The 2017 GMC Terrain is a five-passenger compact SUV with generous back seat space and a quiet, comfortable ride quality. You also have the choice of an available V6 engine or maximum fuel economy with the standard four-cylinder engine.
New for 2017 is a special Nightfall Edition, featuring gloss black grille surrounds and accents, gloss black front and rear fascia accents, body-color door handles, heated and folding side mirrors and 18-inch aluminum wheels with special gloss black accents.
The 2017 GMC Terrain (MSRP $24,070) is powered by an efficient and capable Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing and direct injection, sending 182 hp and 172 lb/ft of torque to the front wheels through a Hydra-Matic six speed automatic transmission. The Ecotec engine helps the Terrain return as much as 31 mpg on the highway, outperforming rivals like the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano and Hyundai Santa Fe.
For those in search of more power, the available 3.6-liter V6 with direct injection is the most powerful engine in its class, producing 301 hp and 272 lb/ft of torque and enabling the Terrain to tow as much as 3,500 pounds. The 3.6-liter is mated to a heavier duty Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission, and both engines can be optioned with an available all-wheel-drive system.
From the outside, the 2017 GMC Terrain sports a bold and muscular appearance, featuring prominent wheel arches, bright chrome grille flanked by wraparound headlamps and available LED daytime running lights, standard 18-inch alloy wheels and chrome- tipped dual exhaust.
On the inside, the Terrain features authentic, high-grade aluminum trim materials and redesigned seats for more ergonomic comfort. Thanks to extensive chassis tuning and active noise cancellation technology, the 2017 GMC Terrain offers a quiet and comfortable freeway driving experience. The fully equipped Denali model features an exclusive suspension system that's even more comfortable, as well as luxury amenities like perforated leather upholstery, heated front seats and ambient interior lighting.
The 2017 GMC Terrain might be considered a compact SUV, but there's ample interior space for five adult passengers and all their cargo. Back seat occupants are welcomed with a generous 39.9 inches of legroom, and thanks to the standard MultiFlex sliding rear seat, the seating position can be moved almost eight inches fore and aft. With the second row in use, the Terrain accommodates up to 31.6 cubic feet of cargo; with the rear seat folded flat, that opens up to 63.9 cubic feet. An available programmable power liftgate makes loading cargo a breeze while avoiding a collision with low overhead garage doors and roofs.
The 2017 GMC Terrain can be equipped with a comprehensive suite of advanced infotainment technologies, including the GMC IntelliLink® system with color touch screen radio, Text Messaging Alerts and Siri® Eyes Free. The Terrain can also be a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot thanks to available 4G LTE connectivity.
For drivers who put a priority on safety and driver assistance, the GMC Terrain can be equipped with advanced features including Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert. And to help when backing up in low visibility spots, every Terrain model comes standard with a rear-vision camera.
The 2017 GMC Terrain offers buyers an ideal balance of SUV capability, impressive fuel economy, ample interior space, rugged good looks, refined ride quality and class-leading power. The GMC Terrain is a compact SUV that must be driven to fully appreciate, and there's one perfectly suited to fit a wide range of budgets and lifestyles.
This article is presented by Colonial Buick GMC in Watertown, Massachusetts.