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2016 GMC Terrain Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 GMC Terrain was new.


Interior: 8.1

Critics say the 2016 GMC Terrain has a chic interior design, especially in Denali trim, and is composed of top-quality metal, leather and wood materials. The cabin has ample head- and legroom in both rows, according to reviewers, and they appreciate the Terrain's comfortable, quiet ride. However, they are disappointed by the available cargo space.

  • "The cabin features a futuristic center stack and contoured dashboard. …" -- Left Lane News
  • "The dashboard is styled in two graceful curves, and the gauges and secondary controls are highlighted by soft blue back lighting, while soothing ambient light makes for a truly inviting nighttime environment." -- Edmunds
  • "Think of the 2015 GMC Terrain as the upscale cousin to the similar Chevrolet Equinox SUV. It boasts higher-quality materials and a snazzier, more luxurious interior design that includes satin metal trim and 2-tone leather." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "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 (2013)


The 2016 Terrain has seating for five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and sliding rear seats. Leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats are optional. Auto writers report the Terrain has spacious and comfortable front and rear seats, thanks in part to the sliding second row. They add that the cabin is incredibly quiet.

  • "Particularly noticeable is the attention to sound-deadening in the Terrain. An acoustic windshield and other noise-killing measures -- including an active noise-cancellation system for four-cylinder models -- work wonders in muting tire and wind noise, even during high-speed cruising. The front bucket seats are comfortable, and the standard sliding rear seat allows you to optimize rear-seat legroom or cargo space, depending on your needs." -- Edmunds
  • "First and foremost, the Terrain delivers a comfortable and quiet ride that's well-suited for daily commuting or long-distance road trips. GMC has gone to extra effort to make the Terrain's cabin as free from exterior noise as possible." -- AutoTrader
  • "The 2015 Terrain has very roomy rear seats, which can be made even roomier thanks to eight inches of front-to-rear travel. The generous headroom means that even tall passengers can enjoy a backseat ride." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Occupants enjoy ample headroom and legroom, even beneath the sunroof housing. Supportive seats are a boon on longer trips." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the GMC Terrain include Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio and OnStar with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include an eight-speaker Pioneer sound system, rear cross traffic alert, blind zone alert, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, a rear-seat entertainment system and GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system with navigation and smartphone app integration.

Test drivers say the Terrain's infotainment system has a clear display, intuitive menus and easy-to-use icons. However, some find that the system sometimes is unresponsive to commands. Critics note the illuminated USB port makes it easy to locate in the dark, and that buttons and controls are arranged well on the center stack.

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  • The standard 7-inch color touchscreen display lends a high-tech feel to even the base model Terrain, and the IntelliLink interface (standard starting on the SLE-2 model) is a worthwhile enhancement, as it uses Bluetooth streaming audio to enable integration of smartphone apps such as Pandora and Stitcher. The on-screen menus are well organized, but the system's occasional slow or missed responses to touch inputs can be frustrating." -- Edmunds
  • "The USB port is easy to find at night thanks to a lighted surround, and the IntelliLink touch-screen system's familiar icons are similar to those on smartphones." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system works well, and users have the ability to customize the home screen with frequently used items." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "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 (2013)


The 2016 Terrain offers 31.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 63.9 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. According to reviewers, the Terrain's cargo space isn't particularly large, and is smaller than that of many rivals. They report that interior storage space is ample. A power liftgate is available.

  • "But even when primed for cargo, the Terrain can't carry as much stuff as some other crossovers. With the rear seats folded, the Terrain's 63.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity is noticeably less than that of the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota RAV4." -- Edmunds
  • "The Terrain's comfortable ride and predictable steering feel are backed up by a roomy interior, with a notably spacious rear seat. Unfortunately, the tradeoff is in cargo space, which lags many of its competitors, including the much smaller Ford Escape." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Interior storage is fairly generous, with a decently sized center console, glovebox, and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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