Our Neighbors to the North Love the GMC Terrain Compact SUV. Why?

It’s no secret that many of the same vehicles sold in the United States are also sold in Canada. Some offer a few differences, but many domestic products are the same in both countries. The 2022 GMC Terrain is a premium compact SUV that delivers rugged driving qualities and an upmarket feeling from the mainstream vehicles we see. Something you might find interesting; the Terrain is one of the fastest-selling SUVs in Canada.

How fast does the GMC Terrain SUV sell in Canada?

A GMC Terrain in the snow
2022 GMC Terrain AT4 | GMC

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How about 15 days? Is that a fast enough turning rate for a vehicle? Of course, it is, and GM Authority confirms this is how fast the Terrain models sell in Canada. For a bit of context, a fast turning rate is typically 30-45 days. In Canada, the Terrain is selling at warp speed. There’s an incredible demand for this premium compact crossover, but that’s not all.

What else does Canada love about the GMC brand?

GMC features a few sub-brands that show up as trim levels. These sub-brands are Denali, AT4, and Elevation, and these three names account for a large percentage of the overall GMC sales in the Great White North. The percentages are in, and we find the total sales for this brand:

  • Denali – 26%
  • AT4 – 25%
  • Elevation – 22%

This leaves only 27% left for the rest of the trims and sub-brands from GMC.

Does the new mid-cycle enhancement make the GMC Terrain more attractive?

The 2022 GMC Terrain is one of the fastest-selling SUVs in Canada.
2022 GMC Terrain | GMC

Certainly, the upgrades offered for the 2022 version of the Terrain bring it more of what many customers want in their compact SUV. Upgrades to this SUV include:

  • New exterior and interior color options
  • Shuffled trim level lineup
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Black Diamond Edition package
    • Denali Premium Package content
    • SkyScape power sunroof
    • 19-inch aluminum painted wheels with After Midnight finish

Does this small SUV offer enough power?

The powertrain of the 2022 GMC Terrain includes a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine attached to a nine-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain delivers 170 horsepower, 203 lb-ft of torque, and 25 city/30 hwy mpg in FWD models. Those opting for the AWD version enjoy 25 city/28 hwy mpg. Of course, for Canadians, this is converted to liters per mile.

Unfortunately, this low power level leaves something to be desired, as does the tow rating of only 1,500 pounds.

What features come in the GMC Terrain SUV?

SLE Trim

  • Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • GMC Pro Safety suite
    • Automatic emergency braking
    • Lane-keep assist
  • Premium cloth interior
  • Traction Select System
  • LED headlights and taillights

SLT Trim

  • Leather heated and perforated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Hands-free power liftgate

Elevation Edition

  • 19-inch gloss black wheels
  • Dark front grille
  • Black roof rails, mirror caps, and exterior badges

AT4 Trim

  • Off-road equipment
  • Goodyear Sport Terrain tires
  • Traction Select System with off-road mode
  • Hill descent control
  • AT4 embroidered headrests
  • Special appearance package
  • Front steel skid plate

Denali Trim

  • GMC Pro Safety Plus
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Rear park assist
  • Special appearance package
  • Premium suspension with enhanced shock control
  • Wireless device charging
  • Head-up display
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats

How much does the GMC Terrain cost?

The starting price for this compact SUV is $27,900 for the SLE FWD model. The SLT starts at $31,900, while the AT4 model begins at $34,000. Choose the Denali trim, and you’ll spend $36,600. Add AWD to the SLE or SLT models, and you’ll spend an additional $1,600.

Why do Canadians buy the Terrain SUV so quickly?

There’s a high demand in Canada for the GMC Terrain. While we can’t quite pinpoint why it could be the complete package this SUV delivers. One step up to the SLT trim, and this SUV has a heated steering wheel and heated seats.  It also offers the rugged build that’s part of every GMC model in the market.

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This article was updated on 9/13/2022.

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