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Pros: The freshly updated GMC Terrain enters model-year 2014 with a great reputation for fuel efficiency and safety, and a boatload of new features and technologies to create a compelling compact crossover package. Selection, a lengthy warranty, and years of expertise with utility-vehicle development and engineering are part of the Terrain’s strong market presence.

Cons: Terrain aims for the upscale range of the compact crossover scene, so a relatively high starting price that quickly increases when options are added mean it may be overlooked by a strongly budget-minded shopper.

GMC Terrain
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2014 GMC Terrain Pricing: Pricing for the 2014 GMC Terrain starts in the high-twenties with a generous list of standard safety and convenience features. Models equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD) start at around $33,000, with loaded ‘SLT’ grade units coming in from $33,695 with front-wheel drive and $35,895 with AWD. The flagship Terrain Denali, with V6 power, starts at $41,395 with front-wheel drive and $42,595 with AWD.

2014 GMC Terrain Fuel Economy: The GMC Terrain boasts fuel consumption figures as low as 6.1L/100km during highway cruising for models with four-cylinder power and front-wheel drive, while the AWD V6 Denali model sees that figure rise to 8.4L/100km. Look for combined fuel economy ratings of 7.8 or 8.7L/100km for four-cylinder models with front- or all-wheel drive, respectively, with combined ratings landing at 10.5 or 11L/100km in front- or all-wheel drive models with the V6.

Improvements and Changes: Recent changes have seen the GMC Terrain fitted with new wheels and color combinations, the recently available high-luxury Denali trim grade, the newly available V6 engine, and new technologies including a Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Collision Alert, standard backup camera, and the IntelliLink communications, entertainment and connectivity system.

Don’t Miss: The upscale touches in the Terrain Denali. Signature upgraded wheels, chrome body accents, body-coloured fascias and new head and taillight designs help convey elevated sophistication, while the upgraded exhaust outlets hint at the higher performance offered by the available V6. Denali-exclusive shock absorbers optimize ride quality, while special door sills, premium audio, and high-quality leather and wood throughout the cabin round out the package.

2014 GMC Terrain Powertrain: All Terrain powerplants feature a slew of fuel-saving technologies employed to create an ideal balance of performance and fuel efficiency. Variable Valve Timing, Direct Injection, all-aluminum construction, and a compact and lightweight design are employed on both engine options, and both are mated to a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can specify a 2.4L four-cylinder engine with 182 horsepower as standard, or opt for the 301-horsepower, 3.6L V6 with recent enhancements to improve fuel efficiency through reduced weight.

Safety: All Terrain models feature StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control, and an advanced anti-lock brake system that ensures fuss-free stops. Standard OnStar functionality puts drivers in touch with real-life help at the touch of a button, and can even call for help after an airbag deployment if the driver cannot. Automatic xenon lights, hands-free Bluetooth technology, and the backup camera system add further day-to-day confidence.

Comparables: The 2014 GMC Terrain competes with models like the Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V.