If a comfortable, quiet, and a powerful V6 engine is what you are looking for, the new and invigorated 2021 GMC Terrain should rank atop your shopping list. Some of the sweeteners for the 2021 year model include a quiet interior, a robust V6 engine, adjustable and spacious backseat, and a comfortable highway ride. Its release date should be expected sometime later this year.
Some of the novelties to expect from the updated 2021 GMC Terrain include a blind-spot monitor with rear cross monitor, a storage area, unique front and rear styling, lane departure warning systems, a tweaked suspension system, and LED daytime running lights.
The 2021 Terrain will undoubtedly mark its 7th year of production ever since its debuted into the mid-size crossover segment. During this time, the segment has seen an unprecedented increase of the number of brands that have ventured into segment. And in trying to keep up with the growing rivalry and modern evolution, GMC has not disappointed with its constant updates on the Terrain.
The 2021 GMC Terrain still has some appealing credits, to GMC’s credit. On the flipside, the 182 hp motor looks good in its segment, however, the engine seems greatly underpowered and slow to respond in real-life situations. And in an attempt to coax more power and oomph from the engine, often results in one driving the pedal to the metal beneath. Naturally, this negates the four-cylinder’s advantage over the V6 due to the uninspiring fuel economy ratings as per the EPA ratings.
Therefore, some alternatives may be worth your time. They include Ford Escape, Jeep Cherokee, and Mazda CX-5.
Interior Colors & Exterior Changes – 2021 GMC Terrain
It comes in a whopping five trims ranging from the standard SL to the well-equipped 2021 GMC Terrain Denali.
The standard features and equipment for the base SL includes Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, full power accessories, 17” alloy wheels, six-speaker sound system, reclining and sliding functions, cruise control, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a power height-adjustable steering wheel, 7” touchscreen interface, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a USB port, auxiliary audio jack, rear privacy glass, and power lumbar.
Moving up to the SLE-1 gets you several feature packages, rear carpeted floor mats, exterior heated mirrors, an optional AWD system, and a satellite radio.
Building upon what the above trim offers is the SLE-2, which comes fitted with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, front heated seats, voice command functionality, an 8-way driver’s seat, Stitcher and Pandora smartphone apps and Pioneer sound system, chrome exterior trim, remote engine start, GM’s IntelliLink system, and automatic climate control.
Nearing the top of the trim ladder is the 2021 GMC Terrain SLT that bundles remote engine start, blind-spot monitoring, chrome exterior accents, rear parking sensors, rear cross detection, ambient lighting, perforated leather upholstery, driver memory settings, an adjustable power liftgate, 8-way power passenger seat, lane departure warning system, heated front seats, forward collision warning system, and driver a trip computer.
At the helm of the food chain is the Denali that tacks on SLT’s features and equipment plus exterior/interior trim, and Denali-specific comfort-oriented suspension set-up.
2021 GMC Terrain Engine Specs
Generating 172 pounds of torque and 182 horsepower is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that comes equipped under the hood of the standard 2021 GMC Terrain. EPA ratings stand at 22/32/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Optional for the SLT, SLE-2 and Denali is a 3.6L V6 good for 301 horsepower and 272 pounds of torque. EPA ratings for the V6 stand at 17/24/20 mpg for the front-wheel-drive Terrain. The standard transmission system is a 6-speed auto. While the front-wheel-drive is standard, the AWD system is available as an option.
In our test drive, the redesigned four-cylinder front-wheel-drive Terrain accelerated to 60 mph from standstill in just 9.1 seconds.
The towing capacity for a four-cyl engine-fully equipped Terrain stands at 1,500 pounds, and 3,500 pounds for the V6.
2021 GMC Terrain Price & Release Date
As already mentioned in the above review, we should expect the 2021 GMC Terrain release date sometime later this year. As for the price, expect an MSRP starting from $30,975 for the base Terrain.
You could also lease the vehicle at a discounted price from your nearest GMC dealership.