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2018 GMC Terrain Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 GMC Terrain was new.


Interior: 8.6

The redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain looks and feels upscale, and there are high-quality materials throughout the cabin. However, the cabin gets a tad noisy at highway speeds. Both rows of seats are comfortable and spacious, and there’s a lot of user-friendly technology. The Terrain’s cargo hold is smaller than that of some rivals, but its fold-flat passenger seat gives you the room to haul large items.

  • "The interior of the 2018 GMC Terrain also got a major shot of upscale appeal, complementing even more contemporary styling with some impressive technology. For openers, GMC graced its compact hauler with luxo touches that range from a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, soft-touch surfaces on the dash and doors and real aluminum accents, to OnStar with 4G LTE as well as active noise cancellation on all models." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The five-passenger interior of the Terrain has been upgraded and enhanced with more premium materials and its overall appearance is much more cohesive – everything is logically place and the layout is generally very good." -- Forbes
  • "Inside, GMC paid extra attention to what the driver touches and interacts with. Occupants are treated to soft hewn leather, supremely cushiony seats, the newest version of GM's infotainment system (which comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), and interior space for days." -- Automobile Magazine


The Terrain seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Both rows of seats in the Terrain have ample space for adults. The front seats are comfortable, though forward and rear visibility is limited. Unlike many compact SUVs, the rear seats can easily fit two adults – even if tall people are riding up front. The Terrain's available heated rear seats are something most rivals do not offer. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats, and there are no major usability issues.

  • "There is plenty of room for passengers in both rows. The front seats are comfortable, and I spent more than an hour in the second row – my six-foot two-inch frame found those accommodations equally as pleasing with a plenty of headroom and a fair amount of room for my legs. No complaints." -- Forbes
  • "While its well-contoured front buckets remain the Terrain's preferred perches, the fixed-position 60/40 split rear bench maintains sufficient head and legroom to carry a pair of full size adults in comfort or three in a pinch." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Even with all that space for stuff, there's still ample space for humans. There's legroom for days in the back, even for a 6-foot-tall writer behind another 6-footer. Headroom is ample, but shoulders will get tight with three abreast." -- CNET

Interior Features

Standard features in the Terrain include four USB ports, a rearview camera, Teen Driver, and the IntelliLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot is also standard.

Available features include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt power outlet, two additional USB ports, wireless device charging, HD Radio, satellite radio, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and navigation.

Available driver assistance features include a safety alert seat, a surround-view camera, automatic park assist, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, low-speed forward automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, lane change alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert.

The redesigned Terrain's standard connectivity features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot are merely options – if they’re even available – in some rivals. The wireless device charging is an upscale feature that’s rare for a compact SUV. The IntelliLink infotainment system is intuitive and responsive, and it’s easy to navigate the menus.

See 2018 GMC Terrain specs and trims »

  • "Above the shift buttons sits a new infotainment system that acts a lot like a smartphone, with scrolling capability and pinch-and-zoom maps. By rearranging the main map screen, GMC made it easier to access important functions such as the option to cancel the current route or change the volume of the voice turn-by-turn directions." -- Motor Trend
  • "Having sampled infotainment systems across various manufacturers, the GMC units are by far the quickest to boot and the simplest to navigate and use. We plugged in an Android phone, answered a few prompts, and voila, it was connected almost instantly. We won't go into detail about all the benefits of offering this feature, but let's just say being able to run Google maps on the large LCD display is a great perk, one that costs nothing extra and is constantly updated for free." -- Left Lane News
  • "I like the Intellilink infotainment system (7-inch screen), which is fast and intuitive, and all of the instrumentation is comprehensive and easy to read (and use). There is plenty of power for connected devices (both USB and 12-volt)." -- Forbes


The redesigned Terrain has 29.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 63.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Those ratings are below average for the class – but unlike many competitors, the Terrain’s front passenger seat folds flat. That ups cargo capacity to 81 cubic feet. There’s also a good amount of small-item storage throughout the cabin. A power liftgate and a hands-free power liftgate are available.

  • "Where the Terrain truly shines, though, is storage space. With the rear seats up, there's 29.6 cubic feet of space, or about the same as Mazda's CX-5. Seats down, the Terrain offers 63.3 cubic feet – nearly four more cubic feet of space than the Mazda. And unlike the CX-5, the Terrain's front passenger seat can be folded completely flat, increasing that space to over 81.0 cubic feet – 22 cubic feet more than its Japanese crossover competitor." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The cargo space is also generous, and the Terrain has a trick feature – fold forward the front passenger seat for extra-long loads (the back of the seat has hard plastic to ensure that it doesn't get damaged, which is thoughtful)." -- Forbes
  • The new Terrain also sports a hands-free liftgate. Just wave your foot under the rear bumper and the power liftgate opens after a couple beeps. Standard on the Denali and optional on all other trims. A feature that carries over from the previous generation is the fold-flat passenger and rear seats which can fit objects up to eight feet in length inside. Great for those occasional trips to Home Depot or Ikea which sometimes require a little more cargo room than your standard CUV can fit. Or in our case, a kayak." -- Left Lane News

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