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2022 GMC Terrain AT4
Lauren Fix, The Car Coach -- Automotive Expert -- Consultant Lauren Fix, The Car Coach -- Automotive Expert -- Consultant
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Dateline: New York, NY
Monday, April 25, 2022


GMC hasn’t slowed down a bit with keeping pace in the highly competitive SUV market. Its 2022 Terrain AT4 ramps things up with some beefy tires, rugged looks, and some nice amenities. GMC did a refresh for 2022 which includes a new bumper and front grille, LED headlights, new 18 or 19-inch wheels – the black ones look extremely sharp – updates to the upholstery, the addition of Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto, and an overall, more rugged look. Even though this AT4 looks the part of a rugged off-road-worthy SUV, is it all hat but no cattle? Let’s dive deeper.

2022 GMC Terrain AT4


Powering the Terrain AT4 is a 1.5-liter, turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine that’s rated at 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. The 9-speed automatic transmission does a good job of handling the gears and did so rather smoothly. As far as fuel economy goes, you can expect it to get around 25 miles per gallon around town and up to 28mpg on the highway with the all-wheel-drive model.

Take a look inside:

Inside, you’ll find a very spacious place with some good tech but trailing behind the competition. Also, the mix-match use of cheap-looking surfaces doesn’t help the Terrain AT4 feel at all special. In fact, it feels rather pedestrian in the driver’s seat. GMC has a series of small buttons on the lower half of the center console that takes a bit of getting used to reaching.

Updated 2022 GMC Terrain interior with new Electronic Precision Shift and stop/start disable buttons


We found the tech to be good, and the audio quality of the included Bose sound system to be decent, its audio performance lacks luster compared to the likes we’ve heard from Harman/Kardon, Infinity, and Fender. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, as well as a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and a few good applications.

There are a lot of driver-aids you can add on, such as adaptive cruise control (our test vehicle didn’t have this feature) and some good standard ones like lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, parking alerts, blind-spot monitoring with alert, automatic front collision avoidance braking with pedestrian alert.


On the road, we found the Terrain AT4 to handle okay with a bit of body roll around corners but has dismal acceleration – look at 0-60 times around 9 seconds. Additionally, GMC has bolstered the Terrain’s looks with off-road-looking wheels and tires, however, it is not an ultra-capable off-road crossover. It can do modest off-roading pretty good, with its stock tires, but if you’re wanting an SUV with greater off-road ability, look elsewhere.

GMC provides a standard 3-year / 36,000-mile warranty that covers everything and 5-years and 60,000 miles on the powertrain.

In the end, the Terrain feels like it has a lot of room for improvement to catch up with the competition and we’ll be following up to see what kinds of changes GMC has in store. Until then, if you’re looking for a good-looking crossover SUV with limited off-road ability, then check out the Terrain AT4.

Lauren Fix, The Car Coach®, is a nationally recognized automotive expert, sector analyst, journalist, author, keynote speaker and television host.  A trusted car expert, Lauren provides an insider’s perspective on a wide range of automotive topics and aspects, energy, industry, consumer news and safety issues.  Her analysis is honest and straightforward.

Lauren is the CEO of Automotive Aspects and the Editor-in-Chief of Car Coach Reports, a global automotive news outlet. She is an automotive contributor to national and local television news shows including Fox News, Fox Business, CNN International, The Weather Channel, Inside Edition, Community Digital News, Local Now News, NewsMax and more. Lauren also co-hosts a regular show “His Turn - Her Turn” on ABC.com; “Total Car Score” podcast and hosts a weekly radio segment on GCN Radio.

Lauren is honored to be inducted into the Women’s Transportation Hall of Fame and a Board Member of  is the Buffalo Motorcar Museum and Juror / President for the North American Car, Utility & Truck of the Year Awards.  

Lauren is the author of three books and inherited her love of all things automotive from her father. She has been advising drivers for almost all her life.

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