Like other 2013 GMC Terrain models, the Terrain Denali is available with a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine or a new 3.6-liter V-6. The all-new six-cylinder produces 301 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque, trumping last year’s 3.0-liter V-6 not only in output—14 percent more horsepower and 22 percent more torque—but matching the older V-6 in fuel economy, at 17/24 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 16/23 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive. We tested a 3.6-liter Terrain Denali with all-wheel drive and in mixed driving in a hilly area (which is hard on fuel economy), we recorded 19.7 mpg.
The rear seat of the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali folds for added cargo room but does not make a flat floor. (Click to enlarge).
The extra horsepower makes the Terrain a lively performer and takes the worry out of onramps. The Terrain Denali also gets as standard equipment “enhanced ride and handling’ suspension, exclusive to Denali, and although it doesn’t convert the Denali to a sports car, or even a sports sedan, its cornering is good for its overall height without ruining its ride.
Base price for our tested 2013 GMC Terrain Denali AWD was $36,275. Adding the cargo package, color touch navigation with Intellilink, trailering package, and Iridium Metallic paint, plus $825 destination brought the bottom line to $40,425. (See the window sticker in “price and specifications” below).
2013 GMC Terrain Denali 2.6L AWD (Click to enlarge)
Breaking $40k is for the GMC Terrain is indeed new terrain, but GMC needed to take the Terrain to where every other GMC model also goes. It’s well-trimmed and classy, and for those who like the GMC Terrain’s blocky exterior design, Denali is high terrain indeed.
Pricing, window sticker and specifications on next page.
2012 GMC Terrain Denali AWD, price and key specifications as tested
Body style/layout: 5-door crossover SUV, front engine/all-wheel drive
Base price: $36,275
Window sticker 2013 GMC Terrain Denali
Price as tested: $40,425
Type: 3.6-liter 24-valve DOHC V-6
Displacement, cc: 3564
Block/head material: aluminum/aluminum
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Horsepower: 301 @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 272 @ 4800 rpm
Recommended fuel: regular unleaded
Fuel economy, EPA est.: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Fuel economy, observed: 19.7 mpg
Transmission:6-speed automatic driver-adaptive
Suspension, front/rear: strut / four-link
Wheels: 19-inch alloy
Brakes: 4-wheel disc; 12.6-inch dia. front/11.9-inch dia. rear
Steering: electric power rack-and-pinion
Turning circle: 45.6 ft.
Wheelbase: 112.5 in.
Length: 187.8 in.
Height: 66.5 in.
Width: 72.8 in.
Curb weight: 4,204 lbs
Trunk volume: 31.1/63.9 cu. ft.
Fuel tank: 20.9 gal.
Airbags: Front, front side, side-curtain
Anti-lock brakes: Yes Traction control: Yes Stability control: Yes Electronic brake-force distribution: Yes Brake assist: Yes
Other: rollover mitigation, rear backup camera, forward collision alert, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, rear crosstraffic alert
Warranty: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper; 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain; 3-year/36,000 rust-through 6-year/100,000-mile; .5-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance
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