2018 GMC Terrain Denali Test Drive: Touring Yellowstone in Style

Armed with a route book that would get us to our next destination, Kev and I were turned loose to make our way to Collective Yellowstone, the campground we were staying at for the night.

Before we get into the drive, I should talk a bit about the Terrain’s appearance. Being a Denali, it’s got a distinctive grille that’s not present on the regular GMC version; the car itself is lovely —it looks rugged yet luxurious. The Terrain is a larger vehicle than most cars, yet it still has a streamlined appearance with plenty of ground clearance for all but the roughest terrains (no pun intended).

The Terrain Denali we drove had a luggage rack on top, chrome flashes to break up any perceived monotony of a single color exterior, and it sat on 19″ ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels. The Terrain also features LED headlamps, LED signature daytime running lamps, and LED signature tail lights. Most welcome was the full-length sky-scape moonroof (with powered sunshade), which opened the top of the vehicle so that driving through the mountains was a five-sided viewing experience (lovely).

It took about an hour’s drive to reach the campsite, which turned out to be located in a remote part of a ski resort area, and during that drive we watched the weather turn from briskly cold yet sunny to rainy and ultimately to full-on snow. Evidently, Montana had a bit of an unexpected cold-snap while we were visiting, and I honestly couldn’t have been happier about that. I get to do so many media drives in perfect weather, so being able to test a vehicle through rain and then snow really illustrated how well the Terrain could handle. Here’s a video of the drive to the campsite that I made; watch how the weather changes as we go. The Terrain handled mud and snow perfectly; the SUV has AWD, and it felt very able on whatever road or conditions we encountered.

I get to do many media drives that occur in perfect weather, so being able to test a vehicle through rain and then snow really illustrated how well the Terrain could handle. Here’s a video of the drive to the campsite that I made; watch how the weather changes as we go. The Terrain handled mud and snow perfectly; the SUV has AWD, and it felt very able on whatever road or conditions we encountered.


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Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-professed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area — or not.