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Downsizing for the Win: 2018 GMC Terrain Denali Test Drive

Now in its second-generation, the 2018 GMC Terrain sees a complete overhaul in terms of exterior design, interior design, and the technology offered. But there is something else that has seen a major change.

While you may not notice it at first, GMC is slowly shrinking their crossovers. This move may be taking place to make room for other models or simply to better compete with other crossovers in a particular segment. The GMC Acadia saw its wheelbase and overall length shrink by more than half a foot and now the new 2018 GMC Terrain has been shrunk by an overall length of three inches. That gives the GMC Terrain the ability to go head-to-head with the likes of the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V.

With that in mind, we decided to spend a week test-driving the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali to bring you our test drive review. Let’s get started.

2018 GMC Terrain Denali

2018 GMC Terrain Denali Exterior

When it comes to the exterior, the first significant change you’ll notice is on the front-end which features a colossus and bold grille that’s  further distinguished by a new design for the headlamps.

Our test model, the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali features some exclusive features including a satin-chrome multidimensional grille, LED headlamps with signature lighting, 19-inch aluminum wheels, body-color fascias and lower trim, and more.

The 2018 GMC Terrain Denali along with all other models of the Terrain sits on a wheelbase that measures 107 inches with an overall length of 182 inches. The width comes in at 72 inches, while the height comes in at 65 inches. Comparatively, that’s very close to the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 which both have an overall length of 181 inches, a width of 73 inches, and a height of 66-inches.

Overall, the 2018 GMC Terrain is clearly more stylish and more dynamic than its two major competitors when it comes to exterior design. The GMC Terrain Denali takes it to the next level with a couple of luxury touches.

2018 GMC Terrain Denali

2018 GMC Terrain Denali Interior

Take a seat inside and you’ll notice that the GMC Terrain has been completely redesigned and revamped for the new model year. Throughout all trim levels, you’ll see the use of high-quality materials including aluminum trim, soft-touch elements, and standard active noise cancellation.

Standard features across all 2018 GMC Terrain models include a seven-inch touchscreen display that features the GMC infotainment system. The system includes Bluetooth phone and audio streaming connectivity, voice-activated technology, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity. Other standard features include cruise control, rearview camera, keyless entry, push-button start, USB connectivity, and OnStar 4G LTE, and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

Our test model, the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali comes standard with everything mentioned above – however, the seven-inch display has been swapped out for an eight-inch display. Other standard tech features in the Terrain Denali include remote start, heated seats, heated steering, dual-zone climate control, HD Radio, an upgraded Bose premium seven-speaker system, four USB ports, and a range of driver assist technology features that we’ll get into later.

2018 GMC Terrain Denali

2018 GMC Terrain Denali Performance

There are a range of engine choices for the 2018 GMC Terrain but the Denali trim-level comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that produces 252 horsepower and a maximum torque of 260 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that allows for a 0 to 60 mph time of 6.8 seconds with a top speed of 132 mph.

Fuel economy wise, the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali AWD averages an EPA-rated 21/26 mpg* (city/highway).

Overall, the ride quality of the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali AWD is notably smooth. When compared to the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, the Terrain is a bit sturdier and confident.

2018 GMC Terrain Denali

2018 GMC Terrain Denali Safety

The 2018 GMC Terrain features a long list of safety features including a range of driver assist technologies. All GMC Terrain models come standard with the Driver Alert Package I which includes blind spot monitoring, lane change alert, rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, and more. Our test model also came with the Driver Alert Package II which includes low-speed automatic braking, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and more. Last but not least, our test GMC Terrain Denali model also came with the Advanced Safety Package that adds automatic park assist and surround vision camera.

2018 GMC Terrain Denali Overall

Overall, the 2018 GMC Terrain takes on the compact crossover segment with a bold exterior design, a premium interior, and a long list of standard technology and safety features. If you’re in the market for a compact crossover, the 2018 GMC Terrain (especially the Denali trim level) should be on your shopping list. Prices for the 2018 GMC Terrain start at $24,995** for the base model and $40,295** for the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali. Visit your local AutoNation GMC dealer for a test drive today.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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