Out with the old ways and in with the new. Nothing could be more fitting than that for the GMC Terrain. The model just got a complete overhaul and now, right before hitting dealers, we know how much dough that revamping costs.
The 2018 Terrain will start at $25,970. That’s about $1,500 more than last year. But considering this is the SUVs first full redo since its arrival in 2009, a price bump isn’t surprising. (Keep in mind, too, that 2009 is the year that GM went bankrupt.)
Think of this model as GMC’s contribution to the class including toughies like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Going up against such all-stars, GMC focuses on making the Terrain more glam by using a lot of aluminum and soft-touch materials in the cabin.
GMC downsized the model slightly for 2018 and it drops 400 pounds. It’s a few inches shorter, too. But somehow designers say it still manages to offer more storage.
The engine shrinks to a 2.0-liter. This is the only engine that will originally be available when the model starts selling this summer. However, a 1.5-liter gas and 1.6-liter diesel engine will join later on. All three engines get turbochargers.
The standard 1.5-liter delivers 170-horsepower with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Other standard features include LED daytime running head and taillights, leather steering wheel, flat-folding passenger seats, and keyless entry and start.
It’s a GMC, so of course, there’s a Denali version. It comes standard with the 2.0-liter, 252-horsepower engine. It gets fancy with 19-inch bright aluminum wheels, LED headlamps, heating steering wheel, hands-free liftgate, and Bose premium audio.
New safety tech offerings are a 360-degree camera, forward collision warning with auto braking, and lane keeps assist.
All but the base SL trim offer all-wheel-drive for an additional $1,750. You can also add the diesel engine on all but the SL and Denali trims. The diesel engine, by the way, will set you back an $3,770 when it becomes available down the road.
Sales of the 2.0L engine start this summer with the other two engine choices to follow. In all, it will be available in the below five trims with starting prices listed below.
2018 GMC Terrain
- SL — $25,970
- SLE — $28,795
- SLT FWD — $32,295
- Denali FWD — $38,495