2017 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD Review

2017 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD Review - There are presently lots of fresh gamers in the white-hot compact-crossover section. The 2017 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD Surface, however, is not one of them, having altered bit since its debut in 2009 as the smallest of the truck brand name's "Expert Quality" cars. While we anticipate a more small as well as reliable redesign to appear within the following year approximately, the current Landscapes-- and also its Chevrolet Equinox platform-mate-- soldiers right into its seventh year of manufacturing well past its sell-by day.

Regardless of some small updates, the 2017 Terrain mostly remains the same as the version that completed sixth in an eight-vehicle comparison test back in 2010. The array gone for 2013 when the top-end Denali version was added to the schedule, as well as an optional 301-hp 3.6-liter V-6 ($1500) was included at the same time. Front-wheel drive and also a wheezy 182-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder remain conventional, as well as you can opt for all-wheel drive for an extra $1750. Yet more recent rivals-- such as the most recent Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, as well as Mazda CX-5-- all easily go beyond the GMC in terms of refinement, execution, as well as drivability.

2017 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD Review

King Chrome
To update its appearance, 2017 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD has actually offered the most recent Landscapes a taller, contoured grille with a lot more chrome, as well as LED daytime running lights, a protruding "power dome" hood, and changed front and also back bumpers with added glossy little bits. The look is still overtly beefy, however with a softer, much less industrial mien. Buyers of the costs version like our V-6 AWD test automobile can enjoy its glitzy appearance, the myriad of Denali badges, and special "smoked mahogany" wood trim.

The inside likewise receives a couple of updates, along with some new optional tools that was recently Denali-specific. The central, seven-inch touch-screen user interface currently has sharper graphics, yet the display is reasonably little and also far from the vehicle driver, and also the bordering controls are little and also haphazardly arranged. A 4G LTE OnStar link, a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as Apple's Siri Eyes Free connection are consisted of. Our example included the optional navigation system with 2017 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD's IntelliLink for $495.

However none of the updates enhance the Landscapes's poor fit-and-finish as well as messy comfort designs. Large swaths of hard plastics with sharp edges as well as vast panel spaces litter the log cabin. As well as the pixilated, red-hued details display in the instrument collection appears like something out of a worn out Coleco computer game. Despite the Denali's premium cost point, it's missing out on some expected facilities-- such as keyless ignition, auto-up windows, and dual-zone climate control-- found in newer entry-level compacts. At least the Denali does come typical with distant beginning, a premium Pioneer stereo, and also a wide variety of driver aids (forward-collision, lane-departure, blind-spot, as well as back cross-traffic signals).

Move Along Currently
Our test automobile's efficiency at the track was respectable but not enjoyable. The dashboard to 60 mph takes 6.3 seconds, with the quarter-mile passing in 14.9 secs at 94 mph-- comparable to the moments we've taped from even more elegant compact crossovers from Germany. The GMC's V-6, however, is rugged and also unpleasant in everyday driving, with a torque optimal that shows up relatively high in the rev array (272 lb-ft at 4800 rpm), which necessitates substantial throttle operate to get moving. This is not the same sonorous and heavily re-engineered 3.6-liter in the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro V-6. The Terrain's typical six-speed automated adds to the racket as it fumbles for the right ratio and also holds onto equipments way also long before upshifting. Fuel economy likewise was disappointing: Our noted figure of 16 mpg in mixed driving was 1-mpg less than that of the last Chevrolet Tahoe 4x4 we examined.

The 4239-pound Terrain's 170-foot stop from 70 mph and 0.81 g of lateral grip are solid initiatives, however there's nothing dynamic concerning the way the GMC drives. The guiding is sluggish as well as rather hefty, as well as our example, with 19-inch wheels ($400) and also Hankook Optimo all-season tires, might quickly be coaxed into howling understeer. The one mechanical difference for the Denali version continuouslies be its conventional dual-mode dampers, which supply sufficient body control in edges while still providing an acceptable trip over busted pavement.

2017 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD Review

While the base Terrain SL lugs a $24,900 MSRP for 2016, you'll require an additional 10 marvelous to improve to the flashing Denali. As well as our example's profits swelled to an eye-watering $41,215 with the V-6, four-wheel drive, a power sunroof ($995), the trailering plan ($365), and several various other alternatives. In spite of its age, nonetheless, the Landscapes continues to be GMC's second-best vendor after the full-size Sierra pickup, a testimony to the amount of people purchase in this section. So we cannot fault the brand name excessive for taking its time replacing it. Yet spending lavishly for the fanciest version's added tinsel strikes us as a sour bargain.

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