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2019 GMC Terrain a smart addition for any family

December 30, 2018
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2018 GMC Terrain Infotainment

As the weather has turned cooler and the first snows of winter have dusted the mountain valleys of Utah, most of our test rides are turning to SUVs and other AWD vehicles. Over the past few years these types seem to have become a staple not only the Utah auto world, but also throughout the nation as a whole.

For us as baby boomers it’s all about having a larger vehicle so the grandkids will fit, and also knowing that a sudden storm will not slow us down. It seems our kids are also turning to the SUV for more space.

So at this change of the seasons it was only natural to receive the newest version of the GMC Terrain for the week of Thanksgiving.

The Terrain is now nine years old first coming to the marketplace in its first edition back in 2010. Last year in 2018, major changes were made to the line giving it a new look by tightening up the belt line and lowering the front end look, moving away from a more truck-like look to that of a more sexy, slimmer SUV.

We became enamored with the new look, especially in the all-black version that we drove for the week. By blackout we mean black. There was hardly a stitch of chrome left on the outside of vehicle, all the way down to the black rims!

This new edition also come with new engine choices, as it seems every manufacture is using smaller engine to get better gas mileage. At the same time, overall power is increasing with these new power plants. Gone this year as an option on the Terrain is a V6 motor, but taking its place is a very strong turbocharged 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine. Or if you are looking for some great gas mileage, how about a new turbo diesel engine?

Our test ride had been upgraded and came with the new turbocharged 2.0 liter 4-cylinder version that made 252 horsepower and had 260 ft.-lbs. of torque. Coupled with the new nine-speed transmission that is used with the two gas engines, we never had a problem with power or maneuvering on the freeway and were able to maintain a nice 27 mpg for the mid-sized SUV.

Standard is the 1.5 liter engine that provides 170 horsepower and 203 ft.-lbs. of torque, and is estimated to get a combined 26 mpg. The diesel engine makes 130 horsepower and 240 ft.-lbs. of torque which is usually the case with a diesel, however the mileage number is going to climb to around 35 mpg combined. One would have to do the math to see if the extra cost at the pump would make a large enough difference to get the better mileage.

Inside the Terrain continued to impress with all kinds of great creature comforts that made the ride so much nicer. We especially enjoyed the auto start feature.

It also came complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which made all the difference in the world for Deanne on the day she had to take the SUV to South Ogden to work; having Siri along for the ride made it very easy to use through voice commands. She got to the unfamiliar destination without a hitch using Siri’s guidance that was now displayed on 8-inch HD color touchscreen.

Another unusual difference inside the new edition of the Terrain is the unique shifting arrangement, gone is the center console lever to shift, now being replaced by buttons and small levers to get the SUV moving. These were located in the center console up from the tray where most folks would keep spare change or their phone.

It took a couple of days to get used to the arrangement but it worked for us and freed up space. Since most transmission are electronic now, we are surprised that more manufactures are not moving to some kind of button or knob system to change gears and utilize the old space for more storage.

Standard at the SLT trim level of the Terrain was a key-less entry system and push-button start of course. Most important, the front seats came with our favorite addition of heat that we used every day in late November, and with the addition of the Preferred Package the steering wheel also received heat.

An automatic lift gate also came with the Preferred Package making it very easy to get into the rear with just the touch of a button.

The addition of two Driver Alert Packages gave the Terrain all the great safety features we would highly recommend. Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross Path Detection, Rear Parking Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Automatic High Beam Headlights and our favorite Adaptive Cruise Control, all well worth the extra $1,295 in cost.

The new GMC Terrain make for the perfect small family or even empty nester SUV. See the new Terrain at Harmons GMC in Provo at 470 West 100 North, 801-841-3109 or at National GMC, 629 E. 1000 S., American Fork, 888-887-5041.

Base Price: $32,600

Price As Driven: $40,550

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