First Drive: 2013 GMC Terrain Denali
Left Lane News
June 13, 2012
by Andrew Ganz
Denali means big business at GMC and GMC means big business for General Motors.
Although its sister brands under the GM umbrella might get (too?) much of the attention these days, a lot of good news actually comes out of the automaker’s truck division. Sales are up across the board – especially for the range-topping Denali trim level offered on the Sierra pickups, Yukon SUVs and Acadia crossovers.
So while it came as little surprise when GMC unwrapped a Denali package for the smaller Terrain crossover earlier this year, what we weren’t expecting was a newly optional 301-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 for all Terrains.
The recipe for success has proven almost laughably simple: Denalis get a light cosmetic upgrade, a few interior touches and a bucks-up price. In this case, the premium is somewhere around $1,500, although pricing for the standard 2013 Terrain is being kept under wraps.
Full article at link.Leftlane’s bottom line
Gussying up a mass-market crossover with a few styling goodies doesn’t automatically make it a luxury vehicle, but the Terrain Denali is nearly a match for the particularly composed and similarly priced 2013 Acura RDX.
Although the new V6 is a marked improvement over last year’s 3.0-liter lump, it’s still burdened with this crossover’s porky curb weight and a compromising transmission. Our money would be on the far more fuel efficient (and not that much slower) 2.4-liter four-cylinder base engine, but we can see where upwardly-mobile buyers will be smitten by the stylish Denali trim package.