2013 GMC Terrain Denali – Review

2013 GMC Terrain Denali – Review
30 May 2013

2013 GMC Terrain DenaliThe 2013 GMC Terrain Denali is basically a high end treatment of the popular Denali for the range of baby crossovers, Terrain. In terms of sales, the Denali is just like “Gold” that increasing and increasing all the time. The 2013 model year is updated with lots of new and impressive features to make it something exceptional. The 2013 GMC Terrain Denali holds 6th position in the list of affordable compact SUVs. The car offers good room for five passengers and comes standard with All Wheel Drive configuration. This is no doubt a perfect match for those who are searching for roomy family size crossovers. Though, the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali is upgraded for this year however, it still shares some benchmark creases instead of curves.

What’s the Look?

Unlike the sleek and elegant look of the Chevrolet Equinox, the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali has a traditional block and boxy shoulder that doesn’t look pretty and exotic but still is the hot favorite of the customers. The front of the Terrain’s front is complemented with a larger Trapezoidal grille whereas a heavy chromed grille with circular cutouts is place don the Denali models. The SUV sits on standard 18 inch wheels whereas for V6 models optional Satin chrome clad 19 inch alloy wheels are also available. Other features include a bold GMC logo on the grille, body color front and rear fascia, body color rocker panels with satin chrome molding, new design headlamps and taillights.

The Interior Charm

The interior of the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali takes the conventional Charm and the concentration of the GMC with the addition of some new features for extra comfort and attraction. When you step in the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali, you will get a soothing feel and charm of soft touch leather paired with wood accents, there is a soft touch dashboard, upper instrument panel, leather trims door inserts, “Denali” logo embossed on the driver and front passenger seat, ambient lighting, Denali illuminated front sill plates, leather wrapped steering wheel with “Mahogany” wood grain insert and “Denali” logo embossed on it, 8 way power driver and front passenger seats.

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Technology

What the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali offers you in the package of technology?. Well, the updated version is fully packed with innovative and latest technology including IntelliLink5 Standard Color Touch Radio that features Smartphone integration, Intuitive Voice Command, Stream Pandora, Stitcher, Smart Radio8 and iPod Control. Other technology features include Automatic garage door opener, Home security system and Color Touch Navigation that features IntelliLink connected technology, Multiple map views and Integrated SiriusXM10 traffic and weather.

Under The Hood

The GMC offers two engine choices for the customer of 2013 Terrain Denali to enjoy professional handling, driving dynamics and engaging and comfortable long trips. For those looking for fuel efficiency with performance, a 2.4 liter in-line 4 cylinder engine is offered that delivers 182 horsepower and 172 lb ft of torque with an EPA estimated fuel economy of 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.
For the first time, GMC replaced the old 3.0 liter V6 with a more power efficient 3.6 liter V6 engine that generates 301 horsepower and 272 lb ft of torque with an EPA estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. The SUV accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds.

Safety Features

The new 2013 Terrain Denali is packed with advanced technology features to ensure high standards that include Forward collision alert, Lane Departure warning system, six airbags, traction and stability control, OnStar technology that offers automatic crash response, roadside assistance, remote door unlock, Turn-by-turn navigation and Emergency service link.

Pricing and Availability

The 2013 Terrain Denali comes at a starting base price of $34,995 and is available for sale since August 2012.

 

Competitors

Infiniti JX, Acura RDX, Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-v and Chevrolet Equinox are the key rivals of the 2013 Terrain Denali.

Pros

  • Updated interior and exterior
  • Advance high tech features
  • Impressive Cargo area and second row room

Cons

  • Low fuel economy for the V6
  • Truck luxury
  • Pricy

The Verdict

In the comparison with standard models, the new 2013 Terrain Denali is better, impressive and improved. A good thing to consider for those who want to drive a more roomy, advanced and luxurious crossover. Unfortunately the 2013 Terrain Denali is priced high even above some luxury brands.

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Bilal Amjad

Bilal Amjad is a professional content writer and learning latest web trends. I love to drive cars and happy to write on cars related topics.