Crossover Comparison: The 2019 Terrain vs 2019 Acadia

GMC offers luxurious cabins, reliable capability, and a host of helpful amenities in every vehicle. So when you’re looking for a quality family hauler, it’s easy to feel torn between GMC’s available crossovers, including the three-row 2019 GMC Acadia and the nimble 2019 GMC Terrain.

Check out at the differences between these comfortable crossovers to find out which one will suit you best. They each have their advantages. Do you want the agility of a smaller, two-row vehicle, or do you need the extra cargo room you can find in a three-row?


You can find handsome stylings on the Terrain and the Acadia, starting with aggressive grilles that matches their brawny stances. The sporty, youthful LED signature headlights match the LED taillights. From the side, 17-inch wheels add to the sporty feel of these crossovers.

Both vehicles have an available Black Edition that includes upgraded wheels, black grille inserts, light details, mirror caps, and more. The Terrain also has an optional Chrome Package that targets the same details but coats them in chrome for a flashier look.

There are clear differences in dimensions, though. The GMC Terrain is 182.3 inches in length with a 107.3-inch wheelbase. The Acadia is a little larger at 193.6 inches long and with a 112.5-inch wheelbase.

2019 GMC Terrain Advantages:

  • Additional style packages
  • Smaller footprint for better maneuverability
  • Weighs less for more agility

2019 GMC Acadia Advantages:

  • Longer wheelbase
  • More cargo capacity

2018 All-New GMC Terrain SLT Interior


Inside the GMC Acadia and Terrain are available luxurious amenities to make your drive comfortable and convenient.

The center console offers pass-through under storage and a covered compartment to keep valuables safe. On the dash, you’ll stay connected with the 7- and 8-inch touchscreen that offer smartphone connectivity with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Keep things comfortable with the dual-zone climate control in the Terrain and tri-zone in the Acadia, and the available heated steering wheel and heated seats in both models.

The midsize Acadia offers three rows of seating for up to seven passengers with smart storage behind the third row. It has spacious seats, plenty of elbow room with only two seats in the second row, and covered in-floor storage in the cargo area. Fold the second- and third-row seats for 79 cubic feet of cargo space, fold just the third row for 41.7 cubes behind the second row, or keep all seats upright for 12.8 cubic feet of space.

The smaller Terrain seats five passengers in two rows. With all the seats upright, there is 29.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity, and it grows to 63.3 cubic feet when you fold down the second-row. Fold the front passenger seat and passenger side of the 40/60 split second row to accommodate items up to 8 feet long.

Headroom and second-row legroom are basically the same between these two. The Acadia offers 40.3 inches of headroom to the Terrain’s 40 inches. The second row is exactly the same at 39.7 inches of legroom in both, but the Acadia has slightly more hip room at 53.3 inches to the 51.8 inches in the Terrain. The third-row seats in the Acadia are for shorter-legged people with only 31.1 inches of legroom.

2019 GMC Terrain Advantages:

  • Accommodates longer items
  • Roominess beyond its small footprint

2019 GMC Acadia Advantages:

  • Seating for seven
  • Three rows of seating
  • Covered storage in the hatch

2019 GMC Acadia All Terrain


Each of these crossovers is equipped with the GMC Traction Select System to give you more control as road conditions change. You can select front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, off-road in all-wheel-drive models, tow/haul mode, sport, and snow in the front-wheel-drive models.

The 2019 Terrain has a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque and pairs to a nine-speed transmission. Bump up to the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine for 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque with the same gearbox. If you’re ready to switch to diesel, try the 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine for 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed transmission.

If you crave a V-6 engine, the 2019 Acadia has you covered. The base engine is a 2.5-liter engine with 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, but you can upgrade to the 3.6-liter V-6 for 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque that gives it a trailering capacity of up to 4,000 pounds.

2019 GMC Terrain Advantages:

  • More powertrain options
  • Nine-speed transmission

2019 GMC Acadia Advantages:

  • Max trailering up to 4,000 pounds
  • Powerful V-6 engine

2019 GMC Acadia All Terrain

Features and Pricing

The Terrain and Acadia are offered in SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali trims with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive available.

2019 GMC Terrain Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SL: From $25,995

  • Keyless entry
  • 7-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • HID headlights with LED signature lighting
  • Traction select system
  • 3.5-inch monochromatic driver information center
  • 1.5-liter turbocharged engine

SLE: From $29,095

  • 4.2-inch multi-color driver information center
  • Compass
  • Rear floor mats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Body-color mirror caps
  • Release levers for folding second row in cargo area

SLE Diesel: From $32,795

  • Heated front seats
  • Power programmable liftgate
  • 8-way power driver seat with lumbar control
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Remote start
  • Roof-mounted side rails
  • 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine

SLT: From $31,895

  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Remote start
  • Available low-speed automatic braking
  • Leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Fog lights
  • Heated side-view mirrors with auto-dimming
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Two USB data ports
  • Heated front seats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seats with lumbar control

SLT Diesel: From $34,695

  • Hands-free power programmable liftgate
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 6-way power front passenger seat
  • Memory settings for hte power driver seat and outside mirrors
  • Universal home remote
  • 1.6-liter turbo diesel

Denali: From $38,795

  • Signature Denali grille and exterior badging
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear park assist
  • 19-inch wheels
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged engine
  • Lane-change assist
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Driver’s seat memory
  • Dual-exit exhaust
  • Body-color door handles with chrome surrounds
  • LED headlights
  • Wireless charging
  • Bose seven-speaker premium audio

2018 GMC Terrain Exterior

2019 GMC Acadia Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SL: From $29,995

  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • 7-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise control
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • USB charging ports in all three rows
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear seat reminder
  • 2.5-liter engine with start/stop technology

SLE-1: From $33,795

  • C-shaped LED signature lighting
  • Available All Terrain package
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Front and second row carpeted floor mats
  • SiriusXM radio

SLE-2: From $36,195

  • Power programmable liftgate
  • Heated front seats
  • Fog lights
  • 8-way power driver seat
  • Remote start
  • Silver roof rails
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Second-row captain’s chairs
  • Drive mode selector

SLT-1: From $38,995

  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • 8-way power passenger seat with power lumbar adjustment
  • Perforated leather-appointed first- and second-row seats
  • Bose eight-speaker premium audio system
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • Auto-dimming driver-side outside mirror
  • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
  • Lane change alert
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Rear park assist
  • Universal home remote
  • 4.2-inch multicolor driver information center
  • 2.5-liter engine

SLT-2: From $42,895

  • 20-inch bright aluminum wheels
  • Memory package recalls two presets for power driver seat and outside mirrors
  • Heated second-row passenger seats (outboard only)
  • Intellibeam headlights
  • Trailering Package with active tow
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Forward collision alert
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Class-III trailer hitch and seven-pin wiring harness
  • Hitch Guidance with Hitchview
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine

Denali: From $46,495

  • Signature Denali grille and exterior badging
  • 20-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • Bright roof rails
  • Carpeted floor mats in all three rows
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation
  • Hands-free power programmable liftgate
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Automatic heated steering wheel with Denali logo
  • Reconfigurable driver information center
  • Safety Alert Seat
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine

Who Should Buy the 2019 GMC Terrain?

If you’re looking for an agile crossover that’s road-trip ready, then the 2019 GMC Terrain is right for you. The two rows of seats are spacious and comfortable enough for long trips, and the plethora of amenities will keep you connected and entertained. With three engines to choose from, including a thrifty diesel, you’ll get the powertrain that’s just right for you.

Who Should Buy the 2019 GMC Acadia?

When you have a large family to move or typically haul more cargo than the average family, the 2019 GMC Acadia is for you. Not only will you have plenty of room to accommodate passengers and cargo, but you will also have a refined cabin to enjoy the drive. The available V-6 engine offers plenty of towing capacity when you need it.


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