The first thing you will notice when you see a 2024 GMC Terrain around Yellowknife is its boxy, muscular, and mildly aggressive exterior styling. That rugged look often attracts shoppers to SUVs in the first place, including compact models like the Terrain. But while the Terrain certainly looks the part of an SUV ready to conquer mountain trails, most of us accept vehicles like this will rarely leave the pavement. GMC knows and appreciates this. So while most Terrain models are standard AWD, the emphasis is on a comfortable on-road experience and enjoyable driving characteristics.
Choosing and ordering a new 2024 GMC Terrain is a relatively straightforward experience as the compact crossover follows a familiar and successful GMC blueprint. There are four trim levels to choose from, and most get AWD as part of the standard specification. The only model that isn’t AWD in its standard form is the entry-level SLE trim, a standard front-wheel drive variant with AWD offered as an option.
The second model in the lineup is the SLT, which like the two models above it in the family, gets AWD as part of its standard configuration. The third trim level is the AT4, which adds an extra dimension of off-road styling without additional off-road mechanicals, or the significant price increase that would entail. Last but certainly not least is the range-topping Denali trim level, which lives up to the Denali tradition of ultimate comfort, luxury, and an extra helping of bling.
The 2024 GMC Terrain uses the same powertrain across the entire lineup. The engine is new for the 2024 model year, but it’s still a 1.5-litre turbo-four that strikes a good balance of performance and fuel economy. The new engine gets a five-horsepower boost over its predecessor, so it now develops 175 horsepower and 203 lb.-ft. of torque. The power gets sent to the front or all four wheels through an excellent nine-speed electronically controlled transmission with overdrive and gear range select for smooth, effortless gear changes.
The single front-drive version of the 2024 Terrain gets fuel economy ratings of 9.7 L/100 km in the city and 8.1 L/100 km on the highway. Of course, most models are all-wheel drive, but the penalty for the extra capability is minimal, with AWD models getting 9.9 L/100 km in the city and 8.3 L/100 km on the highway.
The 2024 GMC Terrain is a rare model that understands what it is and what it needs to do. But perhaps more importantly, it also knows what it isn’t. Instead of a bunch of off-road features and equipment that can be costly and rarely used, the Terrain doubles down on more important stuff like comfort, luxury, infotainment, and a great driving experience. The SLE and SLT are both generously equipped and well worth the price, but the AT4 is likely to be the starting point for most shoppers.
The AT4 is a very similar specification to the SLT trim, except for the addition of 17.0-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels, perforated leather seats with AT4 logos, and front sill plates for a modest increase in MSRP. The Denali does cost more, but it still looks like good value with standard upscale features such as 19.0-inch alloys, body-colour lower trim, an 8-way power driver’s seat, a 6-way power front passenger seat, navigation, adaptive cruise control, Automatic Parking Assist, HD Surround Vision, heated seats, ventilated front seats, and more.
The 2024 GMC Terrain is a strong competitor in the compact crossover SUV segment that adds an extra degree of style and class without a premium price ticket. Find out what the Terrain is all about with a test drive from Yellowknife Motors at 360 Old Airport Rd, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, or call us at (867)-766-5000 for more information and to book an appointment for a time that’s suitable for you.