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2017 GMC Terrain Pros vs Cons. Should You Buy?

Why Buy a 2017 GMC Terrain?

Should You Buy a 2017 GMC Terrain? Here Are Some Reasons For and Against

Compact SUV's serve a simple purpose. Safely transport multiple passengers and cargo without sacrificing efficiency, safety or comfort. The 2017 GMC Terrain offers all the goodies you get when you buy a compact SUV and throws in refinement and trending technology as an extra incentive.

What's New for 2017:

The GMC Terrain now comes with available Nightfall Appearance Packages for the SLE-2 and SLT trim categories. The package takes the 2017 GMC Terrain to a new level of sleekness with charcoal colored grill and 18 inch aluminum wheels with gloss black detailing.


Top 10 Reasons to Buy a 2017 GMC Terrain – The Pros

1. Stylish Interior

The 2017 GMC Terrain offers a higher quality level of standard features in its interior than other similar entries in the compact SUV class. The base model comes with premium cloth seats and color touch screen radio. The interior details include a chrome trimmed gear selector and very stylish center console.

2. Room For Five

The front seats of the 2017 GMC Terrain are remarkably comfortable. However, the comfort does not stop there. The rear 60/40 seats can be reclined and adjusted to allow for more leg room for passengers.

3. Cargo Space

The Terrain's rear seats are also able to fold forward. When folded down the Terrain offers 64 cubic feet of storage space.

4. Programmable Power Lift Gate

The Terrain offers an optional power lift gate that allows you to open the rear gate with the touch of a button. It can be programmed to open fully or only half way for loading in garages where there is less clearance.

5. Safety Features

The 2017 Terrain comes standard with a rear backup camera and six airbags. GMC also offers optional safety enhancements like blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and rear cross traffic alert.

6. Reliability You Can Be Sure Of

The Terrain scored higher than even its toughest competitors in reliability with a four our of five rating from JD Power. GMC has also provides a three year or 36,000 mile warranty. The powertrain is warranted for five years or 50,000 miles.

7. Bluetooth Comes Standard

The 2017 GMC Terrain comes with Bluetooth technology that offers hands free mobile phone operation. The controls have been embedded into the steering wheel for accessibility. Voice operation and audio system integration have also been provided standard.

8. OnStar WiFi Hotspot and IntelliLink

OnStar 4G WiFi requires a data subscription but can be added the 2017 GMC Terrain. In cooperation with GMC's IntelliLink and Bluetooth technology, the GMC offers quite an attractive infotainment system. The Terrain can integrate a seven inch touchscreen, hands free controls, and available satellite radio and navigation.

9. Engine and Powertrain Configuration Options

The 2017 GMC Terrain comes with a standard 2.4 liter four cylinder engine and six speed automatic transmission. The Terrain offers front wheel drive and StabiliTrack as its base configuration. Buyers can upgrade to a powerful 3.6 liter V6 and all wheel drive.

10. Additional Features

The 2017 GMC Terrain can be upgraded to three upper trim levels including the SLE 1 and 2, the SLT and the Denali. Notable options include leather seats, remote start, sunroof and LED daytime running lights. The features are highly customizable as most trim levels offer several option packages to be added or declined.


Reasons Not to Buy a 2017 GMC Terrain – The Cons

1. Lackluster Performance

While the GMC Terrain offers efficiency, the power and handling suffer considerably in this model. Many other entries in this class have similar drawbacks. Comparatively, the GMC Terrain does offer a smoother, quieter ride than others in its class.

2. Not Many Standard Features

The base model of the 2017 GMC Terrain offers a short list of base features. Remote start and backup camera highlight a paltry offering. The Terrain does make up for it by offering small add-on packages to allow you to pick and choose what you want to add as features.

How it stacks up to the competition

The 2017 GMC Terrain offers refinement in a category that is known for sacrificing luxury. The Terrain can only be matched in luxury by the newly redesigned Kia Sportage. Overall the Terrain makes a considerable effort to be competitive ranking in the middle of the pack for fuel efficiency and cabin room.


With just a short list of standard features, the 2017 GMC Terrain sacrifices some fancy options right out of the gate. The Terrain makes up for it with reliability and safety. It can be a tempting option for buyers that want some refinement and can find the right combination of add on packages for their needs.