For those shopping for something that looks a bit different from the average compact crossover, the 2022 GMC Terrain’s truck-ish appearance may prove eye catching. But upon closer inspection, neither its features nor price propel it to the top of its class. All models are powered by a tepid turbocharged four-cylinder engine and, unlike the brand’s Yukon SUV, the Terrain’s off-road capability is fairly limited even with its optional all-wheel drive system. Buyers can indulge in a chrome-laden Denali model which sets the Terrain apart from rivals such as the Honda CR-V, the Mazda CX-5, or the Volkswagen Tiguan, but that top-spec model comes with a near-luxury price tag.
What’s New for 2022?
Like it’s platform mate, the Chevrolet Equinox, the Terrain receives a styling refresh for 2022 that includes a revised grille and front bumper, new LED headlamps and taillamps, fresh 18- and 19-inch wheel designs, updated upholstery, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. A more rugged-looking AT4 model joins the lineup while the base SL trim falls off. Also discontinued is the previously-optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, leaving the turbo 1.5-liter mill as the sole engine choice.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Terrain comes standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a nine-speed automatic and either front- or all-wheel drive. We haven’t tested one yet, but we put that engine through our testing regimen fitted to its mechanical twin, the Chevrolet Equinox; it took 8.9 seconds to reach 60 mph. The Terrain provides its passengers with a comfortable, cosseting ride. Although the softly sprung suspension is a boon on long highway drives, the comfort-oriented setup drains the compact crossover of driver engagement once the tarmac gets twisty. Likewise, the direct but syrupy steering, which provides effortless turn-in at low speeds, proves as uninformative as a mob boss in a police interrogation room.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA hasn’t released fuel economy estimates for the 2022 Terrain but we don’t expect it to change from last year’s ratings of 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. We’ve yet to put the Terrain through our real-world highway fuel-economy test but we’ll update this story when we do. For more information about the Terrain’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
A spacious and accommodating interior is let down by subpar build quality and a middling mix of materials. Meanwhile, the Terrain’s ergonomically challenged push-button shifter sprinkles salt in the compact crossover’s interior wounds. It consists of several switches that look like power window controls, located low on the center console and less than intuitive to use. Although it’s something we think owners would grow accustomed to over time, we found the small buttons difficult to locate at a glance—especially when groping for reverse—making it difficult to pull off three-point turns quickly or operate the transmission’s manual mode. The Terrain is an amenable partner for lugging large loads of various sizes. Credit a standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat, as well as an available fold-flat front seat. The Terrain’s cargo area offers class-competitive space. In our carry-on-luggage test, the Terrain held 24 cases with the rear seats folded; those in search of the absolute maximum cargo room will be better served—albeit only slightly—by the CR-V.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Easy to operate and quick to respond to commands, the Terrain’s infotainment system benefits from clear graphics, logical menus, and the latest in-car connectivity features. Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot are all standard. An in-dash navigation system is standard on the top Denali and is available on other models. A head-up display is available—it’s standard on the Denali and optional on the SLT and AT4—but unlike other GM vehicles which project this feature onto the windshield, the Terrain utilizes a pop-up panel on the top of the dashboard.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
A host of driver-assistance features is standard and more can be added as options. For more information about the Terrain’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control