2022 GMC Terrain Denali SUV

Rating6.4

Ranked #20 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$36,600

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Key Spec of 2022 GMC Terrain Denali SUV
fuel economy

25/26/25

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

277 hp @ 3750 rpm

basic warranty

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2022 GMC Terrain Denali SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: April 1, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 GMC Terrain Denali is the company’s most premium compact crossover SUV you can buy and to make it a bit more special for the coming year, GMC has thoroughly updated it in terms of design and features. While some of the changes are quite good and we appreciate the efforts done by GMC to incorporate them, some, on the other hand, are not that welcoming. 


ProsConsWhat's New

Roomy interior

Irksome shifter toggle switches

Mild makeover for the year 2022

Impressive fuel economy numbers

Sluggish acceleration

Revised exterior 

Rugged appearance

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 

Dropped optional turbocharged 2.0L engine 

Over All Rating

6.4

Out of 10

Pricing and Features5.00
Pricing and Feature6.00
Features7.00
Engine and Performance6.00
Fuel Economy5.00
Interior7.00
Exterior7.00
Safety7.00
Competition6.00
Final Verdict6.00
Notable Rankings

#20 in Compact Suv

#26 in Suv


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Trims

Base$36,600 onwards

  • 19-inch aluminum Wheels
  • Parking assist
  • Voice activation Navigation system


Colors and Styles

2022 GMC Terrain Denali SUV in Satin Steel Gray Metallic color
Satin Steel Gray Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

But overall, the Terrain has evolved quite a lot into a better vehicle and we can’t wait for it to hit the roads which will happen at the end of this year. At an expected MSRP of $36,600, the 2022 GMC Terrain Denali will fall in a similar ballpark as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and the Chevrolet Equinox

2022 GMC Terrain Denali SUV front angle view
2022 GMC Terrain Denali SUV rear angle view

Features
7.0/10

The Denali is the most feature-loaded, top-of-the-line trim of any GMC vehicle so that is also pretty much the case with the GMC Terrain Denali. The prices for 2022 GMC Terrain Denali start at around $36,600 and if you’re not very careful with the options list, the numbers can go high real quick.

For the price, you’re getting Denali chrome details, multidimensional Denali grille, Heated and power-adjustable mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators, new 19” alloy wheels, french-stitched leather-appointed front seats with new decorative stitching, heated second-row outboard seats, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, real burnished aluminum accents, 8" diagonal driver information center and available ventilated front seats. A lot of features can be further added through the options list as well.

Model

Denali

MSRP 

$36,600

Key Features

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Remote Start/Stop option

 

Heated Steering Wheel

 

Rear-Cross Traffic Alert

 

Side-Blind Zone Alert

 

Bose premium 7-speaker system

 

19" Ultra-Bright machined aluminum wheels

 

8" diagonal GMC Infotainment System

 

Leather-appointed seating

Which Trim should you buy?

There is only one trim on offer as the Denali and that is pretty much the top-of-the-line trim that gets you all the bells and whistles. In no manner does it feel ill-equipped and even with the standard set of features, you are bound to be pleasantly surprised.

Release date

The range for the GMC Terrain is expected to launch in the Summer of 2021, while the Terrain Denali is said to launch in the Fall of 2021. 

2020 Volkswagen Arteon front
2020 Volkswagen Arteon rear
Engine and Performance
6.0/10

The 2022 GMC Terrain Denali is powered by a turbocharged 1.5L inline-4 that produces a decent 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque, sent by a 9-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels. The optional turbocharged 2.0L mill from yesteryears has been discontinued which has been a bummer for many since that was a more powerful unit and, needless to say, a more engaging one to drive. 

2022 GMC Terrain Denali SUV

We are expecting the engine to be just like the 2021 model in terms of performance. The engine is mostly sufficient for all the daily city duties that you might expect it to handle and it will be able to keep up with the pace of traffic even on highways. But things start to feel a bit hard for it once asked to tug the crossover’s 3,500-pound heft up hills or around at higher speeds, especially when it’s filled to its passenger limits.

Model

2022 GMC Terrain Denali

2021 Honda CR-V Touring

2021 Ford Escape Titanium

2021 Chevrolet Equinox Premium

MSRP

$36,600

$33,250

$37,000

$32,595

Engine

1.5L Inline 4

1.5L Inline 4

2.0L Inline 4

1.5L Inline 4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic

CVT

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

170 hp @ 5500 rpm

190 hp @ 5600 rpm

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

170 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

203 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

179 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

280 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

203 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.3

7.5

5.7

6.8

Quarter Mile (seconds)

17.2

16

N/A

15.2

Top Speed (MPH)

132

127

130

124

Understandably, the most powerful Ford is also the one that does the 0-60 mph run in the quickest time of 5.7 secs. What is surprising is that Chevrolet and GMC both use the same engine but while the Equinox is able to do the run in under 7 seconds, the Terrain took nearly 2.5 secs more, although that might be because of the added weight on the Terrain. The Honda CR-V is also a sought-after option that delivers impressive performance from its adequately powered inline-4 unit. 

Fuel Economy
5.0/10

Thanks to the omission of a bigger and more powerful 2.0L engine, the only available 1.5L engine is the pretty fuel-efficient motor for its class. As the Denali is only available with an all-wheel-drive configuration, it is rated for 25 MPG for the city, 28 MPG for the highway, and 26 MPG for the combined usage scenarios. With a fuel tank capacity of nearly 15 gallons, the GMC has a combined tank range of over 400 miles which is quite a lot.

Model

2022 GMC Terrain Denali

2021 Honda CR-V Touring

2021 Ford Escape Titanium

2021 Chevrolet Equinox Premium

MPG (City)

25

28

23

26

MPG (Highway)

28

34

31

31

MPG (Combined)

26

30

26

28

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.9

14

15.7

14.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

387/447/402

392/476/429

345/440/408

387/477/417

Honda is unsurprisingly the most fuel-efficient car here and while it also has the smallest fuel tank among the competition of 14-gallons, it still manages to have the most driving range averaging 429 miles. On the contrary, Ford and the GMC are pretty much on the same boat in terms of fuel economy figures which are among the bottom end averaging 26 MPG, while the Chevrolet lies midway in the segment averaging 28 MPG. 

Interior
7.0/10

While GMC has worked on making the Terrain look bolder and masculine from the front, no such efforts have been made to make it feel nicer inside. The interior is still pretty much the same as it was in the previous year's model and that is a very good idea. The cabin design is undoubtedly very good but it looks more like a cabin from a premium truck than a premium SUV. There are blocky shapes and rugged-looking controls which do work well for the most part but there is an absence of smooth lines that the exterior has. 

2022 GMC Terrain Denali SUV cockpit area

Also, the whole upholstery is done in leather and it is actually quite premium to touch and feel. Everything you touch is posh and there are barely any visible hard plastic trim pieces inside the cabin. The front seats are the best place to be in and there is sufficient legroom for the front row occupants. The seats are heated and can be opted to be ventilated as well. They come with power adjustability and while they are near perfect, just a bit more under-thigh support could have made things even better. They are pretty comfortable for long-distance cruising and you can easily spend long hours on the driving seat.

On the contrary, the rear seats are a bit of a squeeze and are at max good for two occupants as the third one will always feel a bit unwelcomed.

Model

2022 GMC Terrain Denali

2021 Honda CR-V Touring

2021 Ford Escape Titanium

2021 Chevrolet Equinox Premium

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

40.0/57.2/40.9

40.1/57.9/41.3

40.0/57.6/42.4

40.0/57.2/40.9

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

38.5/55.6/39.7

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.3/56.0/40.7

38.5/55.5/39.9

Cargo Volume (cubic feet)

29.6

37.6

34

29.6

The Terrain is not the largest SUV here and that is well evident by the numbers as well. The Escape is the one that has the most spacious front and second-row seats and the CR-V has the most cargo volume at 37.6 cubic feet. While the GMC Terrain Denali comes pretty much last in everything, it is still quite spacious in terms of a cabin for four. Some of the key interior features are:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Bose premium 7-speaker system
  • Leather-appointed seating

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2022 GMC Terrain Denali carries forward a similar 8-inch touchscreen display for infotainment and it is quite an impressive system. It is easy to operate and even the software is pretty lag-free and responds to the inputs quickly. Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot are all standard. The Denali, being the top-spec trim, also gets in-built navigation and a heads-up display as standard.

2022 GMC Terrain Denali SUV infotainment screen

Also for the 2022 model, there is an all-new 8-inch digital driver’s display that has replaced the classic analog dials. The Terrain is pretty high on technology and that makes it look and feel modern. Some of the key infotainment features are:

  • 8-inch responsive touchscreen display
  • Bluetooth streaming audio capability
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM stereo
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capability
  • Call connectivity via Bluetooth
  • 4 power outlets all over the cabin
Exterior
7.0/10

One thing that is all-new for the 2022 GMC Terrain Denali is the way it looks. GMC has worked quite a lot to make it look butch and masculine from the front and boy oh boy, they did a fabulous job with it. It has a completely redesigned front end with a new front grille, bumper, and headlight. The headlights are now bigger and get a dual projector setup and obviously are all LED now. There is also that classic C-shaped LED DRL which is even bigger this time around. The front grille has also grown up in size and is all chrome and blingy, just as expected from a Denali.

2022 GMC Terrain Denali SUV

To the sides, it now has new 19-inch alloy wheels which are specific for the Denali and it now looks a lot boxier too, thanks to the even squarish wheel arches. At the rear, it gets new taillights and a new bumper but that’s it and the changes here are quite subtle and something you might barely notice.

Overall, the Terrain has evolved to be a lot more mature this year and we certainly are drooling over the way it looks. We really loved the changes GMC made to the car to make it look even more aggressive and that really adds up to the overall road presence.

Model

2022 GMC Terrain Denali

2021 Honda CR-V Touring

2021 Ford Escape Titanium

2021 Chevrolet Equinox Premium

Curb Weight (lbs)

3609

3452

3299

3350

Length (in)

182.3

182.1

180.5

183.1

Width (in)

72.4

73

74.1

72.6

Height (in)

65.4

66.1

66.1

65.4

Ground Clearance (in)

6.9

7.8

7.9

6.9

Wheelbase (in)

107.3

104.7

106.7

107.3

The Terrain Denali is pretty much the heaviest here with over 3600 lbs of curb weight. While the Escape is the smallest in terms of length but in all other dimensions, it is the biggest SUV in comparison. The GMC sisters share the longest wheelbase of 107.3 inches, however, their ground clearances of 6.9 inches, are almost a tenth lower than their rivals. That said, the Honda CR-V is one of the heaviest options available in the market and is also the tallest SUV alongside the Ford sporting a total height of 66.1 inches. 

That said, some of the key exterior features are:

  • 19" Ultra-Bright machined aluminum wheels
  • Dual-projector LED headlamps with DRLs
  • LED taillamps
  • Chrome Lining
  • Heated and Power Adjustable Mirrors
  • Multi-dimensional Denali grille
Safety
7.0/10

While the ratings for the 2022 GMC Terrain Denali aren’t yet available as the model is yet to be tested, we do have a list of features that the Terrain will come with and we are pretty sure that it's going to be among the safest cars in its class. It comes standard with a lot of driver aid features like lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, surround-view camera, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and forward collision alert. Some highlighting exterior features include:

  • Lane change alert with side blind zone alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear park assist
  • Surround-view camera
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Automatic high beams
  • Forward collision alert
Competition
6.0/10

2022 GMC Terrain Denali vs 2021 Honda CR-V Touring

The 2021 Honda CR-V is a beloved compact crossover and it has all the rights to be on everyone’s favorites list as well. It is quite a lot spacious, has a very fuel-efficient and decently powerful drivetrain, the cargo space is big enough for all the shopping trips and weekend getaways, it is quite a comfortable tourer as well and while it may not be as luxurious as the Terrain Denali, it certainly does feel premium and nice to be in.

2021 Honda CR-V Touring

2022 GMC Terrain Denali vs 2021 Ford Escape Titanium

For the price of a Terrain Denali, you can get a very well specced 2021 Ford Escape with a much bigger and powerful engine and a more spacious cabin. The Ford is also much lighter which makes it quite good to drive as well. Though the deal breaker is interior quality. It is quite subpar if we compare it to the Terrain Denali. The Escape also looks a bit outdated in front of the Terrain and if you are someone who is more after the looks than the performance, the Terrain will be a better pick any day.

2021 Ford Escape Titanium

2022 GMC Terrain Denali vs 2021 Chevrolet Equinox Premium

The Terrain and Equinox are essentially the same vehicles underneath and also have the same engine. But the difference lies in the gearbox and weight and that is what makes the Equinox a lot better in terms of performance. While the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox can be a better buy for enthusiasts, the Terrain is most likely to wow most of us with its looks and interior quality.

2021 Chevrolet Equinox Premium

 

Final Verdict
6.0/10

The 2022 GMC Terrain Denali has evolved a lot in terms of design from the past year and it certainly does look a lot better now. It has always been very handsome but with all those changes to the front, it looks like a proper butch SUV and that is certainly helping it a lot. Though the omission of 2.0L turbo inline-4 has disappointed us a bit, then again the 2022 GMC Terrain Denali is pretty impressive in itself and for what it is supposed to do, it is near-perfect.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$36600

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

92 cu in

horse power

277 hp @ 3750 rpm

torque

203 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

9-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

182.3 in

wheelbase

107.3 in

width

72.4 in

curb weight

3659 lbs

Ground Clearance

7.9 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

103.2 cu ft

cargo volume

63.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

25/26/25 mpg

highway range

436.8 mi


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