2019 GMC Terrain Review, Release Dates, Prices

The 2019 GMC Terrain marks the second year of this compact crossover SUV. Still related to the Chevrolet Equinox, the Terrain, like other GMC vehicles, has a higher touch. This is shown by elegant styling and underlined by the luxurious Denali trim level.

Three engine choices: 1.5 liters, 2.0 liters, and 1.6 liters – all turbocharged 4-cylinder units. They are equipped with a chassis that prioritizes ride comfort with cornering precision, the thing that should be on this type of vehicle. GMC reduces size for this generation, so it has less passenger or cargo space than some rivals. The rear seats do not slide back and forth, but its folds, as does the front passenger seat. Overall, the 2019 GMC Terrain stands strong against competition such as the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

The 2019 GMC Terrain is a SUV with seats for five people. It is available in four trim levels: the base SL, SLE, SLT and Denali.

Engine Specs

There are three engine options for the 2019 GMC Terrain. The base is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. Available for the SLE and SLT is a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine generating 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. Standard on the Denali and optional on the SLE and SLT is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The gasoline engines are paired with a 9-speed automatic, while the diesel has a 6-speed automatic transmission. All come standard with front-wheel drive, but they can be optioned with all-wheel drive.

In track testing, the 2019 GMC Terrain Denali AWD went from 0 to 60 mph in quick 6.8 seconds. The diesel-powered SLT did it in sluggish 9.7 seconds. Fuel economy follows a predictable pattern, with the diesel excellent, the 1.5 being good and the 2.0 is acceptable.

1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 9-speed automatic
170 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
203 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 26/30 mpg (FWD) and 24/28 mpg (AWD)

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 9-speed automatic
252 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-4,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 22/28 mpg (FWD) and 21/26 mpg (AWD)

1.6-liter turbocharged diesel 4-cylinder with 6-speed automatic
137 horsepower @ 3,750 rpm
240 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 28/39 mpg (FWD) and 28/38 mpg (AWD)

Pricing Notes

The 2019 GMC Terrain is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. It has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting from $26,990 (including a destination charge of $995). The SLE starts at $30,090, it has more equipment, AWD ($1,700), turbo diesel ($3,705) and 2.0-liter engine ($1,750). The SLT is priced from $32,890, while the Denali comes in at $39,790.

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