2016 GMC Terrain Interior Review

A quiet, comfortable interior and stylish cabin accents provide a refined indoor experience that nicely contrasts with the 2016 GMC Terrain’s rugged appearance.
Written by Jason Tushinski
Reviewed by Amy Bobinger
The interior of a 2016 GMC Terrain is comfortable, quiet, and has solid technology offerings, but its cargo capacity lags behind its competitors. 
Roomy and tech-addled SUVs are a dime a dozen these days—and you could say the same for circa-2016 models, even if their technology offerings weren’t quite as high-tech as SUV drivers are used to today. That said, the 2016 GMC Terrain’s interior has plenty to offer in bringing a competitive cabin experience to
drivers and their passengers.

2016 GMC Terrain interior

The major selling point for the 2016 GMC Terrain interior is how quiet it is. No matter how rough and tumble you are on the roads, the sound-deadening measures taken by GMC to keep this cabin insulated work as advertised. With an original MSRP that started at just over $23,000, you get a lot of interior value in the 2016 Terrain that you might only expect with a more expensive model. 
Let’s break down what you get once you take a seat in the 2016 Terrain.


Comfortable front-bucket seats are standard, as is a power-height adjustable driver’s seat that has power lumbar functions as well. A sliding rear seat also comes standard, allowing you to adjust the amount of legroom for your rear passengers or give yourself more or less cargo space, depending on what you need. In the higher Terrain trims, you’ll get access to the following:
  • Rear carpeted floor mats (SLE-1)
  • Heated front seats (SLE-2)
  • Perforated leather upholstery (SLT)
  • Eight-way power passenger seat (SLT)
Interior dimensions
Total passenger volume
127.2 cubic feet
Front headroom
39.8 inches
Front leg room
41.2 inches
Front shoulder room
55.7 inches
Front hip room
55.1 inches
Second-row headroom
39.2 inches
Second-row legroom
39.9 inches
Second-row shoulder room
55.3 inches
Second-row hip room
51.3 inches
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For 2016, the GMC Terrain’s interior technology was pretty advanced, with its standard 7-inch color touchscreen and Bluetooth capability=. These features may be quaint by 2022 standards, but they were nothing to sneer at back in ‘16.
Here’s what you’d get with the 2016 GMC Terrain:
  • 7-inch color touchscreen
  • GMC’s IntelliLink interface
  • Bluetooth streaming capability
  • Smartphone integration
  • Mix of touch surfaces and physical knobs and buttons
  • OnStar connected services
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • USB port
If you find a higher-trim 2016 Terrain, here are some of the additional tech goodies you’ll find:
  • Satellite radio (SLE-1)
  • Pioneer premier sound system (SLE-2)
  • Remote start engine (SLE-2)
  • Navigation system (SLE-2)
  • Driver alert package (rear-cross traffic detection, blind spot monitoring, adjustable power liftgate, rear parking sensors—SLE-2)
  • Driver alert package II (forward collision and lane departure warning systems—SLT)


Interior storage is a low point for the 2016 Terrain—it has just 31.6 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s a fair bit less than such rivals as the 2016
Honda CR-V
(37.2 cubic feet), the 2016
Hyundai Santa Fe
(35.4 cubic feet), and the 2016
Ford Escape
(34.2 cubic feet).


The 2016 GMC Terrain’s interior brings more style and comfort than its utilitarian exterior might suggest. The dashboard is highlighted by two swooping curves on both the driver- and passenger-side, while its physical buttons have a stylish red back light. On upper trims, an ambient interior lighting system brings a degree of ease and graceful sophistication that you might only expect from more luxurious SUVs. The 2016 Terrain’s center-stack looks almost exactly the same as it did when it debuted in 2010, but despite its relative stodginess, it makes up for it by being useful. 
As mentioned earlier, the best part about this stylish cabin is how quiet it is. An acoustic windshield and an active noise cancellation system for four-cylinder Terrain models prove remarkably adept at tuning out road and wind noise. These sound-deadening touches make for a comfortable and serene cabin, even on the highway.

The bottom line

Considering its original price, the 2016 GMC Terrain was a well-appointed and comfortable SUV, and so long as you can find one on the used market in good condition, you’ll enjoy it as well. You might have to put up with outdated technology features, but you’ll still be able to stream music and use your smartphone in hands-free mode in a 2016 Terrain.
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