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Rankings & Awards

The 2015 GMC Terrain ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the GMC Terrain has a score of 8.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 65 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2015 GMC Terrain Review

The 2015 GMC Terrain is among the best compact SUVs thanks to its roomy, high-quality interior and top-notch predicted reliability score.

Pros & Cons

  • High-quality interior
  • Strong V6 engine
  • Roomy rear seats


  • Weak four-cylinder engine
  • Smallish cargo area
  • Bland handling


2015 GMC Terrain Overview

Is the 2015 GMC Terrain a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 GMC Terrain is a good used SUV for those seeking comfort over utility. It favors passenger space over cargo space, but that space is some of the best in the compact SUV class. The base model has an underpowered engine, so look for the available V6 engine to better handle your daily driving demands. A perfect predicted reliability rating adds to the Terrain’s appeal and makes it a good choice for families.

Used 2015 GMC Terrain Performance and Interior

The 2015 Terrain has a standard 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine and an available 301-horsepower V6. Both are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Terrain’s V6 provides brisk acceleration, operates smoothly around town, and cruises well on the highway. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The SUV has a supple ride, but its handling is numb and it lacks good steering feedback. When equipped with the four-cylinder engine, the Terrain gets EPA fuel economy estimates of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Terrains with the V6 get 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway.

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The five-seat 2015 GMC Terrain comes with cloth upholstery and sliding rear seats. Heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, and leather upholstery are available. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the sliding rear seats give back-seat passengers an abundance of legroom. However, all that passenger space means the Terrain has less cargo room than some rivals. Headroom is ample in both rows. The Terrain has complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats and a tether anchor on the middle seat.

Standard features in the 2015 Terrain include a rearview camera, a 7-inch touch-screen display, and the OnStar subscription-based telematics system with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection. Available features include a rear-seat entertainment system and GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system with navigation and smartphone app integration. The available IntelliLink system is intuitive, and its handy home screen buttons display frequently used features.

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Used 2015 GMC Terrain Prices

The price of a used 2015 GMC Terrain ranges from about $18,500 for the front-wheel-drive base SL trim to around $28,600 for the top all-wheel-drive Denali trim. The price varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 GMC Terrain?

The 2015 GMC Terrain is one of the most reliable vehicles on the market, earning a perfect predicted reliability score of five out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Terrain?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2015 Terrain a Top Safety Pick. The compact SUV earned the highest rating of Good in all conducted crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Terrain four out of five stars overall, five stars in the side crash impact test, and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. A rearview camera is standard. Available safety equipment includes forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Should I Consider Another Used Terrain?

The 2015 GMC Terrain is part of the SUV’s first generation, which launched in 2010 and includes the 2017 model year. The 2014 GMC Terrain is essentially the same as the 2015 model and will probably cost less, but it doesn’t come with a Wi-Fi hot spot.

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Which Used GMC Terrain Is Right for Me?

GMC offers the Terrain in six trim levels: SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2, and Denali. All-wheel drive is available in all but the SL trim. The base Terrain SL model features a 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes satellite radio, cruise control, keyless entry, and climate control. The Terrain SLE-1 trim level comes with heated exterior mirrors. The SLE-2 trim level introduces an available 301-horsepower V6 and adds smartphone integration with Bluetooth audio streaming, voice recognition, and Pandora radio. The SLT-1 trim adds leather upholstery and a remote car starter. The SLT-2 trim features forward collision warning, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, and a power tailgate. The Denali trim adds uprated shock absorbers, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot alert. The SLT-2 trim is the best choice because of its combination of luxury and safety features.

Even with the Terrain’s strong predicted reliability rating, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. 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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2015 GMC Terrains and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 GMC Terrain or 2015 Honda CR-V?

The 2015 Honda CR-V is popular for a reason. Both SUVs have strong predicted reliability ratings, but the CR-V boasts better fuel economy than the Terrain. It also has generous cargo space and a much lower total cost of ownership. We named the CR-V our 2015 Best Compact SUV for the Money and 2015 Best Compact SUV for Families. It’s the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 GMC Terrain or 2015 Nissan Rogue?

The 2015 Nissan Rogue is unlike all other compact SUVs thanks to its available third-row seats. Though not particularly spacious, this additional third row can come in handy in a pinch. Because of its CVT, the Rogue achieves better around-town fuel efficiency than the Terrain, but it feels sluggish when you reach for more acceleration beyond city limits. The Terrain’s perfect predicted reliability rating and stronger performance make it the better choice.

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