What do you think of when GMC comes up in conversation? Does your mind go to the refined elegance of the Denali line? Do you think of GMC's status as the professional-grade brand of the GM family? Well, for those of you who are currently in the market for a smaller SUV that's big on performance and luxury, look no further than the 2023 GMC Terrain. This compact SUV offers everything the GMC name is known for, including off-road performance with its AT4 trim.
The same innovation and luxury that's often associated with GMC now come in a package that's affordable, accessible, and available right here at Rick Hendrick Buick GMC Duluth. In recent years, the SUV has become the ideal vehicle for the family-oriented consumer. And today, we shine a light on an offering from GMC that's not just ideal but a gateway to an elevated quality of life. There's a lot to be excited about, so let's not waste another moment and get behind the wheel.
One of the current trends in the automotive industry is streamlining complex powertrain options in favor of simplified lineups with well-rounded engines that do it all. The 2023 GMC Terrain follows this trend and offers a standard 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine on all four trims. This engine provides the Terrain with 175 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque, a small boost over last year's model. GMC connects the engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission, which allows for effortless shifting and elevated performance. If you choose the base SLE or SLT trims, then you will have to choose between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. However, the AT4 and Denali come standard with all-wheel drive.
Another advantage of the standard turbocharged engine is that every Terrain provides drivers with conservative fuel consumption, and there is very little difference between the two drivetrain options. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions are rated for 26 MPG combined and 24 MPG in the city. The only difference is that front-wheel drive models achieve an estimated 29 MPG on the highway, while all-wheel drive models are rated for 28 MPG on the highway. With such a small difference in fuel economy, upgrading to all-wheel drive for superior bad-weather performance comes at no real cost.
While you'll still have the same powertrain no matter what trim you choose, there's quite literally a trim that's perfect for every type of consumer. The AT4 is geared for the SUV owner who enjoys spending just as much time off-roading as they do on the pavement. A skid plate is exclusive to the trim, as are 17-inch wheels with sport terrain tires, helping the vehicle to tackle backroads and trails. Adapting one of its trims to be more geared for off-roading sees GMC exploring new demographics with the new model year.
For those who have become accustomed to the performance and luxury of the Denali lineup, there's also plenty to celebrate. With the 2023 Terrain, you will be able to tackle the bumpiest roads in comfort thanks to the trim-exclusive Denali Premium Suspension with Enhanced Shock Control. The larger 19-inch alloy wheels found on the Terrain Denali also help provide a sportier and more premium driving experience.
It is time to get behind the wheel and observe the interior of the 2023 GMC Terrain. GMC has always been known for providing its vehicle with interiors that are spacious, refined, and above all else, comfortable. Anchored by a standard seven-inch infotainment system, the interior of the 2023 Terrain emphasizes user-friendly technology while maintaining the luxury aesthetic that GMC has become known for. The screen is level with the steering wheel, making the apps and other various features accessible without having to break eye contact with the road ahead. The SLT trim and up have an even larger eight-inch screen, and the Denali is equipped with built-in navigation.
A number of amenities are standard across every trim, from the SLE to the Denali, making comfort and luxury more accessible to the average consumer. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM. The available eight-inch digital Driver Information Center allows drivers to easily keep an eye on such items as engine temperature, oil level, average fuel economy, and remaining range. It even connects to the infotainment system to support phone calls and navigation.
A cloth interior is standard on the first three trims, and the Denali trim is outfitted with standard leather upholstery to maintain its reputation as the most refined trim available. The Denali is also the only trim to come with a standard seven-speaker Bose audio system. However, the lesser trims still have plenty of shaking power courtesy of a standard six-speaker sound system. No matter what trim you decide to go with, GMC provides you with a spacious interior that's guaranteed to keep you comfortable on your commute. Besides, with over 63 cu.ft. of storage space, you'll have plenty of room for groceries.
While GMC vehicles are certainly renowned for their performance and comfortable interiors, safety is one of the most important aspects of any vehicle you decide to purchase. Just as the brand has made accessibility the driving factor in the design of the 2023 Terrain, several advanced driver-assist features are standard across every trim at no additional cost. Because, after all, safety shouldn't come with a hefty price tag.
One of the best features that are standard across all four trims is GMC's Following Distance Indicator. No matter how experienced a driver might be on the road, having plenty of time to react makes all the difference between avoiding a collision and being involved in one. To complement this feature, other standard offerings include Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. While Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a Safety Alert Seat are available on all four trims, they're standard with the Denali. Adaptive Cruise Control, certainly one of the most useful driver-assist features to emerge in recent years, is also available across the board.
GMC goes beyond the standard list of driver-assist features and provides unique ways to remain safe in the form of features like OnStar and Teen Driver. OnStar has long been associated with the GM brand and has been instrumental in providing much-needed assistance after collisions and recovery in the case of theft. Teen Driver, which comes standard on every vehicle manufactured by GMC, is one of the best ways to determine if the younger drivers in your household are adhering to the responsible habits and driving wisdom that you're imparting to them.
We cannot stress enough that many of these features are put in place to provide assistance and enhance your overall awareness during your travels. They in no way replace the effective habits of a responsible driver. Practice defensive driving and exercise caution and discretion when you're behind the wheel.