2013 GMC Terrain Denali
Looking to distance itself even further from Chevy’s budget-friendly Equinox, the GMC Terrain compact crossover aims for higher ground, and deeper pockets, with a mid-cycle makeover that includes a new top line Denali model. Terrain styling already had a unique flair, boxier than the Equinox, and with more bulges than the Terminator. Now in Denali trim, satin-chrome adorns almost every surface, from the front grille and fascia, to rocker panels and door handles… and even the rear lift gate. The rugged, squared off fender flairs cover new 18 and 19 inch wheels, which keep the Denali grounded. The interior is expectedly cushy, with premium leather seats, “French” stitching, and wood trim throughout. New safety features like Lane Departure, and Rear Cross Traffic Alerts are standard for Denali, though oddly enough, navigation is not. A 182-horsepower 2.4 liter I4 continues as standard, even on the Denali. But, the big addition is the GM’s optional 3.6-liter V6, of Cadillac CTS fame, replacing last year’s 3.0-liter. For the extra money you’ll get 301 hp, 14 percent more than before with no decay in fuel economy. Top towing also remains at 3,500 pounds.
GREG CARLOSS: The Terrain Denali definitely isn’t for everyone, and it is missing some premium features like push button start. But, it’s still capable compact crossover, now just overstated with Denali trim. The larger V6 is great for towing, and it makes passing easy. But, if you’re looking for fuel economy I’d stick with the 4-cylinder.
The 2013 GMC Terrain Denali starts around $35,000 and it’s on sale now.
Engine: 2.4 liter I4
Price: Starts around $35,000