2016 GMC Terrain Review, Specs

The new redesigned 2016 GMC Terrain is the successor to the best-selling compact SUV model from the previous year, comes in four trim levels SL, SLE, SLT and Denali. GMC expects the next generation Terrain 2016 have even more success with customers because of the many improvements it brings.


2016 GMC Terrain’s design has been substantially updated. The vehicle features a new hood design, redesigned front and rear fascia with chrome accents, new LED daytime running lamps and a new, authentic 3-bar grille design followed by black honeycomb backing on Denali.

The Terrain’s look has been brightened and made more upscale. A new C-shaped chrome ring is wrapped around the new LED daytime running lights. It also extends rearward and surrounds red reflectors on the rear bumper.

Denali trim have the same front fascia as non-Denali models, but have a much flasher chrome grille. Non-Denali trims are equipped with 18” wheels, whereas 19” wheels belong to the Denali.

Two new body colors are available – White Frost Tricoat and Crimson Red Tintcoat.


2016 GMC Terrain  Interior

2016 GMC Terrain introduces many convenient and comfortable features.

Coverings for the seats are brand new, with Premium cloth fabric being standard on SL and SLE trims, whereas upper trims have the option of a new “Saddle Up” leather color. Denali models get the optional combination of Light Titanium and Jet Black color and a new chrome-trimmed gear selector highlights the interior.

The interior new Terrain 2016 has been quite refreshed. Although it might not be noticeable at first glance, the updates mostly include changes to the center stack. The buttons for the infotainment system are made more intuitive than ever. The door lock button has been placed on each door panel.

The CD/DVD slot under the HVAC controls has been replaced by a small shelf for storage.

Technologies available on 2016 Terrain are OnStar8 with 4G LTE8, superior fit and finish, as well as impressive safety features. GMC now offers Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert on SLE and SLT models, previously available only on Denali. Another thing available is Wi-Fi hotspot for mobile streaming. Finally, a plain, intuitive 7” color touch-screen is the command center for all infotainment and navigation options.


Engine and performance of  new Terrain

According to GMC, 2016 Terrain’s performance goes beyond torque and horsepower by maximizing fuel efficiency and helping the driver keep in control whatever the road conditions.

As for the engine, it remains the same, leaving customers the choice between the standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and the optional 3.6-liter V-6. Both these engines include direct fuel injection and variable valve timing for added efficiency and power production. The former delivers 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, whereas the latter produces 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to the 6-speed automatic transmission.

No matter which engine they choose, customers can pick either the standard FWD or optional AWD. Vehicles with AWD send power to the front wheels most of the time, except when traction is an issue. In that case, power is diverted rearward for additional grip.


Price and release date

2016 GMC Terrain was officially launched March 31, 2015 at the New York International Auto Show, while sales should begin in late 2015. Although GMC still hasn’t officially announced the pricing for redesigned Terrain, it’s expected to be similar to the last year’s model – starting at $24,995.

Gallery of 2016 GMC Terrain Denali trim level, from NY Auto Show:


Interesting facts about the GMC Terrain:

taken from GMC Press Release

• Terrain was introduced as a 2010 model in 2009
• Terrain is GMC’s second-best selling vehicle, after Sierra
• Terrain sales increased 5.5 percent in 2014 to 105,016 – its best year ever
• In 2015, Terrain had its best January and February sales ever
• Terrain currently holds 5 percent of the U.S. compact SUV market
• Terrain is GMC’s conquest leader, at nearly 50 percent
• Terrain has GMC’s highest percentage of female buyers: 44 percent
• Terrain’s exterior styling is the No. 1 reason for purchase among female buyers

Competitors in the SUV class could be:

2016 Ford Explorer

2016 Range Rover Evoque

2016 Toyota RAV4

or perhaps 2016 Lincoln MKC

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