2012 GMC Terrain Towing Capacity

If you’re searching for an easy driving all-around performing SUV, the GMC Terrain is an excellent choice. The Terrain was reintroduced into GMC’s lineup in 2010 and is still made today. But what is the towing capacity of a 2012 GMC Terrain?

The 2012 GMC Terrain has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

The 2012 GMC Terrain tow capacity can vary based on a few different factors such as engine size, drivetrain, trim level, and others which we’ll cover in this guide.

How Much Can The 2012 GMC Terrain Tow?

The 2012 GMC Terrain has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

The 2012 GMC Terrain tow capacity is affected by other factors like engine type, drivetrain, the weight of cargo and passengers, and whether your vehicle has a towing package equipped or not.

You can always reach out to your local GMC dealership for details to confirm how much your Terrain can tow.

2012 GMC Terrain Towing Capacity Chart
2012 GMC Terrain Towing Capacity Chart

You can check out our guide to GMC Terrain towing capacity by year if you’re looking at a different model year’s max capacity or if you want to compare different years of this vehicle.

You can also read our guide on what makes a vehicle towing capacity to learn all the aspects that go into it.

2012 Terrain Towing Capacity By Trim Level

There are many trim levels for the 2012 Terrain. Some engines and features are not available on certain configurations, so they can each have different max towing limits.

Here’s the max tow capacity broken down for each package on the 2012 GMC Terrain:

2012 GMC Terrain Trim LevelTowing Capacity
2012 GMC Terrain SLE-11,500 pounds
2012 GMC Terrain SLE-23,500 pounds
2012 GMC Terrain SLT-13,500 pounds
2012 GMC Terrain SLT-23,500 pounds
2012 GMC Terrain Towing Capacity by Trim Level Chart

Towing Capacity By Engine Size & Drivetrain

2012 GMC Terrain Engine Towing Specs

There are two engine options for the 2012 Terrain, which are a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, and a 3.0L V6 engine that produces 264 horsepower and 222 pound-feet of torque.

2012 GMC Terrain 2.4L Turbo 4 Cylinder Engine Towing Capacity: 1,500 pounds

2012 GMC Terrain 3.0L V6 Engine Towing Capacity: 3,500 pounds

2012 GMC Terrain Drivetrain Towing Specs

The 2012 GMC Terrain comes standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional on most trims.

2012 GMC Terrain FWD Tow Rating: 3,500 pounds

2012 GMC Terrain AWD Tow Rating: 3,500 pounds

Note that these are the max towing limits for each 2012 GMC Terrain engine. Your GMC Terrain may have a lower towing capacity based on the drivetrain, axle ratio, and if your vehicle has a towing package installed.

2012 GMC Terrain Payload Capacity

The maximum payload capacity of the 2012 GMC Terrain is 1,107 pounds.

This means that the 2012 Terrain can carry up to 1,107 pounds worth of passenger and cargo weight in the vehicle, which makes it great for road trips and hauling heavier items.

Note that the max payload capacity of your 2012 Terrain will vary based on factors like the engine type, drivetrain and whether or not a towing package that includes other features like an engine oil cooler or transmission oil cooler is installed.

You can always contact your local dealership for extra details if you’re unsure of your vehicle’s payload capability.

2012 GMC Terrain Tow Package

There is a GMC Terrain tow package offered on the 2012 model which includes a reciever hitch and wiring harness.

We definitely recommend adding a towing package if you plan on towing anything with your 2012 Terrain.

gmc terrain towing a small camper
The 2012 GMC Terrain can pull up to 3,500 pounds, making it capable of towing light duty loads.

2012 GMC Terrain Towing Capacity Vs Competitors

The 2012 GMC Terrain has a maximum tow rating of 3500 pounds, which makes it capable of  light-duty towing.

The 2012 Terrain’s tow capability is similar to its main competitors which are the 2012 Honda CRV and the 2012 Toyota RAV4.

Here are some similar vehicles to the 2012 GMC Terrain and their towing capacities below:

2012 Toyota RAV4: 3,500 pounds

2012 Honda CRV: 1,500 pounds

2012 Kia Sportage: 2,000 pounds

2012 Hyundai Tucson: 2,000 pounds

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan: 2,200 pounds

2012 GMC Models Towing Capacity Chart

2012 GMC SUV ModelTowing Capacity
2012 GMC Sierra 150010,700 pounds
2012 GMC Yukon8,300 pounds
2012 GMC Acadia5,200 pounds
2012 GMC Terrain3,500 pounds
2012 GMC Towing Capacity Chart

Data Accuracy

We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official 2012 GMC Terrain Owner’s Manual on GMC’s site and have checked all data thoroughly for accuracy.

Having said that, we still recommend you refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual yourself before towing with a 2012 GMC Terrain.

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