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2020 GMC Terrain

2020 GMC Terrain

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$25,000 — $39,900 MSRP
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5 Seats
23-27 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Overall refinement
  • Firm but composed ride
  • Powerful 2.0-liter engine
  • 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
  • Front seats may be a little narrow for some
  • Oddly shaped rear-seat backrest
  • Gets expensive with options
2020 GMC Terrain exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 GMC Terrain
  • More standard active safety features
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • Choice of two turbocharged engines
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hot spot

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2020 GMC Terrain Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 GMC Terrain?

The GMC Terrain is a compact SUV that seats 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 is 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 2020 GMC Terrain?

GMC Pro Safety is now standard and includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist and automatic high-beam headlights. Denali versions gain front and rear parking sensors and unique suspension tuning. Meanwhile, the Black Edition has been renamed the Elevation Edition.

What Features in the 2020 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 portable devices can still be connected on-the-go.

2020 GMC Terrain Vs. 2020 Honda CR-V: How Do They Compare?

The GMC Terrain and Honda CR-V have similar starting prices for base front-wheel-drive models, but between them the CR-V is more efficient: Its EPA rating is 30 mpg combined, while the Terrain is rated 27 mpg. Both small SUVs have firm suspension tuning, but the Terrain’s ride quality is more refined. With the Terrain’s addition of many new active safety features for 2020, the two SUVs are more similar in this area, though the CR-V has standard adaptive cruise control, which is optional on the Terrain.

Should I Buy the 2020 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. Its additional standard active safety features enhance the GMC’s value in the crowded small SUV class.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
57 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

Little to early to tell, only two days

by Rjmfrisco from Frisco, TX on September 12, 2020

We have owned GMC vehicles since 1986 and they have proven to be extremely reliable and economic. So we are fully expecting this new vehicle to be no problem for a long time Read full review

(5.0)

Great car great price

by BigE from Brookville PA on September 8, 2020

Just what I was looking for in an SUV, and the price was great, the dealer exceeded all my expectations, car is just the right size Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 GMC Terrain currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 GMC Terrain has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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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