2021 GMC Terrain  RealSafeCars82Safety Rating

#42 of 2021 SUVs

#71 of all 2021 vehicles


The Terrain, part of GMC's lineup since 2010, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with optional all-wheel drive (AWD). Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. GMC offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2021 GMC Terrain is 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 2021 GMC Terrain has a score of 82, implying a 0.04% chance of driver death (3.6% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 GMC Terrain has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.04% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.5709%, meaning the average driver has a 0.04% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.5709% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 GMC Terrain is 17% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2021 GMC Terrain is 4% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features on the 2021 GMC Terrain can protect loved ones by reducing accident severity and preventing accidents. Active safety systems that are standard on the GMC Terrain include: Enhanced Automatic Braking with Front Pedestrian Braking and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.


But it is safer than many comparable models.

9367Kia SportageHyundai TucsonM. Outlander SportJeep CherokeeSubaru ForesterFord EscapeMazda CX-5Toyota RAV4Volkswagen TiguanNissan RogueGMC TerrainChevrolet EquinoxComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 GMC Terrain with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 67 to 93. The 2021 GMC Terrain is safer than the 2021 Kia Sportage, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee, the 2021 Subaru Forester, and the 2021 Ford Escape and less safe than the 2021 Mazda CX-5. It is about as safe as the 2021 Nissan Rogue and the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan.

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