2023 GMC Terrain Preview: Denali, Redesign, Changes, Price

After the recent update, we expect that the current generation of GMC’s compact crossover will remain the same in the next few years. This also indicates that the 2023 GMC Terrain is about to carry on in the same way, without more notable changes. We count on a familiar design, though we wouldn’t exclude the possibility to see a couple of minor updates, such as new color options and more standard features.

You may count on familiar design characteristics and features. This crossover still has a lot of good things to offer, starting with good fuel economy, a spacious cabin and a decent list of standard equipment. It also looks attractive, while the ride is smooth. On the other hand, the main complaint goes to the fact that there is no engine upgrade, while the cargo area offers some pretty modest numbers.

As there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 GMC Terrain will come at a typical time of year, sometime in the last quarter of 2022.

2023 GMC Terrain AT4

2023 GMC Terrain Design

As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 GMC Terrain probably won’t feature any bigger changes. Instead, we will see a familiar design, which has been updated last year. That update brought new aesthetics, which make this SUV look more rugged than before. There are things like new headlights, new grille, bumpers and more. Also, the company introduced the new AT4 trim, which comes with a couple of mechanical and aesthetical upgrades. Considering all these updates, we are pretty sure that the next year won’t bring any particular changes.

The same thing goes for mechanics. This SUV rides on a good-old E2 platform and the chassis and suspension setup ensure a pretty smooth ride. This vehicle doesn’t feel particularly athletic, but we are pretty sure most drivers can live with that.


The same thing goes for the interior design, even though this area didn’t receive any update with the recent refresh. The cabin will remain largely the same as in the initial version of this generation. Still, that is not necessarily a bad thing. The cabin looks nice, while there is new upholstery. Materials are fine, while the build quality is okay. Everything looks decent enough, though the fact is that most rivals look better from the inside.

2023 GMC Terrain Interior

When it comes to the passenger space, there is really nothing to complain about. This SUV comes with two rows of seats and both of them offer plenty of leg and headroom, accommodating adults with ease. The driving position is good, whether it’s about ergonomics or outward visibility.

On the other hand, the cargo area could be bigger. You may count on about 29.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 63.3 cubic feet of the total volume. That is less than you get from most rivals.


The recent update didn’t bring many updates in this aspect. Except for the wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, most of the things remained the same. Logically, we expect that the 2023 GMC Terrain will continue in the same way too. The list of standard equipment also includes things like a six-speaker stereo, four USB ports, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot, as well as things like push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and automatic climate control. Among upgrades, you may expect to see things like dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, navigation, wireless device charging, satellite radio, HD Radio, a seven-speaker Bose stereo, a DVD player, and a rear-seat infotainment system.

When it comes to safety, all models should come standard with goodies like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, a following distance indicator, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning. Among options, we expect to find more advanced systems like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and parallel park assist.

2023 GMC Terrain Engine

Unfortunately, this compact crossover is no more available with the optional 2.0-liter turbo-four with 250 horsepower. Instead, the smaller 1.5-liter turbo-four remained the only powertrain options on the offer. This engine puts out around 170 horsepower and, as you may presume, it doesn’t impress. Still, it gets the job done and it would certainly serve well as a daily commuter, especially if we consider fuel economy. Speaking of the fuel economy, you may count on about 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those are decent numbers for the class.

The engine comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which does a pretty decent job too.

2023 GMC Terrain Release date

2023 GMC Terrain Release Date and Price

We expect that the 2023 GMC Terrain will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the next year. Some of the key competitors should be models like Jeep Cherokee, Ford Bronco Sport etc.

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