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Rankings & Research

The 2016 GMC Terrain ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the GMC Terrain has a score of 8.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 65 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2016 GMC Terrain Review

The 2016 GMC Terrain ranks near the top of the compact SUV class. It has a comfortable ride, a roomy interior, great safety scores, and a solid reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong available V6 engine
  • Spacious seating
  • Comfortable, smooth ride
  • Weak four-cylinder engine
  • Dull handling

2016 GMC Terrain Overview

Is the 2016 GMC Terrain a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Terrain is a great choice if you’re shopping for a used compact SUV. The Terrain rides comfortably on rough pavement and pleases with roomy seating space. It rates highly for reliability and crash safety, and it offers a wide array of advanced safety features. That said, it’s not particularly sporty. You’ll want to consider rivals like the 2016 Mazda CX-5 and 2016 Ford Escape if athletic handling is a must-have.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 65 GMC Terrain reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Is the 2016 GMC Terrain?

You can expect to pay between $17,600 and $28,600 for a used 2016 Terrain. These figures are based on 1,400 listings for the 2016 GMC Terrain on our site. The average list price is $21,500. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 GMC Terrain Cost to Own?

The Terrain’s costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are slightly above average for the compact SUV class. Over five years, you can expect to pay about $24,800 – or about $5,000 per year. By comparison, these expenses are around $20,800 for the 2016 Honda CR-V.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Terrain?

A new 2018 Terrain starts at $24,995, making it one of the pricier SUVs in its class. While that’s about $3,500 more than the average 2016 Terrain, that extra cash isn’t wasted. The Terrain was redesigned for 2018, and this newer model offers superior fuel economy, popular features like Apple CarPlay, more-advanced safety equipment, and nicer cabin materials. Since it’s new, it will also carry longer warranty coverage than the average used model, and you won’t have to worry about a questionable maintenance history.

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You might also want to consider the 2018 Chevy Trax. You can buy this new subcompact SUV for less than the price of the average used 2016 Terrain. The Trax makes a few concessions to the larger Terrain in terms of seating and cargo space, but it offers better maneuverability and higher fuel economy.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 GMC Terrain?

The GMC Terrain has a great reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 GMC Terrain Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no significant safety recalls for the 2016 Terrain.

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Which Model Year of the GMC Terrain Is Best?

The 2016 model is part of a Terrain generation that spans the 2010 through 2017 model years. GMC lightly updated the Terrain’s exterior styling for 2016. Otherwise, there were no major changes between the 2013 and 2017 model years. For the best value, consider a used 2013, 2014, or 2015 model. All score 8.7 or higher in our rankings, and you’ll find the same features and performance as later models, but for much less.

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Which Used GMC Terrain Model Is Right for Me?

GMC offers the 2016 Terrain in five trim levels: SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT, and Denali. The base SL model has a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a USB port, remote keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, and alloy wheels. That’s a large selection of standard features, and it makes the SL model a good value.

The GMC Terrain SLE-1 adds satellite radio. The SLE-2 trim is the first available with the V6 engine, and it adds automatic climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The SLT trim adds heated front seats and leather upholstery. Lastly, the Terrain Denali trim adds a power liftgate and all of the safety features from the Driver Alert packages. These packages were optional in SLE-2 and SLT trims.

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Certified Pre-Owned GMC Terrain Warranty

For 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. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

According to our analysis, GMC offers a better CPO program than almost every other affordable car manufacturer except its corporate sibling Chevrolet.

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How Safe Is the Terrain?

The 2016 GMC Terrain rates well for crash safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Terrain a 2016 Top Safety Pick, giving it scores of Good, the highest possible, in all crash test categories. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the SUV a perfect five-star rating for side impact safety, as well as four stars for overall, front, and rollover safety.

GMC equips all 2016 Terrain models with a rearview camera. The available Driver Alert Package 1 adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. The Driver Alert Package 2 adds forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

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2016 GMC Terrain Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 GMC Terrain or 2016 Chevrolet Equinox?

The 2016 Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain have a lot in common. These General Motors twins have the same engine and transmission options. Both rate well for reliability and crash safety, offer the same great standard and available features, provide a comfortable ride, and impress with roomy seating space. Both are fine used SUV options, but you’ll typically find Equinox models for sale at lower prices.

Which Is Better: 2016 GMC Terrain or 2016 Jeep Cherokee?

Despite its name, the GMC Terrain isn’t very capable off-road. The Jeep Cherokee is, however, especially in its rough-and-ready Trailhawk trim. The Cherokee also boasts higher-quality cabin materials and one of the simplest infotainment systems in its class. The perks end there, though. The Cherokee ranks last in its class for reliability, making it a tough used vehicle to recommend. Stick with the GMC.

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2016 Terrain Performance

How Does the 2016 GMC Terrain Drive?

The 2016 Terrain has two engine options: a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 301-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available with both engines.

The four-cylinder engine provides adequate pep around town, but it feels out of breath on steep hills, the highway, and when passing other vehicles. The V6 is much stronger and hustles the Terrain up to speed confidently – even with a full complement of passengers and cargo. Its trade-off, however, is low fuel economy. The Terrain’s suspension soaks up rough pavement nicely, resulting in a very comfortable and hushed ride. On the downside, this serene ride is matched with clumsy handling. The SUV feels top-heavy and its body leans in corners; the steering is somewhat imprecise as well.

Does the 2016 GMC Terrain Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Terrain’s four-cylinder engine gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is fine by class standards. The V6’s fuel economy sinks to just 17/24 mpg (16/23 mpg with AWD), which is poor for a compact SUV.

2016 GMC Terrain Towing Capacity

The GMC Terrain can tow up to 1,500 pounds when paired with its four-cylinder engine. Terrain V6 models can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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2016 Terrain Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Terrain Seat?

The GMC Terrain has five seats. Its front seats are comfortable and fairly supportive. The rear seats are cozy as well, and they can slide forward and backward to accommodate extra cargo or taller passengers. Head- and legroom are generous in both rows. Cloth upholstery is standard; heated and leather seats are available. The Terrain’s crisply styled cabin remains quiet at highway speeds, thanks in part to active noise-cancellation technology. Most of the interior materials look and feel nice as well, though there are a few cheap plastics here and there.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 GMC Terrain?

The Terrain has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Terrain’s LATCH system an Acceptable rating – the second-highest – for ease of use but noted its lower anchors can be difficult to maneuver around.

2016 GMC Terrain Features

All 2016 Terrain models come standard with a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a six-speaker sound system. Available tech features include a navigation system, satellite radio, an eight-speaker stereo, and remote start. The GMC’s infotainment system has simple on-screen menus, and it’s complemented with physical buttons and knobs underneath. This makes it easy to adjust the audio and climate controls while driving, which is important because the touch screen is occasionally slow to respond to inputs.

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2016 GMC Terrain Dimensions

GMC Terrain Cargo Space

The Terrain has 31.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 63.9 cubic feet with its rear seats folded, which is average for the compact SUV class. A power liftgate is available.

2016 Terrain Length and Weight

The 2016 GMC Terrain is about 15.5 feet long with a curb weight that ranges from 3,853 to 4,204 pounds, depending on trim and powertrain.

Where Was the 2016 GMC Terrain Built?

The GMC Terrain was built in Ingersoll, Ontario, along with the Chevrolet Equinox.

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