2019 GMC Terrain AWD SLT: Quality and Towing in One Package

Published: Monday, November 11, 2019 | 8:07 PM

2019gmcterrain475It’s not often that a car can boast true towing capacity in an attractive family car package, but the 2019 GMC Terrain SLT can. With power enough from the 2.0 liter turbo charged engine, it is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds. The interior is well appointed and comfortable and not something you generally equate with a utility vehicle. So all-in-all the Terrain sits in a unique spot in the crossover SUV segment.

My model came equipped with all wheel drive. I’ve never really had a reason to use it but this time I did. I had to drive into a parking area that was dirt. The wheels got stuck in the soft shoulder. I was about to freak but remembered my all wheel drive. I turned the knob and boom I was out in a flash! Long story, short. You may not use the all wheel drive all that often but when you need it, oh boy are you glad you had it.

Available in four trims: SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali, the Terrain can seat five people. This review will focus on the SLT trim with All Wheel Drive and Black Edition.

2019gmcterrainintWith the SLT trim you will get leather upholstery, eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, roof rails and remote ignition. Also included are extras for other trims like, an 8-inch touchscreen, enhanced rearview camera, color gauge cluster display, SD card reader, two extra USB ports in the center console box, a 110-volt outlet for the rear seat, rear parking sensors, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, and GM’s Safety Alert seat that vibrates the driver’s seat in response to the various warning systems. The Black Edition gives the Terrain a Goth look with blacked out front grille, wheels and accents on the car.

My Terrain was powered by the turbocharged 2.0 liter, four banger that produced 252 horses and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a nine-speed, automatic transmission. Expect to get 21/city, 26/highway, and 23/combined mpg.

The leather upholstery lends a classy touch to the Terrain. The dash is well-equipped with controls for climate and audio, and the touchscreen is clear and easy to read. Five passengers can be seated in relative comfort if they aren’t too tall.

With the rear folding seat the folds-flat the Terrain can accommodate 63 cubic feet. The front passenger seat also folds-flat to accommodate longer cargo. If your family likes their tech, there are six USB ports for all manner of gadgets.
With the more powerful 2.0 liter engine, the Terrain has good pick up and I didn’t detect any turbo-lag, from a dead stop. The Terrain takes corners well, so curvy roads won’t be an obstacle. The cabin is pretty quiet and ride quality is relatively smooth.

Do you need a utility car with the heart of a passenger car? Give the 2019 GMC Terrain SLT a test drive.