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For enhanced safety, the GMC Terrain’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Lexus UX Series doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.
In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Terrain are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The UX Series doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The Terrain Denali offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The UX Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Terrain and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Terrain the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The UX Series has not been tested, yet.
GMC pays for scheduled maintenance on the Terrain for 2 years and 24,000 miles. GMC will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the UX Series.
There are over 7 times as many GMC dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Terrain’s warranty.
The Terrain’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 1 more horsepower (170 vs. 169) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 71 more horsepower (252 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.
The Terrain’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.
Regardless of its engine, the Terrain’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the UX Series Hybrid.
The Terrain’s standard fuel tank has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (14.9 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Terrain’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (15.6 vs. 12.4 gallons).
The Terrain has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The UX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better stopping power the Terrain 2.0T’s brake rotors are larger than those on the UX Series:
For better traction, the Terrain’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the UX Series (235/50R19 vs. 225/50R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Terrain offers optional 19-inch wheels. The UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.
The Terrain has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The UX Series doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Terrain’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the UX Series (107.3 inches vs. 103.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Terrain is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.
The front grille of the Terrain uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The UX Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Terrain uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The UX Series doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Terrain has 12.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (103.2 vs. 90.4).
The Terrain has 2.8 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 6.6 inches more rear legroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Terrain’s rear seats recline. The UX Series’ rear seats don’t recline.
The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the UX Series (29.6 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The UX Series doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The Terrain has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.
The Terrain’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The UX Series does not have an oil pressure gauge.
The power windows standard on both the Terrain and the UX Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Terrain is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
Both the Terrain and the UX Series offer available heated front seats. The Terrain Denali also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the UX Series.
The Terrain (except SL) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The UX Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Terrain Denali’s optional Automatic Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The UX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The GMC Terrain outsold the Lexus UX Series by over 252 to one during 2018.
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