2019 GMC Terrain Diesel SUV

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$31,800 - $35,500

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2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: August 23, 2019


After receiving a complete redesign last year, the 2019 GMC Terrain has arrived in the second year of its generation second. The GMC Terrain is upmarket alongside sister cars like Chevrolet Equinox. The carmaker has made some major improvements in the Terrain in recent years. The base lower trims are still less competent in comparison to the higher trims that come with better engine option and safety equipment.

The compact SUV comes powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that produces 170 horsepower. The optional upgrade for the 2019 Terrain includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that churns out 252 hp. GMS has made the current generation Terrain more compact than ever. The reduction in size leads to lesser available space for passenger and cargo.

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Pros

Good-looking and comfortable interior

Appealing exterior

Easy to use infotainment

Efficient optional 2.0-liter engine

Smooth nine-speed automatic gearbox

Cons

No sliding second-row seat

Underperforming base and diesel engines

Active safety features cost extra money for all trim levels

Less cargo space compared to rivals

What's New?

Minor addition to available features

Latest appearance packages

Variants with 8-inch touchscreen gets upgraded rearview camera


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31800

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

98 cu.in.

horsepower

137 hp @ 3750 rpm

torque

240 lbs.-ft @ 2000 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

brake rotors (f/r)

62.3/62.5

dimensions

wheelbase

107.3 in.

length

182.3 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

65.4 in.

curb weight

3632 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1146 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

11.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/32/39 mpg

highway range

581.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.



Styles

 2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV in Blue Steel Metallic color  2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV in Ebony Twilight Metallic color  2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV in Graphite Gray Metallic color  2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV in Red Quartz Tintcoat color  2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV in Quicksilver Metallic color
Blue Steel Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.3

Interior

6.0

6.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV SLE

SLE

power
137 hp @ 3750 rpm
fuel
Diesel
mpg
32 combined

$31,800 - $33,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) Starting at $31,800 MSRP (28/32/39) 137 hp @ 3750 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, diesel
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SLE 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) Starting at $33,600 MSRP (28/32/38) 137 hp @ 3750 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, diesel
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV SLT

SLT

power
137 hp @ 3750 rpm
fuel
Diesel
mpg
32 combined

$33,700 - $35,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) Starting at $33,700 MSRP (28/32/39) 137 hp @ 3750 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, diesel
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SLT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) Starting at $35,500 MSRP (28/32/38) 137 hp @ 3750 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, diesel
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.5

Overall Rating


All the available engine options can be attached with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configurations. The AWD-equipped models get a knob that allows drivers to switch between FWD and AWD during the ride.


7.3/10
Features

 
 
 

6.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV Features

7.3/10

The Terrain SUV is available in four trim levels, starting with the base SL trim, and moving to luxury Terrain Denali. The standard features available on the SL include 17-inch wheels, cloth seats, Bluetooth, and air conditioning. Other desirable features include keyless entry and start, a rear-view camera, and a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Trims SL SLE SLT Denali
MSRP $26,195 $29,295 $32,095 $38,995
Key Features HID Headlamps with LED Signature Lighting HID Headlamps with LED Signature Lighting In addition to SLE features: In addition to SLT standard features:
  Leather-wrapped steering wheel Leather-wrapped steering wheel 18" machined aluminum wheels with Dark Gray painted accents 2.0L Turbo engine
  Keyless Open and Start Keyless Open and Start Leather-appointed seating 19" Ultra-Bright machined aluminum wheels with premium Dark Gray painted accents
  Fold-flat front passenger seat Fold-flat front passenger seat Heated front seats LED Headlamps with Signature Lighting
  Traction Select System Traction Select System Dual-zone automatic climate control Hands-free power programmable liftgate
  7" diagonal GMC Infotainment System 7" diagonal GMC Infotainment System 8" diagonal GMC Infotainment System Rear Park Assist
  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility 4.2" multi-color driver information screen Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  3.5" monochromatic driver information screen 3.5" monochromatic driver information screen Remote start Side-blind zone alert with lane change alert
    4.2" multi-color Driver Information Center Roof-mounted side rails Heated steering wheel
    Body-color mirror caps   Navigation
    Release levers for folding second row in the cargo area   Bose premium 7-speaker system

For this year, the SLE and SLT trims are available in appealing Black Edition, which is equipped with black exterior trim, and 19-inch gloss black wheels. Also, a new chrome package for the SLT trim offers 19-inch machined wheels, chrome mirror caps, a unique chrome grille, and chrome outlines for the door handle. There's a new color named Smokey Quartz Metallic, available throughout all trim levels.

We Recommend

Since the base trims have nothing much to offer, it is not easy to recommend one. On the other hand, the Denali version is a very luxurious and capable car but comes with some big cash. So, in order to take this on one, we would recommend the SLT trim. This trim offers a handful of value-added features along with solid tech amenities. We also recommend you to upgrade to the performing 2.0-liter engine.

2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV Engine and Performance

The base engine isn't as energetic as the other two offerings. The automatic transmissions shift smoothly. While the Terrain is not the most athletic SUV in the class, this GMC holds its own on winding roads. It's maneuverable and delivers a comfortable ride. cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission

Powering the GMC Terrain is either a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 170 hp, a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine that propels 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, or a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit. All the three turbocharged engines may be configured with FWD or AWD. The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, while the diesel holds a 6-speed automatic.

Models

GMC Terrain SL suv

Ford Escape S suv

Ford Edge SE suv

Honda CR-V LX suv

Chevrolet Equinox L suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Toyota RAV4 LE suv

MSRP

$25,995

$25,100

$30,990

$25,395

$24,795

$26,545

$26,595

Engine

1.5L i4 Turbo Gas/Ethanol

2.5L i4 Regular Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.4L i4 Regular Unleaded

1.5L i4 Turbocharged Gas

2.4L i4 Regular Unleaded

2.5L i4 Regular Unleaded

Transmission

9 Speed Automatic

6 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

Continuously variable speed automatic

6 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

170 hp@ 5600 rpm

168 hp@ 6000rpm

245 hp@ 5500 rpm

184 hp@ 6400 rpm

170 hp@ 5600 rpm

185 hp@ 6000 rpm

203 hp@ 6600 rpm

Torque

203 ft-lbs@ 2000 rpm

170 ft-lbs@ 4500rpm

275 ft-lbs@ 3000 rpm

180 ft-lbs@ 3900 rpm

203 ft-lbs@ 2000 rpm

178 ft-lbs@ 4000 rpm

184 ft-lbs@ 5000 rpm

Acceleration

The 1.5-liter turbocharged powertrain offers decent sprint at low speeds. It is capable of doing zero to 60 mph sprint in 6.8 seconds. Most of the SUVs in this class deliver the same sprint in more than 7 seconds. Even in the quarter mile score, the Terrain delivers in 15.4 seconds, which is again good.

Models

GMC Terrain SL suv

Ford Escape S suv

Ford Edge SE suv

Honda CR-V LX suv

Chevrolet Equinox L suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Toyota RAV4 LE suv

0-60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.1 sec

8.0 sec

7.7 sec

N/A

8.9 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter mile

15.4 sec

16.7 sec

N/A

16 sec

N/A

16.7 sec

16.8 sec

Engine

1.5L i4 Turbo Gas/Ethanol

3552

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.4L i4 Regular Unleaded

1.5L i4 Turbocharged Gas

2.4L i4 Regular Unleaded

2.5L i4 Regular Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.3

7.3

7.1

6.5

6.3

N/A

N/A

Braking and Handling

The brakes are ultimately smooth. The compact sized Terrain is good at cornering and handling over rough pavements. The pedal feels a bit soft when you travel a few miles. The Terrain stops from 60 mph at 130 feet. However, other rivals like Ford Escape and Honda CR-V stop at 112 and 115, respectively.

On the handling part, the steering is slow to respond at times. It takes a long time to steer to change the direction. The steering effort is quite lesser on highway speeds where the Terrain performs with amazing confidence.

Model

GMC Terrain SL suv

Ford Escape S suv

Ford Edge SE suv

Honda CR-V LX suv

Chevrolet Equinox L suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Toyota RAV4 LE suv

Brake Front (in.)

11.8

12.8

13.6

11.1

N/A

12.6

12

Brake Rear (in.)

11.3

12

12.4

10.2

N/A

12

11.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3449

 

3959

3307

3274

3591

3370

60-0 MPH (ft.)

130

112

119

115

N/A

130

134

2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV Fuel Economy

The GMC Terrain is good at fuel economy. It confidently returns 26 mpg in city and 30 mpg on the highway. The combines result shows 28 mpg. Several other SUVs in this class offers lesser fuel economy in the city comparatively.

Model

GMC Terrain SL suv

Ford Escape S suv

Ford Edge SE suv

Honda CR-V LX suv

Chevrolet Equinox L suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Toyota RAV4 LE suv

MPG (city)

26

21

22

26

26

22

26

MPG (highway)

30

29

29

32

32

29

35

MPG (combined)

28

24

25

28

28

25

30

Range (miles) (city/highway)

387/447

330/455

407/537

364/448

387/477

414/545

377/508

Tank Capacity (gal)

14.9

15.7

18.5

14.0

14.9

18.8

14.5

2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV Interior

6.0/10

Like most of the competition, the 2019 Terrain's cabin is perfectly functional and comfortable without necessarily being that luxurious. There are hard plastics in the lower areas of the dashboard and doors, even in the supposedly upscale Denali model. Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

The front passengers and driver enjoy the best position with extra legroom and hip room. The Terrain is heavily bolstered and comfortable from inside. The power-adjustable seats are just blessing in multiple ways. However, they are unable to provide support for tall passengers.

The rear seating offers leg room of 39.7 inches just like the front-seats, but the flat bottom cushions are not expected here. Till, last year, the Terrain models used to offer sliding second-row seats which are now gone, making it more difficult to add some extra space.

Model

GMC Terrain SL suv

Ford Escape S SUV

Ford Edge SE suv

Honda CR-V LX suv

Chevrolet Equinox L suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Toyota RAV4 LE suv

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.0/57.2/40.9

39.9/55.9/43.1

40.2/60.3/42.6

40.1/57.9/41.3

40.0/57.2/40.9

41.2/59.1/44.1

39.5/57.8/41.0

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/55.6/39.7

39.0/55.2/37.3

40.3/60.5/40.6

39.2/55.6/40.4

38.5/55.5/39.7

39.2/58.3/40.9

39.5/56.4/37.8x

Interior Features

  • 7" diagonal GMC Infotainment System with multi-touch display and AM/FM stereo
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth
  • Front bucket seats
  • Seat trim, premium cloth
  • 5-passenger seating
  • 4-way manual driver seat
  • 4-way manual front passenger seat
  • Flat-folding front passenger seatback
  • Rear seat release levers
  • Rear Seat Reminder
  • Front carpeted floor mats
  • Rear carpeted floor mats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel mounted controls
  • Speedometer, miles/kilometers
  • Driver Information Center
  • 4.2" diagonal multi-color driver information screen
  • Compass display
  • Power windows with driver express-up/down
  • Power windows with front passenger express-down
  • Power windows with rear express-down
  • Power door locks
  • Keyless Open
  • Remote panic alarm
  • Keyless Start
  • Cruise control
  • Theft-deterrent unauthorized entry system
  • Single-zone climate control
  • Rear air vents
  • Interior humidity sensor
  • 12-volt auxiliary front power outlet
  • 12-volt auxiliary cargo area power outlet
  • Overhead sunglass storage
  • Driver seatback map pocket
  • Front passenger seatback map pocket
  • Inside rearview auto-dimming mirror
  • Assist handle, driver
  • Assist handle, front passenger
  • Assist handles, rear outboard

Infotainment

Terrain's infotainment is a delight to use and the user interface is mesmerizing. The infotainment is very responsive to user commands. It has got clear graphics along with logical menus and the latest in-car connectivity features. As standard equipment, we have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with Wi-Fi hotspot. The SL and SLE trims are standard with a 7.0-inch touch screen, while the higher trim Denali features an 8.0-inch unit. There's also standard navigation system on all trim levels.

Cargo Space

With folder rear seats, Terrain's cargo becomes 63 cubic feet. The fold-flat front passenger seat is a good thing to add some extra storage. With the help of power liftgate and lower liftover height, the cargo loading becomes easier.

However, we found that the Terrain doesn't offer sufficient cargo when compared to some prominent rivals in the class. It manages to offer little spaces with small trays and a fold-flat front passenger seat.

Model

GMC Terrain SL suv

Ford Escape S suv

Ford Edge SE suv

Honda CR-V LX suv

Chevrolet Equinox L suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Toyota RAV4 LE suv

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

29.6

34.0

39.2

39.2

29.9

35.9

37.6

2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV Exterior

The 2019 Terrain has been smoothed overbut not smotheredcompared to prior generations. - carconnection

Dimension and Weight

The regular models get a simple design while the Denali comes with good looking glossy black work. The SUV has got some sharp lines flowing throughout the body. The front fascia looks upmarket with a new set of headlights under LED accent. The Denali has been offered with extra chrome for mirror caps and lower rocker panels.

Model

GMC Terrain SL suv

Ford Escape S suv

Ford Edge SE suv

Honda CR-V LX suv

Chevrolet Equinox L suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Toyota RAV4 LE suv

Curb weight (lbs.)

3449

3552

3959

3307

3274

3591

3370

Length(in)

182.3

178.1

188.8

180.6

183.1

187.8

180.9

Width(in)

72.4

72.4

75.9

73.0

72.6

74.4

73.0

Height(in)

65.4

66.3

68.3

66.1

65.4

66.1

67.0

Ground clearance (in)

6.9

7.8

N/A

7.8

N/A

7.3

8.4

Wheelbase (in)

107.3

105.9

112.2

104.7

107.3

108.9

105.9

Track width (in) F/R

62.2/62.2

61.5/61.6

64.8/64.7

63/63.7

62.2/62.2

64.3/64.7

63/63.7

Exterior Features

  • 17" Silver painted aluminum wheels
  • Paired with all-season blackwall tires
  • 17" all-season blackwall tires (AWD models)
  • P225/65R17
  • 16" compact spare tire
  • Mechanical jack with tools
  • 16" steel spare wheel
  • Trim, Black lower body
  • Active aero shutters
  • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps
  • Automatic delay headlamps
  • Automatic on/off headlamps
  • LED signature taillamps
  • Acoustic laminated windshield
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • Heated power outside mirrors
  • Body-color mirror caps
  • Body-color door handles
  • Manual liftgate
  • Active Noise Cancellation

2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV Safety

The entry-level GMC Terrain trims lack some active safety features. Some of the major safety features like parking sensors and blind-spot monitors require to add $800 more. You need to spend even more on features like upgraded headlights, automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and forward collision warnings.

The 2019 GMC Terrain has been crash tested by NHTSA and IIHS. In the NHTSA safety test, the compact SUV has scored 5 starts out of five in overall rating and four stars in rollover test. Meanwhile, in the IIHS tests, the Terrain has performed pretty well in majority of the categories. Although, it failed in the headlight tests and the agency awarded it Poor rating in this category.

Safety features

  • StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system with traction control
  • Hill Descent Control
  • C-Shaped LED signature lighting
  • Frontal airbags
  • Seat-mounted side-impact driver and front passenger airbags
  • Head-curtain airbags
  • Passenger Sensing System
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Teen Driver
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with tire fill alert

2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV Competition

GMC Terrain vs. Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a compact SUV that is easy to recommend. It is practical, roomy and comfortable. The CR-V is easy to drive and delivers great fuel economy in comparison to most of the rivals. On highways, the Honda offers better fuel economy than the GMC Terrain. Youll love it for its space and available amenities.

GMC Terrain vs. Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is quite old-school but in term of build quality, the SUV is upmarket. It offers plenty of cargo space and seating space with an array of optional engines. The Ford Edge gets a powerful V6 engine. The edge gets lots of appealing features than the GMC Terrain.

2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV Final Verdict

With the availability of a wide range of features and premium materials, the GMS Terrain is undoubtedly a must-have compact SUV for prospective buyers. The kind of ride quality and fuel economy estimates successfully places it at the upper hand among the competition. Despite the above-average price, the 2019 Terrain appears to be a worthy SUV in the class. However, there are other cars that offer better space and features in lesser budget.