2023 GMC Terrain: What to Expect

2023 GMC Terrain Featured

The company’s compact crossover has just received a mid-cycle refresh and that’ clearly indicates that the current generation still has a couple of years before it receives a complete overhaul. So, the 2023 GMC Terrain should carry on in the same way, featuring minor updates only. In other words, we expect to see all the goodies that were introduced with the 2022 model, starting from the new styling. The overall layout hasn’t changed.

So, you may count on a crossover that has a good number of strengths but also on a crossover that competes in a highly demanding class. Many rivals seem better in different aspects, but the Terrain still has to offer a spacious cabin, good fuel economy and attractive exterior styling. On the other hand, the biggest complaints go to the subpar interior quality, as well as on the fact that there is just one engine option on the offer now, which doesn’t impress at all.

As there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 GMC Terrain will hit the market sometime late in the year.

2023 GMC Terrain

2023 GMC Terrain Design

Design-wise, the 2023 GMC Terrain won’t bring any surprises. We are about to see a familiar layout, base on a familiar E2 platform, with most parts shared with Chevy Equinox. Such a layout ensures a smooth and comfortable drive, without much pretension in terms of sportiness.

On the other hand, there is the updated styling, which will certainly characterize the 2023 GMC Terrain too. The recent update has brought a lot of interesting novelties, starting from the new front end, which includes new headlights, new grille, bumper etc. Of course, we also saw typical mid-cycle updates, such as new wheels, color options etc.

Given all the novelties that were introduced, we are pretty sure that bigger updates won’t occur before the full redesign, which won’t happen in the next few years.


Unfortunately, the interior didn’t change too much with the recent update. So, we presume that the 2023 GMC Terrain will continue with a familiar cabin layout, which is generally nice but has some major drawbacks. One of the things we don’t like is the overall quality. Things like fit and finish aren’t on the level you would expect in this class, while the use of cheap materials is pretty big too.

2023 GMC Terrain Interior

The driving position is good, as well as the visibility. On the other hand, many complained about the gear switches, which are a little bit odd and may cause confusion at the start. On the other hand, the front seats are decent enough and offer good support. The second row has plenty of space and accommodates adults with ease.

Finally, there is the cargo area – you may count on about 29.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 63.3 cubic feet in total. That’s not bad but class leaders like Honda CR-V or Subaru Forester offer way more.

Tech Features

When it comes to tech features, we don’t expect changes either. The Terrain stands pretty well in this aspect, offering an intuitive infotainment screen, along with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Wi-Fi hotspot as standard. Furthermore, you can get navigation, a head-up display, a premium audio system and many more upgrades. All this is pretty similar to what you get from other compact crossovers.

The same thing is with safety features. All models come standard with goodies like automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane keep assist etc. Additionally, you can get things like a head-up display, adaptive cruise control and many more.

2023 GMC Terrain Engine

One of the biggest changes we saw with the 2023 GMC Terrain is that the bigger 2.0-liter turbo-four is no longer available. Instead, the only choice you have is a smaller 1.5-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 170 horsepower. That’s not much but seems enough to satisfy most drivers, especially those who don’t drive too much on a highway. The engine comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which does a decent job but can hesitate sometimes with downshifts.

One of the main benefits of this engine is good fuel economy. You may count on about 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is quite decent for the segment.

2023 GMC Terrain Release date

2023 GMC Terrain Release Date and Price

We expect that the 2023 GMC Terrain will arrive sometime in the second half of 2022, with a starting price of around 28.000 dollars.

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