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2017 GMC Terrain Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 GMC Terrain was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2017 GMC Terrain stands out for its interior. The cabin is quiet whether you’re in the driveway or on the highway, and the dashboard layout is sleek and attractive. The material quality is higher than you’d expect from a car in this price range. The seats are comfortable and have plenty of room up front and in the back, and sliding and reclining rear seats make it even easier for backseat passengers to get comfortable.

The Terrain comes standard with a touch screen and smartphone connectivity options, but the available infotainment system can be frustrating to use at times, despite its intuitive operating system. The Terrain’s cargo space may disappoint you, as several competitors offer more room for hauling items.

  • "If a comfortable cabin and quiet ride are high priorities, few compact-crossover SUVs compare to the 2017 GMC Terrain. A combination of laminated glass, triple-layer door seals and GMC's active noise-cancellation technology conspire to put the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 to shame." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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)

Seating

The five-seat Terrain comes standard with cloth upholstery. The front seats are comfortable whether you’re driving across town or across the country, and the rear seats provide a good amount of room. Reclining and sliding rear seats are standard, allowing rear-seat passengers to make some adjustments and further improve their comfort level. There’s also plenty of headroom, so even tall passengers should be able to fit in the backseat without much fuss.

While the Terrain offers comfortable seating as is, there are some upgrades available. You can replace the cloth upholstery with leather, and power-adjustable front seats can make it easier to find a comfortable driving position. Heated front seats are also available, which keep you feeling toasty on cold winter mornings.

  • "The front bucket seats are comfortable, and the standard sliding rear seat allows you to optimize rear-seat legroom or cargo capacity, 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 (2016)
  • "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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Terrain include Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch screen. Available features include a power sunroof, automatic climate control, an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system, satellite radio, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, the voice-activated IntelliLink infotainment system with Bluetooth streaming audio, and navigation. 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot is also available.

Drivers will appreciate the well-organized dashboard, which makes it easy to reach the buttons that control many functions. Standard features like Bluetooth phone connectivity and a USB port make it easy to connect and charge a phone or other device. Available 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hot spot gives you yet another avenue of connectivity while you’re on the road.

Having a touch screen come standard with the audio system, which isn’t even the case in some luxury vehicles, makes the Terrain feel like a high-tech vehicle. The available IntelliLink infotainment system also uses a touch screen. You’ll notice its layout is similar to that of a smartphone, which makes it intuitive for many users. Unfortunately, some drivers may find the screen hard to use, and it does struggle with responsiveness at times. However, IntelliLink also responds to voice commands, so you can control certain vehicle functions without taking your eyes off the road.

There are several driver-assistance features available in the Terrain that make your life easier and can help you avoid accidents. Blind spot monitoring and lane-departure warning can make lane changes on the highway safer, and forward-collision warning may help you avoid a low-speed impact. Rear parking sensors can help take some of the guesswork out of parallel parking.

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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 thankfully includes Bluetooth audio as well as Pandora and Stitcher integration. On the downside, the slanted screen is more than an arm's length away from the driver, and the small, fiddly virtual buttons make it difficult to navigate the on-screen menus. In addition, 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)
  • "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)

Cargo

The 2017 Terrain has 31.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 63.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That’s not the lowest total in the class, but it is significantly less space than you’ll find in rivals like the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. An available power liftgate can be programmed to only open to a certain height, saving you from damaging your vehicle in a garage with a low ceiling. And while the overall cargo capacity may limit you from carrying a full carload of luggage, there is a good amount of small-item storage throughout the cabin.

  • "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, among other rivals. With the rear seats carrying passengers, the Terrain offers a so-so 31.6 cubic feet of cargo space." -- 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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