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GMC Terrain gets some updates, new off-road AT4 model for 2022

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GMC’s five-passenger Terrain compact crossover came to market for its second generation with a roomier interior and lots of new technology.
For 2022, the Terrain gets some updates, as well as a new model — the first-ever Terrain AT4 (base price $34,000 plus $1,195 freight) — designed for customers who want more off-road capability.
The Terrain AT4 comes with standard all-wheel drive, unique off-road trim that includes a front steel skid plate, and an AT4-only premium exterior color, Desert Sand Metallic ($495 extra), which was included on our test vehicle for this report.
Also new for this model year is a refreshed and modernized Denali luxury model.

With the addition of the Terrain AT4, GMC now offers this special trail-ready trim level on all of its vehicles, after introducing it first on the 2019 Sierra full-size pickup. It was added to the Yukon full-size SUV and Acadia midsize crossover for 2021, and for 2022, it also debuts on the Canyon midsize pickup
Terrain trim levels for the 2022, in order from lowest to highest price, are the SLE ($27,900, front drive; $29,500, AWD); SLT ($31,900, FWD; $33,500, AWD; AT4 ($34,000, AWD only); and Denali ($36,600, AWD only). The entry-level SE trim level has been dropped.
All models come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline engine with 170 horsepower and 203 foot-pounds of torque. (Terrain no longer offers the diesel or 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine options.) 
This engine is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

EPA fuel-economy ratings are 26 city/30 highway with front drive, and 25/28/26 with all-wheel drive..
To shift the transmission, the Terrain has push/pull buttons in the lower center of the dash for “Park,” “Drive,” “Reverse,” and “Neutral.” GMC calls it Electronic Precision Shift, and says this arrangement was intended to provide more storage room in the center console by replacing the conventional transmission shifter with these electronically controlled “intuitive pushbuttons and pull triggers.” 
The buttons are easy to operate, though, and for safety’s sake, you do have to pull out on them to put the vehicle into gear. That prevents accidentally bumping the Terrain into “Drive” or “Reverse” while fooling with gadgets and such in the center console.
The Terrain also comes with GMC’s driver-controllable Traction Select system, with settings for varied driving conditions. The all-wheel-drive models, like our AT4 tester, include a front-wheel-drive mode to minimize drag and boost fuel economy when all-wheel drive isn’t needed.

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The Terrain has room for up to five passengers. No third-row seat is offered to expand passenger capacity.
Standard features even at the base level include the Traction Select system; LED daytime running lights and taillights; leather-wrapped steering wheel; flat-folding front passenger seat; 17-inch wheels; and keyless open with pushbutton start.
The next-level SLT trim brings perforated leather seats, heated steering wheel and heated/ventilated front seats, 18-inch machined-aluminum wheels with gray painted pockets, a chrome grille, fog lights, roof rails, LED turn signals in the outside mirrors, and premium chrome accents.

Also included are an eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar, self-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, a 110-volt power outlet and two USB ports (data/charge) up front and two USB charge-only ports for rear passengers.
Included on the AT4 with no extra charge are 17-inch machined-face alloy wheels,  the perforated-leather seats, a hands-free rear power programmable liftgate; memory settings for the power driver’s seat and outside mirrors; eight-way power front passenger seat with power lumbar; leather-wrapped/heated four-spoke steering wheel; and dual-zone automatic climate control.
In the center of the dash is an eight-inch multi-color touch-screen for the GMC Infotainment/Navigation system with Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones, compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and satellite radio.
The navigation was extra on our tester, part of the Infotainment Package II ($1,180), which also brought a Bose seven-speaker audio system, HD radio, and OnStar Connected Navigation. The rearview camera system showed its image on the eight-inch screen.
Included in the base price was the GMC Pro Safety Package, which brought automatic high beams, following-distance indicator, forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Front Pedestrian Braking.
We also had the GMC Pro Safety Plus Package I ($645), with Adaptive Cruise Control, Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist and the Safety Alert Seat.

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The Skyscape Sunroof ($1,495) was also included, along with the Tech Package ($850), which added HD Surround Vision, front and rear parking assist, and a head-up display on the driver’s lower windshield. 
In the instrument panel was a Driver Information Center with 4.2-inch color screen, providing vehicle information such as oil life and tire pressures, and trip information, including fuel range, average fuel economy, instant fuel economy, average vehicle speed, compass direction, and digital speed readout.
Marine Metallic and Cayenne Red Metallic are two new colors, along with the AT4-exclusive Desert Sand Metallic, all with the $495 upcharge. White Frost Tricoat is available for $1,095.
Our vehicle’s perforated-leather seats were Jet Black. Other interior colors available are Jet Black with Brandy or Medium Ash Gray inserts.

The tester also came with the OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. An unlimited data plan through AT&T is offered. The OnStar Basic Plan is standard across the line at no extra cost for the first five years.
The newest Terrain generation has a roomier interior, and lots of standard and available new technology. The cabin was also extensively restyled, with a low windshield base that gives a larger outward view.
Among interior features is the kneeling rear seat. Its bottom cushions tilt forward when the split-folding seatbacks are lowered, allowing a flat floor for easier loading of cargo. The front passenger seat also folds down to allow for hauling long items if there is no passenger in the front.

We had more than enough power with the 1.5-liter engine for a long road trip that included some mountain driving.
There was plenty of room in the cargo area for groceries and luggage. Behind the rear seat there is 29.6 cubic feet of cargo space; that expands to 63.3 cubic feet with the rear seat folded flat, and 81 cubic feet with the front passenger seat folded down.
Rear passengers had a 12-volt power outlet and two USB charging ports available in the rear of the front center console, along with A/C vents. A pull-down center armrest was available when there was no middle passenger, and it had two cupholders. There are small single bottle holders in each door.

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There are two decent-size side-by-side cupholders in the front center console for the driver and front passenger. In front of them is a tray for smartphones, and behind is a covered console box.
The Terrain was surprisingly quiet inside, even at highway speeds. Conversation between front and rear passengers was easy – no one had to raise their voices.
Ride and handling were typical for a modern crossover, smooth and carlike, with no real complaints. Everyone was comfortable, front and rear, although we didn’t put anyone in the rear middle position.
Standard safety features included hill-descent control, electronic stability control with traction control, front seat-mounted side air bags, outboard roof-mounted side-curtain air bags for both rows of seats, the GM teen-driver system, a theft-deterrent system, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and tire-pressure monitoring.

Total sticker price for our 2022 Terrain AT4 was $39,810, including freight and options.
The automotive columns of G. Chambers Williams III have appeared regularly in the Express-News since 2000. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @gchambers3. His driving partner Emma Jayne Williams contributed to this report.

2022 GMC Terrain

The package: Compact, five-passenger, five-door, front- or all-wheel-drive, four-cylinder gasoline-powered crossover utility vehicle.
Highlights: The second generation of GMC’s compact crossover gets some updates and the new AT4 off-model for 2022. Optional engines have been discontinued.
Negatives: No third row of seating offered for increased capacity; no V-6 engine offered.
Engines: 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline, turbocharged.
Transmission: Nine-speed automatic.
Power/torque: 170 HP./203 foot-pounds.
Brakes, front/rear: Disc/disc, antilock.
Length: 182.3 inches.
Curb weight range (base): 3,449-3,659 pounds.
Cargo volume: 29.6 cubic feet (behind rear seat); 63.3 cubic feet (rear seat folded).
Towing capacity: 1,500 pounds.
EPA fuel economy: 26 mpg city/32 highway/28 combined (front-wheel drive); 25/28/26 (all-wheel drive).
Fuel capacity/type: 14.9 gallons, regular unleaded (front drive); 15.6 gallons, regular unleaded (all-wheel drive).
Base price range: $27,900-$39,600, plus $1,195 freight.
Price as tested: $39,810, including freight and options (2022 AT4).
Major competitors: Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, Dodge Journey, Jeep Cherokee, Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Outback.
On the Road rating: 9.2 (of a possible 10).
Prices shown are manufacturer’s suggested retail; actual selling price may vary.

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