A white 2022 GMC Terrain is shown from the front off-roading through the mud.

Keep Your Eye on the 2022 GMC Terrain

The 2022 GMC Terrain is proof that good things happen to those who wait. The model was supposed to receive its mid-cycle refresh in 2021, but due to the continuously unfolding events surrounding the global pandemic and resulting shipping restrictions, microchip shortage, and dramatic world events, GMC decided to postpone the big reveal until the 2022 model year.

Fortunately, this delay appears to have been in the Terrain’s favor. The 2022 GMC Terrain is a very purposefully refreshed vehicle with stylistic changes that make sense and provide drivers with an attractive and capable small SUV. For those in the market for a five-passenger SUV, the time is right to rediscover the 2022 GMC Terrain. Now packed with more convenience features than ever and an attractive restyled body, the 2022 Terrain is ready to join you on your next great adventure.

Performance and Capacity of the 2022 GMC Terrain

As the name implies, the GMC Terrain is a vehicle that’s ready to take every journey boldly in stride. Perfectly blending street smarts and an adventurous spirit, the Terrain lineup is designed to assist in everyday tasks as well as the paths less taken.

Under the hood is a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder dual overhead cam engine with Direct-Injection and Variable Valve Timing for the best in driving enjoyment and overall fuel efficiency. This engine provides 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque while maintaining an impressive fuel economy for a vehicle of its size. The EPA estimates the 2022 Terrain will manage up to 25 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway.

Inside, drivers will appreciate plenty of intelligently designed space. There’s plenty of room for five adult passengers to enjoy a day trip comfortably, and the cabin can be configured to stow a considerable amount of adventure equipment, shopping finds, and more. With all seats occupied, the Terrain includes 29.6 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row. With the second-row seating folded, however, this space increases to 63.3 cubic feet. Given that all seats fold flat, the Terrain prides itself on being able to carry treasures up to 8 feet in length.

Additionally, the 2022 Terrain can tow up to 1500 pounds. While this isn’t enough pull for a full-sized camper trailer, it’s plenty of capacity for vacation gear and extras for the activities you’ll enjoy along the way. This is one compact SUV that is ready for whatever adventure you have planned.

A red 2022 GMC Terrain shows the rear tire in close up.

Exploring the Road Safely in the 2022 GMC Terrain

Each trim of the 2022 GMC Terrain has its own personality. From the streetwise SLE and SLT trims to the trail-ready AT4 and the fully deluxe Denali, each trim is designed to take drivers where they need to go in exactly the right fashion. However, there is one area where GMC does not compromise, and that’s in the standard safety features. For 2022, the GMC Pro Safety suite is standard on all Terrain trims.

GMC Pro Safety suite includes six standard driver-assist features, ranging from Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning to Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Emergency Braking and Front Pedestrian Braking. IntelliBeam automatic headlamps are also part of the package. This collection of safety and driver assistance technology is designed with everyone in mind, including the driver, passengers, and those sharing the road.

Stepping up to the Denali trim adds the additional safety features included in the GMC Pro Safety Plus package. Also available as an option on the SLT and AT4 trims, this package enhances the standard offerings with features such as Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Rear Park Assist. The futuristic Head Up Display projects the speed limit and your current speed into the driver’s line of sight, along with other details that might distract drivers’ attention from the road, such as audio information.

The 2022 Terrain also offers optional High Definition Surround Vision, which combines the perspective from a variety of cameras positioned around the vehicle’s exterior to create a bird’s eye view. There is also a collection of several other camera angles that can be chosen to help drivers best navigate each parking situation.

Fun and Features in the 2022 GMC Terrain

While safety is always a priority, it’s important to choose a vehicle that’s fun to drive. With plenty of pep under the hood and a smooth, responsive drive style, the act of driving the Terrain is very enjoyable, but that’s often not enough to get most of us through our daily commute. To get the most from this adventurous SUV, it is important to choose the trim that fits your lifestyle.

The SLE may be the base trim, but it’s an economical and enjoyable vehicle. It comes equipped with things every driver needs, such as adjustable driver and passenger seats, both of which recline for those brief rest stop naps when driving cross-country. The standard six-speaker audio system is paired with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, allowing you to blast your downloaded tunes, manage calls, and keep updated on important vehicle information throughout your trip.

Moving up to the SLT trim will add some creature comforts, such as upgrading the infotainment display screen to 8 inches, as well as adding power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats to the features of the SLE. The SLE and SLT can both be upgraded with the Terrain Elevation Edition. This stunning appearance package adds 19-inch gloss black aluminum wheels, dark front grille, black exterior accents and badging, and black roof side rails.

Those who are looking for adventure beyond the pavement can select the all-new AT4 trim. Inspired by GMC’s other popular AT4 models, the Terrain AT4 includes a front skid plate, traction select system with off-road mode, and custom Goodyear Sport Terrain Tires. It also includes some sporty details, such as black chrome accents around the exterior and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel.

At the top of the line is the 2022 GMC Terrain Denali. The Denali combines the best of the Terrain’s engineering, comfort and convenience features, and high style. With its own premium suspension system and Enhanced Shock Control, as well as 19-inch wheels, it’s the smoothest riding Terrain in the lineup. The 8-inch infotainment system is also enhanced with the inclusion of built-in navigation.

A red 2022 GMC Terrain is shown driving on a dirt path past a row of trees.

GMC’s Best Compact SUV Yet

The 2022 GMC Terrain looks to provide plenty of fun and driving excitement for a wide variety of drivers, lending some truth to the phrase “better late than never.” Drivers have plenty of choices to accommodate their driving style and budget. From the sedate yet well-equipped SLE, to the trail-seeking AT4, to the luxurious Denali, the 2022 Terrain offers something for nearly every driver.

For those looking to incorporate a small SUV and all the fun that it can bring into their lives, consider the refreshed Terrain. GMC has taken great care to find the sweet spot between affordability, adventure, technology, and style. Drivers can rely on the robust GMC Pro Safety package to keep them alert and informed on the road, with additional options available in the Pro Safety Plus package. The new trims and optional features of the 2022 GMC Terrain further allow drivers to customize their ride to create exactly the right balance of road driving and adventure to meet their needs.