-1

SLT-1 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$12,888
Est. $174/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,992 Below market
RMV: $15,880
Johnson City, TN
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2015 GMC Terrain6
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $1499907 May 2022

2015 GMC Terrain SLE-1

SLE-1 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$13,999
Est. $190/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,224 Below market
RMV: $17,223
Anchorage, AK
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2017 GMC Terrain6

2017 GMC Terrain SLE-1

SLE-1 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$15,000
Est. $203/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,452 Below market
RMV: $18,452
Indianapolis, IN
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2017 GMC Terrain6
Price Drop, $100
Previous Price: $1469118 Jun 2022

2017 GMC Terrain SLE-1

SLE-1 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$14,591
Est. $198/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,333 Below market
RMV: $17,924
Johnson City, TN
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2015 GMC Terrain SLT-2

SLT2 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 301 hp 6cyl 6A)

$15,000
Est. $203/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,328 Below market
RMV: $18,328
Steubenville, OH
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2015 GMC Terrain27

2015 GMC Terrain SLT-1

SLT-1 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$13,995
Est. $190/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,056 Below market
RMV: $17,051
Westbury, NY
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2015 GMC Terrain6
Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $1349811 Oct 2021

2015 GMC Terrain SLE-2

SLE-2 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$12,998
Est. $176/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,802 Below market
RMV: $15,800
Mountain Home, ID
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2015 GMC Terrain18
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $1100023 Apr 2022

2015 GMC Terrain SLT-2

SLT-2 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$10,000
Est. $135/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,120 Below market
RMV: $12,120
Oklahoma City, OK
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Colors and Styles

2016 GMC Terrain in Champagne Silver Metallic color
Champagne Silver Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The only thing is, this compact SUV faces stiff competition from the likes of Chevrolet Equinox and Jeep Cherokee. As a buyer, you might be tempted to check out other options before making a purchase. So let’s see how the Terrain stacks up against the competition.


Features
7.5/10

The 2016 GMC Terrain is available in 5 different trim levels namely: SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT, Denali. With the base SL trim, you get standard features like 17-inch alloys, a rearview camera, cruise control, six-speaker audio system, power height adjustable driver seat, 7-inch touch screen display, and tilt-and-telescopic steering. On the SLE-1 trim, you get heated mirrors, satellite radio, and an AWD powertrain is available. SLE-2 trim adds automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an eight-speaker audio system. With the SLT trim, you get 18-inch wheels, heated front seats, and perforated leather upholstery.

Trim

SL

SLE-1

SLE-2

SLT

Denali

MSRP

$23,975

$27,000

$28,750

$30,820

$34,175

Key Features

Cruise Control

SIRIUSXM SATELLITE RADIO

Driver 8-way power seat adjuster

Ultrasoft perforated leather-appointed seats

Enhanced ride and handling with dual-flow front dampers

 

Rear Vision Camera System

Heated, power-adjustable, manual-folding, body-color Outside mirrors

Leather-wrapped with mounted audio and cruise controls

Charcoal with chrome surround and accent grille

Ultrasoft perforated leather-appointed with embossed Denali logo on front seats

 

Tilt and telescopic steering column

 

Single-zone automatic air conditioning with climate control

Chrome front grille surround with piano-black insert

Passenger 8-way power seat adjuster and power lumbar

 

STABILITRAK Vehicle stability enhancement system

 

Pioneer premium 8-speaker system with subwoofer and amplifier

 

Leather-wrapped with smoked mahogany wood tones and mounted audio and cruise controls

 

Premium cloth

Seats

 

SIRIUSXM Travel Link

 

Denali-specific with chrome surround grille

 

COLOR Touch Audio System

 

 

 

White ice interior ambient lighting

 

6-speaker audio system

 

 

 

Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning

 

Remote Keyless Entry

 

 

 

 

 

Halogen projector-beam headlamps

 

 

 

 

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The base SL trim covers most of the basic requirements in the form of standard features. However, the 4-cylinder engine can be a matter of concern for some drivers. Hence, if you want to go for the more powerful V6 engine, you need to pick at least the SLE-2 trim. So unless a V6 engine is your prime requirement, go for the base model.

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

The base engine on the 2016 GMC Terrain is a 2.4L Inline-4 engine. The engine makes 182 horsepower and a peak torque of 172 lb-ft. There is also an optional 3.6L V6 engine that can be added to the SLE-2, SLT or Denali trims. This V6 engine is known to produce a hefty horsepower of 301 and peak torque of 272 lb-ft.

The Terrain gets you a 6-speed automatic transmission as standard on all the trims. Additionally, FWD is standard. However, you can opt for AWD on all the trim levels above SL. The four-cylinder engine has a towing capacity of 1500 lbs while the V6 engine has a towing capacity of around 3500 lbs.

Models

GMC Terrain

Chevrolet Equinox

Jeep Cherokee

Ford Escape

MSRP

$23,975

$22,600

$23,495

$23,590

Engine

2.4L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

Transmission

6 speed Automatic

6 speed automatic

9 speed automatic

6 speed automatic

Horsepower

293 @ 6400

182 @ 6700

184 @ 6400

168 @ 6000

Torque (lb-ft)

182 @ 6700

172 @ 4900

171 @ 4600

170 @ 4500

Front brake (in.)

12.6

12.6

13

NA

Rear brake (in.)

11.9

11.9

11

NA

Comparing the competition, the GMC Terrain makes the most power, and puts down the highest torque output. In stark contrast, the Ford Escape makes the least power and the lowest torque output. The Jeep Cherokee comes with the best gearbox among the rivals, with the 9-speed automatic being quick and well-optimized. All in all, the Terrain seems to be the best option from a power and performance standpoint. 

Fuel Economy
8.0/10

The 2016 model year GMC Terrain gets EPA ratings of 26 MPG combined. Adding AWD to the picture, the ratings still surprisingly hold up. The Terrain’s fuel economy ratings are a bit higher than most of its close competitors, which certainly is a good sign. The 3.6L V6 engine, on the other hand, returns a fuel economy of 20 MPG combined. With AWD, the ratings fall further down to 18 MPG. Additionally, the Terrain is offered with an 18-8 gallon fuel tank, which helps the SUV deliver pretty great driving range figures. 

Models

GMC Terrain

Chevrolet Equinox

Jeep Cherokee

Ford Escape

MPG (city)

22

23

22

22

MPG (highway)

32

33

31

31

MPG (combined)

26

26

25

25

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

18.8

18.8

15.8

15.1

Among the competition, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox delivers the best fuel economy results. Offering a highway fuel efficiency of 33 MPG, it stands as one of the best fuel-friendly vehicles in this segment. Overall, the rest of the competition is mostly at par with one another, with the GMC Terrain offering slightly higher highway and combined MPG figures. 

Interior
9.0/10

The GMC Terrain is designed to accommodate 5 passengers. The front row provides ample support to the occupants. The rear row is equally comfortable and can also be extended to fit tall passengers. You can slide the second row forward as well to make space for the cargo. Cloth upholstery is standard on the base trims. The Terrain's cabin uses active noise cancellation technology to restrict the ambient noise. The cabin feels mostly upscale, except for a few plastics here and there.

Models

GMC Terrain

Chevrolet Equinox

Jeep Cherokee

Ford Escape

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

39.8/55.7/41.2

40.9/55.8/41.2

39.4/57.6/41.1

39.9/56/43.1

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

39.2/55.3/39.9

39.2/55.3/39.9

38.5/55.1/40.3

39/55.3/36.8

Cargo capacity (cu.ft.)

31.6

31.5

24.6

34.3

Comparing the competition, the Chevrolet Equinox offers the most front-row headroom, while the Ford Escape has the most front legroom on offer. In the second row, The Terrain and the Equinox offer the most headroom, whereas the Jeep Cherokee comes with the most legroom. Additionally, the Ford Escape has the greatest cargo capacity on offer, albeit by a small margin compared to the Chevrolet and the GMC counterparts. Some highlight interior features offered with the 2016 GMC Terrain include:

  • Driver Foot Rest.
  • Leather Dashboard Finish. 
  • Heated Steering Wheel. 
  • Illuminated Cup Holders. 
  • Polished Wood Inserts. 
  • Leather Seating Surfaces. 
  • Contrast Upholstery Stitching. 

 2016 GMC Terrain Infotainment

The 2016 GMC Terrain offers a good deal of standard infotainment features. The Terrain comes with an impressive 7-inch infotainment screen, featuring compelling apps and features. Bluetooth audio streaming lets you play your favourite playlst via an excelelnt 6-speaker sound system. The Terrain also supports USB and Aux inputs. 

Features such as WiFi Hotspot can be conveniently opter for, and you also have available options such as a navigation system, satellite radio, and an eight-speaker audio system. Some key infotainment features offered with the 2016 GMC Terrain include:

  • 7-inch Infotainment Screen.
  • 6-Speaker Sound System
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming. 
  • USB and Aux Support. 
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Wi-fi Hotspot Capabiliity. 
  • MP3 and CD Player. 
  • In-Built Navigation. 
Exterior
8.5/10

The exterior of the GMC Terrains looks boxy and bold. The car has received a mild upgrade in the look for the first time since 2013. The front and rear fascias underwent major changes. The front grille has GMC etched in bold. The angular front headlights nicely complement the trapezoidal grille. Don't let the rugged looks fool you, because though the car looks substantial, it doesn't have the ground clearance found on the big SUVs. This compact SUV is just a few inches larger when compared to its competition.

Models

GMC Terrain

Chevrolet Equinox

Jeep Cherokee

Ford Escape

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3792

3764

3655

3515

Length (in.)

185.5

187.8

NA

NA

Width (in.)

72.8

72.5

73.2

72.4

Height (in.)

66.3

66.3

65.7

66.3

Ground clearance (in.)

6.9

6.9

5.7

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

112.5

112.5

106.3

105.9

Safety
7.5/10

All the 2016 Terrains are equipped with a rearview camera. The Driver Alert Package 1 gives the Terrain additional safety features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. The Driver Alert package 2 brings forward collision warning and lane departure warning to the GMC Terrain.

Final Verdict

Though the GMC Terrain carries the looks of a rugged vehicle, it doesn't feel like one when you are in the driver's seat. It has the comfort and smooth handling of the sedans and is an overall extremely refined car. Available in two engine options, this Terrain has something to offer for everyone. It serves as a decent option for shoppers looking for a safe and reliable compact SUV, but not something large and flashy.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$28500

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

145 cu in

horse power

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

dimensions
length

186 in

wheelbase

113 in

width

73 in

curb weight

3827 lbs

Height

66 in

Ground Clearance

7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

99.6 cu ft

cargo volume

63.9 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

22/26/32 mpg

highway range

601.60 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


GMC Terrain 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$27,816
5 Year Cost To Own
$45,062
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $45,062
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$7,682$1,608$1,463$1,721$1,597$14,071
Insurance$1,229$1,243$1,292$1,363$1,414$6,541
Fuel$1,759$1,781$1,821$1,879$1,991$9,231
Maintenance$523$804$703$1,955$1,948$5,933
Repairs$-4$-11$127$408$545$1,065
Financing Interest$1,727$1,436$1,078$645$240$5,126
Taxes and Fees$2,342$193$149$214$197$3,095
Total Cost-To-Own$15,258$7,054$6,633$8,185$7,932$45,062
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