The 2013 GMC Terrain offers that perfect balance between luxury compact crossovers in its features and design and the affordability of everyday, standard style compact crossover vehicles. It’s the perfect choice for those looking for a compact SUV that offers that little bit of extra space and leg room, along with the latest technology and engine performance. There are several models to choose from with MSRP ranging from $25,835 for the SLE-1 to the Denali, with a MSRP of $34,525.
Also available are the SLE-2, with a MSRP of $27,335, the SLT-1, MSRP of $28,885, and the SLT-2 model, from $32,130. In addition to the wealth of features provided, there are plenty of optional features, too.
With the new touch screen audio interface featuring IntelliLink Smartphone app integration, plus a much stronger V6 engine, the new models are a must-see for anyone in the market for a compact SUV that delivers top-notch performance.
Engine and Performance
The performance level of the new 2013 GMC Terrain has never been better. Starting with a standard engine that is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder one, it is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. All but the SLE-1 model offer an optional 3.6-liter V6 engine; along with the six-speed automatic transmission, this provides the ability to tow 3,500 pounds. The standard engine, with front wheel drive, producing 182 hp as well as 172 pound-feet of torque, gives an EPA estimate of 22mpg/city and 32mpg/highway. All-wheel drive drops those numbers to 20/29, respectively. All-wheel drive is optional for any of these models.
In addition, the new 3.6 liter V6 engine is 40 hp stronger than the previous year’s engine, yet the fuel economy remains unchanged.
The 2013 GMC Terrain offers plenty of exterior features to choose from, as well as providing high-end standard exterior features. Exterior options for the SLE include several color options, many metallic, as well as a front license plate bracket. The SLE-2 has more exterior options than the SLE-1, such as a power glass sunroof, equipment for trailers, and 19″ chrome wheels and tires, or two sizes of chrome-clad aluminum wheels. Standard features for both include such items as privacy glass, rear defogger, and variable intermittent wipers.
Standard exterior features for the SLT-1 and SLT-2, as well as the Denali model, have much in common with the SLE models, such as a steel spare wheel and alloy wheels and all season tires. All models have fixed lifgate windows and rear power lifgate doors.
Extra spaciousness has already been mentioned for the interiors of the 2013 GMC Terrain models. There are unique interior treatments for the Delani model to differentiate it from the other ones. Soft, blue back lighting highlights both the gauges and secondary controls. All 2013 GMC Terrains have a 7-inch color touch-screen display. The sliding rear seat can accommodate either extra rear seat legroom, or more rear cargo space. A quiet ride is guaranteed with acoustic windshields and for those models with four cylinders, there is an active noise-cancellation system that will soundproof any cruise down the highway.
Safety Features and Rating
Standard to all 2013 GMC Terrain SUVs are anti-lock brakes, airbags, and a rear view camera. Equally important for safety is GM’s OnStar Emergency Communication System. An emergency assistance button, automatic crash notification, and stolen vehicle assistance are just some of the features included with this system.
Braking ability is outstanding on these Terrain models. With its standard stability control, it is considered a top safety pick.
Optional are new-lane departure warning systems as well as forward collision alerts. These are included as standard with the Delani model.
With strong crash test scores and safety gear, all 2013 GMC Terrain models offer the best in safety as well as personal comfort.