2022 GMC Terrain Review: Ordinary in Every Way
This SUV looks good and has plenty of safety tech, but it's pretty slow and doesn't feel special in any particular way.
The 2022 GMC Terrain is a mainstream compact SUV. It's reasonably priced, handsomely styled and unexpectedly efficient in real-world driving. With a speedy and simple-to-use infotainment system, a shotgun blast of USB ports inside and an impressively quiet cabin, you'd think the Terrain would be a top recommendation, but, unfortunately, that's not the case.
GMC's second-generation Terrain is by no means a new product, having been around since the 2018 model year, but a midlife facelift for 2022 means there are a few upgrades of note. The front end has been spruced up with new grille designs and reworked LED headlamps that provide a more assertive look. Bookending those enhancements, the Terrain's LED taillights are new as well. Several fresh, extra-cost paint colors are offered, too, as are some new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs. Inside, there are upgraded materials and newly standard wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Also new for 2022 is this AT4 trim, which is intended to be more off road-focused than other versions of the Terrain. This model comes standard with all-wheel drive and a front skid plate, though with only 7.9 inches of ground clearance and no low-range gearing, you probably won't be going very far off the beaten path.
The Terrain's well-built interior isn't going to win any awards, but it's perfectly fine for the compact crossover segment it competes in. The updated materials feel a bit workaday for what is supposed to be a premium brand, but nothing is blatantly low-rent or flimsy, save for the standard-issue General Motors control stalks and some of the trim that features an odd crosshatch pattern. The dashboard design is clean and highly functional, with nearly every secondary control being easy to see and reach (except for the HUD switches, which are to the driver's left and buried low on the dashboard). There's also a thoughtful storage cubby on the passenger side that's large enough to fit a supersize smartphone.