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Key Specs

of the 2019 GMC Terrain. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Overall refinement
  • Firm but composed ride
  • Powerful 2.0-liter engine
  • Diesel engine's fuel economy, torque
  • Extra versatility with standard fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Easy-to-use multimedia system

The Bad

  • Nine-speed transmission sometimes in too high a gear
  • Noticeable vibration in diesel versions
  • Diesel version's unremarkable towing capacity
  • Front seats may be a little narrow for some
  • Oddly shaped rear-seat backrest
  • Gets expensive with options

Notable Features of the 2019 GMC Terrain

  • New Black Edition, Chrome Package
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • Choice of three engines, including a diesel
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Automatic emergency braking available

What Is the 2019 GMC Terrain?

The GMC Terrain is a compact SUV that can seat up to five. It runs on a standard 170-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission. A 252-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a nine-speed automatic and a 137-hp, turbo-diesel 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic are also available. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. Competitors include the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan.

What's New on the 2019 GMC Terrain?

A new Black Edition for SLE and SLT trim levels includes gloss-black 19-inch aluminum wheels, a dark-finish grille and black mirror caps, among other changes. An SLT Chrome Package includes 19-inch wheels with gray accents, a unique chrome grille, chrome mirror caps and bright-finish side rails. A 360-degree camera system is available for Denali models, while adaptive cruise control and front pedestrian braking is now part of the Driver Alert Package II.

What Features in the 2019 GMC Terrain Are Most Important?

The standard fold-flat front passenger seat increases the Terrain's cargo versatility, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity lets you easily connect your phone to the multimedia system. Built-in 4G LTE connectivity and a Wi-Fi hot spot (data trial included) mean that portable devices can still be connected on-the-go. Low-speed automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist are available for SLT and Denali models.

Should I Buy the 2019 GMC Terrain?

If you're looking for a refined, versatile compact SUV with an easy-to-use multimedia system, the Terrain is worth a look. We like the variety of powertrains GMC offers for it, and though the diesel version gets good fuel economy, engine vibration is noticeable and towing capacity is underwhelming.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Absolutely the best car I ever purchased!

by Anthony2617 from Mesa, AZ on October 14, 2018

This car definitely met all my expectations. Very roomy, smooth ride, I have nothing bad to say about it. I couldn't be happier with my purchase, I LOVE IT!!!! Read full review

(5.0)

Great new car!

by Tim Walling from Mulliken, Mi. on September 26, 2018

I have owned two other GMC Terrains. The 2019 is a great car! Plenty of leg room and it has a feature that shuts the engine down when you stop for a light. I am getting great gas mileage. I really ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2019 GMC Terrain currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 GMC Terrain has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by GMC
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

    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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