How does the 2023 GMC Terrain compare to the 2024 GMC Terrain?

The GMC Terrain lives in the fiercely competitive compact SUV segment and is now in its second generation. The first-generation model was introduced in 2010, giving GMC an entry into the then-nascent compact crossover space. It was successful enough to warrant a second-generation model for 2018, offering a more refined exterior design, an updated interior, and the latest technological features.

The GMC Terrain must now rise above the masses of competitors in its class, offering something truly remarkable to mark its current generation's final year. It does so by looking the part, thanks to the latest exterior styling, which looks even more striking. Inside, it's all about practicality and comfort, with a wealth of storage throughout the cabin and comfortable seating. In addition, the GMC Terrain's lighter-weight and higher-torsional rigidity than its predecessors makes it feel much livelier behind the wheel.

The 2023 GMC Terrain and the 2024 GMC Terrain are the next evolutionary step in this popular crossover's story. But how do they compare? In this showdown, we pit the two models against each other in various categories to better understand their strengths and weaknesses. Stick around to find out more.

Trim Options

The 2023 GMC Terrain has four trim levels: the SLE, SLT, AT4, and Denali. With the recent redesign, which includes the addition of an AT4 trim, the 2023 GMC Terrain has kept up with modern times. Consequently, we don't anticipate any significant changes or updates with the 2024 GMC Terrain. However, any improvements or changes to the trim options will be a welcome upgrade.

Powertrain and Fuel Economy

Under the hood of the 2023 GMC Terrain is a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 175 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. It's paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifting. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is an optional upgrade on the SLE and SLT, while it's standard on the AT4 and Denali trims. Fuel economy stands at 24 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway for all-wheel drive models, while front-wheel drive models get 24 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

The 2024 GMC Terrain is expected to feature the same engine, most likely with some minor tweaks to boost performance. Improved fuel economy is also expected. A nine-speed automatic transmission should remain in place, with all-wheel drive as an optional upgrade. 

However, the big news is that GMC will offer an all-electric version of the Terrain in the form of the upcoming 2024 GMC Terrain EV. This model will feature an electric motor and battery system expected to produce up to 290 horsepower and 250-300 miles of range, depending on the version you pick. The Terrain EV will most likely be based on the Chevrolet Equinox EV, so many of its parts and features should mirror one another.

Overall, the 2023 and 2024 GMC Terrain offer similar performance, with the only significant difference being the addition of an all-electric version in the latter. The 2023 GMC Terrain is a reliable and efficient crossover with plenty of power, while the 2024 GMC Terrain EV promises to be a game-changing model with impressive range and power. Keep an eye out for more information on the Terrain EV in the coming months.

Interior and Cargo Capacity

The 2023 GMC Terrain offers plenty of space and comfort for up to five passengers. The interior has a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel and premium perforated leather or cloth seats with available heated front and rear outboard seats. The Terrain Denali trim provides the most entertaining and luxurious features for your driving experience, such as heated rear seats, ventilated seats, and a heads-up display. You'll also have plenty of room to store your gear, with 29.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 63.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

The 2024 GMC Terrain interior promises a fair mix of quality materials and ergonomic styling. Front seating is adjustable up to eight ways, and the pushbutton shifter is located in the center control area for easier access. The cargo area offers class-serious space, with 24 boxes and collapsible rear seats, providing ample room for large items and plenty of passenger space. So far, there have been no major changes to the Terrain's interior between the two model years. Thus, the 2023 and 2024 Terrain offer slightly similar interior comfort levels and cargo capacity.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Nowadays, seamless connectivity is a must-have in any vehicle, and the 2023 GMC Terrain provides just that. You can choose between two infotainment system options: a standard 7.0-inch touch screen or an 8.0-inch touch display included in the Denali trim or as an optional feature on all other trims. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard features. Additional optional extras include a Bose premium audio system.

The 2024 GMC Terrain's infotainment system will offer excellent connectivity with its well-designed menus and intuitive layout. It includes support for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in Wi-Fi hotspots, ensuring you stay connected no matter where the road takes you. We expect the 7-inch touch screen and six-speaker audio system to be included in the SLE trim. As for other trims, we'll have to wait and see.

Safety and Driver-Assist Features

On the safety front, the 2023 GMC Terrain comes standard with various active driver-assist features, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are also available as an option package, offering drivers extra peace of mind on the road.

For the 2024 model year, GMC may further enhance its active safety features by introducing even more GM Active Safety elements and innovations. Safety ratings remain mostly good on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, so you can count on the 2024 Terrain and 2023 Terrain as dependable options for families and commuters alike. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

There you have it - a comparison of the 2023 GMC Terrain and the potential changes to the upcoming 2024 model. At Uebelhor & Sons Buick GMC Vincennes, Indiana, we're committed to helping our customers find the perfect vehicle for their needs. That's why we offer an extensive selection of new and used cars, from Buick and GMC models to various other brands. Contact us today to schedule a test drive and experience the difference.