2014 GMC Terrain Review


Looking for a New GMC Terrain in your area?

CarGurus has 1,940 nationwide GMC Terrain dealers with 17,423 new car listings.


Not sure what you want?

Find the models that are right for you using the CarGurus Car Finder.



Search 424 listings
Starting At: $21,789
Search 115 listings
Starting At: $23,328
Search 357 listings
Starting At: $23,500
Search 136 listings
Starting At: $25,548
Search 283 listings
Starting At: $26,266
Search 122 listings
Starting At: $27,545
Search 44 listings
Starting At: $31,000
Search 19 listings
Starting At: $29,999

GMC Terrain Experts

#1 Richard Schroer
Richard Schroer
Reputation 640
#2 dandyoun
Reputation 110
#3 Rick Schroer
Rick Schroer
Reputation 90
View All

Average User Score

45 stars

Based on 1 review

Great by Don
 — don't like the passenger side mirror. Need more cargo space in rear. For a V-6 cyl. I would expect more get up and go from a dead stop. Love the trim and extras it comes with. Priced about $2,000.00 t... Read More

2014 GMC Terrain Overview

Overall User Score

4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars45

Based on 1 review

2014 GMC Terrain

In a field loaded with admirable choices, the 2014 GMC Terrain sub-midsize crossover offers a decently feature-laden commuter car and mall hopper. Seating for 5 is complemented by 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, while the standard 4-cylinder powerplant can be swapped for a potent V6 mill for some additional towing power and passing confidence.

Again available in four trim levels, the better-than-just-base SLE-1, the up-featured SLE-2, the well-wrought SLT-1 and the flagship SLT-2, this handsome mini-ute comes with standard front-wheel-drive (FWD), but can be equipped with available snow-stomping, turn-taming full-time all-wheel drive (AWD). Oh, and there’s the over-the-top Terrain Denali that’s covered in a separate review.

Tweaks for 2014, meantime, include some slight updates to standard and optional equipment, including new wheel selections and an all-weather cargo mat that is now part of the SLE-2 trim’s available Chrome Package.

Standard power for this latest Terrain edition is a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that puts out some 182 hp. Managed by a standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, this anemic four-banger is good for 172 lb-ft of torque, which translates to a mediocre-at-best 1,000 pounds of towing capacity with the proper equipment. Mileage, meantime, is a rather tepid 22 mpg city/32 highway with standard FWD variants and 20/29 when toting available AWD.

The preferred, at least by reviewers, powertrain for Jimmy’s midsize mini-ute is the available 3.6-liter V6 engine mated with the 6-speed shiftable automatic. Look for a peppy 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque from this well-wrought V6, with towing capability upped to 3,500 pounds. As expected, mileage suffers significantly with this added power, with V6-equipped FWD editions estimated at 17/20, and AWD versions burning gas at a 16/19 clip. Furthermore, both engine choices can be ordered in E85 ethanol-burning Flex-Fuel form (FFV).

The traditional appeal of this high-end small-hauler is a lengthy standard features list that gets more impressive as you climb the lineup. The entry-level SLE-1, for example, sports standard 17-inch alloy wheels and heated power-adjustable wheels outside, with cloth upholstery, a two-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and simulated alloy accents adorning the interior. Cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering, of course, remain standard, as does an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a rear-view camera that interfaces with the standard 7-inch touchscreen display for entertainment and Bluetooth/OnStar hands-free communications and voice navigation functions. Air conditioning also returns to this base trim, as does an 80-watt audio system that boasts a single-CD player, 6 speakers and satellite radio.

Running with all of the above, the SLE-2 gains its added prestige with a standard roof rack, an 8-way power driver’s seat, Sun-Sensor-interfaced climate control, and 250 watts of audio power sent through 8 Pioneer premium speakers.

The penultimate SLT-1 flaunts everything in its lower-end sibling as well as heated front seats, leather upholstery, and front and rear floor mats, with the top-shelf SLT-2 tossing in 18-inch wheels, a power sunroof and rear liftgate, rear parking sensors, a remote garage door opener, reverse-tilt mirrors, skid plates and memory for driver's settings.

In business-as-usual fashion, options for the lower Terrain trims include many items found standard on higher trims. If more extras are desired, there’s stuff like a hard-drive-based navigation suite that sports Intellilink technology allowing access to Pandora and Stitcher radio, upgraded and upsized wheels and a towing package, all of which are available to the SLE-2 and higher trims. The high-end SLT-2, additionally, can be delivered with available rear-seat DVD entertainment. Add-ons like the self-explanatory Chrome Package and an equally self-explanatory exterior protection package, not to mention a Cargo Convenience Package are also available, depending on the trim selected.

Standard safety equipment for the 2014 Terrain lineup again includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, and front and rear head airbags. OnStar emergency alerts and assistance remain standard in all trims, while each also boasts daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, dusk-sensing headlights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm. A forward collision alert, finally, as well as a lane departure alert system are each optional in lower trims and standard for the SLT-2.


Have Laptop, Will Travel. I'm retired and travelling the country in a 34' motor home. I'm really digging meeting people . . and sometimes their cars . . . getting a sense of what makes this nation tick. The plan is to visit all the national parks in the continental US, then cruise to Alaska to visit Denali, and to Hawaii to check out Haleakala and the Hawaii Volcano's national parks. Anyhow, when I'm not horsing the motor home around the roadways, I'm tooting around in the 2012 Ford Focus that we tow behind, or making runs to Home Depot and various malls with the 2004 F-150 that just won't die.

What's your take on the 2014 GMC Terrain?

  • Report
  • Report

All Terrain Incentives

Enter your zip to see incentives for a new Terrain in your area.

People researching a 2014 GMC Terrain contacted a dealer about

2014 GMC Terrain, Front-quarter view. Copyright General Motors, exterior, manufacturer
GMC Terrain
35% of the time
GMC Acadia
11% of the time
Ford Edge
8% of the time
Ford Escape
8% of the time
Looking for a Used Terrain in your area?
CarGurus has 24,196 nationwide Terrain listings starting at $8,998.

GMC Terrain Questions


How Does One Remove The Negative Battery Connection, I.e. How Does One Get ...

Does one have to remove the three electrical connectors plugged into the rear of the computer??? You are woefully negligent in providing this information.. Changing the battery should be covered!!! Re...

78 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)
Don McLachlan

Any Problems With The 6 Cylinder Engine In The 2014 Gmc Terrian?

75 views with 5 answers (last answer about a month ago)
Don McLachlan

Is Anyone Having Trouble With The Passengerside Rear View Mirror On Gmc Ter...

I hate mine, almost sideswiped 3 other cars now, trying to merge into right lane, in less than 2 months use. Do all new GM cars have the same mirrors?

65 views with 5 answers (last answer 2 months ago)

Collision Sensor On Vehicle Has Started Going Off Randomly And So Do The Br...

My 2014 Terrain started having issues with the Collision Sensor going of when I am just driving down the road at speeds of 25-50. When the sensor goes off I can feel the break at the same time. I am a...

45 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 months ago)
Kristin Agro

Brand New Terrain And The Trunk Won't Open. Am I Missing Something?

171 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 months ago)