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Rankings & Awards

The 2014 GMC Terrain ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the GMC Terrain has a score of 8.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 61 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2014 GMC Terrain Review

The 2014 GMC Terrain combines excellent cabin comfort with a cushioned ride and top-notch safety and reliability ratings. However, its base engine isn't the most powerful in the class, and some rivals are more fun to drive.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet, roomy cabin
  • High-quality interior materials
  • Long list of standard features
  • Outstanding reliability and safety ratings
  • Sluggish base engine
  • Clumsy handling

2014 GMC Terrain Overview

Is the 2014 GMC Terrain a Good Used SUV?

Even though the Terrain has one of the highest prices in the class, it's one of the best compact SUVs you can buy. It favors passenger comfort with its spacious cabin, upscale interior styling, and cushioned ride. The Terrain also has top-tier reliability and safety ratings that best nearly every rival crossover.

You can choose from two different powertrains in a 2014 Terrain. The base engine is a four-cylinder that delivers sluggish acceleration, especially at freeway speeds. A V6 is available in all but the base trim. It has a lot more punch, which is especially helpful when carrying full loads of passengers and cargo. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Terrain gets up to 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with its base engine, which is average gas mileage for a compact SUV. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The Terrain isn't the most nimble SUV in the class. Instead, it has a comfortable and smooth ride, even over bumpy roads.

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The five-seat Terrain has a high-end cabin that's very quiet and fitted with top-notch materials. It also features an intuitive control layout. The SUV stands out for its exceptional rear-seat legroom; few competitors offer back-seat passengers as much space as the Terrain does.

There are plenty of standard features in the Terrain, including Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera. If you want more features, look for a model with the available IntelliLink infotainment system, a Pioneer audio system, a power sunroof, or driver assistance features like rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, or lane departure warning. The IntelliLink infotainment system is easy to use, with clearly labeled buttons and straightforward menus.

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Used 2014 GMC Terrain Prices

The price of a used 2014 GMC Terrain ranges from about $15,900 for a base SLE model to around $24,200 for a Terrain Denali model. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 GMC Terrain?

The Terrain beats every competitor when it comes to reliability. It has a score of five out of five, while most rival crossovers have scores closer to three out of five.

How Safe Is the Terrain?

The Terrain has one of the highest safety scores in the class and a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It received the highest possible score in every IIHS test. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests, the Terrain earned a four-star overall rating.

A rearview camera is standard in every model, while upper trims may have more advanced safety features like forward collision warning or lane departure warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Terrain?

While there are no notable differences between the 2013 and 2014 Terrains, the 2012 model does differ from its siblings. For 2013, the optional V6 was upgraded and the more luxurious Denali trim was added. If these changes aren’t that important to you, you may find a more affordable 2012 model that fits your needs.

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Which Used GMC Terrain Is Right for Me?

The base SLE-1 trim comes fairly well-equipped with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a rearview camera. Still, for most buyers, the SLE-2 trim will be the model to get. It adds automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a Pioneer audio system, and the IntelliLink infotainment system. Higher trims add more features, like leather upholstery, heated seats, a sunroof, a power liftgate, and advanced safety features.

A certified pre-owned Terrain may suit you best. For all of its certified pre-owned models, GMC extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. GMC CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read GMC’s warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 61 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We’ve researched 61 data points in order to help you make the best car buying decision possible. This data includes reliability scores, crash tests, expert reviews, and fuel economy estimates.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars for a decade, and we have more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to giving helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside team.

2014 GMC Terrain and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 GMC Terrain or 2014 Chevrolet Equinox?

The GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox are essentially the same vehicle with a different badge on the grille. There are a few differences in styling or available features in some of the top trims. If you like the Terrain's strongpoints (like its potent V6, comfortable ride, and roomy interior), you can get all of the same in the Equinox, likely for less money.

Which Is Better: 2014 GMC Terrain or 2014 Chevrolet Traverse?

Before choosing between the Terrain and the Chevrolet Traverse, you should consider how many passengers and how much cargo you need to haul. The Traverse has significantly more cargo space and comes with third-row seats, while the Terrain does not. The Traverse is an OK choice if you need the room for extra passengers, but the Terrain’s cabin feels more upscale. Further, even though the Traverse comes standard with a V6, the SUV’s extra bulk makes the engine feel weaker than the V6 in the Terrain. Those who want more passenger space along with a more upscale cabin will be better off considering the GMC Acadia, which is similar to the Traverse.

Which Is Better: 2014 GMC Terrain or 2014 GMC Acadia?

The GMC Acadia is the Terrain's larger midsize sibling. They have similar styling and features lists, but the Acadia adds a third row of seats to carry a couple extra kids. There's also more cargo space in the Acadia than in the Terrain. If you don't need the extra room, you'd be better off sticking with the Terrain. The Acadia will likely cost you several thousand dollars more than a Terrain in similar condition and with similar mileage on the odometer.

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