Many SUVs, including compact models, pretend to be great off-road, even though they’ll spend their entire life on the pavement of Thornhill, North York, Markham, Richmond Hill, and the Greater Toronto Area. The 2024 GMC Terrain is a compact crossover SUV that gets its priorities right. It looks the part with its rugged, muscular exterior styling, but it combines that with upscale interiors and a comfortable ride perfect for life in the urban jungle where it’s likely to spend most of its time.
Most people don’t buy SUVs for crossing deserts or navigating mountain trails, but they like them to look like they could handle such challenges if they had to. While the 2024 GMC Terrain looks the part – especially the AT4 – when you get beyond the exterior styling, it’s clear the Terrain has its priorities right. The rugged exterior gives way to a spacious, upscale interior of high-quality materials and comfortable appointments, and the powertrain is perfect for all occasions.
The lineup starts with the entry-level Terrain SLE, a standard front-drive model with all-wheel drive available. The next trim level is the SLT, the third model in the family is the AT4, and the lineup reaches an impressive conclusion with the top-of-the-range Denali. The SLT, AT4, and Denali all get AWD as part of the standard specification.
Every 2024 GMC Terrain gets the same powertrain, a new 1.5-litre turbo-four providing 175 horsepower and 203 lb.-ft. of torque. The power gets sent to the front or all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission, with overdrive and gear range select features that deliver smooth, effortless, automatic shifting. The ride is smooth and composed, and the steering is responsive and rewarding.
The new powerplant provides five horsepower more than the unit it replaces, along with the kind of fuel economy that’s encouraging more shoppers to choose these smaller models. A front-drive SLE gets fuel economy ratings of 9.7 L/100 km in the city and 8.1 L/100 km on the highway, while AWD models return 9.9 L/100 km in the city and 8.3 L/100 km on the highway.
All the usual comfort and safety features are present in the 2024 GMC Terrain, including active noise cancellation, Driver Convenience Package, rear vision camera, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and heated front seats. All models also get an excellent infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen in the base model and an 8.0-inch unit in the other three trims.
Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard across the range, but the Denali is a showcase for some of today’s best in-car tech. The Denali offers standard wireless device charging, ventilated front seats, HD Surround Vision, automatic parking assist, and a head-up display.
The 2024 GMC Terrain is a compact crossover SUV that always makes a big impression. With all the style, comfort, luxury, and tech you could ask for and excellent driving characteristics, the Terrain is a lot of SUV crammed into a compact package. Come and experience it yourself with a test drive from Roy Foss Chevrolet Buick GMC Thornhill here at 7200 Yonge Street, Thornhill, Ontario, or call us at (905) 886-2000 for more information and schedule an appointment for a suitable time.