And it’s got a thrifty – but noisy – diesel engine, too

Detroit, Michigan

The Terrain is the most affordable GMC SUV, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on quality or equipment. Compared to the Chevrolet Equinox on which it is based, the Terrain offers buyers a notably different design, both inside and out, as well as some more expensive-feeling materials.

In many respects, the Terrain’s virtues mirror those of the Equinox: easy-to-use infotainment, a spacious second row of seats, ample cargo space, and a pleasant ride-and-handling mix. This particular tester also features a turbodiesel engine, which can deliver as much as 39 miles per gallon highway. That’s not only one of the only diesels offered in this segment, but near class-leading fuel efficiency – aside from hybrid SUVs.

Is all of that enough to make it worth paying the premium cost for a GMC Terrain compared to a Chevrolet Equinox? Find out in the video above as we run the Terrain through our Why Buy? testing.

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GMC Terrain

Engine Turbocharged 1.6-Liter Diesel
Output 137 Horsepower / 240 Pound-Feet
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
Drive Type All-Wheel Drive
Weight 3,815 Pounds
Fuel Economy 28 City / 38 Highway / 32 MPG Combined
Seating Capacity 5
Towing 1,500 Pounds
Cargo Volume 29.6 / 63.3 / 81.0 Cubic Feet
Base Price $24,995
As-Tested Price $41,295