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2013 Terrain, 2013 GMC Terrain

Looking for a Luxury SUV without the Luxury Price Tag? Try the 2013 GMC Terrain

Published October 18, 2012

2013 Terrain, 2013 GMC Terrain

Over the past few years, GMC has become well known for their penchant for dressing up their trucks and SUVs with the Denali trim – their version of a luxury vehicle. The remaining trims do not appear to have any changes for this upcoming model, so we’ll focus on the Denali trim and what it means for those who are considering one.


The Denali trim offers you a bit more style than the other models of the 2013 GMC Terrain. It features a chrome grill that essentially just screams “I’m here! What now?” It also has added style flourishes that include new, updated headlights and rear lamps, rocker panels and front/rear fascias that are body colored, and your choice of 18” or 19” wheels.

Engine Specs

The base engine of the 2013 GMC Terrain will remain the same. It is a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that has an output of 182 horsepower, as well as the capability of producing 32 mpg while on the highway. However, the Denali trim will also give the option of a 3.6L V6 engine that is direct-injected and serves as a replacement for the 3.0L V6. Transmission is a standard six-speed automatic and you can get the Denali in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. With an SUV – going with the all-wheel drive is a sure bet. It affects the fuel mileage, but not by enough to significantly impact your gas bill.


Jump inside the 2013 GMC Terrain and you will experience features such as wood trim, ambient lighting, leather seats and many other technological features including:

  • Bluetooth
  • Power front seats
  • Smartphone Integration
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Front collision warning system
2013 GMC Terrain, Terrain Interior, 2013 Terrain Denali Interior

If you want the navigation system or any form of rear entertainment, you will have to add those options on for an additional fee.

Seating for five is available in this increasingly popular SUV.

Safety Features

The one thing that I will say about the 2013 GMC Terrain is that its body styling creates a lot of blind spots. This is why you will find that the rearview camera is standard, not an add-on option. Blind spot monitors are standard on the Denali trim since it is beefier. Nevertheless, it is rated as one of the top safety picks by the IIHS. It contains stability control as well as curtain airbags to further protect your passengers.

While GMC is notoriously known for their trucks, it should come as no surprise that the 2013 GMC Terrain is a hefty contender in the SUV/Crossover category. Line it up alongside the Honda CR-V, Ford Edge or the Toyota Venza and you will see that there is no doubt that it fits right in, if not exceeds the competition.



Calvin Escobar
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