2016 GMC Terrain  RealSafeCars72Safety Rating

#44 of 2016 SUVs

#122 of all 2016 vehicles


The Terrain, part of GMC's lineup since 2010, is a midsize SUV with seating up to 5. The Terrain has offered Android Auto since 2021 and Apple CarPlay since 2018. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand 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 2016 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 2016 GMC Terrain has a score of 72, implying a 0.052% chance of driver death (4.7% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2016 GMC Terrain has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0522% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.9568%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0522% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.9568% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2016 GMC Terrain is 9% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2016 GMC Terrain is 25% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

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And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

8566Chevrolet EquinoxToyota RAV4Buick VeranoMitsubishi OutlanderHonda CR-VGMC TerrainFord EscapeSubaru OutbackFord FusionSubaru ForesterJeep CherokeeHyundai TucsonComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2016 GMC Terrain with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 66 to 85. The 2016 GMC Terrain is less safe than the 2016 Jeep Cherokee, the 2016 Subaru Forester, the 2016 Ford Fusion, the 2016 Subaru Outback, and the 2016 Ford Escape. It is about as safe as the 2016 Toyota RAV4, the 2016 Buick Verano, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, the 2016 Honda CR-V, and the 2016 Hyundai Tucson.

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