2017 GMC Terrain

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Key Specs

of the 2017 GMC Terrain. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Roomy backseat
  • Quiet interior
  • Highway stability
  • Comfortable ride
  • Large cargo area
  • Useful cabin storage

The Bad

  • Wide turning circle
  • Denali version isn't unique enough
  • Large blind spot
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • No keyless start/access
  • Touchscreen performance

Notable Features of the 2017 GMC Terrain

  • Five-seat SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Denali luxury model available
  • Chrome-trimmed shifter

What Is the 2017 GMC Terrain?

The 2017 GMC Terrain is a five-seat compact SUV that shares much of its DNA with the Chevrolet Equinox. Like the Equinox, the Terrain is larger than many other models in the class, almost to the point of being a mid-size SUV, though its price and features fall firmly in the compact category. It's available in Terrain SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT and Denali trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available with SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT and Denali trims.

What's New on the 2017 GMC Terrain?

The 2017 GMC Terrain adds the option of a Nightfall Edition appearance package.

How Does the 2017 GMC Terrain Compare to Other SUVs?

Much of the 2017 Terrain's appeal lies in the fact that it's much larger than most other compact SUVs, offering a generous cargo area and a spacious backseat. This size comes at a price: It simply doesn't accelerate as fast as other models in its class and it's also more difficult to park due to its size.

The 2017 GMC Terrain also lags its competitors in terms of multimedia features, which may force drivers to rely on their smartphone over the vehicle's built-in infotainment system. Competing models such as the Toyota RAV4 and Kia Sportage also offer more advanced safety options than the Terrain.

What Features in the 2017 GMC Terrain Are Most Important?

The 2017 GMC Terrain is powered by a 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission; a 301-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 is optional. Significant standard features include 18-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hot spot (data subscription required), remote keyless entry, USB port, cruise control, a backup camera and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. As required on all new vehicles, the 2017 Terrain also includes anti-lock brakes, an electronic stability system and front airbags.

Significant available features include 19-inch wheels, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, remote start, a power sunroof, leather seats, heated front seats and a navigation system.

Should I Buy the GMC Terrain?

The spacious interior, comfortable ride and useful cabin storage spaces all merit at least a look, though the 2017 GMC Terrain falls far behind its rivals in terms of tech features, acceleration and maneuverability. If a roomy interior is your top consideration, the 2017 Terrain is worth considering.

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2017 GMC Terrain Overview

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Vehicle Overview

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What Drivers Are Saying


Great purchase, reliable and affordable!

by Maria07 from Tampa, FL on October 19, 2018

This car is amazing! Drives smooth, has a lot of room, comfortable and is great on gas as well! The car is beautiful and I recommend 10/10! Read full review


Great Car

by Kyle J from Adrian, MI on October 9, 2018

The car is perfect for starting my new family. Easily fits 5 and has plenty of room for a car seat. Sleek and stylish exterior. Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2017 GMC Terrain currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 GMC Terrain SL

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Lower Leg/Foot
Overall Evaluation
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
Structure and Safety Cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 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 warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


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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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