It’s weird to think about, but many vehicles have names that can be perceived as quite ridiculous, but others may be called something a tad more personal to the experience it can offer you. For example, the 2022 GMC Terrain has the perfect name for what it sets out to do: conquer harsh terrains and travel the path less traveled. Surely, a name is nothing more than just that, and manufacturers have to prove why you should consider their automobile over any other. But, for GMC, this has rarely ever been an issue, with a long-lasting history in the industry that stretches back to the earliest days of the 20th century. The Terrain itself was initially launched in 2009, just a couple of years shy of the manufacturer’s monumental 100-year milestone, but it’s still a fascinating thought to ponder just how far GMC vehicles have come in a century of continuous service in the United States.
The Terrain isn’t a one-off off-roading vehicle either. What this means is that all four trim levels can conquer a trail, although those heavier and more risky off-roading tasks are likely best kept to the top two trim levels. The 2022 Terrain starts at $27,900* for the base model SLE, and you can think of the SLT as an enhanced variant of this trim, coupled with a swap of material from cloth to leather for the seats and steering wheel, among a few other additions. Following the SLE and SLT is the off-roading capable trim, the AT4, with its dedicated sport tires and a traction select system. Lastly, the Denali is the final available trim for the 2022 Terrain, and with it comes large 19-inch wheels, a station for charging your phone wirelessly, and GMC has also given this trim enhanced shocks over the other trims.
Like last year, there’s only one powertrain configuration for the 2022 Terrain, and the engine in mention has been a part of the Terrain’s lineup since 2018. A turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder engine comes paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission, allowing the 2022 Terrain to produce 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. This level of performance is also just enough to tow 1,500 lbs if needed, but those who require more towing power are likely looking for something more powerful than the Terrain.
You are likely to be impressed by the fuel-efficiency capabilities, and this is all because the engine inside of the Terrain is turbocharged. Regardless of if you have front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, you’ll get EPA-estimated ratings of 25 MPG in the city, but you’ll get 30 MPG on the highway with front-wheel drive and 28 MPG highway with all-wheel drive. Overall, the Terrain is a great vehicle to travel long distances in and is also the perfect daily driver.
Fans and critics have shown praise for the Terrain’s interior, and this year’s model is no different. Certain interior elements are only exclusive to the AT4, but other than that, there are many similarities between the four trim levels, although the base model does receive the least amount of enhancements. Cloth seating comes standard, but moving up from the base model will earn you leather seats and a leather steering wheel. Additionally, these seats are heated along with the steering wheel, and every trim level comes with an 8-way power driver seat with a 2-way adjustable head restraint standard. On the base model, your front-row passenger will only have a 4-way manually adjustable chair, but buying any other trim will swap this for a 6-way power-adjustable seat.
The 2022 Terrain seats five passengers like its predecessors, and space has never exactly been a problem for the Terrain regarding passenger comfort and cargo space. In the front row, the driver and passenger will have a full 40-inches of headroom and a slightly larger 40.9-inches of legroom. Oftentimes, when a vehicle is that spacious in the front row, it usually means that sacrifices were made elsewhere, such as a cramped back row. This isn’t the case for the 2022 Terrain, as anyone in the back will have 38.5-inches of headroom and 39.7-inches of legroom, which is not only spacious enough to be considered a family vehicle, but adults will have no problem fitting in the back of this vehicle. As we said, cargo space is also impressive on the Terrain, with a total of 63.3 cubic feet of space when the seats are down and 29.6 cubic feet normally.
Another facet of the automotive experience that some may not include in their research is technology. Any way you slice it, vehicles are becoming more like computers every day, and just like with any piece of tech, it’s important to stay relevant as long as feasibly possible. Fortunately, the 2022 Terrain is filled to the brim with exciting tech, many of which we’re still waiting to find on competing models. Every 2022 Terrain model comes with an infotainment center, which is no surprise, but what is a surprise is the three different infotainment center variations that you can select from. By default, the 2022 Terrain comes with a 7-inch screen, but moving up to the following trims will increase the screen size to 8-inches, and from there, you can choose whether you want to add navigation software.
Navigation software for the Terrain is entirely optional, however, and this is thanks in part to Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. By connecting your smartphone, which you can do without wires in the Terrain, you can access the contents of your phone and your favorite navigation apps directly from the infotainment center itself. Other features that you would expect to find on a 2022 vehicle are also integrated, such as Bluetooth connectivity and a fully accessible 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot should you opt for it.
There are many different safety features for the 2022 Terrain, many of them come standard on every model, and then there’s an assortment of additional features. Every Terrain comes with the GMC Pro Safety package. With this package comes a handful of features such as Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Front Pedestrian Braking. It’s best to think of these three features as equally as important because they all serve the same basic premise, and that’s to avoid collisions with either people or other vehicles. Forward Collision Alert will warn you before an impact, and the two braking features will attempt to bring your vehicle to a halt before any damage is done.
Lane Departure Warning is also standard in case you begin to deviate from your specified lane on the freeway, it will send you a warning, and Lane Keep Assist will provide very slight amounts of steering input to realign your vehicle on the road if needed. IntelliBeam Automatic High Beams are also standard. This feature is great to have as it will automatically turn your high beams on when the light conditions are low but will also automatically turn them off when the system senses an approaching vehicle to assist in your visibility while not distracting the visibility of others.
The optional GMC Pro Safety Plus (which is standard on the Denali trim) adds another slew of safety features into the mix. Features such as Lane Change Alert will tell you not to switch lanes if it’s unsafe to do so, and Side Blind Zone Alert will alert you if there is a vehicle in one of your blind spots, so you don't accidentally hit anyone. Rear Cross Traffic Alert is here to assist in increasing your awareness of any bypassing vehicle when your vehicle is in reverse, which is necessary for navigating busy parking areas. Finally, Rear Park Assist will help you gently park your vehicle without hitting any obstruction behind it.