New GMC 2021 GMC Terrain SLT AWD – Reviewed by Stu Wright for Sale in Greeley, CO
Since GMC introduced the Terrain as a 2010 model year mid-sized SUV, I have been quite the admirer. I’ve imagined the 2010-2017 Terrain with various paint schemes, big custom wheels, fancy running boards, continental kits; you name it. I fantasized about the Terrain like a Rockies fan thinking World Series championship.
Recently I was invited to test drive what had been my “dream machine”, but fully redesigned 2021 GMC Terrain SLT. It was supplied by Weld County Garage (Greeley, CO), the iconic 113-year old dealership in Colorado’s largest county. The Terrain came with Red Qua
rtz tint coat paint with a medium ash gray and jet black leather interior. I made a point of selecting a Terrain with turbo power and lots of appointments. M.S.R.P. of my loaner was $38,060.00, and that included the base price of $34,100.00, the freight charge of $1,195.00, infotainment package for $1,180.00 and a few options including the paint that added up to another $940.00. Standard equipment on an SLT includes Bose premium stereo, the leather interior, navigation, heated seats (power driver), OnStar, 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot, 8″ color touchscreen, XM radio, backup camera, hill descent control, tilt/telescope, keyless remote and power locks, mirrors and windows. A Pro Safety package added adaptive cruise control, rear park assist and rear cross traffic alert.
The engine in the Terrain was a 1.5 liter turbocharged unit delivering 170 horsepower, reportedly able to propel the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in 9.3 seconds at sea level. Torque for the turbo four is 203 lb. ft. EPA fuel economy ratings are 25-city, 28-highway, and the tank holds 15.6 gallons of regular unleaded gasoline.
I found the Terrain performance to be suitable, with handling, guidance and ride on target. Past GMC Terrains that I have tested with SLE trim presented a less “opulent” feel, so sound attenuation and soft interior surfaces pay off when driving GMC’s SLT-trimmed
Terrain. A smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission is on hand in the all-wheel drive Terrain, and I like it a lot more than the prior six speed.
The five-passenger Terrain with the leather seating surfaces features a 60/40 folding back seat that slides fore and aft, and with it flattened the cargo space amounts to 63.3 cubic feet (29.6 when all seats are erect). Curb weight of the Terrain is 3,487 lbs., wheelbase is 107.3”, and overall length is 182.3″. The heated front buckets are supportive and attractive and for the driver, eight power adjustments are available as well as memory settings for multiple operators.
Styling of the new Terrain is smooth and attractive, but has undergone a fairly big change in this new generation.
A chrome exhaust finisher is rearward, and the grill has ample c
hrome on all four sides. The 18″, five spoke alloy wheels are fitted with 225/60R18 all season radials. Visibility from the driver’s seat is acceptable, and deep tint windows exist from the B pillars rearward. On the SLT, the luggage rack on top is nickel plated and adds to the look of the
As a GMC owner for the last 36 years, I’m a bit partial to a car such as the Terrain. Nonetheless, I can recommend such an SUV for prospective shoppers at trade-in time, even from the prospective of a journalistic reviewer.