If you’re looking for a compact SUV that’s ideal for a family of five, you’ll want to take a close look at the 2020 GMC Terrain. Customers at dealerships like the Burnsville GMC dealer have made the Terrain a popular model, thanks to its many optional upscale features, attractive and comfortable interior and ample front headroom. The Terrain features a user-friendly infotainment system that’s a joy to use. For 2020, the GMC Terrain gets several new standard features that were only available as options on last year’s model, including low-speed forward collision warning, front pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist.
The 2020 GMC Terrain seats five passengers and is available in four trims, listed as SL, SLE, SLT and Denali. All trims except the Denali are powered by a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. The Terrain Denali gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant that generates 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. This unit is available on the SLT. Both engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard across the lineup and all-wheel drive is optional. According to Burnsville GMC, the maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds, which is really good for a compact crossover.
Fuel economy is outstanding, with the 1.5-liter engine delivering EPA-estimated fuel of 26 mpg city/30 mpg highway for front-wheel-drive models and 25 mpg city/28 mpg highway when equipped with all-wheel drive.* The 2.0-liter engine checks in with 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway.
The auto reviewers at CNET wrote: “The 2019 GMC Terrain is an exciting contender in the mid-size crossover segment. It uses the same platform as the Chevrolet Equinox and shares a general aesthetic with both the Acadia and the latest Chevrolet Malibu, though its unique styling helps to set it apart.”
The base SL trim comes with a nice set of standard features, including 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, active grille shutters, active noise cancellation, a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and four USB ports.
Move up a rung in the trim-level ladder to the SLE and you’ll get several driver-assist features and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Terrain SLT trim adds leather upholstery, automatic dimming side mirrors, remote start, 18-inch wheels, power-adjustable heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen and satellite radio.
The luxurious Denali trim comes with most of the options of the lower trims, including a navigation system, a 360-degree camera setup, wireless-device charging, a Bose stereo unit and driver’s-side memory. Available features include a premium suspension, a self-parking feature, automatic high beams, ventilated front seats and heated outboard rear seats.
As of this writing, the 2020 GMC Terrain has yet to be tested by the IIHS, but last year’s model received the top marks of Good in all crash tests. We believe the results will be the same this year. The NHTSA awarded the Terrain its highest score of five stars for overall safety.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.