It takes a lot to stand out in the compact crossover/SUV market these days, where a sea of sameness rounds the edges of every entry like pebbles on a sandy beach. The 2018 GMC Terrain might just have what it takes to turn the tide.
While the first-generation Terrain was bland and boxy when it was introduced in 2010, it gained character with the introduction of the high-end Denali trim level in 2013 and a modest refresh in 2016 that featured a more dynamic front fascia. GMC is a premium brand with a unique twist, occupying a prime niche among manufacturers, with a lineup that consists solely of SUVs and trucks.
Therein lies the opportunity. The 2018 model’s thorough exterior redesign catches the eye, but what's available under the hood — a fuel-efficient yet responsive diesel engine — is what makes the Terrain rare among crossovers. With such engines being rare these days, GMC is setting a course where few manufacturers are likely to follow.