GMC Terrain Towing Capacity

June 21st, 2020 by

When you’re looking for a crossover SUV with impressive towing capacity, consider the GMC Terrain. With four trims to choose from, you’re sure to find the right Terrain to fit your needs and lifestyle. These trim levels offer different towing capacities and powertrains, so you can tow nearly anything you need with ease. Learn more about the Terrain, its towing capacities, available and standard trailering features, and the systems that help you tow with ease.

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Terrain SL Towing Capacity

The base SL features a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder direct-injection gas engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. The engine pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission and has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds. Factory trailering equipment comes standard on the SL trim as well as a backup camera, which helps you see the trailer when going in reverse. The SL trim comes in front-wheel drive.

If you’re interested in better fuel economy, choose the 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel-powered engine that produces 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, which allows for 1,500 pounds towing capacity. The diesel engine pairs with a six-speed transmission. Keep in mind that the diesel engine is discontinued in the 2020 Terrains, so if you’re looking for a diesel option, choose a used GMC Terrain.

Terrain SLE Towing Capacity

The SLE trim also features the same engine, drivetrain, and towing capacity of 1,500 pounds as the SL. However, you can opt for a 2.0-liter four-cylinder 252-horsepower engine that puts out 260 pound-feet of torque and has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The 1.5-liter engine comes in front-wheel drive, while the 2.0-liter engine has a rugged all-wheel drive that comes standard with the advanced GMC Terrain Traction Select System.

The SLE also has factory trailering equipment, while the all-wheel-drive version has availability for the optional trailering package, which includes a trailer hitch, heavy-duty cooling system, and an electrical harness and connector to connect your Terrain’s brake lights and turn signals to the trailer.

Terrain SLT Towing Capacity

The SLT trim features the same engine and transmission choices as the SL and SLE. The 1.5-liter gas engine has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds, and the 2.0-liter gas engine has a max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The SLT trim adds more luxury to the interior with leather upholstery, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The SLT comes with front-wheel drive or an optional all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive version allows you to add the trailering package and the more advanced GMC Terrain Traction Select System.

SLT models from before 2020 also include the 1.6-liter diesel engine option that has a 1,500-pound towing capacity.

Terrain Denali Towing Capacity

The Denali comes exclusively with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with the nine-speed transmission, which gives the SUV a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The Denali comes as front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, but if you plan on driving off-road or in uneven terrain, choose the all-wheel-drive version as it comes standard with the GMC Terrain Traction Select System Standard, and you can choose to add the available trailering package.

For a premium driving and towing experience, the Denali trim delivers with an upgraded premium suspension. The suspension system adds a valve internal to the struts and shocks for a smooth ride, as well as urethane spring isolators, which help to reduce road noise.

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Traction Select System and Stability Controls

All trim levels come standard with GMC’s Traction Select System, with the all-wheel-drive versions offering an advanced system with more selections than the front-wheel-drive trims.

The Traction Select System allows you to adjust the powertrain mode as driving conditions change. The front-wheel-drive trims come with a Normal/Tour mode that helps save fuel under normal driving conditions, a Snow mode that helps with traction control in slippery conditions, and an available Tow/Haul mode, which helps with stability when towing a trailer.

Features of the more advanced Traction Select System on the all-wheel-drive trims include FWD, which mechanically disconnects the rear axle during normal driving conditions. Disconnecting the rear axle helps to reduce drag and improve fuel economy. The AWD system actively sends power to both the front and rear wheels at the same time, which helps with traction control on slippery terrain.

The Off-Road mode works with the all-wheel-drive system to send power to all four wheels simultaneously to increase traction and stability. If you’re planning on using the Terrain for towing, opt for the available Tow/Haul Mode, which enhances the towing experience by adding Trailer Sway Control. In addition, the Tow/Haul mode automatically activates the AWD mode for improved traction. The Tow/Haul mode makes backing down boat ramps, climbing dirt roads, or pulling a trailer through mud, snow, or ice more stable and gives the driver increased control of the trailer.

The available Hill Descent Control helps slow the vehicle down when descending a hill, and the standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control helps control the vehicle and trailer in slippery or uneven terrain.

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Available Towing Equipment

While all trims of the Terrain come standard with factory towing equipment, adding available towing features to the 2.0-liter engine increases trailering performance. Included in the available tow package and trailering equipment are a seven-wire electrical harness, a seven-pin plug, and a 2-inch receiver hitch. These extra features make attaching and securing your trailer a breeze. In addition, the tow package includes a heavy-duty cooling system that helps keep the temperature low and the powertrain running smoothly when the vehicle is pulling a load over a long distance.

With impressive towing capacity, the GMC Terrain is a solid contender for vehicles in the crossover SUV class. If you would like to learn more about the Terrain, its towing capability, or the Traction Select System, or if you want to take one for a test drive, stop by Sweeney Buick GMC today. We have a variety of new and pre-owned Terrains, and we’re here to answer any questions you might have about this mighty crossover.

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