2012 GMC Terrain  RealSafeCars73Safety Rating

#43 of 2012 SUVs

#95 of all 2012 vehicles


The Terrain, part of GMC's lineup since 2010, is a midsize SUV with seating up to 5. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto since 2021 and Apple CarPlay since 2018. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. The Terrain provides exceptional fuel efficiency for its class, saving your wallet and the environment. GMC offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2012 GMC Terrain is below average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2012 GMC Terrain has a score of 73, implying a 0.051% chance of driver death (4.6% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2012 GMC Terrain has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0514% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.8731%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0514% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.8731% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2012 GMC Terrain is 7% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2012 GMC Terrain is 23% more likely to result in a fatal accident.


And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

8364Nissan RogueMitsubishi OutlanderChevrolet EquinoxBuick VeranoToyota RAV4GMC TerrainAcura TSXKia SorentoFord EdgeSubaru OutbackHonda CR-VHyundai Santa FeComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2012 GMC Terrain with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 64 to 83. The 2012 GMC Terrain is safer than the 2012 Nissan Rogue, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander, and the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and less safe than the 2012 Subaru Outback, the 2012 Ford Edge, the 2012 Kia Sorento, and the 2012 Acura TSX. It is about as safe as the 2012 Toyota RAV4 and the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe.

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