Despite that it definitely isn’t among the freshest models in the class, the current-generation Terrain still has some things to show, especially after the last year’s refresh. That refresh brought a new styling, which should keep this SUV competitive for a few more years before we see a full redesign. This is also a clear indicator that the 2023 GMC Terrain will come without important changes. Minor updates are always possible but we have no doubt that most of the design is about to remain the same.
So, you may count on a design that still has a couple of good things to offer. We like the Terrain’s comfortable ride, while the new styling makes it look quite rugged. The cabin is spacious and comfortable, while the infotainment system is easy to use. Finally, mpg ratings are pretty good. On the other hand, the main complaints go to the small cargo area and the lack of more powerful engine option.
Considering that no bigger changes are about to come for the next year, we believe that the 2023 GMC Terrain will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 GMC Terrain Design
If we consider the last year’s refresh, we are pretty sure that the 2023 GMC Terrain will carry on without more important changes. We are about to see a familiar layout, which now includes a more aggressive bumper design, a more prominent grille and new LED headlights. All these parts make the Terrain look bolder and more appealing.
Still, the mechanical part of the vehicle remained the same. This compact crossover still rides on a familiar E2 platform and comes with a suspension setup that offers a good balance between comfort and athleticism. The Terrain is easy to drive, while the recently-introduced AT4 trim brings a couple of off-road bits, such as Off-Road drive mode, skid plate, upgraded tires etc.
Unfortunately, not many things have changed on the inside with the recent update and, unfortunately again, they won’t change in the 2023 GMC Terrain either. Therefore, the cabin quality will remain one of the main issues of this compact crossover. Simply, there is a lot of areas that are covered with plastics, while the build quality isn’t impressive either. Moreover, the dashboard looks outdated.
On the other hand, there is nothing to complain about regarding passenger space. Both rows of seats offer plenty of room to accommodate adults with ease. Still, the front seats would use a little bit more support.
The cargo area isn’t that impressive. It offers around 29.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, and folding them down expands the cargo area to 63.3. That’s a below-average rating for this class.
The recent update has brought a couple of new tech goodies, such as wireless smartphone integration, so we believe that the next year’s model probably won’t feature notable changes in this aspect. Therefore, base models should come standard with goodies like a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, four USB ports, Wi-Fi hot spot, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and automatic climate control. The list of upgrades should include things like an 8-inch touch screen, a seven-speaker Bose stereo, navigation, wireless device charging, satellite radio, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and a sunroof.
The same thing is with safety features. Therefore, base models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams etc. The list of options should include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, head-up display, safety alert seat etc.
2023 GMC Terrain Engine
Unfortunately, the 2023 GMC Terrain will continue with just one engine on the offer, as the previously-optional 2.0-liter turbo-four has been discontinued. So, the only engine you can get is a 1.5-liter turbo-four, which features a max output of 170 horsepower. That’s not much, so driving dynamics aren’t particularly great either. On the other hand, fuel economy is not bad at all. This crossover returns around 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which makes it a decent daily commuter.
The engine comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission which features a decent level of refinement but can be really slow with shifts. A good thing to know is that the AWD version is available too.
2023 GMC Terrain Engine
As there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 GMC Terrain will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. Base models should go around 29.000 dollars, while models like Mitsubishi Outlander and Buick Envision should be some of the key competitors.