The 2022 GMC Terrain has a truck-like look that might stand out if you’re looking for something that doesn’t look like every other compact crossover. But when you look at it more closely, neither its features nor its price makes it the best in its class.
All models are powered by a weak turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and even with the optional all-wheel drive system, the Terrain can’t go off-road as well as the brand’s Yukon SUV. The Terrain stands out from competitors like the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Volkswagen Tiguan with its chrome-laden Denali model, but that top-of-the-line model costs almost as much as a luxury car.
What’s New for 2022?
Like its cheaper platform-mate, the Chevrolet Equinox, the Terrain gets a new look for 2022. This includes a new grille and front bumper, new LED headlights and taillights, new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs, updated upholstery, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
The lineup gets an AT4 model that looks more rugged, while the base SL trim goes away. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which used to be an option, has also been taken off the market, leaving only the 1.5-liter turbo engine.
2022 GMC Terrain MSRP and Invoice Price
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The price range for the 2022 GMC Terrain begins at $27,900 for the SLE trim and ends at $36,600 for the top-of-the-line Denali.
Almost every car manufacturer offers a subcompact sport utility vehicle, and they all seem to look the same. Although there are many vehicles in its class, the 2022 GMC Terrain stands out. It successfully encapsulates the essence of the GMC brand, which is equal parts tough and sophisticated. Although we wouldn’t classify the Terrain as a luxury SUV, the Denali top-of-the-line trim offers a compelling and cheaper option than a comparably equipped SUV from a luxury company.
The GMC Terrain is an often-overlooked crossover, but the refreshed 2022 model elevates it to a new level of appeal. An all-new AT4 trim level has been introduced for anyone seeking a vehicle with superior off-road performance. Also, all of the models now sport a more modern aesthetic, and cutting-edge upgrades have been added across the board.
The GMC Terrain is worth a look if you’re shopping for a compact crossover but want something a little out of the ordinary. The only engine choice isn’t anything to write home about, but the vehicle is solid otherwise.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Terrain comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive as standard equipment. We haven’t driven one yet, but we put that engine in its mechanical twin, the Chevrolet Equinox, and put it through our testing process.
It took 8.9 seconds to reach 60 mph. The Terrain has a smooth, comfortable ride for its passengers. Even though the softly sprung suspension is helpful on long highway drives, the setup is so focused on comfort that it makes the compact crossover less fun to drive when the road gets curvy. Also, the direct but sticky steering, which makes it easy to turn at low speeds, is about as useful as a mob boss in an interrogation room.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
When equipped with front-wheel drive, the EPA predicts that the 2022 Terrain will achieve up to 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway; when equipped with all-wheel drive, that figure decreases to 28 mpg. We haven’t put the Terrain through our real-world highway fuel-economy test yet, but as soon as we do, we’ll let you know. Read up about Terrain’s gas mileage on the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
While the interior is roomy and comfortable, the poor construction and average selection of materials are major drawbacks. The compact crossover Terrain’s interior is already flawed by the poorly designed push-button shifter. It’s a bunch of buttons that appear like power window controls, and they’re down on the center console.
We believe owners would get used to the small buttons over time, but in the meanwhile, they made quick three-point turns and shifting into manual mode a challenge. The Terrain is a reliable companion for transporting a cargo of varying dimensions and bulk. Rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split, while front seats fold flat as an option.
The Terrain’s cargo hold has generous dimensions for its class. The Terrain scored highest in our carry-on luggage test, holding 24 cases with the rear seats folding; nevertheless, anyone looking for the absolute most cargo room will be better served by the CR-V, if only marginally.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Clear graphics, logical menus, and the most up-to-date in-car networking technologies make Terrain’s infotainment system simple to use and quick to respond to commands. The vehicle comes complete with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The top-tier Denali comes standard with a navigation system, while lower versions can get one as an option. Unlike other GM vehicles, which project this feature onto the windshield, the Terrain uses a pop-up panel on the top of the dashboard for its head-up display (standard on the Denali and optional on the SLT and AT4).