Compact SUVs tend to all look the same, with sleek curves and body lines that only modestly differentiate one from another. However, models like the 2022 GMC Terrain SLT challenge this cookie-cutter approach by giving drivers something different, something unique. The Terrain SLT, with its truck-like design and bold details, is more akin to a best-selling GMC workhorse than any compact SUV in its class. And that alone makes it a popular choice among drivers looking for something remarkable in a segment defined by the ordinary.
The 2022 Terrain SLT distinguishes itself with a rugged exterior framed by GMC's signature C-shaped LED lighting. Its upgraded front grille for 2022 is bolder and more aggressive, pairing exceptionally well with all-new 18-inch and 19-inch wheel designs. Inside, rugged capability meets luxury and innovation with updated trim options and cutting-edge technology that adds incredible value to the SUV.
What will a rugged SUV like the Terrain SLT cost you? The Terrain is one of the most affordable two-row SUVs in the segment, with a starting price of $27,900.[a] The SLT trim is a step above the SLE base trim, which means more technology, luxury, and conveniences for a slightly higher starting price of $31,900.[a] These updates include options like GM's newly available head-up display, a high-definition surround vision camera, and a built-in virtual assistant that's always on call with a simple voice command.
With these features and countless others, it's easy to see why the 2022 GMC Terrain SLT is one of the automaker's top sellers. But what else does it have to offer? Here's a closer look at what you'll find when you get behind the wheel of the Terrain SLT.
The 2022 Terrain SLT delivers an engaging driving experience and plenty of capability. It comes standard with GMC's proven 1.5L turbocharged engine that works seamlessly with a nine-speed automatic transmission to deliver 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. Smooth shift patterns and a steady influx of power make the Terrain SLT agile and responsive without sacrificing efficiency. For example, the Terrain SLT with FWD averages an impressive 25 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway; the AWD model averages 25 MPG and 28 MPG, respectively.
The Terrain SLT comes standard with FWD and GMC's Traction Select System, which gives you greater control. For example, you can make real-time adjustments to the Terrain SLT's performance, improving acceleration in slippery conditions like snow and ice. Even with FWD, the Terrain SLT does an exceptional job of navigating on-road conditions and can easily handle moderate conditions like heavy rain or light snow.
For added capability, GMC offers the Terrain SLT with AWD and an enhanced Traction Select System. The Terrain SLT's AWD system constantly monitors for wheel slippage and sends torque to the wheel or wheels with the most traction to give you more control and stability. The Traction Select System adds to this control by letting you choose between FWD, AWD, and Off-Road modes to finetune the Terrain SLT's performance.
The AWD Terrain SLT in FWD Mode is ideal for your daily commute because it disconnects the rear axle and eliminates drag to improve efficiency. When your commute requires driving through heavy rain, snow, or ice, you can switch to AWD Mode, which optimizes traction by sending power to the front and rear wheels. Venturing off the pavement and down the trail is even an option with Off-Road Mode, which finetunes the AWD system to improve the SUV's traction and stability on gravel, sand, and dirt.
GMC is known for delivering luxury and innovation at an affordable price. This is undoubtedly true for the 2022 Terrain SLT and its suite of cutting-edge technology that keeps you connected, informed, and aware. So, what does this technology look like, and how will it make your time on the road more enjoyable?
You'll have access to all the information and tools you need from the driver's seat via the Terrain SLT's standard 8-inch center touchscreen display. The display is home to GMC's infotainment system, which gives you seamless access to your smartphone via wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. That's right––you can leave the charging cords at home since the Terrain SLT can automatically connect to your smartphone and give you access to your favorite apps in a familiar layout that's intuitive and easy to use.
Along with keeping you connected to your smartphone, the GMC infotainment system gives you access to a virtual assistant and an available WiFi hotspot that can support up to seven devices. What does this mean for your commute? With Amazon Alexa Built-in, you can use simple voice commands to stream your favorite music, respond to text messages, make phone calls, get weather updates, and more without ever taking your hands off the wheel.
The Terrain SLT's center display comes standard with a Rear Vision Camera, which you can upgrade to GMC's High Definition Surround Vision, which offers a 360-degree bird's eye view around the SUV. You'll also find the Terrain SLT helps keep your focus on the road with the available 6-inch Head-Up Display. The customizable display projects vital data like your speed, navigation cues, and safety alerts on the windshield, eliminating the need to constantly look down at the driver information display or to the right at the center touchscreen display.
The Terrain SLT prioritizes your safety because GMC knows that the road is unpredictable and that accidents can happen to even the most cautious drivers. To mitigate this risk, GMC equips the Terrain SLT with the GMC Pro Safety suite. The suite outfits the SUV with Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, a Following Distance Indicator, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.
The Terrain SLT's Automatic Emergency Braking works with Forward Collision Alert, the Following Distance Indicator, and Front Pedestrian Braking to actively lessen the risk of a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian. Forward Collision Alert constantly monitors the road ahead, alerting you when traffic slows to give you enough time to respond. Front Pedestrian Braking works similarly, watching for people rather than vehicles, and the Following Distance Indicator alerts you when you're tailgating. If you fail to respond to the warnings and a collision is imminent, the Terrain SLT's Automatic Emergency Braking can bring the SUV to a controlled stop.
While GMC Pro Safety is exceptional, GMC doesn't stop there and gives you the option to upgrade the Terrain SLT with GMC Pro Safety Plus. The suite builds on the standard suite to further enhance your safety on the road. For example, it includes handy tools like Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Rear Park Assist.
Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert keeps an eye on the Terrain SLT's blind spots. When it detects moving vehicles approaching your blind spot, it notifies you with side-mirror visual alerts that tell you it's unsafe to change lanes. In addition, Rear Cross Traffic Alert watches the back of the SUV when in reverse, helping you avoid fender benders when backing out of a busy area. Last but far from least, GMC's Rear Park Assist takes the guesswork out of parking the Terrain SLT by alerting you to objects in your path.