General Motors quietly updated the 2018 GMC Terrain and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox to bolster side-impact safety. For Terrain models built after November 28 and Equinox models built after Feb. 19, March 5, or March 12 (depending on assembly location), the compact crossovers now feature additional welds and foam blocks.
The Car Connection reported on the changes this Wednesday, which bring both crossovers’ federal side-impact ratings from three stars to five stars. Originally, the 2018 Equinox and Terrain held four-star overall ratings, but the improved side-impact score brings both models to five-star overall ratings.
GMC confirmed the running updates to the Terrain with TCC and requested a retest after the additional welds and foam blocks were added to the rear driver- and passenger-side doors.
Although the federal government has updated its ratings, the independent body, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said it has no plans to update its scores.