2014 GMC Terrain

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GMC Terrain highlights

Customer rating


  • Spacious backseat that slides and reclines for added comfort
  • Available V6 engine makes this crossover faster than even modern competitors
  • Interior stays quiet at highway speeds
  • Supple suspension soaks up impacts on rough roads
  • Some advanced driver aids available


  • Four-cylinder engine feels sluggish
  • Less cargo space than many rivals
  • Touchscreen is hard to reach

Mileage (EPA estimate)

16 city, 23 highway, 19 combined

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Comfort is king with the 2014 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali

For those seeking a comfortable, quiet and potentially powerful compact SUV on a budget, the 2014 GMC Terrain might fit the bill.

The interior is comfortable and quiet, and the rear seats slide forward and backward nearly eight inches to optimize rear legroom or cargo space. Under the hood, the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder does well with fuel economy, but if you want power the available 3.6-liter V6 engine is the way to go. Not only is it powerful enough to outrun even modern compact SUVs, it can also tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.

Of course, there’s no getting around the 2014 Terrain’s age, as a glance at the array of infotainment and climate control buttons on the dash can tell you. That said, while the Terrain obviously doesn’t have modern smartphone integration, there’s a standard USB audio input, and SLE-2 and higher trims have Bluetooth® audio streaming. Driver assist tech is limited, but includes forward-collision warning and lane-departure alert. Denali trims get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

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What is new for the 2014 GMC Terrain?

  • SiriusXM Trial Available features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2014 GMC Terrain

What We Like

V6 Power: Even though it’s older, the 2014 GMC Terrain has a trick up its sleeve: A powerful V6 engine. Not only is it enough to outpace newer compact SUVs, it can also tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, pretty good for this class.

Fuel economy is definitely a weak point, but if you need extra oomph, the Terrain has you covered.

Rear Seat Flexibility: We like the sliding rear seat of the 2014 Terrain, which allows you to optimize cargo space with the seat all the way forward, or legroom with it in its rearmost position. In fact, it’s enough to give this older vehicle more legroom and cargo space than its successor (2018-present), albeit by just a little bit.

Interior Comfort: You don’t have to get the luxury-level Terrain Denali to get a comfortable interior and smooth ride. Every GMC Terrain benefits from this, thanks to extensive sound deadening and a soft suspension. That all goes double for the upscale Denali.

What Needs Improvement

Interior Space: By external measurements, the Terrain is a “tweener” vehicle, slotting somewhere between rivals like the Honda CR-V and the bigger Ford Edge. However, the interior is actually smaller than both. While what you get is comfortable, if you need maximum interior and cargo space, the Terrain comes up a little short.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2014 GMC Terrain is a mid-size SUV that has a lot of great features. Customers like the car's economy, style, comfort, and the car's safety ratings.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the GMC Terrain an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks GMC Terrain 11th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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GMC Terrain features and specs

SLT 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Pioneer Sound System
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




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Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.2"/R 39.9"

Head room

F 39.8"/R 39.2"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

225/1500 lbs.



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