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The 2019 GMC Terrain AWD SLT Review
Blacker than black, our 2019 GMC Terrain AWD SLT cruised through the city without attracting undue attention. Still, it did manage to turn heads as it rode sleekly down the boulevard. Devoid of almost all its chrome, save for the bright outlines surrounding the GMC logo in the grille, the Terrain was as sinister as they come. Think of it as the Stealth SUV.
If GMC had a “skunkworks” or its own “Area 51,” they would have built the Terrain here.
But this isn’t a piece of unobtainium, out of the reach of those with mere “average Joe” wallets. Instead, it’s an example of a vehicle that is available to anyone today.
WHAT IS IT?
The GMC Terrain AWD SLT is a four-door, five-passenger compact SUV that is part of the brand’s new lighter weight SUVs. Powered by smaller engines, and carrying less weight overall, they can maximize their capabilities while minimizing their consumption. How did they do? Read on for more.
There are three engines that buyers can select for the new Terrain. There’s an all-new 137 horsepower 1.6-liter turbodiesel, a 170-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a 252 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Both gas engines are mated to nine-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmissions, while the Diesel gets its own Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic. The GMC Terrain can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The Terrain rides on a rather stout suspension comprised of MacPherson struts, coil springs and a direct-acting stabilizer bar in the front, with a multi-link independent rear suspension. Steering is via an electric –variable power assist (EPS) kit that offered decent communications from the pavement.
THE LOOKS DEPARTMENT
GMC Terrain’s interior is a perfectly designed cabin with stellar functionality and comfort that even veers a bit towards luxury. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Covered in black leather, our Terrain included appointments throughout that appeared they would be along for a while. Meaning they were well done and made of a rugged material that wouldn’t succumb to punctures, scratches or other mishaps that could potentially shorten their lives. The design itself might stand for some improvement in layout, but for the most part, the interior controls were totally functional.
GMC passengers are connected and engaged with 7- and available 8-inch diagonal infotainment systems featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. For those needing more, there is always the ability to connect through the optional OnStar 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot that can connect up to seven devices at once. There is also the ability to manage the vehicle remotely with the
From a utility standpoint (After all, it is a sport utility vehicle), the GMC Terrain AWD SLT is all in. Featuring a fold-forward front passenger seat, it allows the storage of extra-long items such as skis and ladders, as well as underfloor storage in the cargo area behind the second row. By the numbers, it adds up to 29.6 cubic feet behind the rear seat and climbs to 63.3 cubic feet when the rear seat folds forward.
The GMC Terrain is available in four trim levels ranging from base SL, SLE, SLT and Denali versions.
BEHIND THE WHEEL
Verging on the essence of luxury, the GMC Terrain is trimmed out to give buyers a sense of enjoyment from behind the wheel. Power from the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine was smooth and powerful at the same time, offering stout acceleration and interior solitude at the same time. The Terrain is generally, not a corner cutter, meaning that buyers should be more content to cruise the boulevard rather than hit the chicane before braking and cutting through the “S-turns.”
The overall vibe is one of quiet solitude. That’s because you are driving the cushier version of the Equinox/Terrain twins, with more sound deadening material than found in the other “twin.” Still, don’t think you will be venturing on a magic carpet ride. This GMC Terrain AWD SLT is much more than that.
2019 GMC Terrain AWD SLT
Body Style: Five Passenger, Four-door Compact SUV
Driveline: Front-engine, Front- or All-wheel-drive
Horsepower: 252 horsepower
Torque: 260 lb-ft of Torque
Fuel Delivery: Direct Injection
Transmission: 9-speed Hydra-Matic Automatic transmission
Suspension: Front: MacPherson Struts, Coil Springs and stabilizer bar
Rear: Multilink Rear Suspension
Steering: Electric Assisted Power Steering
Overall Length: 182.3-inches
Curb Weight: 3327 pounds
Max Cargo room: 29.6 cubic feet behind rear seats
63.3 cubic feet behind front seats