With the recent release of the 2020 edition of the Terrain model, GMC has stepped up into the next level of popularity. Offered in SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali trims, the new 2020 GMC Terrain is now a more equipped SUV, that protects you with much more confidence. It is all because of the new raft of safety gear that now includes automatic emergency braking and more as standard equipment, but it raised eyebrows in many sectors after dropping the turbodiesel engine as an option. But did that do any good to the overall driving experience? Let us listen to what the expert drivers at the Palmyra GMC dealer have to say.
Performance Oriented Mechanisms
Currently the 2020 GMC Terrain counts on a 1.5- or 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine making 170horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque to rule on the roads. As expected, the 2.0-liter with 252 of hp and 260 lb-ft of torque is able to tow 3,500 pounds of weightespecially after being hooked to a slick-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission. The combination proved to be good enough to persistently deliver smooth and composed rides, especially if you allow the all-wheel-drive system to take charge of the power.
At the same time, the powertrain cuts down on the fuel economy rates. Front-wheel-drive is set as the standard on all the trim levels, while all-wheel-drive is offered as optional on most of them.
Both the gas engine options are set to a smooth shifting 9-speed automatic transmission and are configured either as standard front-wheel-drive oras all-wheel-drive which is optional for all the gas engines. The 2020 Terrain will no longer include in its lineup the turbodiesel engine that were so long existent in its earlier lineups.
All-wheel drive is a part-time affair for the Terrain, as the system defaults to front-wheel drive full time with power sent to the rear wheels additionally only when the driver rotates a knob on the console to engage it. This is meant to save fuel and likely cost, but it feels clunky and dated in comparison to rivals that have automatic systems that don’t require any driver input for slippery situations.
Wrapping it Up
To round up the discussion, the 2020 model year of GMC Terrain makes a recommendable choice with its consistent delivery of ride comfort.Its performance oriented driving mechanisms include a fine- tuned suspension that offers the driver with more control and grip on the vehicle, and also plays an important role in making the rides smooth. Even with a relatively smaller 17-inch rims, driving the 2020 GMC Terrain felt as comfortable as it could be with the more expensive SUV alternatives. The top of the tier Denali models come with still better suspension that are made to handle tougher terrains with the advantage of its bigger sized 19-inch wheels.
Our own test drive experience with the 2020 GMC Terrain at the Palmyra GMC dealership showroom didn’t differ from the above description, and that make us hopeful about the fact that this model will be favored by many over its closest rivals.