2019 GMC Terrain vs. 2019 Toyota C-HR

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Toyota C-HR 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 C-HR doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Terrain offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Terrain Denali offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The C-HR only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Terrain and the C-HR 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 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 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The C-HR has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Terrain’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the C-HR’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 38 percent more GMC dealers than there are Toyota dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Terrain’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Terrain has a standard 700-amp battery. The C-HR’s 520-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The Terrain’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 26 more horsepower (170 vs. 144) and 64 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 108 more horsepower (252 vs. 144) and 121 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Terrain’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 101 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Toyota C-HR:

 

Terrain

C-HR

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

4.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

11.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.7 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

18.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Terrain 4 cyl. diesel FWD gets better fuel mileage than the C-HR (28 city/39 hwy vs. 27 city/31 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Terrain’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The C-HR doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Terrain’s standard fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-HR (14.9 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Terrain’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-HR (15.6 vs. 13.2 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 C-HR doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Terrain 2.0T’s brake rotors are larger than those on the C-HR:

 

Terrain 1.5T/Diesel

Terrain 2.0T

C-HR

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.75 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

11.3 inches

11.1 inches

The Terrain stops shorter than the C-HR:

 

Terrain

C-HR

 

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Terrain has larger standard tires than the C-HR (225/65R17 vs. 215/60R17). The Terrain’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-HR (235/50R19 vs. 225/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Terrain offers optional 19-inch wheels. The C-HR’s 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 C-HR doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Terrain’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the C-HR (107.3 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Terrain is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the C-HR.

The Terrain Denali AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the C-HR XLE (27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

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 C-HR 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 C-HR doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Terrain has 19.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (103.2 vs. 83.8).

The Terrain has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, 8.2 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 8 inches more rear legroom, 3.8 inches more rear hip room and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-HR.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Terrain’s rear seats recline. The C-HR’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Terrain has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the C-HR with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 19 cubic feet). The Terrain has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the C-HR with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 36.4 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The C-HR doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Terrain (except SL) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The C-HR doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The Terrain has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The C-HR has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

An Oil Life Monitor is standard on the Terrain to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the C-HR.

Ergonomics

The Terrain offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The C-HR doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Terrain (except SL/SLE), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The C-HR doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Terrain (except SL/SLE)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The C-HR doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 C-HR does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Terrain has standard extendable sun visors. The C-HR doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Terrain with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The C-HR’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Terrain SLT/Denali has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The C-HR has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Terrain and the C-HR 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 C-HR.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Terrain Denali keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The C-HR doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Terrain’s optional (except SL/SLE) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The C-HR doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Terrain has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Terrain and the C-HR offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Terrain has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The C-HR doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 C-HR 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 C-HR doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

The GMC Terrain outsold the Toyota C-HR by over three to one during 2017.

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