2014 GMC Terrain

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2014 GMC Terrain
2014 GMC Terrain

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • V-6 power
  • Four-cylinder gas mileage
  • Roomy backseat
  • Cornering poise (Denali)
  • Highway stability

The bad:

  • Occasional drivetrain clunk (V-6)
  • Wide turning circle
  • Denali version isn't unique enough
  • Large blind spot

5 trims

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Notable features

  • Denali luxury model
  • Related to Chevrolet Equinox
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Standard backup camera

2014 GMC Terrain review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2014 GMC Terrain?

The 2014 GMC Terrain is a five-seat compact SUV that competes with the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Ford Edge, Nissan Murano and Honda CR-V. It is offered in SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2 and Denali trim levels, all of which come standard with front-wheel drive but are available with all-wheel drive.

What's New on the 2014 GMC Terrain?

The only significant change to the 2014 Terrain is the addition of standard 17-inch chrome wheels and optional 18-inch chrome wheels.

How Does the 2014 GMC Terrain Compare to Other Compact SUVs?

The 2014 Terrain's styling certainly separates it from the competition, but not necessarily in a good way – the trapezoidal grille and huge fender flares make it seem like GMC put a lot of effort into making the Terrain look edgy simply for the sake of doing so. That goes double for the Denali trim, which is extremely chrome-heavy.

The Terrain's 301-horsepower V-6 engine offers impressive gusto when you hit the gas, but it pays a price in efficiency. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the Terrain maxes out at an EPA-estimated 16/23 mpg city/highway, which lags behind AWD models of the Ford Edge (18/25 mpg), Nissan Murano (18/23 mpg) and Toyota RAV4 (19/26 mpg). The Terrain's base four-cylinder engine offers up a more respectable 22/32 mpg with front-wheel drive but with reduced power.

While the Terrain handles well and rides smoothly, its turning diameter can be problematic. When equipped with the optional 19-inch wheels, its turning circle is 42.6 feet – significantly more than the RAV4 (37), Edge (approximately 39), and Murano (approximately 39).

What Features in the 2014 GMC Terrain Are Most Important?

The Terrain comes standard with a 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The optional 301-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 also comes mated to a six-speed automatic. Both engines can operate on gasoline or E85. Every 2014 Terrain trim comes standard with front-wheel drive but is offered with all-wheel drive.

Significant standard features include 17-inch chrome wheels, heated side mirrors, halogen headlights, fog lamps, keyless entry, an audio system with a USB input, power height adjustment for the driver's seat, front bucket seats and a reclining, 60/40-split second-row bench seat with fore/aft adjustment. Notable optional features include 18- or 19-inch chrome wheels, a power moonroof, a power liftgate, a navigation system, dual-screen rear entertainment system, an IntelliLink infotainment system, heated leather upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

The 2014 Terrain's standard safety features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, an electronic stability system with traction control, a backup camera and frontal, side curtain and front-seat side-impact airbags. Optional safety features include rear park assist, forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

Should I Buy the 2014 GMC Terrain?

While the 2014 GMC Terrain is not what most would call a looker, and while its efficiency leaves much to be desired, there's a lot to like here if you can see past those issues. The optional V-6 engine has plenty of pep, and its handling feels extremely stable and secure – something worthy of note in a vehicle of this size. Visibility from the driver's seat is very good, and the Terrain makes excellent use of its size in terms of passenger and cargo space. However, while it's got plenty of great features, figuring out how to use them isn't the most intuitive experience.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Nicest vehicle we've owned

I'm 6-4 so I'm looking for a comfortable vehicle that's easy to get in-and-out of plus is high quality. I don't buy new cars and in our 40 years of marriage it's the nicest used car we've purchased.

4.6

Beautiful car

Saw this car online and knew it was going to be the one. The car is absolutely beautiful inside and out and even better than it looked in the pictures.

2.3

Hate this vehicle

I purchased this 2014 in 2016 and within a few months started having problems with the remote start, then leaking sunroof, something else, interior armrest peeling, high oil consumption and now engine trouble. I purchased the extended warranty which was a waste of money because the first time I took it to a certified mechanic and was told his shop wasn't on my list so they wouldn't cover the repair. The next problem I took it to the dealer and they said it was covered under the extended warranty. Then next time, the warranty had just expired. I will NEVER purchase a GMC product again. I should have stuck with my JEEP Grand Cherokee brand!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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