GMC likes to tout its versions of Chevrolet-based trucks, SUVs and crossovers as “professional grade.”
The implication is that GMC’s products are in some ways superior to their kindred offerings, when in reality they’re much more alike than different. Still, interior upgrades, styling changes and some minor mechanical revisions do lend credence to what is basically a marketing slogan.
Consider the 2019 GMC Terrain, all new for the 2018 model year, the upscale cousin of the Chevy Equinox. While the Chevy carries a more conventional design, the Terrain sports eye-catching details with highly stylized head- and taillights, a pronounced grille and a version of the current regrettable “floating” roofline design.
The new version has shrunk a tad over five inches from its antecedent, putting it more squarely in the compact category. Still, it’s impressively capacious inside its comfortable cabin.
The interior’s materials are a busy mix of textures and materials. The seats in our SLT model were wrapped in nice perforated leather. The well-bolstered, power-adjustable front-row buckets included adjustable lumbar and height. But lots of plastics of various quality subtracted from the premium feel GMC is shooting for.
Fit and finish on our Mexico-assembled SLT skipped some attention to detail expected at our tester’s price point. For example, a piece of ill-fitting metal steering wheel trim left a raised sharp edge that repeatedly caught on a finger, while a couple of dash and door panels didn’t quite line up tightly.
Otherwise, the Terrain’s cabin is a comfy and quiet space, with logically placed and well-designed controls and displays. Infotainment and climate functions are particularly user-friendly. Plenty of storage nooks, crannies and beverage holders should keep the family happy and organized during holiday traveling.