What are the differences between GMC Terrain and GMC Acadia?

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Red 2022 GMC Terrain SLT runs along a grassy slope
2022 GMC Terrain
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If you are shopping for an SUV from GMC, the 2022 Terrain and 2022 Acadia are two of the brand’s most prominent alternatives. Although each of these SUVs offers similar style and features, they also show a lot of differences when you look closely. Read on for an in-depth comparison of the terrain and Acadia.

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Side view of parked GMC Acadia Denali with mountains in the background
The medium-sized GMC Acadia is larger than the GMC Terrain

Seating, space and size

As a medium-sized SUV, the 2022 Acadia is noticeably larger on the outside than the compact 2022 Terrain. It also has more total passenger and cargo space on the inside.

Acadia has room for either six or seven passengers in its three rows. The load volume is a total of 12.8 cubic feet behind the third row, 41.7 cubic feet behind the second row and a maximum of 79 cubic feet when both rear rows are down.

At the same time, the Terrain has room for up to five passengers in its two rows. It provides 29.6 cubic feet of space in the cargo area, or up to 63.3 cubic feet with the second row folded.

2022 GMC Terrain with the Elevation package, kicks up dust on the road
The terrain is more efficient than Acadia
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Power and efficiency

2022 Acadia has the advantage in terms of power and engine options, but the 2022 Terrain emerges in terms of fuel efficiency.

Acadia comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbo engine that produces 228 horsepower and 25 mpg in combined city / highway driving (or 24 mpg with AWD). It is also available with a 3.6-liter V6 which is good for 310 horsepower and 22 combined mpg (21 with AWD).

With Terrain, you get a 1.5-liter turbo engine that delivers 170 horsepower. It gets a combined 27 mpg with FWD or 26 combined mpg when equipped with AWD.

Side view from the front of GMC Acadia Denali driving up a dusty desert road
Acadia offers more standard safety features than terrain

Standard functions

For 2022, Acadia and Terrain mostly offer similar standard features – but with some important differences. On the infotainment side, the Acadia comes with a standard 8-inch screen, while the terrain’s touch screen measures 7 inches. The terrain gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but Acadia requires a wire for both systems.

For driver assistance, Terrain comes standard with the GMC Pro Safety Pack’s six features: Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator and IntelliBeam auto headlights. Acadia receives the Pro Safety Plus package, which adds Rear Park Assist. At the same time, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert are optional on the terrain, but they come as standard on Acadia.

2022 GMC Terrain AT4 parked in the forest
The terrain’s starting MSRP is lower than Acadia’s
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As you might expect, the larger Acadia costs more than the terrain. For 2022, Acadia starts at $ 35,995 for entry-level SLE FWD trim. In the upper part, an AWD-equipped Denali starts at $ 49,795. At the same time, the pricing for the terrain base SLE FWD trim starts at $ 29,095. Terrain Denali starts at $ 37,795.

Check out our GMC coverage at The news wheel to learn more about both of these SUV models.

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