If it looks as if something is missing inside the 2018 GMC Terrain, your eyes are not deceiving you. No matter which trim you select, the 2018 Terrain arrives with General Motors’ first application of a push-button gear selector via its Electronic Precision Shift unit.
This means the familiar joystick unit is not present and buttons now adorn the lower portion of the center stack. It’s been a controversial design change, judging by responses both here and around the show floor here at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.
We spoke with one of the lead interior designers of the 2018 Terrain, and he stated the main reason to move any shifting duties away from the center stack was to fully utilize the space for customers. This means cupholder placement is incredibly convenient and ergonomics of other essentials are right in reach. GMC called the space “prime real estate.”
It’s not the prettiest execution of a push-button system, but there is no denying it works from an ergonomic standpoint.