If you’re looking for something manageable yet specious, a small SUV is worth looking into. Small SUVs are sought out for their safety, fuel economy, and all-weather capabilities. They’re a happy medium where you get a little bit of everything; space, power, and affordability. Oftentimes, these smaller SUVs come with 4-cylinder engines. They’re also lighter, which helps their mileage and aids in their winter road performance. Their all-wheel drive capability tops off their off-roading powers, being much safer than most cars, especially in detrimental weather. This is where vehicles like the 2021 GMC Terrain fit in.
The 2021 Terrain comes in 4 different trims, with the beloved Denali trim coming as a late availability. The lowest trim, the SL, is front-wheel drive only, which helps it get up to 30 miles per gallon. With one impressive engine powering every model, the Terrain is equipped to take you anywhere. Despite its smaller size, it still can seat 5 passengers, and it offers up to 63.3 cubic feet of cargo space. This small SUV has a lot to offer, and we’re excited to tell you about all its capabilities.
Performance is everything, right next to safety. This small SUV comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. You will find this engine paired with a responsive 9-speed automatic transmission. On top of this, it can even tow up to 1,500 pounds if properly equipped, so you can bring along some extra cargo.
Except for the base trim SL that is front-wheel drive only, you can get the 2021 Terrain in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive is the perfect option if you want to get the most out of the Terrain's fuel economy. On the other hand, if you live in a rural area with choppy roads or in an area that receives a decent amount of inclement weather, you'll want to upgrade to the all-wheel drive for better traction and control.
With only one excellent engine powering this SUV, you're not going to see much of a range in fuel economy. Front-wheel drive models will get around 25 miles per gallon in the city, 30 miles per gallon on the highway, and 27 miles per gallon combined. Meanwhile, the all-wheel drive models will get an estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city, 28 miles per gallon on the highway, and 26 miles per gallon combined. This small SUV has the perfect amount of power and fuel economy to make it fit with almost any driver's needs.
The 2021 GMC Terrain comes with several tech features. These include both convenience features and entertainment features. Let’s start by looking at convenience features. The Terrain comes with a driver information center that monitors 26 different systems within the vehicle. Some of these systems include trip information, your average speed, and fuel economy. It also has a multi-colored driver information screen, power express down and up windows, keyless opening and extended range remote keyless entry, a universal home remote with a garage door opener, cruise control with set and resume speeds, SUB charging ports, power outlets, and theft deterrent. Additionally, the 2021 GMC Terrain’s highest trim includes remote start.
There are several entertainment features as well, including Bluetooth connectivity, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, a 6-speaker audio system, Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility, and SiriusXM radio capabilities. Overall, the 2021 GMC Terrain’s technology is convenient and entertaining without being overwhelming or confusing if you’re switching from an older model. You can upgrade the lower trims to make a vehicle with all the features you want, or go for the top-tier Denali trim and experience the best that the 2021 Terrain has to offer.
The 2021 GMC Terrain is an incredibly safe vehicle. Let’s start by covering its basic safety assets. It has an overall 5-star crash test rating from the NHTSA, and its StabiliTrak stability control system with Traction Control is helpful in correcting fishtailing and sliding during wet or slippery road conditions. This is an important feature to have, especially when dealing with inclement weather. Electronic stability control systems like GM’s StabiliTrak are said to have saved almost 2000 lives since they first came about. In addition to this, the Terrain has multiple airbags, a passenger sensing system, a tire pressure monitor, and LED daytime running lamps.
Now, for the driver assist features. The 2021 GMC Terrain comes with something called the GMC Pro Safety system. This safety system includes desirable features like front pedestrian braking, an HD rear vision camera, forward collision alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking. Drivers can also experience hill descent control, a passenger sensing system, teen driver mode, and OnStar and GMC Connected services.
The Terrain’s OnStar subscription includes automatic rash response with injury severity prediction, emergency services, which include automatic connection to an EMT upon crash, crisis alert, stolen vehicle perks, turn-by-turn navigation, and roadside assistance. GMC connected services, on the other hand, provide vehicle diagnostics and marketplace access. It also includes GMC Smart Driver, which connects with your insurance company to get you discounts for safe driving. Finally, GMC Connected Services comes with the myGMC mobile app, which gives you access to rewards, billing, your subscriptions, trailering info, family sharing, and much more. It can even work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It’s safe to say that the 2021 GMC Terrain is one of the safest small SUVs on the market.
Aesthetic appeal isn’t the most important aspect to look at when vehicle shopping, but it’s definitely one of the more desirable parts. The good news is that the 2021 GMC Terrain is stylish and customizable. This model comes in 8 different exterior colors, some of which are only available on specific trims. These include Ebony Twilight, Blue Emerald, Graphite Gray, Red Quartz, Satin Steel, Quicksilver, Summit White, and White Frost.
Depending on the trim, you can choose from a few different wheel options, too. These include 17-inch standard painted aluminum wheels and 19-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels on the SLE. The SLT comes with standard 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with dark gray painted accents, 19-inch machined aluminum wheels with gray painted accents, and 19-inch Gloss Black painted aluminum wheels. These all come with all-seasoned blackwall tires.
You can also get add-ons for the 2021 GMC Terrain, such as deflectors, license plate frames, and even a tent that goes on your Terrain for camping or other outdoor events. There are tons of available customization packages, too, such as the Dark Accent package, which includes a black rear license plate frame, back and front fascia inserts, black-painted mirror caps, and a darkened grille with a black surround and a charcoal insert. The Elevation Edition package comes with black-painted mirror caps, 19-inch gloss black painted aluminum wheels, and a darkened front grille. The Bright Accent package comes with a chrome grille, chrome mirror caps, and a chromed-out rear bumper protector.
Finally, the Hit the Road package comes with roof rack cross rails and molded assist steps for those who need extra assistance while looking more aesthetically pleasing to boot. Keep in mind that the lowest SL trim doesn’t come with any package options, and it only comes in black, white, and silver exterior colors. That said, you can still add the tent, license plate frames, and deflectors to the SL trim. The 2021 GMC Terrain’s exterior offers more than just appeal, too. It also offers convenience. The standard SLT comes with luggage racks, LED head and taillights, fog lights, outside heated power mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, and deep-tinted rear glass.