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 2021 GMC Terrain?
The 2021 GMC Terrain has a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.
The 2021 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 2021 GMC Terrain Tow?
The 2021 GMC Terrain has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.
The 2021 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.
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.
2021 Terrain Towing Capacity By Trim Level
There are many trim levels for the 2021 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 2021 GMC Terrain:
|2021 GMC Terrain Trim Level||Towing Capacity|
|2021 GMC Terrain SL||1,500 pounds|
|2021 GMC Terrain SLE||1,500 pounds|
|2021 GMC Terrain SLT||1,500 pounds|
|2021 GMC Terrain Denali||1,500 pounds|
Towing Capacity By Engine Size & Drivetrain
2021 GMC Terrain Engine Towing Specs
There is one engine option for the 2021 Terrain, which is a 1.5L Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque.
2021 GMC Terrain 1.5L Turbo 4 Cylinder Engine Towing Capacity: 1,500 pounds
2021 GMC Terrain Drivetrain Towing Specs
The 2021 GMC Terrain comes standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional on most trims.
2021 GMC Terrain FWD Towing Capacity: 1,500 pounds
2021 GMC Terrain AWD Towing Capacity: 1,500 pounds
Note that these are the max towing limits for each 2021 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.
2021 GMC Terrain Payload Capacity
The maximum payload capacity of the 2021 GMC Terrain is 1,021 pounds.
This means that the 2021 Terrain can carry up to 1,021 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 2021 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.
2021 GMC Terrain Tow Package
There is no GMC Terrain tow package offered on the 2021 model- only towing accessories are offered for it.
It’s important to note that the tow package accessories do not increase the 2021 GMC Terrain’s towing capacity at all, it simply offers the hardware needed to tow something.
We definitely recommend adding a trailer hitch if you plan on towing anything with your 2021 Terrain.
2021 GMC Terrain Towing Capacity Vs Competitors
The 2021 GMC Terrain has a maximum tow rating of 1500 pounds, which makes it capable of light-duty towing.
The 2021 Terrain’s tow capability is similar to its main competitors which are the 2021 Honda CRV and the 2021 Toyota RAV4.
Here are some similar vehicles to the 2021 GMC Terrain and their towing capacities below:
2021 Toyota RAV4: 3,500 pounds
2021 Honda CRV: 1,500 pounds
2021 Kia Sportage: 2,000 pounds
2021 Hyundai Tucson: 2,000 pounds
2021 Volkswagen Tiguan: 1,500 pounds
2021 GMC Models Towing Capacity Chart
|2021 GMC SUV Model||Towing Capacity|
|2021 GMC Sierra 1500||11,800 pounds|
|2021 GMC Canyon||7,700 pounds|
|2021 GMC Yukon||8,400 pounds|
|2021 GMC Acadia||4,000 pounds|
|2021 GMC Terrain||1,500 pounds|
We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official 2021 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 2021 GMC Terrain.