The GMC Terrain is a handsome compact SUV, but also one that doesn’t seem to get as much love compared to segment stalwarts like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, or even Chevrolet‘s own Equinox. However, it does have something pretty much any other vehicle in the segment lacks, and that is the ability to fold the front passenger seat down flat.
In relation to the third-generation Chevy Equinox, which serves as the platform-mate to the second-generation Terrain, the folding-seat feature is unique. It’s a handy trick, as most people buy compact SUVs to haul their small families around, and don’t need the size associated with larger SUVs and trucks. However, that can sometimes put those buyers in a bind when they have to fit a large item in their vehicle.
It’s worth nothing that both the second-generation Terrain and third-generation Chevy Equinox debuted for the 2018 model year.
Yours truly once had to transport an entire, single-piece exhaust system and the only way it fit was with the trunk open on one end, and the other end sitting in between the front seats on the armrest. That was neither safe nor practical and, in my case, left my armrest with a nice, new gouge in it. GMC claims this to be a non-issue with the Terrain, stating that an eight-foot-tall ladder can easily fit inside with the front passenger seat folded down and the liftgate closed.
In addition, the fold-down front seat gives the Terrain a 29-percent bump in usable storage space with 81 cubic feet versus 63 from behind the front row. For moving items like boxes, luggage or long objects, the Terrain is more versatile than the competition because of that increased cargo space.
Is the ability to fold down the front seat going to be a deal breaker for buyers? Probably not, but then again, it’s one of those little touches we appreciate once we have it, and can’t live without it afterwards.