5 Stars

4 Stars



5 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

190 lbs.

403 lbs.

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

60 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/349 lbs.

495/441 lbs.



5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

153 lbs.

200 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

74 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

264/236 lbs.

329/236 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the GMC Terrain is safer than the Ford EcoSport:



Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

630 lbs.

685 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Terrain the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The EcoSport has not been tested, yet.


The Terrain’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the EcoSport’s (6 vs. 5 years).


The Terrain’s standard 1.5 turbo 4-cyl. produces 47 more horsepower (170 vs. 123) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 125) than the EcoSport’s standard 1.0 turbo 3-cyl. The Terrain’s 1.5 turbo 4-cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (170 vs. 166) and 54 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 149) than the EcoSport’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl. The Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 86 more horsepower (252 vs. 166) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 149) than the EcoSport’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. is faster than the Ford EcoSport 4-cyl.:



Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

10.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.7 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

18.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

79 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Terrain AWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the EcoSport 4x4 (25 city/28 hwy vs. 23 city/29 hwy).

The Terrain FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the EcoSport (14.9 vs. 13.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Terrain AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the EcoSport (15.6 vs. 13.6 gallons).


A nine-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Terrain, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the EcoSport.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Terrain 2.0T’s brake rotors are larger than those on the EcoSport:

Terrain 2.0T


Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

10.7 inches

The Terrain stops shorter than the EcoSport:



60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Terrain has larger standard tires than the EcoSport (225/65R17 vs. 205/60R16). The Terrain’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the EcoSport (235/50R19 vs. 205/60R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Terrain has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the EcoSport. The Terrain’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the EcoSport.

The GMC Terrain’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford EcoSport only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Terrain has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The EcoSport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the GMC Terrain has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The EcoSport 4x2 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Terrain’s wheelbase is 8.1 inches longer than on the EcoSport (107.3 inches vs. 99.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Terrain is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than on the EcoSport.

The Terrain Denali AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the EcoSport SE pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Terrain Denali AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the EcoSport SE (27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .54 average G’s).


The Terrain uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The EcoSport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Terrain has 12.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the EcoSport (103.2 vs. 91.1).

The Terrain has .4 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front hip room, 3.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom, .9 inches more rear hip room and 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the EcoSport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Terrain’s rear seats recline. The EcoSport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the EcoSport with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 20.9 cubic feet). The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the EcoSport with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 50 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The EcoSport doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Terrain’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The EcoSport’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Terrain (except SL) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Terrain SLT/Denali, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a power cargo door.


The Terrain’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the EcoSport’s (1500 vs. 1400 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Ford EcoSport is only 2000 pounds. The Terrain offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.


When two different drivers share the Terrain (except SL/SLE), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Terrain (except SL/SLE)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The EcoSport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Terrain’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The EcoSport does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Terrain’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The EcoSport has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Terrain’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The EcoSport’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

On a hot day the Terrain’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the EcoSport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Terrain detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The EcoSport doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Terrain’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the EcoSport Titanium/SES.

When the Terrain with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The EcoSport’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Terrain SLT/Denali has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The EcoSport offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Terrain and the EcoSport offer available heated front seats. The Terrain Denali also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the EcoSport.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Terrain Denali keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The EcoSport doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Terrain (except SL)’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The EcoSport doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Terrain has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The EcoSport doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The EcoSport doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Terrain Denali’s optional Automatic Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The EcoSport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Terrain is less expensive to operate than the EcoSport because typical repairs cost less on the Terrain than the EcoSport, including $117 less for front struts, $168 less for a timing belt/chain and $131 less for a power steering pump.


The GMC Terrain outsold the Ford EcoSport by over two to one during 2018.

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