GMC Terrain: Driving and Operating / Trailer Towing

General Towing Information

Only use towing equipment that has been designed for the vehicle. Contact your dealer or trailering dealer for assistance with preparing the vehicle to tow a trailer. Read the entire section before towing a trailer.

To tow a disabled vehicle, see Towing the Vehicle. To tow the vehicle behind another vehicle such as a motor home, see Recreational Vehicle Towing.

When towing with the 2.0L L4 engine, only use unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 89 or higher. Using gasoline with a lower octane rating while towing may damage the engine and may not be covered by the vehicle warranty.

Diesel

Warning Filling a portable fuel container while it is in the vehicle can cause fuel vapors that can ignite either by static electricity or other means...

Driving Characteristics and Towing Tips

Warning You can lose control when towing a trailer if the correct equipment is not used or the vehicle is not driven properly. For example, if the trailer is too heavy or the trailer brakes are inadequate for the load, the vehicle may not stop as expected...

Other information:

GMC Terrain 2018-2023 Owners Manual: (TCS) / (ESC). Turning the Systems Off and On (Uplevel Cluster)


Caution Do not repeatedly brake or accelerate heavily when TCS is off. The vehicle driveline could be damaged. At speeds of 56 km/h (35 mph) or above, this ability to turn off or on is disabled. TCS and StabiliTrak/ESC can be turned off or on using the DIC controls as follows: Press or to scroll to the Options application...

GMC Terrain 2018-2023 Owners Manual: Forward Collision Alert (FCA) System and Forward Automatic Braking (FAB)


Forward Collision Alert (FCA) System If equipped, FCA may help avoid or reduce the harm caused by front-end crashes. FCA provides a green indicator, , when a vehicle is detected ahead. This indicator displays amber if you follow a vehicle too closely...

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