2018 GMC Terrain vs. Its Competition

2018 GMC Terrain, 2017 Detroit auto show
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The leaders in the small crossover market are the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

Both are both fuel-efficient—the Toyota even has a hybrid—and space-efficient.

We like both, especially the new turbocharged, small displacement Honda CR-V, which reach the top end of the fuel economy scale.

The Ford Escape is much improved with a new-ish engine that provides plenty of power; it still has some of the best handling moves in this niche.

The new Mazda CX-5 doesn’t seem to offer much more than it did in last year’s version, save for a more suave interior.

The mechanically related Chevy Equinox doesn't separate itself much from the Terrain, except that it doesn't offer a 9-speed auto on the base engine.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 GMC Terrain tucks into a jazzy new body, and boasts a great new turbo-4 drivetrain, but needs to spread its safety message farther, and wider.
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a needed step forward for the brand and a solid compact crossover.
The 2018 Ford Escape has the road manners of another kind of car—but don't worry, it still works well as a crossover.
The 2018 Honda CR-V may be light on personality, but this compact crossover checks off every other box. It’s a very smart choice.
As long as cargo space isn’t your main reason for buying a compact crossover, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is an excellent, fun-to-drive choice.
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a lot going for it, including a hybrid model, but you’d be wise to cross-shop its rivals as well.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Turbo Gas/Ethanol I4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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