What are the differences between GMC Terrain and GMC Acadia?

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Red 2022 GMC Terrain SLT drives along a grassy hillside
2022 GMC Terrain
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If you’re shopping for an SUV from GMC, the 2022 Terrain and 2022 Acadia are two of the brand’s most prominent options. While each of these SUVs offers similar styling and features, they also exhibit quite a few differences when you look closely. Read on for an in-depth comparison of the Terrain and the Acadia.

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

Seating, space and size

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

The Acadia seats either six or seven passengers in its three rows. Cargo volume totals 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. That adds up to 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, kicking up dust on the road
The Terrain is more efficient than the Acadia
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Power and efficiency

The 2022 Acadia has the edge when it comes to power and engine options, but the 2022 Terrain comes out ahead when it comes to fuel efficiency.

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

With the 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.

Front side view of GMC Acadia Denali driving up dusty desert road
The Acadia offers more standard safety features than the Terrain

Standard functions

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

For driver assistance, the Terrain comes standard with the GMC Pro Safety package’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 high beam. The Acadia gets the Pro Safety Plus package, which adds Rear Park Assist. Meanwhile, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert are optional on the Off-Road, but they come standard on the Acadia.

2022 GMC Terrain AT4 parked in the woods
The Terrain’s starting MSRP is lower than the Acadia’s
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As you might expect, the larger Acadia costs more than the Terrain. For 2022, the Acadia starts at $35,995 for the entry-level SLE FWD trim. At the top end, an AWD-equipped Denali starts at $49,795. Meanwhile, pricing for the Off-Road’s base SLE FWD trim starts at $29,095. The 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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