STATUS: Unchanged for 2019 - The second-generation Terrain is, without question, considerably more attractive than the previous model, even though that version proved popular with buyers. Compared with the original, the revamped Terrain is about three inches shorter overall, and the distance between the front and rear wheels was cut by more than five inches. Nevertheless, there's about the same cabin space, while cargo room, whether the back seat is upright or folded, was reduced only slightly. On the plus side, the front-passenger seatback can be folded to create more stowage volume. The powertrain trio matches that of the close-relation Chevrolet Equinox, consisting of turbocharged 1.5- and available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, plus a four-cylinder turbo-diesel option (front-wheel-drive Terrains only) that is tops in torque. The gasoline engines come with nine-speed automatic transmissions, while the turbo-diesel gets a six-speed. The SL, SLE SLT and Denali trims carry over, the latter distinguished by its unique grille plus a complete array of luxury items. A full suite of dynamic-safety technologies is now standard.
Base price (incl. destination): $26,200
Type: Compact utility vehicle
Engines (h.p.): 1.5-liter I-4, turbocharged (170); 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (252); 1.6-liter I-4, turbo-diesel (137)
Transmissions: Nine-speed automatic; six-speed automatic (turbo-diesel)
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 26/30/28 (1.5, FWD)
Base weight (lb.): 3,450