2016 GMC Terrain Denali – V-6 AWD Review

The compact crossover SUV market is now filled with players. Many SUVs compete for the title of being the best. We cannot say that the 2016 GMC Terrain Denali is the best but it is one that changed quite a lot in the past few years, although not so much from the last model. It is expected to have a new design in the future that will make everything even more efficient but we are faced with a really interesting option right now, one that you can consider.

The 2016 model is quite similar to the 2015 one. Various options are available with the engine and you can easily opt for one of the engines based on what you really want. The optional $1,500 3.6 V-6 301 hp opportunity is definitely the one that you want to take into account. It has four wheel drive if you want it and the difference with the others is quite visible. While we do have the competition surpassing this model when looking at drivability, execution and refinement, GMC still has to be taken into account.

An Addition Of Chrome

2016 GMC Terrain Denali interior


The 2016 GMC Terrain Denali features a contoured, taller grille that features much more chrome, together with LED running daytime lights, a great hood and revised bumpers both in the rear and the front. We have a chunky design but the addition of the shiny chrome is appealing for many. The look is a little less industrial. Premium model buyers like this V-6 AWD will have access to a wood trim and some extras that make the design better.

When looking at the interior, we have some interesting updates that appeared, together with optional equipment you did not have access to in the past. You will like the sharp graphics of the 7 inch central touch screen, even if the display is not perfectly located, being a little away from the SUV driver. Opt for the built in WiFi connectivity opportunity and if you want to, you can take advantage of Siri Eyes Free from Apple. This will cost you around $500 extra.

The real interior problem is the ergonomics as they are quite messy. We have use of some pretty hard plastics that have sharp edges. This is not at all beautiful. We do talk about an SUV that has some lacks when looking at amenities. For instance, no auto up windows or keyless ignition can be added to the SUV.

Driving – Performance

2016 GMC Terrain Denali

The 2016 GMC Terrain Denali with V-6 AWD offers a totally respectable performance. However, driving is reported to not be so enjoyable. You will reach 60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds. When looking at day-to-day driving, it is hard to say that the experience is great. Much throttle is needed in order to get everything going. We have a little bit too much noise in the cabin. At the same time, fuel economy can only be described as being disappointing at 16 mpg mixed.

The brakes are solid but are definitely not dynamic. We have a heavy and lifeless steering. Body control during corner cutting is sub-par. Good news comes from the fact that the ride over a broken pavement is something that is suitable.

The 2016 GMC Terrain standard edition costs close to $25,000. However, you will need to spend over $10,000 to get the Denali upgrade. Combine this with extra amenities you may want to add like a sunroof and trailering packages and the result is definitely one that is quite pricey. A really strong 2017 redesign will be necessary with the GMC Terrain.