2016 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, 18 combined

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Refreshed styling and broadly available driver assist features set the 2016 GMC Terrain apart

For the 2016 model year, the GMC Terrain received multiple styling updates to keep the exterior design looking fresh. The comfortable interior, smooth ride and powerful V6 engine remain strengths even compared to newer vehicles.

The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder gets better fuel economy, but the available 3.6-liter V6 engine is powerful enough to leave more modern compact SUVs in the dust. Overall, the interior is quiet and comfortable, but the rear seat gets a special mention thanks to the nearly eight inches it can move forward or backward to optimize cargo or legroom. The dozens of buttons on the dash make the Terrain look dated, but might be preferable if you don’t like touchscreens.

Due to its age the Terrain lacks modern tech like smartphone integration, and advanced driver aid systems that aren’t widely available. That said, SLE-2 and higher trims add Bluetooth® music streaming to the standard USB audio input, and we recommend looking for Terrain models with the optional blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning, and lane-departure alert systems.

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5 reasons to buy the 2016 GMC Terrain

What We Like

V6 Power: Older vehicles like the 2016 GMC Terrain often fall behind newer rivals, but the little GMC out-accelerates even newer compact SUVs thanks to its powerful V6 engine. With more than 300 horsepower it handily outpaces modern rivals in acceleration, and it can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, which is quite good for this class.

Fuel economy takes a hit, not surprisingly, but if you need extra oomph, the Terrain has you covered.

Rear Seat Flexibility: One of the distinguishing strengths of the Terrain is the sliding rear seat. When in its rearmost position, this older Terrain actually has more rear seat room than its successor (2018-present). Slide it all the way forward, and cargo space is a bit better than the newer Terrain, too.

Interior Comfort: GMC’s upscale focus is easy to see and feel with the Terrain’s comfortable seats, quiet interior, and smooth ride over rough surfaces. If you go with the luxury-level Terrain Denali, that all goes double.

What Needs Improvement

Interior Controls: Even in 2016, the Terrain’s interior felt dated due to its confusing climate controls and infotainment interface. The small touchscreen is a long reach for the driver, and the dozens of buttons look and feel alike and are hard to use without taking your eyes off the road. The main audio controls are duplicated on the steering wheel, but glance at other SUVs from 2016 and you’ll see many of them did it better.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2016 GMC Terrain is a solid car with a smooth ride. It has plenty of room and handles well.
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

SLE 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

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

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.2"/R 39.9"

Head room

F 39.8"/R 39.2"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.



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