Is the 2018 GMC Terrain the Winner?

2018 GMC TerrainBeing a new family of 5, finding a new car is high up on our list. As you all know we have been on the hunt for what will probably turn out to be an SUV. Adding to the list of car brands I’ve never driven is GMC. For some reason, GMC never appealed to me as a buyer. I’m am shocked to say that after a week of driving,  I fell in love with the 2018 GMC Terrain.

Knocking it Out of the Park

There are two reasons why the Terrain has won me over and the first is the features. The GMC Terrain comes with all the new standard features including Bluetooth, rearview mirrors, car play, etc. Perfect. Three new features I’ve never witnessed before and that totally sold me were seat vibrations, the AC controls, and the drive buttons.

When you’re using a rearview camera to back up, sometimes you don’t see certain things coming. For instance, when you’re backing out of your garage you may be closer to the side than you think and may accidentally scrape your car. Instead of only a light on your side view mirror warning you, GMC also has seat vibrations to grab your attention.

Whenever you are close to something when backing up or changing lanes, the Terrain will vibrate your seat depending on where the object is around the vehicle. So left for left, right for right. The first time it happened I almost jumped out of my seat because I was so unprepared and wasn’t expecting it. After that though, I absolutely loved the vibrations and could do away with the lights completely.

2018 GMC TerrainIf you’re confused as to why I added the AC controls comment, it is because it’s probably not what you’re thinking. Yes, all cars have AC controls but the GMC Terrain actually turned your air down at a lower speed whenever I answered a phone call. No fidgeting with control knobs while try to answer a call at the same time anymore. It is such a clever and well thought of feature to incorporate!

Instead of your typical gear shift knob, the GMC Terrain had buttons to put the car in drive. At first, I really wasn’t liking it but by the end of the week, I didn’t mind it at all. It’s really easy to use and not having a knob in the middle of the dash made way for a lot more space for other things. The only concern I have with them would be if you hoped out to check the mail or something and magically somehow one of the buttons got pressed.

Other Terrain Goodies

Besides my two favorite features mentioned above, I loved everything else about the car as well. The Terrain handles really well while driving as smooth as butter. The seats are plush leather with tons of nice upgrades that you wouldn’t expect for a car in the $40k price range. The inside gives you the impression that it would be more appropriately priced in the $60k range.

2018 GMC TerrainThe gas mileage was great and what was to be expected for a midsize SUV. The body of the car has a nice modern look that will age well in the coming years. The paint quality is superb and you know what I didn’t even notice or mind in this car? The cloth floor mats. I was distracted by how well made the SUV was that I didn’t even notice the floor mats until it was getting picked up.

My boys, all three of them fit comfortably in the second row and there was no shortage of leg room. They were able to stretch out and enjoy a smooth ride everywhere we went. Not to mention I’m a big fan of the two-tone leather seats. The trunk was large and I was able to fit a stroller, extra car seat, and a cart and a half of groceries with ease in there.

Would I Buy the GMC Terrain?

Absolutely! The SUV had me sold quickly. My husband was so surprised at how smitten I became for the vehicle. Though I think I’m leaning towards three rows in an SUV, this one is definitely pulling at my heartstrings. If we do decide to settle for two rows instead of three, the GMC Terrain will have our money hands down!

2018 GMC Terrain



  1. June 12, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    OK how awesome does that car look! I am loving how spacious it is and it seems like it has some really great features with the electronics as well.
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  2. June 12, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    This is so pretty! And has such great features. I got rid of my SUV two years ago and now have a car which I love. It’s amazing how many features the newer cars have.

  3. Jessica Taylor
    June 12, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    Oh wow. I have been looking into purchasing a larger vehicle, and this looks perfect!

  4. June 12, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    This does look like a fantastic vehicle. I’ll be needing a new one down the line. I love all the features! And it’s super clean. My vehicle is a mess right now.

  5. June 12, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    This one looks great! I told my husband I want one!

  6. Kiwi
    June 12, 2018 / 10:49 pm

    The seat look super plush. I dont think I ever drove a GMC but they are a good economy car!

  7. June 13, 2018 / 6:07 am

    Wow this car looks awesome. I’ve been looking for something with more space? Do you know if it’s availiabke in manual?

  8. June 13, 2018 / 7:02 am

    Love the interior. Mine is similar, but with red. Would def give this a test drive!

  9. Ann F. Snook-Moreau
    June 13, 2018 / 11:39 am

    I don’t have kids so this would be wayyy too big for me but it looks like a nice car! Very luxurious for an affordable price.

  10. June 13, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    This car seems perfect for the family! As someone who almost never has passengers, this wouldn’t be ideal for me, but I do have a couple families in mind.

  11. June 13, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    We just became a family of 6 and this has been the topic of our conversation. It’s tricky when trying to find something that has 3 rows and great trunk space, as well as space in seating, good gas mileage and not to huge to handle.

  12. June 14, 2018 / 2:19 am

    The GMC Terrain sounds like a great ride for families, and the interior looks so classy. It’s a win in my book!

  13. Dena
    June 16, 2018 / 8:04 am

    I like it’s design and features. I think this one is perfect for us too. I will have it in my list of models to consider when we replace our old car in the future.

  14. June 16, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    Love this SUV review. I always loved SUVs. Although we aren’t much GMC fans, we do love the JEEP Suvs.

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