If you are looking for a well-built, compact crossover that’s loaded with advanced safety features, then take a peek at the new 2020 GMC Terrain. Able to carry five passengers comfortably, this petite SUV is available in four unique trim levels.
Boasting a completely refreshed interior, this model offers more space and better technology than ever before. The 2020 GMC Terrain now comes standard with forward collision warning, emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and pedestrian detection to help prevent accidents. No matter which trim level you decide to go with, you will have all of these advanced functions working together constantly to ensure your safety.
Just because this vehicle is classified as a compact SUV, that doesn’t mean that it’s tiny. You’ve probably heard of big things coming in small packages, and this is one of those cases. Behind the back row of seating is a whopping 29.6 cubic feet of cargo room. By folding the back row down, you can gain access to 63.3 cubic feet of space. Still need a little more room? No worries! Just fold down the front passenger seat as well to expand the maximum cargo area to 81 cubic feet. That’s not small at all.
This SUV is perfect for all kinds of families. Whether you are a parent of three, a couple with fur babies, or a solo painter whose family is your artwork, this ride will work for you. Let’s take a closer look at the 2020 GMC Terrain’s performance, interior, safety features, and exterior styling elements.
The 2020 GMC Terrain has two engine options to choose from. The first is a turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder motor that generates 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. It uses a dual overhead cam design with direct injection technology and variable valve timing (VVT). Equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive, it can tow up to 1,500 pounds. This model also has an impressive fuel economy set at 28 mpg combined (26 city/30 highway).
The second option is a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that pumps out 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It features the same inner-workings, transmission, and drivetrain as the smaller engine, but it is only available on the SLT and Denali trims. Since it puts out much more power, this motor gets about 25 mpg combined (22 city/28 highway). That isn’t bad for a vehicle that can tow up to 3,500 pounds without breaking a sweat.
All 2020 Terrain models are outfitted with electronic stability and traction control for better handling around turns and sharp corners. The MacPherson front suspension helps to absorb the shock of bumps in the road for a smoother ride, and hill-descent control enables you to glide smoothly down a steep decline without losing control of the vehicle.
The interior of the 2020 GMC Terrain all depends on which trim you choose. Each one is unique and has plenty of cool features to offer.
The base SL model starts on a strong foot with keyless entry and ignition. There are several powerpoints throughout the cabins, including 12-volt outlets in the front and the back cargo area. Vital driver information is displayed on the 3.5-inch monochromatic screen, and the driver’s seat is manually adjustable 4-ways. A 4G LTE Wifi hotspot is also included to keep you connected everywhere you go. The voice-controlled GMC infotainment interface is displayed on a 7-inch monitor and operates with Bluetooth for hands-free calling. It’s even compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless audio streaming through the 6-speaker stereo system.
The SLE adds a great number of options, including packages such as Driver Convenience and Infotainment I. It also includes rear seat release lever to quickly and easily fold the back seats to gain access to more cargo room. If you add the Driver Convenience package, you will get remote start dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and an 8-way power driver’s seat with lumbar control. The Infotainment I packaged upgrades the infotainment touchscreen to 8-inches and adds a SiriusXM Radio 3-month subscription. Also included in this nifty package are the following: HD rearview camera, two extra USB ports, two data ports with an SD card reader, and an added 100-volt power outlet.
The SLT features leather upholstery throughout the cabin and a heated steering wheel. The package upgrades from the SLE come standard on this model as well as ambient lighting.
The top-tier Terrain Denali has everything already mentioned plus ventilated front seats and several added safety features that we will cover in the next section.
As for the interior dimensions, they stay the same across all trims. The front headroom is measured at 40-inches, and front legroom is almost 41-inches. The back seat headroom is 38.5-inches, and the rear legroom is 39.7-inches. That means there is ample space for passengers to sit comfortably.
As previously touched on, several safety features are now standard on all 2020 GMC Terrain models. These include low-speed forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, front pedestrian detection, and a rearview camera.
Also included on all trims, including the base SL is the Teen Driver system that provides parents with a driving report card for their teenagers and limits certain functions when the seatbelt is not fastened. A tire pressure monitoring system also comes standard to alert you if there is too much or not enough pressure in your tires.
The SLE can be equipped with the Driver Alert I package. This includes adaptive cruise control, lane-change assist, blindspot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear park assist. The SLT, on the other hand, comes standard with those safety features.
As for the top-of-the-line Denali, it has everything mentioned above plus a surround-view camera system. This advanced safety system doesn’t just give you eyes in the back of your head. It gives you eyes all around the outside of your vehicle.
There is no doubt that all of the new 2020 GMC Terrain models make quite an impression on the road. While they all look sleek, several exterior styling elements differentiate the vehicle by trim level.
Rolling on 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels and all-season tires, the SL features signature C-shaped LED lights, heated power-adjustable side mirrors, and rear privacy glass.
The SLE gets the same set of wheels and also has a 16-inch spare wheel made of steel. This can come in handy in the event of a flat tire or blown-out tire.
Stepping up to the SLT will add 18-inch aluminum wheels with dark grey accents and all-season tires. It also features the same side mirrors but with added integrated turn signal indicators. Roof rails have also been fitted to the top for additional storage space. You can travel with extra luggage or oddly shaped items secured to the roof.
The premium Denali rides on 19-inch bright aluminum wheels with all-season tires and features a 17-inch spare wheel. At this level, you no longer have to deal with the standard manual liftgate. This model boasts a programmable, hands-free liftgate that is perfect when your arms are loaded down with groceries. You can also opt for the SkyScape power sunroof.
If you want something even more special, you can snag an Elevation Edition Terrain. Riding on 19-inch gloss-black aluminum wheels, this darkened model features black side mirrors, roof rails, accents, and grille for a completely blacked-out aesthetic. However, this particular model is only available in four exterior paint colors, including Ebony Twilight Metallic, Summit White, Satin Steel Metallic, and Graphite Gray Metallic.
For the other models, there are nine paint colors that you can choose from. These include Ebony Twilight Metallic, Graphite Gray Metallic, Smokey Quartz Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, White Frost Tricoat, Summit White, Blue Emerald Metallic, and Red Quartz Tintcoat.
The wheelbase is measured at 107.3-inches (8.9-ft), and the total overall length of the vehicle is 182.3-inch (just over 15 feet). It stands 65.4-inches (5.5-ft) tall and has a width (excluding side mirrors) of 72.4-inches (6 feet).