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2014 GMC Terrain

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$10,445 — $22,177 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
23-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2014 GMC Terrain exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 GMC Terrain
  • Denali luxury model
  • Related to Chevrolet Equinox
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Standard backup camera

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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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2014 GMC Terrain Overview

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Vehicle Overview

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
84 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Very pleased

by NikkiM from Gurnee, Illinois on December 27, 2018

This car has met my needs FOR SURE. Great on gas and drives with ease! I love it! Easy to operate and I enjoy the design, It comfortably fits my children and it is very spacious. Read full review

(5.0)

Great SUV

by Chas from Van Buren AR on November 25, 2018

I love it this vehicle is very spacious, great gas mileage and features. The stereo is pretty loud. The seats aren't automatic but to me I prefer that since that's one more electrical thing I'd have ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 GMC Terrain currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 GMC Terrain SLE-1

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by GMC

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

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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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Terrain received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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