2013 GMC Terrain vs. Its Competition

2013 GMC Terrain Denali
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Though it shares its running gear with the Chevrolet Equinox, the GMC Terrain has a look all its own--and more standard equipment to go with its higher price tag.

If the styling sells you and the price tag doesn't turn you off, this year's Terrain also has an improved ride versus only the Equinox LTZ V-6, which gets the same upgraded shocks--so choose accordingly.

Other competitors include the Ford Edge, which offers a frugal turbo four-cylinder that's strained to deliver performance, and still can't quite match the slightly smaller Terrain's 32-mpg four-cylinder highway mileage.

The GMC Intellilink connectivity suite is simpler and easier to use than MyFord Touch, too, but MyFord Touch is optional.

The Honda CR-V is a spacious crossover with good build quality, but styling is just acceptable and fuel economy is average, as is handling and its connectivity and features set.

Looking at something more urbane might draw you to the Nissan Murano and its V-6 and CVT drivetrain; studying something more rugged could bring you to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, an excellent entry that's a bit bigger, somewhat more expensive, but even more capable on-road and off-road than the Terrain, though with much lower fuel economy.

2013 GMC Terrain Denali2013 GMC Terrain
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2013 Ford Edge 4-door SE FWD Side Exterior View2013 Ford Edge
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2013 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX-L w/Navi Angular Rear Exterior View2013 Honda CR-V
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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT82013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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2013 Nissan Murano2013 Nissan Murano
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Quick Specs
The 2013 GMC Terrain may wear a tough skin, but shows a softer side with excellent four-cylinder gas mileage and Denali luxury.
The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a good, affordable choice for cost-conscious families, but it doesn't skimp on comfort, safety, or the latest connectivity features.
The 2013 Ford Edge cuts through the crossover clutter with a 30-mpg turbo model, MyFord Touch's step-ahead connectivity, and exceptional interior room.
The 2013 Honda CR-V hits all the right marks for cost-conscious families—with its interior layout and safety ratings both best-in-class—although it doesn't feel as sprightly as former CR-V models.
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee blurs the SUV-crossover line expertly; better transmissions are at the top of the wish list.
The 2013 Nissan Murano trades away some utility and space-efficiency in the name of style and refinement.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas V6Gas I4Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility VehicleAWD Sport Utility
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door SLE w/SLE-1FWD 4-Door LS4-Door SE FWD2WD 5-Door LXRWD 4-Door Laredo Altitude *Ltd Avail*AWD 4-Door S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomaticContinuously Variable Ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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