Why Buy a 2020 GMC Terrain

By , 2/25/2020

Take an in-depth look at the 2020 GMC Terrain.

The 2020 GMC Terrain occupies a tough segment. Up against some big hitters, the GMC Terrain is still able to hold its own and prove itself against some of the best sellers on the market.



The GMC Terrain is a small SUV riding on the GM D2XX platform, which is shared with the GMC Terrains closest relatives, the Chevrolet Equinox and Buick Envision. The GMC Terrain is the smallest SUV GMC manufacturers and is a two-row, five-seat SUV. 
The 2020 GMC Terrain comes available in four trim levels: SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali. FWD or AWD is available in all trims except the base model, in which AWD is not available. There are two engine options available. The SL, SLE, and SLT trims come with the smaller 1.5L turbo 4-cylinder and the higher trims come equipped with the more powerful 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder. 

What's New For 2020

There have not been many upgrades to the GMC Terrain for the 2020 model year. The largest change is that the diesel engine is no longer available. The Denali models have also received an update to their suspension, providing a more stable and smooth ride quality. 

GMC has also included more standard advanced safety equipment as well, a demand that led many customers away from GMC's in recent years. 

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Top 7 Reasons to Lease a GMC Terrain 

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1. Soft, Comfortable Interior

GMC has always done one thing very well, soft interiors. The upgraded leather, better seat cushions, and soft-touch surfaces create an environment that is inviting and relaxing. Like a jazz concert on wheels. 

2. Comfortable Ride

To go along with the comfortable interior is a ride that has been specifically designed to be as comfortable and soft as possible. The suspension, particularly in the Denali models, provides a comforting and secure feeling. There is a noticeable upgrade in ride quality over a Chevrolet Equinox. 


3. Standard Advanced Safety Equipment 

In recent years, GM has begun to get hit with complaints in regards to the lack of standard safety equptment. For 2020, they have increased the available standard advanced safety equipment available from their base models. The 2020 GMC Terrain is equipped with advanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane-departure and sway warning, lead vehicle start alert, and lane-keep assist.  

4. Easy to Use Infotainment and Menus 

The touchscreen, infotainment system, and gauge cluster menus are simple to use and understand. With a short learning curve, the GMC Infotainment System is still able to provide users with a quality experience and ample features without presenting a difficult to understand screen. Many modern infotainment systems have become convoluted and difficult to understand, to the point where users only use a limited amount of their capabilities. The GMC system is easy to use and understand. 


5. Standard Smartphone Integration 

Unlike many other SUVs in its class, the 2020 GMC Terrain comes available with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The smartphone integration does not require a subscription and is free to use, offering users a more similar infotainment layout to that of their phone. 

6. More Powerful Engine Options 

The 2020 GMC Terrain comes standard with a 1.5l turbo 4-cylinder producing 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. Available on the higher trim models is a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder producing a much healthier 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are hooked to a 9-speed transmission and available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. 

7. Easy to Instal Child Seats

If you know, you know. Childseat installation can be the bane of many parents, resulting in the first time your child hears Mommy or Daddy say a word that maybe shouldn't be repeated to Ms. Teacher. The GMC Terrain has easy to use LATCH system that makes installing those pseudo-racing seats a breeze. 


8. Passenger Seat Folds Flat

Unique to the Terrain, the front passenger seat folds flat. This interesting feature comes in handy when forced to load extra-large items into the SUV or rear-seat passengers need additional legroom. Not counted as a part of the internal cargo space, the extra folding seat adds some much needed extra cargo space for an SUV that falls behind in cargo space. 

8. Supportive Seats

The 2020 GMC Terrain features some of the most comfortable seats in the game. In this class, Nissan features advanced Zero Gravity Seats, but the GMC Terrain may just have beat them with the most supportive and comfortable seats available. 

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What We Don't Love

Poor Visibility

The biggest downfall we could find while driving the 2020 GMC Terrain is poor visibility. The high beltline (bottom edge of windows), large pillars, and small window surfaces mean you struggle to see well out of the Terrain. The large, intrusive dash also hinders some visibility out of the front window, particularly for shorter drivers. 


GMC Terrain Vs the Competition

2020 GMC Terrain Vs 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

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The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox and 2020 GMC Terrain share the same platform and much of the underlying structure. The GMC, however, takes the same platform and drastically improves upon it. It is up to you to decide if those improvements are worth the extra cost. In our eyes, particularly in the Denali trim, they definitely are. 

2020 GMC Terrain Vs 2020 Nissan Rogue 

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The 2020 Nissan Rogue and GMC Terrain are surprisingly similar vehicles. While the GMC offers much higher quality materials, the Nissan offers superior seats and an only slightly less comfortable ride. The GMC is the better choice overall, but the Nissan offers 90% of the comfort for 75% of the price, an interesting proposition. 

2020 GMC Terrain Vs 2020 Toyota RAV4

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The tough and ready look of the 2020 Toyota RAV4, particularly in the Adventure trim level, makes it a stark competitor to the Terrain's soft and comfortable approach. The ride quality of the GMC Terrain is far superior to that of the RAV4, as is the interior materials, however, the Toyota is built well, and can go deeper into the woods if asked. The Toyota's interior also includes more tech and excellent build quality. The ride, however, is louder and more harsh in an unpleasing way.

2020 GMC Terrain Vs 2020 Honda CR-V

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The 2020 Honda CR-V is part of a fresh redesign, giving it a more modern approach to Honda's small SUV. These updates give the Honda CR-V a more tech-heavy feel, but fail to bring in the refinement the CR-V needed. The GMC Terrain is in a completely separate world compared to the Honda when it comes to comfort. The upgraded leather, soft surfaces, and comfortable ride put the Honda to shame, but Honda's excellent reliability ratings, modern tech, and more eco-friendly approach appeal to a different customer. 

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