2019 Subaru Forester VS GMC Terrain AWD SUV Comparison in Redwood City, CA

With a name like Terrain, you might assume that the two-row SUV from General Motors Company is built for some off-road adventuring -- but, at the base level, it's just a front-wheel-drive family SUV. It's not equipped for the great outdoors like the 2019 Subaru Forester. The Forester comes standard with the legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system! That makes it a safe, capable and versatile SUV, from the entry-level model all the way up to the fully-loaded trim levels with tons of options and extras.

On this page, we'll show you exactly why the 2019 Subaru Forester is an even better value than the 2019 GMC Terrain. You get so much more on the Subaru Forester as standard equipment, plus a variety of features that the GMC Terrain doesn't have at all.

Appointed here with leather upholstery, the cabin of the all-new Forester is spacious and airy.

2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 GMC Terrain: Interior Size

The 2019 Subaru Forester and 2019 GMC Terrain are almost identical in size on the outside -- but, on the inside, intelligent Subaru engineering gives you so much more room! The 2019 Subaru Forester offers 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and up to 76.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume. That's a whole lot more than the 103.2 cubic feet of passenger space and 63.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo space you get from the 2019 GMC Terrain. And since the Subaru Forester gives you a few more inches of headroom and legroom in the front seats, it's a more comfortable choice than the GMC Terrain for taller drivers.


Integrated with a bottle holder in the side of the Subaru Forester door panel, a Harmon Kardon speaker kicks out the jams.

2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 GMC Terrain: Technology

With standard SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and HD Radio support built-in, the 2019 Subaru Forester makes it easy to listen to all your favorite radio stations from just about anywhere. On the 2019 GMC Terrain, SiriusXM® and HD Radio compatibility are only available when you upgrade several trim levels from the base model! That means spending a whole lot more.

If you want the best possible listening experience, the 2019 Subaru Forester can even be equipped with an available nine-speaker premium audio system by Harman Kardon® for incredible sonic clarity. The available premium audio system on the 2019 GMC Terrain only has seven speakers.


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Thanks to Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, this Subaru Forester charges through the snow with confidence.

2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 GMC Terrain: Performance

Not only does the 2019 Subaru Forester come standard with more horsepower than the base GMC Terrain, it also comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive! A lesser AWD system can be equipped on the 2019 GMC Terrain, but it'll cost you thousands extra. And since the 2019 GMC Terrain only gives you 6.9" of ground clearance, you'll be able to travel over rocks, roots and other obstacles easier in the 2019 Subaru Forester. The Forester gives you 8.7" of ground clearance and standard X-MODE® low-speed crawl technology. It's the better vehicle for any adventure, around the corner or across the country.


With unique black and orange exterior accents, the Subaru Forester Sport trim level has a little more attitude.

2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 GMC Terrain: Safety Awards

While the 2019 GMC Terrain performed admirably in its crash tests, it didn't stand out to the safety experts the way the 2019 Subaru Forester did. While the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave both cars the best possible overall crashworthiness scores, only the 2019 Subaru Forester earned the 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award! The Forester was one of just four models in its class to earn this award from the IIHS, proving that it's a better choice to protect your loved ones in an accident than the GMC Terrain.


These available LED headlights help the Subaru Forester see better in a rainstorm.

2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 GMC Terrain: Driver Assistance

From pre-collision automatic braking to distance-pacing cruise control, both these vehicles offer a suite of advanced driver assist features that can help protect you on today's busy roads. The key difference? While these technologies are only available on the most expensive 2019 GMC Terrain trim levels, Subaru EyeSight® comes standard on each and every 2019 Subaru Forester! EyeSight® uses camera-based sensor technology to keep you centered in your lane and help you avoid a collision.

The 2019 Subaru Forester even offers a few available safety options -- like reverse automatic braking and steering responsive LED headlights -- that you simply can't get on the 2019 GMC Terrain at all.

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Visit Carlsen Subaru In Redwood City For The Best Subaru Selection & Service In The Bay Area

Car shopping can be a hassle, but we're making it simple, easy and fun at Carlsen Subaru! It begins with our incredible selection of all the latest Subaru models. They're perfect for getting around San Francisco and beyond thanks to features like Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the smooth, efficient and powerful BOXER® engine design and the latest Subaru STARLINK™ infotainment.

But that's not all! We'll also promise a friendly, welcoming environment free of the kind of high-pressure sales tactics you might expect from lesser dealerships. Carlsen Subaru is different -- so different that we've been recognized by Subaru with the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer Commitment Award. We're providing outstanding customer experiences while giving back to our community through organizations like Meals on Wheels, Save the Bay and the ASPCA. Come down and see us at 480 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063 when you're ready to step up to a dynamic new Subaru vehicle!

2019 Subaru Forester2019 GMC Terrain
$24,295Starting MSRP*$25,000
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable
33 Highway/26 CityFuel Economy (MPG)30 Highway/26 City
182Horsepower170
8.7 InchesGround Clearance6.9 Inches
111.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space103.2 Cubic Feet
35.4 Cubic FeetCargo Volume29.6 Cubic Feet
2019 Top Safety Pick+IIHS AwardNone
AvailableSteering Responsive LED HeadlightsNot Available
AvailableReverse Automatic BrakingNot Available

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.