Consumer Reports Rips The 2018 GMC Terrain As An Overpriced Mediocre SUV

Introduced last year, the new generation 2018 GMC Terrain is not the award-winner some were expecting, as it has several major problems.

Taking it for a short drive, Consumer Reports found that first of all, it doesn’t negotiate turns that well. There’s also significant body roll, and the vague steering won’t earn it any positive points either.

The cabin is criticized for the hard plastic, and some of the trim like the “tacky wood” reminds of cars from the 1980s, says CR. Soundproofing is another drawback, as there is a significant amount of wind and engine noise coming inside. All of its competitors, including the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape are quieter.

Read: 2018 GMC Terrain Priced From $25,970, Terrain Denali From $38,495

The reviewer was left with no alternative than to call it “a mediocre vehicle” that’s also overpriced. Its corporate sibling, for example, the Chevrolet Equinox, is more than $2,000 cheaper, and the Denali version, which accounts for about 20 percent of all new GMC Terrain sales, starts from $38,495, with front-wheel drive. Even worse, that’s only around $2,500 less than the BMW X3, and about $1,500 less than the entry-level Mercedes-Benz GLC.

When all these flaws come together and combine with the unattractive pricing, will steer many buyers towards other, more affordable, SUVs. And with the high-riding vehicle segments booming, there’s definitely something out there that suits every taste and need.


  • TrevP

    I think the Denali trim is nice.

    • Benjamin B.

      Maybe so, but I’m sure the Cadillac XT4 will be more posh. GMC is from a time when Chevrolets were barebones vehicle with no options. Today a fully loaded Chevy Equinox is as premium a vehicle as a GMC Terrain, even in the Denali trim.

      • TrevP

        It will, but isn’t the Terrain larger than the XT4? And I feel like the Equinox is huge now, or at least it looks bigger than the Terrain. But I do see your point and I agree.

        • pjl35

          Nope. the Equinox got smaller in this generation, as did the Terrain. they’re both platform-mates with the XT4.

          • TrevP

            Okay I see. So then is the XT5 also on the same platform?

          • Rocket

            The XT5 shares it’s platform with the Acadia.

          • pjl35

            Nope, that rides on the shorter wheelbase platform that is shared with the Acadia, the longer wheelbase underpins the Enclave and Traverse.

          • TrevP

            Oh okay makes sense. Thanks guys!

          • Benjamin B.

            The GMC and Cadillac are short-wheelbase variants of their platform mates, the Buick and Chevrolet. GM is doing what FCA (and BMW) does: cover different segments with different models and brands.

          • pjl35

            that’s exactly what I said?

          • katie

            The Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain and the Buick Envision share the D2U platform. They are not on the XT4 platform.

        • katie

          The Equinox actually has the same interior volume but smaller exterior dimensions.

  • TheBelltower

    The overwrought exterior design is unbelievably bad.

  • lagunas3ca

    Great low-priced AWD SUV.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Except it isn’t, at all.

      Did you even bother reading the article?

    • Benjamin B.

      Low price? You should look at the Chevrolet variant.

  • Liam Paul

    I thought the last design was better than this one. I think they got it priced too close to the acida to make one want one. I think it should be 3k less then they sticker for now…

    • Benjamin B.

      The Cadillac XT4 is an all new model. There was no last design. Also what’s the Acida? The GMC Acadia is quite a bit larger than the Cadillac XT4. The XT4 is closer to the GMC Terrain in size.

  • Bash

    That face is ugly.

  • DM

    Chevy just can’t do nice interiors in their non lux cars. I recently got inside a high spec 2018 Trax and oh was I shocked. Interior plastics were as hard as in a 00s Cobalt or any Pontiac.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      The Trax is garbage.

      Why ANYONE would buy one of those is beyond me. Literally every single competitor is superior.

    • Merc1

      Chevy makes luxury cars?


      • Benjamin B.

        Only Chevrolet-branded vehicle I would consider was the SS sedan, which was built by GM Holden in Australia.

    • Benjamin B.

      Trax is not even a vehicle designed for the American market – not to mention the European market also.

  • Rocket

    I’m surprised they didn’t hammer the idiotic shifter.

  • TheMadSyrupMaker

    Stick a Toyota nameplate on it and Consumer Reports will suck its tailpipes.

  • Craig

    It’s amazing to me – that after all these years – and given the FIERCE competition – someone would ‘sign off’ on this thing.

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    i can see the time when GM would kill this brand along with buick (at least in america) in the coming years. GM is the only company who offers two brands-same car-same market. Strangely, I don’t see the same case will happen with hyundai and kia.

  • katie

    The new Terrain is built in Mexico, check the first VIN # —- #1- U.S. #2- Canada. #3-Mexico

  • katie

    The Terrain was pulled from the Canadian plant where it had won quality awards year after year and put in Mexico for the new 2018 version where it has dropped like a rock with one problem after another.

    • niki petersen

      That is unfortunate. I am definitely seeing these issues firsthand! The quality is not there with the 2018 model.

  • Ron

    Im sorry but anyone who gives a rats ass about what Consumer Reports has to say about anything other than a toaster oven, shouldn’t even be driving.

  • wing

    Mexican quality piece. I like the 1980’s woodgrain dash inserts. Basement quarter windows very useless. Lexus, Audi and Volvo only couple thousand more why buy this? In fact the Mazda CX-9 is a way better quality vehicle basically a better value for the same money.

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