Search Used Listings

Enter your zip code to search used Terrain listings in your area.

$16,647 - $27,254
$24,070 - $36,025

2017 GMC Terrain Review

With an excellent predicted reliability rating and a top-notch cabin, the 2017 GMC Terrain sits in the upper half of our compact SUV rankings. However, its weak base engine, bland handling, and limited amount of standard features keep it from securing one of the top spots.

Pros & Cons

  • High-end interior
  • Potent available V6
  • Comfy seats
  • Short list of standard features
  • Weak base engine
  • Lackluster handling

Rankings & Research

The 2017 GMC Terrain's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the GMC Terrain has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 67 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.3
J.D. Power Ratings Logo

2017 GMC Terrain Overview

Is the 2017 GMC Terrain a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2017 GMC Terrain is a good compact SUV. It has one of the highest predicted reliability ratings in the class, and its luxe interior stands out among the competition. However, if you're looking for a performance-oriented vehicle, the Terrain is far from it. There's limited power output in the base trim, numb steering, and noticeable body roll in corners. The Terrain is also one of the more expensive models in the class, yet it has a short list of standard features.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 67 GMC Terrain reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2017 GMC Terrain?

Based on 1,276 listings for the 2017 GMC Terrain, prices range from roughly $19,500 to $28,800. The average list price is $23,200. How much you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

See the Best Used Car Deals »

How Much Does the 2017 GMC Terrain Cost to Own?

Five-year estimated costs for the 2017 GMC Terrain – such as those for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs – are about $25,370. That’s roughly $5,070 per year. Comparatively, five-year estimated costs for the 2017 Honda CR-V and 2017 Chevrolet Equinox are around $20,940 and $25,150, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Terrain?

The 2018 GMC Terrain was completely redesigned, which means the 2017 model is a significantly different vehicle. The newer model isn’t as long, which cuts into legroom and cargo space. However, the front passenger seat now folds, giving you extra space when you’re driving alone. Mileage is improved, thanks to the introduction of a lineup of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. There are also new standard and available features, including a host of available advanced safety features. The used 2017 Terrain will cost you less, but you won’t benefit from the newer 2018 Terrain's upgrades.

Read about the new GMC Terrain »

If you're searching for a newer vehicle that's comparable to the Terrain and is in the same price bracket, consider the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. The Equinox comes with more standard features than the 2017 Terrain – including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay – as well as superior gas mileage estimates and confident handling. Just keep in mind that the Equinox's base engine isn’t the strongest, its transmission is sluggish, and its interior materials aren't as upscale as the Terrain's.

See the Best New Car Deals »

See the Best New Car Lease Deals »

Which Model Year of the GMC Terrain Is Best?

The GMC Terrain is part of a generation that debuted for the 2010 model year. The 2013 model year added a new available V6 engine and the Denali trim. The 2015 model added the OnStar subscription-based telematics system with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection in the base trim. The 2016 model year added refreshed exterior styling. Since the Terrain hasn't undergone many changes throughout the years (excluding its 2018 redesign), you could go as far back as the 2013 model year and get a similar vehicle to the 2017, while saving extra money. 

Compare the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Terrain »

How Reliable Is the 2017 GMC Terrain?

The 2017 GMC Terrain has a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. This is an excellent rating among all vehicles (a score of three is average).

Read more about Terrain reliability »

2017 GMC Terrain Recalls

At the time of this writing, the 2017 GMC Terrain has no safety recalls.

See more information on GMC Terrain safety recalls »

Which Used GMC Terrain Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 GMC Terrain comes in five trims: SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT, and Denali. For the price, the base trim lacks features. We recommend the SLE-2 trim. On top of the base trim's features, it adds an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, an IntelliLink infotainment system, and an eight-speaker audio system.

See 2017 GMC Terrain trims and specs »

What Does GMC's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

GMC offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned models, GMC extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date. CPO models also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Qualifying vehicles also get free maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles. 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.

According to our analysis, GMC has a decent CPO program compared with other affordable car manufacturers.

See the best CPO programs »

How Safe Is the Terrain?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Terrain the highest rating of Good in five crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it four out of five stars in its frontal and rollover tests and five stars in its side crash test, leading to a four-star overall rating.

The 2017 Terrain comes standard with a rearview camera. Forward collision waring, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear park assist are available.

See Terrain safety scores »

2017 GMC Terrain Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 GMC Terrain or 2017 Honda CR-V?

The 2017 Honda CR-V is a similarly well-ranked compact SUV, but there are significant differences between these two vehicles. The Honda has a more spacious passenger and cargo area, as well as a more extensive list of available features that helps make it one of the most family-friendly compact SUVs on the market. The CR-V also has better gas mileage estimates and is much more composed during tight turning maneuvers than the Terrain. However, the Terrain has a higher predicted reliability rating and a lower average list price.

Which Is Better: 2017 GMC Terrain or 2017 Chevrolet Equinox?

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox is essentially a less luxurious version of the Terrain. Both models have the same powertrains, similar standard features, nearly identical passenger and cargo space, and the same outstanding predicted reliability score. If you're willing to spend more money for a nicer cabin, go for the Terrain. Otherwise, the Equinox is a great alternative with a cheaper average price.

Compare the Terrain, CR-V, and Equinox »

2017 Terrain Performance

How Does the 2017 GMC Terrain Drive?

The 2017 GMC Terrain’s standard 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine has enough power for driving around town, but it lacks passing and merging power. The available 301-horsepower V6 engine has quicker acceleration, which makes it a better choice for those doing a lot of highway driving. All models feature a six-speed automatic transmission. Both powertrains deliver supple rides but a lot of body roll through turns. The Denali trim’s softer suspension provides the most comfortable ride. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. Models equipped with AWD hug the road better.

Does the 2017 GMC Terrain Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2017 GMC Terrain delivers 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. This is a slightly below-average rating in the class. By comparison, the 2017 Honda CR-V and 2017 Chevrolet Equinox deliver 26/32 mpg city/highway and 21/31 mpg city/highway, respectively.

Read more about Terrain performance »

2017 Terrain Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Terrain Seat?

The 2017 Terrain seats five in two rows of comfortable, supportive seats. There's enough room for adults in both rows, and the standard sliding and reclining rear seats make the most of the space. The Terrain has one of the nicest cabins in the class. It features sophisticated styling and great materials quality. Cloth upholstery is standard, but some models come with leather upholstery and heated and/or power-adjustable front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 GMC Terrain?

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the 2017 GMC Terrain's rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded this LATCH system its second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. Some of the upper tethers are can be confused with other hardware, and some of the lower anchors are difficult to maneuver around.  

2017 GMC Terrain Features

The 2017 Terrain comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a 7-inch touch screen. Some models feature an eight-speaker audio system, an IntelliLink infotainment system with voice controls, navigation, satellite radio, and a sunroof.

See 2017 GMC Terrain specs »

Read more about Terrain interior »

2017 GMC Terrain Dimensions

GMC Terrain Cargo Space

The 2017 GMC Terrain has 31.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down, which is roughly average in the class. Some models feature a power liftgate.

2017 Terrain Length and Weight

The 2017 Terrain is about 15.5 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 3,790 to 4,150 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 GMC Terrain Built?

The 2017 GMC Terrain was built in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Find the Best Price

Enter your zip code to get local pricing.

Get Dealer Quotes

To get dealer quotes, enter your zip code.

Search Used Listings

To search used listings, enter your zip code.

Change Location

Enter your zip code to see listings near you.

Please enter a valid zipcode

Terrain Shoppers Should Also Consider...

Ford Escape 2017 2017 Ford Escape

#1 in 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs

Honda CR-V 2017 2017 Honda CR-V

#1 in 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs

Hyundai Tucson 2017 2017 Hyundai Tucson

#1 in 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs

Kia Sportage 2017 2017 Kia Sportage

#1 in 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs

Best Price Program

Interested in a New?

Use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find great deals and get upfront pricing on the.