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The 2022 GMC Terrain Gets Rugged on Everyman Driver

GMC fulfills its promise to bring an AT4 variant to every model with the introduction of the first-ever 2022 GMC Terrain AT4. Also appearing this model year is a refreshed and modernized Denali that positions Terrain for continued success in a highly-competitive segment.  The redesigned 2022 GMC Terrain SLE, SLT and AT4 will be available in summer 2021 and the 2022 GMC Terrain Denali will be available in fall 2021.

Inside the trim and fabric options have been updated and wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto are standard across the board. Amazon Alexa capabilities are also included and the Denali trim level gets an 8-inch display in the gauge cluster. Lastly a new head-up display is available on the SLT and AT4 trim levels, but standard on the Denali.

Under the hood there’s only one engine available, a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The GMC Terrain is well-rounded and likable with a stylish exterior and modern, spacious cabin. Drivers will appreciate its strong fuel economy and user-friendly features, while passengers have plenty of space to stretch out and more than enough cargo room. The Terrain’s handling doesn’t feel as car-like and agile as rivals, and the suspension is tuned more for comfort than driving fun. Many features come standard, like easy-to-use technology and driver safety aids. While some cabin materials could be nicer, the Terrain’s low price makes the strengths mentioned above hard to dismiss and, for the right buyer, worthy of a test-drive.

2021 DETAILS: The GMC Terrain comes in four trim levels: SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali. Front-wheel-drive is standard on all trims, while all-wheel-drive is optional for about $1,500 extra.

Pricing starts around $25,000 for the Terrain SL trim. Notable exterior and safety features include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, pedestrian detection, an alarm, automatic headlamps, power heated mirrors, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Interior convenience items include cloth upholstery, a split-folding rear seat, keyless entry/ignition, air conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a WiFi hotspot, and front/rear USB inputs.

The SLE adds upgraded styling, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and more for about $28,500. Stepping up to the SLT costs about $32,500. It has fog lights, memory side mirrors, a hands-free power liftgate, leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats, driver’s seat memory, remote engine start, dual-zone climate control, and a heated steering wheel. It gets the larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, which includes satellite radio functionality.

Estimated pricing for the top-of-the-line Denali trim is around $39,000. Shoppers get parking sensors, LED headlights, a Bose premium audio system, navigation, and more. It comes standard with a significantly more powerful engine, which is optional on the SLT.

Practical options include roof rack cross rails and assist steps—the available Dark Accent Package blacks-out exterior accents like the mirror caps, grille, and bumpers. The SLT is available with the fancy Bose sound system and navigation.

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