One way to truly get to know a vehicle is to take it on a family vacation, which is what we did this week with the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali. Classified as a luxury small SUV, the Terrain Denali is generous in comfort and style. And whether you’re going over the hills and through the woods to grandma’s house or driving around town, the GMC Terrain Denali aims to please.
Under the hood
The GMC Terrain is available in three models: SLE, SLT and the one we spent Thanksgiving with — the Denali.
Across the Terrain lineup for 2013, a larger-displacement 3.6L V-6 engine with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing is offered. Rated at 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, this engine makes 14 percent more horsepower and 22 percent more torque than the previous 3.0L V-6 but delivers the same EPA-estimated fuel economy – including 24 mpg on the highway (FWD models) and 17 mpg in the city (FWD models).
The standard engine in Terrain and Terrain Denali is the Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder, which delivers 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. The EPA-estimated highway fuel economy rating on the 2.4L is 32 mpg (on FWD model) and the city rating is 22 mpg (FWD model).
An efficient six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models, and an “Eco” transmission mode on 2.4L-equipped models alters shift points to improve fuel economy. Terrain is offered in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models in SLE and SLT trim levels, as well as the new Denali.
The Terrain’s bold look is amplified with the signature cues that distinguish GMC’s premium Denali sub-brand, including a chrome grille, body-color fascias and rocker moldings, satin-chrome accents, specific headlamp and taillamp designs, and dual chrome-finish exhaust outlets (single outlet with the 2.4L). Unique 18-inch (with the 2.4L) or 19-inch (with the 3.6L) wheels complete the look. It’s a good looking SUV.
Inside, Terrain Denali’s cabin updates are highlighted by soft-touch Jet Black leather, which lines the seats and door inserts. Contrast stitching and red accent lighting contribute to an inviting interior. Other Denali-exclusive interior details include soft-touch instrument panel with French stitching, embossed Denali logos on front seatbacks, smoked mahogany wood trim accents, Denali illuminated front sill plates, and eight-way power driver and passenger seat.
The GMC Terrain offers 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space (behind the first row, with second row folded) and 31.1 cubic feet (behind second row).
Additional interior features include automatic climate control, which is standard on SLE-2, SLT models and Denali; and premium Pioneer sound system with subwoofer and amplifier, standard on SLE-2, SLT models and Denali, and rear-seat entertainment system available on SLT-2 and Denali. SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with three-month trial period) is standard on all Terrain models.
Terrain Exterior Features
Terrain offers a balanced, athletic stance characterized by bold, muscular fender flares. The surfacing is angular yet refined, with a strong front-end appearance that features precise, squared-off edges accented with chrome.
The Terrain Denali is offered in the following exterior colors: Quicksilver Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Carbon Black Metallic, Summit White and Iridium Metallic.
We enjoyed our time with the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali, as it was a comfortable and accommodating traveling partner during our Thanksgiving holiday. To learn more about this luxury, small SUV visit your local Southeast Texas GMC dealer or www.gmc.com .