The GMC Terrain serves under a different name and under a different body elsewhere at GM--and if you prefer a smoother look and a lower price, you'll want to drive the related Chevy Equinox, though only the top versions get the Terrain's standard premium shocks.
Shopping in the rugged range 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--unless you opt for the very expensive turbodiesel.
In the middle of the conventional convention, there are other options.
The Ford Edge 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, but it's due to be replaced in the near future.
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|2014 GMC TerrainBrowse Used Listings||2014 Chevrolet EquinoxBrowse Used Listings||2014 Ford EdgeBrowse Used Listings||2014 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2014 Jeep Grand CherokeeBrowse Used Listings||2014 Nissan MuranoBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Ethanol I4||Gas/Ethanol I4||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Standard SUV 2WD||Small SUV 4WD|
|FWD 4-Door SLE w/SLE-1||FWD 4-Door LS||4-Door SE FWD||2WD 5-Door LX||RWD 4-Door Altitude||AWD 4-Door S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD|
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|2014 GMC Terrain vs. 2014 Chevrolet Equinox||2014 GMC Terrain vs. 2014 Ford Edge||2014 GMC Terrain vs. 2014 Honda CR-V||2014 GMC Terrain vs. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee||2014 GMC Terrain vs. 2014 Nissan Murano|