GMC Terrain Compared to the GMC Acadia

April 9th, 2021 by



GMC Terrain Compared to the GMC Acadia

Individuals who are searching for tough SUVs in the present US auto market must consider vehicles such as the Acadia and the Terrain in the GMC lineup. Among them, it is possible to find out the best one that fits into budget. We can help you decide the same by showing the features of both vehicles.

Exterior Appearance:

The Acadia may be substantially longer than the Terrain, but both vehicles offer almost the same heights to passengers. Exterior styling language is bold on both vehicles, and while the Terrain sports a smiling front fascia, the Acadia is more rectangular, much like Ford Endeavour at the front. The Acadia comes with 20 inch, 18-inch or 17-inch wheels, instead of 17-inch trims on the Terrain. From the sides, the 2021 GMC Terrain looks more muscular in comparison.

There is a different in terms of headlights on both vehicles. While the Acadia comes with signature LED headlamps and tail-lamps, the Terrain gets LED headlamps by Denali in the Denali trim. The headlights on the Terrain are curved downwards as opposed to straight ones on the Acadia. However, design, especially at the front, is clearly subjective.

Interior Appearance:

Being the smaller of the two SUV’s, the 2021 GMC Terrain offers two rows of seats, whereas the 2021 GMC Acadia comes with three rows. Both the vehicles get flexible interiors to help them accommodate bulky or large items. Both the SUV’s get Skyscape sunroofs, though the Acadia gets a dual Skyscape sunroof.

Both the SUV’s will present passengers with soft touch surfaces. A SmartSlide® second row option is available on the Acadia, but not on the Terrain. While the Terrain comes with dual zone climate control, the Acadia goes one step further and offers tri zone climate control. Individuals can opt for leather wrapped steering wheels on both.

The GMC infotainment system is available with an optional Bose speaker system on the 2021 Acadia. A more basic version of the same has been made available on the Terrain.

Engine Sizes and Performance:

It is the smaller SUV or the Terrain which can outscore the Acadia in terms of handling prowess and nimbleness in the city. Now there is a massive difference in terms of the engine options available on both vehicles. The 2021 GMC Acadia comes with only one engine, which is a 1.5 liter turbocharged powertrain with 170 hp of power. Compared to this, the 2021 GMC Acadia gets the following options

  • 0 liter, 4-cylinder turbo engine with 228 hp of power
  • 5 liter, 4-cylinder engine with 193 hp of power
  • 6 liter V6 engine with 310 hp of power

All engines on both vehicles are paired with nine-speed auto gearboxes. FWD (Front Wheel Drive) or AWD (All Wheel Drive) are available as options.

In terms of towing capacity, the Terrain lags far behind the Acadia. While the Terrain can pull 1500 pounds, the Acadia is able to tow 4000 pounds, which is more than double.

Available Safety:

Both vehicles come with camera-based technology for safety assistance. GMC Pro Safety System on the Terrain comes with:

  • IntelliBeam® auto high beams
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Indicator for following distance
  • Automatic Emergency Braking

The 2021 Acadia gets a Pro Safety Plus Package with additional technologies like Rear Park Assist.

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