2016 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD Review

2016 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD Review - There are currently great deals of fresh players in the white-hot compact-crossover segment. The 2016 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD Terrain, nevertheless, is not one of them, having changed little bit since its debut in 2009 as the tiniest of the truck brand name's "Expert Grade" cars. While we anticipate a more portable and also efficient redesign to show up within the following year approximately, the present Terrain-- and its Chevrolet Equinox platform-mate-- soldiers right into its 7th year of manufacturing well past its sell-by date.

Despite some minor updates, the 2016 Surface largely stays the same as the design that finished sixth in an eight-vehicle contrast test back in 2010. The array stretched for 2013 when the top-end Denali version was contributed to the lineup, as well as an optional 301-hp 3.6-liter V-6 ($1500) was added at the same time. Front-wheel drive as well as a wheezy 182-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder remain standard, as well as you can opt for all-wheel drive for an extra $1750. However newer competitors-- such as the most up to date Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and Mazda CX-5-- all quickly surpass the GMC in terms of improvement, execution, and also drivability.

2016 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD Review

King Chrome
To update its look, 2016 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD has provided the latest Terrain a taller, contoured grille with a lot more chrome, as well as LED daytime running lights, a protruding "power dome" hood, and also changed front and rear bumpers with added shiny bits. The look is still overtly chunky, but with a softer, much less commercial port. Customers of the costs version like our V-6 AWD test automobile could relish its glitzy appearance, the plethora of Denali badges, and also one-of-a-kind "smoked mahogany" wood trim.

The inside also receives a few updates, as well as some new optional equipment that was recently Denali-specific. The central, seven-inch touch-screen user interface currently has sharper graphics, however the screen is reasonably little and also far from the driver, as well as the surrounding controls are little and haphazardly set up. A 4G LTE OnStar link, a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as Apple's Siri Eyes Free connection are consisted of. Our instance put the optional navigating system with GMC's IntelliLink for $495.

However none of the updates boost the Terrain's poor fit-and-finish and also messy ergonomics. Huge swaths of hard plastics with sharp sides as well as huge panel spaces litter the cabin. As well as the pixilated, red-hued details display in the tool cluster appears like something out of an old Coleco video game. In spite of the Denali's costs price point, it's missing some anticipated amenities-- such as keyless ignition, auto-up home windows, as well as dual-zone climate control-- discovered in newer entry-level compacts. A minimum of the Denali does come common with distant beginning, a premium Leader audio system, and also a plethora of motorist aids (forward-collision, lane-departure, blind-spot, and also rear cross-traffic alerts).

2016 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD Review

Move Along Now
Our examination car's performance at the track was commendable yet not delightful. The dashboard to 60 mph takes 6.3 seconds, with the quarter-mile death in 14.9 seconds at 94 mph-- equivalent to the moments we have actually recorded from even more elegant compact crossovers from Germany. The GMC's V-6, however, is rugged and also undesirable in everyday driving, with a torque optimal that shows up relatively high in the rev variety (272 lb-ft at 4800 rpm), which requires significant throttle job to obtain relocating. This is not the same sonorous and highly re-engineered 3.6-liter in the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro V-6. The Terrain's conventional six-speed automatic contributes to the racket as it stumbles for the proper ratio and also holds onto gears way also lengthy prior to upshifting. Gas economic climate also was disappointing: Our noted number of 16 mpg in blended driving was 1-mpg less than that of the last Chevrolet Tahoe 4x4 we checked.

The 4239-pound Landscapes's 170-foot stop from 70 miles per hour and also 0.81 g of side grasp are solid initiatives, but there's nothing vibrant regarding the way the GMC drives. The steering is sluggish and rather hefty, as well as our example, with 19-inch wheels ($400) as well as Hankook Optimo all-season tires, can conveniently be coaxed into howling understeer. The one mechanical distinction for the Denali variation continues to be its standard dual-mode dampers, which supply ample physical body control in corners while still delivering an acceptable ride over busted sidewalk.

While the base Landscapes SL brings a $24,900 MSRP for 2016, you'll need an added 10 grand to boost to the glimmering Denali. As well as our example's bottom line swelled to an eye-watering $41,215 with the V-6, four-wheel drive, a power sunroof ($995), the trailering package deal ($365), as well as several various other choices. Regardless of its age, nonetheless, the Landscapes stays GMC's second-best vendor after the full-size Sierra pick-up, a testament to the amount of individuals acquisition in this sector. So we can not fault the brand way too much for taking its time changing it. Yet splurging for the fanciest variation's put tinsel strikes us as a sour offer.

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