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2013 GMC Terrain Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 GMC Terrain was new.


Interior: 8.4

The 2013 GMC Terrain gets good marks from reviewers for its quiet, spacious and well-equipped interior. Critics praise its back-seat space and appreciate that the seat slides back and forth. Also, its standard rearview camera, Bluetooth and touch-screen audio system make it an appealing choice for those looking for a high-tech SUV. The new Terrain Denali trim adds chrome accents to the exterior and a soft-touch instrument panel inside, as well as more standard features.

  • "Inside, the Denali has a nice looking soft-touch dash pad, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, a leather armrest, matching wood and leather door inserts, illuminated sills and the obligatory Denali logo embossed in the leather seats. The interior changes are as subtle as they are on the exterior, but they're nice." -- Autoblog
  • "Denali is a notable step up from its siblings. Its padded dashtop, red contrast stitching, and genuine wood trim on the steering wheel give the cabin a decidedly upscale feel worthy of the model's price premium." -- Consumer Guide
  • "For a brand that touts its hard-working truck roots, GMC designers have done a remarkable job of giving the Terrain a decidedly classy interior." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Extensive use of acoustic laminated glass, active noise-cancellation technology, and triple-sealed doors culminate to create an interior that is nearly Lexus-like at highway speed." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)


The base Terrain comes with cloth seats, but power-adjustable perforated leather seats are available on higher trims. Also, the SLE-2 trim has optional heated cloth front seats as part of the available convenience package. Despite being GMC’s smallest vehicle, test drivers are impressed with the Terrain’s overall space. Thanks in large part to the sliding and reclining rear seats, critics praise the legroom in the Terrain’s back seats. Visibility is good for the most part, but one reviewer notes that the rear headrest can block the driver’s view.

  • "The smallest GMC fares better when it comes to packaging, where it does not feel very small inside. The rear seat, among the most spacious in its class, slides fore and aft eight inches, allowing for additional cargo space or more generous legroom." -- Automobile Magazine (Denali)
  • "Occupants enjoy ample headroom and legroom, even beneath the sunroof housing. Supportive seats are a boon on longer trips." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The passenger cabin gets high marks in the comfort category, especially in back where the rear seat both slides and reclines. Families with growing kids will appreciate the extra legroom and comfort it provides." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The leather seats in the SLT trim were comfortable, with plenty of lumbar and thigh support. In comparison, I drove a smaller compact crossover on a particularly long commute, and my back was aching after an hour." -- Cars.com (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Terrain comes well-equipped with a six-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, USB and auxiliary ports, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and OnStar, which provides services like roadside assistance and automatic crash response. Optional features include an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system and navigation. IntelliLink can stream Internet radio from Pandora or Stitcher and integrate your smartphone through Bluetooth or USB.

The new Denali trim comes with upgraded interior materials and features to justify its price increase. Standard equipment on the Denali includes leather seats, eight-way heated power driver and passenger seats, wood trim accents and a sunroof. Optional safety features include lane departure warning and forward collision alert.

Reviewers say that the controls in the Terrain are easy to use and logically placed, but one critic notes that the touch screen is recessed in the center stack, which makes it difficult to reach. Overall, test drivers like the Terrain’s interior features and utility.

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  • "The driver faces a well-designed dash -- its center stack of buttons is arguably the best laid-out of any GM car, and the Intellilink touch screen interface and navigation unit are logical and easy to use." -- Automobile Magazine (Denali)
  • "The basic gauges are easy to decipher." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Terrain has one of GM's better interiors already, and though the angle of the dash can create glare issues on the navigation screen, its controls are mostly logical and well placed. Of note is that the power door lock button on the center stack has been supplemented with redundant door buttons." -- Autoblog (Denali)
  • "The style is sleek and modern, and that look is complemented by a number of high-tech standard features including the now-standard 7-inch touchscreen audio interface and rearview camera display. Unfortunately the dash's abundance of tightly grouped buttons can be hard to sort out with a quick glance." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Navigating the Intellilink system is simple thanks to large discernible icons and tidy graphics, but the touch-screen's recessed position makes it difficult to reach." -- Kelley Blue Book


The Terrain has 31.6 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats in place and 63.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. This is about average for the class, but trails the cargo capacity of competitors like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Additionally, reviewers say the Terrain’s MultiFlex rear seat helps increase cargo space because it slides forward and backward. Test drivers also say the Terrain has a good amount of cabin storage.

  • "Space is generous, aided by the MultiFlex rear bench. The spare tire eats up pretty much all the space beneath the cargo floor, which is disappointing. Interior storage is fairly generous, with a decently sized center console, glovebox, and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Setting that seat in the middle of its track is a good compromise, with enough legroom for kids and a family vacation's worth of stuff. However, the Terrain can't quite match more utilitarian rivals like the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 for maximum space." -- Edmunds (2012)

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