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The 2017 Ford Explorer VS The 2017 GMC Terrain

Here at Reynolds Ford of Norman we know that the best part of shopping for a new car, truck or SUV is going for a test drive. But there are many drivers who spend a lot of time reading customer reviews and other auto blogs to get all the information possible. We want to help you by comparing the important factors of the 2017 Ford Explorer to the 2017 GMC Terrain so you don’t have to.


Drivers who are looking at SUVs most likely need the third-row seating, the extra cargo space, and the towing capabilities. And the 2017 Ford Explorer can do all of these and then some. The Explorer has three different engine options to choose from with a max horsepower of 365. The GMC Terrain only offers two powertrain options with a max horsepower of 301. When it comes to towing abilities the Explorer pulls ahead of the Terrain which can only tow 1,500 lbs. The Explorer, however, can tow up to 5,000 lbs. The standard base engine on the Explorer is a 3.5-litver V6 and the Terrain’s base engine is a 2.4-liter four cylinder.

Cargo Space

One of the biggest factors that separates the 2017 GMC Terrain from the Ford Explorer is size. The GMC Terrain is much smaller than the Explorer and only offers seating for five passengers. The Explorer has seating for seven and offers 80.7 cubic feet of total cargo space. Where the GMC Terrain only offers 63.9 cubic feet of total cargo space.


What features each vehicle has to offer could be the deciding factor between the Ford Explorer and the GMC Terrain. Both the Ford Explorer and the GMC Terrain come standard with a rearview camera. But the only Ford Explorer offers front 180-degree camera and Forward Sensing System, hands-free foot-activated liftgate, and dual second-row smart charging USB ports.