GMC has always been a brand for SUVs and trucks. With the exception of the Chevette, no sedan has ever had the GMC badge. Although the majority of GMC’s models are built on Chevrolet platforms, they tend to cost more and offer unique styling and design features to set them apart.
GMC tends to target their trucks more towards professionals, and they manage to carve out that niche for themselves thanks to their sole focus on utility vehicles. It’s no wonder, then, that GMC pickups and SUVs come with higher quality and better equipment than the models they rebrand.
That said, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea to walk into a dealership and drive home with a brand new luxury SUV from the GMC lineup. Hence, here are some of the best SUVs from the brand to add to your garage Used car to market.
8 2010 terrain
An ideal choice for anyone in the market for a used SUV, the 2010 GMC Terrain does not fail to deliver. In fact, it made history and became an instant hit after being unveiled. It has an all-new design, inspired by the Chevy Equinox, and carries the brand’s heritage forward with plenty of room and a long feature list.
The crossover competed against the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 with its four-cylinder AWD engine making 182 horsepower. Any GMC Terrain that has driven over 100,000 miles should cost around $12,000 to $13,000. Some even go for as little as $6,000. In the market, you are more likely to find the SLT variants, as customers preferred it for its more convenience features.
7 2014 Acadia SLE
The 2014 Acadia SLE is an excellent choice if you want to bring home an SUV that drives well and is equipped with many features. The SLE variant comes loaded with a DVD video system, a sunroof and a sunroof. With a third row for the kids, the 2014 Acadia is a GMC SUV you’d be proud to add to your garage.
There have been few to no recalls for this year’s model Acadia as well, which shows the reliability of the car. You’d find the 2014 GMC Acadia available to take home for around $15,000, with lower-powered versions reaching $18,000 to $19,000. We even found one on the market for $12,495.
6 2015 Yukon Denali
When the 2015 Yukon Denali arrived, it became quite a popular SUV. Although it was slightly more expensive than the outgoing generation, it more than made up for it with its exhaustive list of features, some of which had not yet been seen in the competition. The Denali variant is always a step up from the base Yukon. With massive road presence and more than enough room, the 2015 Yukon Denali is for those who want a proper, full-size SUV.
The 2015 GMC Yukon Denali is yours to take home for just over $37,000, which is the usual price for the SUV on the used car market. Of course, if you choose not to go for the 4WD variant, the price can drop by about $3,000. In fact, we even found one for as low as $26,000. With the features and power it has, the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali is definitely worth buying even seven years after its launch.
5 2018 Terrain
When it comes to affordable compact SUVs from GMC, the 2018 GMC Terrain is one of the best choices. Redesigned in 2018, it came with one of the nicest cabins that can still go toe-to-toe with the current crop of SUVs, packed with high-quality materials and generous interior space for passengers.
The redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain has one of the best-looking cabins in the class, filled with high-quality materials and generous passenger space. It places in the top half of our compact SUV rankings.
With a wide variety of peppy engines powering the 2018 Terrain, GMC had a winner. Additionally, the fuel-efficient turbo diesel engine they offered returned a stellar 39 MPG highway economy – downright impressive. With gas prices on the rise, if you still want to drive a stylish and luxurious SUV that doesn’t end up dragging you to the gas station every day, the 2018 GMC Terrain is a no-brainer and comes in at $20,000 to $25,000.
4 2017 Acadia Denali
GMC has been in the SUV business much longer than its competitors. That said, they seem to know exactly what works and what doesn’t. While the 2017 Acadia Denali didn’t hit the market with any “wow” factors or anything out-of-the-box, it still checked every box and worked great as a package. It was built on GM’s new C1 platform, designed specifically for mid- and full-size crossover SUVs.
A 3.6-liter V6 engine produces 310 horsepower, and the car had a commendable power-to-weight ratio. It was on the inside that the car shone, with beautifully sublime real wood accents and the six-seater ensured you enjoyed your time inside it. At $28,000 to $30,000, the 2017 GMC Acadia Denali is a great modern crossover to take home.
3 2016 Yukon XL
Among most truck-based SUVs, the Yukon XL is an excellent choice. If you’re after a large, full-size SUV, you can even opt for the XL variant, which is the long wheelbase edition. With a potent V8 engine and tremendous road presence, the Yukon XL is a great choice. This was the second model year of a new generation of Yukon by GMC, with the 2015 edition coming with a redesigned look.
With the exception of Apple CarPlay, lane keeping assist and an upgraded infotainment system, there’s nothing different between the 2015 and 2016 model year GMC Yukon XL. That said, if those are features you can live without, you can end up saving even more by choosing a 2015 variant of the Yukon XL. The former (the 2016 variant) should set you back around $27,000, while if you decide to be more frugal and go for the 2015 version, you’d have to pay around a couple of thousand dollars less.
2 2015 terrain
If you go for an SUV, you want the feeling of a powerful engine to go under the hood. The 2015 GMC Terrain may not have a base engine that delivers on that front, but available options certainly made up for it. Add that to a quality cabin with a lush interior and remarkably spacious seats, and you have a winner to take home.
With a 4/5 reliability rating from the JD Power Reliability Index, you can be sure that the SUV will not run into any problems. Plus, with a 5/5 rating in side crash tests and a 4 in rollover tests, this is one of the safest used SUVs you can pay $9,000 to $13,000 for.
1 2018 Acadia
The 2018 GMC Acadia, four years later, remains a respectable midsize SUV. Its premium interiors and smooth handling still hold up today, and while the engine won’t blow away the competition, it still gets the job done with a power-to-weight ratio that contributes to the SUV’s remarkable handling.
In addition, it also had a great safety score, and lots of technology inside as well, which, as a plus, is quite easy to understand and use. If you plan to use your new SUV for towing purposes, however, you should know that it has a towing capacity of 4,000 pounds, which is a bit lower than most modern rivals. Still, at $25,000 to $28,5000, the 2018 GMC Acadia is a good deal if you don’t want to splurge on an all-new GMC SUV. Plus, it also saves on fuel, with a 21/26 city/highway mileage.