Changes for the 2015 GMC Terrain:
In addition to new Dark Sapphire Blue and Cypress Green paint colors, the 2015 Terrain offers new OnStar 4G LTE high-speed Internet connectivity, transforming the compact crossover SUV into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.
GMC sells the 2015 Terrain in SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2, and Denali trim levels. If you’re wondering, the SLE-2 model adds several desirable features as standard equipment, including premium cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an 8-way power driver’s seat, automatic climate control, and roof rack rails. The SLE-2 also comes with IntelliLink connectivity including text messaging support and Siri Eyes Free capability.
For leather seats, the Terrain SLT-1 is required. It also includes heated front seats and remote engine starting. Upgrade to the SLT-2 model for heated outside mirrors, a power rear liftgate, a power sunroof, larger 18-inch aluminum wheels, and a Chrome Exterior Appearance Package. This model also gets a Forward Collision Alert system, a Lane Departure Warning system, and rear parking assist sensors.
Denali models are more luxurious and have special styling details, inside and out. Paying for the top-of-the-line model is also the only way to get a Side Blind Zone Alert system and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert system, a nonsensical way of doing things if you ask us. Additional upgrades include a power front passenger’s seat, a wood-and-leather steering wheel, wood trim, ambient cabin lighting, extensive use of soft-touch materials for the interior, revised suspension tuning, unique aluminum wheels, and more.
Engines and Transmissions:
Each version of the 2015 Terrain is equipped with a 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. A 301-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine is optional. Both are covered by a free maintenance plan for two years or 24,000 miles after purchase.
A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard, as well as front-wheel drive. An all-wheel-drive system is optional, giving the Terrain extra traction for foul weather conditions.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The most fuel-efficient version of the Terrain is the 4-cylinder model equipped with front-wheel drive. The EPA says this model gets 26 mpg in combined driving. Add the optional AWD system and that number drops to 23 mpg.
The optional V-6 infuses the Terrain with power, but also suffers a fuel economy penalty to the tune of 20 mpg with front-wheel drive and 19 mpg with AWD.
In crash tests performed by the federal government, the Terrain gets an overall rating of 4 stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) calls the Terrain a “Top Safety Pick.”
The Terrain’s standard OnStar service includes Automatic Crash Response, which can speed rescue following an accident, and the 4G LTE Wi-Fi service is free for the first three months or three gigabytes of data usage. The Terrain’s IntelliLink system includes Bluetooth music streaming, Internet radio access, text messaging support, and Siri Eyes Free capability. Navigation is an upgrade.
Safety-related technology includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and rear park assist. Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems are reserved for the top-of-the-line Denali model.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
July 31, 2014
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