We recently spent about 1,000 miles behind the wheel of the latest GMC Terrain, giving the compact crossover SUV (CUV) a thorough shakedown with regard to comfort, utility, tech features, and all the other critical bits and pieces. One thing that stood out to us was the amount of usable storage it offered, as outlined in our recently published list of “Five Reasons To Buy The GMC Terrain, and Five Reasons Not To.” In addition to loads of cargo space, the cabin also comes with a number of shelves, including one located just ahead of the front passenger that’s worth a closer look.
The shelf can be found in the dash next to the passenger-side air vent, and underneath the dash trim. The size and location of the shelf makes it ideal for holding phones and wallets, and thanks to a rubber lining, none of the items will slide around while out driving.
It would be even cooler if this shelf also came with an inductive charging feature as well, but unfortunately, that’s not the case.
In addition to a number of shelves and cubby storage spots in the cabin, the GMC Terrain also boasts roughly 30 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, and 63.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. We previously covered the Terrain’s flat-folding front passenger seat, which is another space-maximizing feature that works well in the segment. EPA passenger volume is rated at 103.2 cubic feet.
For reference, the GMC Terrain first launched for the 2010 model year, slotting in between the compact and midsize segments. Following the successful first-gen model, a second generation was introduced for the 2018 model year, slotting more firmly into the compact segment. The latest generation hit the scene with an all-new design, more refinement in the cabin, and new tech features as well.