A red 2022 GMC Terrain SLT is shown from the front driving on an open road.

What Makes the 2022 GMC Terrain SLT a Great Daily Driver?

We spend a ridiculous amount of time in our vehicles: commuting to and from work, going to family functions, and driving just to drive and get out of the house for a minute because the people inside are driving us crazy! Yeah, we spend a lot of time in our cars. For some of us, we enjoy that time because we are in vehicles like the 2022 GMC Terrain SLT that take into consideration what drivers need. For others, we don’t enjoy prolonged hours in our cars because they’re just not comfortable. When we’re picking out our next new ride or looking at our current ones, there are just some things that make the drive better. So what vehicle features make daily driving in a 2022 GMC Terrain SLT more enjoyable? Let us show you.

All the Features of a Great Daily Driver

We know. Usually, when we look at daily drivers, the first thought is a car. Cars are typically more fuel-efficient and tend to be a little easier to maneuver in parking lots and busy roads. While those things are true of cars, a car just isn’t enough sometimes. They can be super cramped and not offer even the driver enough leg space. Some cars hardly have any trunk space leaving you to decide between carpooling or taking your things with you. Cars are smaller, and sometimes that can make them less safe when driving in bad weather. These reasons are part of why more and more people are moving away from cars, and we are seeing more SUVs out on the roads. With the 2022 releases came the GMC Terrain SLT. As an SUV, it may not be your initial first pick to be a daily driver, but this one surprised us with how well it could fill the role! Here are some of the features of the 2022 GMC Terrain SLT that we think make it a great commuter vehicle!

The black interior of a 2022 GMC Terrain SLT shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

Safety First!

When we are traveling, no matter how far we go, we want to know that we will make it there in one piece! The 2022 Terrain SLT was given a 5 Star NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) rating and has some features that give it an edge on the road. Front Pedestrian Braking and alerts come in super handy when you are trying to work your way through parking lots, and those walking nearby aren’t paying attention. So while the GMC is slightly larger, this added feature helps it be just as maneuverable in parking lots. Other features that help compensate for the Terrain being slightly larger are the Forward Collision Warnings, Lane Keep Assistance, and the Automatic Emergency Braking. These are especially handy when the cars around you are darting in and out of traffic and hugging the lane lines.

Safety features like the Following Distance Indicator helps you commute without looking like a jerk because you’re too close to the rear bumper of the car in front of you, which is a lifesaver for us because getting the bird is just not a great way to start or end your day of work. The SLT also has this really neat feature available called a Head-Up Display. If you haven’t had one, they are small projections of your gauges on your windshield, enabling you to check how fast you’re going without taking your eyes off the road! Another addition that can be added to the SLT is Surround Vision which is handy to have when parking, driving, or doing just about anything in your SUV in general because it allows you to see all around your vehicle!

Gas Costs What?

It’s almost painful to go to the gas pumps these days. You used to be able to put down a $20 and fill your tank. Now a $20 gets you just a couple of gallons. Making that money count and go as far as possible is so important, which is why GMC gave the Terrain great fuel economy at 25 MPG (miles per gallon) in the city and 30 MPG on the highway. The tank size on the Terrain is an impressive 15.6 gallons. If your commute to work is 10 miles there and 10 miles back, you can make that trip around 20 times before you have to refuel. This will keep you on the road longer with fewer stops at the pumps.

Inside Perks

Cars can be cramped. Unless you’re willing to spend a small fortune to get into the luxury brand of cars, you’re not going to have the room you desire. This is where compact SUVs like the Terrain come into play; a combination of SUV and car perks rolled into one great vehicle. The Terrain is not going to make you or your passengers feel like you’re being squished like a can of sardines. There are plenty of small storage cubbies throughout the Terrain to give you places to put things out of the way without making them impossible to grab. Another interior convenience that the Terrain has are steering wheel controls. After just a little learning of where the buttons are on the wheel, you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to answer a phone call or change the music.

GMC Terrains also come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is great because you can save some money on purchasing a navigation system because you can have your phone’s map application displayed on your infotainment screen. Also available to make your drive even easier is Alexa capabilities. When added to the SLT, you can use your Amazon Alexa to start, stop, lock, and unlock your Terrain, which is handy for cold nights and hot days. Starting your car from within your house or office means a more comfortable temperature for your drive home without having to sit in a freezing cold or boiling hot car while it acclimates.

Another interior consideration on the Terrain is the ability to select your interior color. The options are gray and black, but we recommend gray for practical reasons. The gray will hide stains better and not get as hot in the summer. Another feature of the Terrain SLT we think is really neat is the push-button shifter. Gone are the days of the clunky lever in the middle of your vehicle’s center console. Now, there’s a smooth button that you can toggle to move your vehicle between park, drive, and reverse. This is great because it makes the already spacious interior of the SLTs feel even more open.

The white interior of a 2022 GMC Terrain SLT shows the back seats folded down to reveal a large cargo space.

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Most of us can agree that when the roads are crumbly, we wish we had anything but a car. Once again, this is where the SUVs come in. The GMC Terrain SLTs have both front-wheel and all-wheel drive options available to help meet your needs regardless of the road construction. For those of us who face constant construction on our regular commute to work, the SLTs also have an off-road feature that allows your vehicle to adjust traction as necessary to compensate for loose rocks. If you face constant inclines and declines, the Terrain also has descent control, which helps you not have to hold your brakes and saves you loads of money on the brake system maintenance.

When the road is terrible because of rain or ice, GMC knew we’d have needs that cannot be entirely solved by good traction, like cold hands and bottoms! The Terrain has standard heated driver and front passenger seats, as well as steering wheels so that we are always toasty warm, no matter how hard mother nature tries to make us otherwise. Another problem we seem to have when driving in inclement weather is a lack of visibility. Many of the current vehicles just don’t have the right headlights. GMC noted this issue and equipped the Terrain’s LED headlights and tail lights with IntelliBeam capabilities. So they’ll come on to make sure you can see clearly, even when it’s raining! So no more squinting out the windshield to try and see as far as possible.

Meet Your New Daily Driver

The 2022 GMC Terrain is a great compact SUV, and it has a lot of features that make it a great daily driver. It’s fun, looks sporty, and still gets great gas mileage without making you sacrifice your space. The Terrain allows drivers to have the practicality of a commuter sedan coupled with the power, dependability, and comfort of an SUV. All in all, the Terrain would make a perfect vehicle for any commuter looking to step outside of the normal daily driver.