3 most affordable GMC models for 2021



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Side view of the 2021 GMC Terrain Denali trim parked next to an urban building
2021 GMC Terrain Denali
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If affordable prices are at the top of your shopping list when looking for a new vehicle, check out the 2021 GMC range. Here are the three most budget-friendly models from this car manufacturer.


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2021 GMC Terrain AT4 drives off-road through a forest
2021 Terrain AT4
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2021 GMC Terrain

The terrain is ranked as the most affordable of GMC’s offerings for the 2021 model. It has a starting MSRP of $ 26,195, making it a viable investment for those with a modest budget who need a new small SUV.

This model is an effective and safe companion for commuting and car travel. Front-wheel drive configurations get 30 mpg on the highway, while four-wheel drive versions get only 2 mpg less. GMC has incorporated GMC Pro Safety, a core of safety features available on every trim, to boost your confidence at no extra cost. This suite includes front pedestrian braking, following distance indicator and lane departure warning with lane departure warning.

SLE and SLT lower trim provide a wealth of technical and convenience benefits for less stressful travel no matter where the road takes you. These two trims come with 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities as well as Bluetooth and AppleCarPlay and Android Auto compatibility to keep passengers engaged. Keyless Open, cruise control and a hands-free tailgate (offered on the SLT trim) are three additional features that make daily life easier.


2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition drives on a dirt road
2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition
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2021 GMC Canyon

A starting price of $ 26,800 makes the Canyon a smart buy if you need a low-cost car with a rewarding mix of versatility, efficiency and cabin technology. With a 3.6-liter V6 engine under the hood, this truck produces 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. But go with the 2.8-liter Duramax if you need more horsepower at lower speeds. It delivers 369 lb-ft of torque.

The two lower trim, Elevation Standard and Elevation, offer an available Bose Premium Audio System for exclusive sound quality and a High Elevation package for more cabin luxury such as electrically adjustable driver’s lumbar support and heated front seats. Select the available Driver Alert package to make the job of driving less stressful. It includes rear parking assist, forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

If your budget allows, consider the outdoor AT4 upholstery that is placed just above the two lower trims and below the Denali in terms of cost. Canyon AT4 makes off-road driving look easy, thanks to 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, a two-speed AutoTrac gearbox and a 4WD system with an automatic locking rear differential. It also gets an off-road suspension package and Advanced Hill Descent Control for more capacity and stability when navigating terrain changes.


2021 GMC Acadia Elevation parked in front of a building
2021 GMC Acadia Elevation
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2021 GMC Acadia

GMC’s mid-size SUV, the 2021 Acadia, is the third cheapest model in its range. It has a starting price of $ 30,100. With its intuitive infotainment technology, flexible seating layout and smooth driving quality, Acadia provides great value if you need a little more space than the terrain.

Choose a 2.0-liter turbo engine for more response when sitting behind the wheel. This grinder generates 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. But you can also opt for the 2.5-liter for more fuel efficiency or the stronger 3.6-liter V6 engine for even more power on your runs.

2021 Acadia has the safety tools and technical conveniences that modern life requires. Each trim is delivered automatically with rear parking assist, rear cross-traffic warning and lane change warning with side-blind zone warning. Even on the base, you get a solid selection of cabin technologies – such as 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – so you can work and play on the go.

Learn more about 2021 Terrain, 2021 Canyon and 2021 Acadia as you read their model reviews here at The News Wheel.


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