2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test

2010 GMC Terrain: A Trip to the Ex-Cabin

September 08, 2010


My youngest daughter Sarah (11) doesn't really remember her Nana and Poppa's cabin in Lake Arrowhead because it and 90% of the other vacation cottages and homes along Hook Creek burned in a huge conflagration that swept through in 2003.

Our 2010 GMC Terrain is parked where, previously, it would have been in danger of falling pine cones and sap from a 100-foot tall tree, the ruined trunk of which I'm standing on as I shoot this photo. Many others like it used to stand across the street and all around.


Some of the nearby trees survived, but they bear scars that tell the tale. These used to constantly drop pine needles onto the porch.


The cabin stood here, right alongside Hook Creek. Funny how lots always look tiny without a house standing on them. It'll probably stay this way. The burned-out and exposed terrain means that no one has much interest in rebuilding. Newer building codes now in effect mean there isn't enough room between the creek and the road to do much.

As for the 2010 GMC Terrain, the kids had a pleasant ride in the spacious backseat. But the hot weekend weather (90-100 F) did alert them to one serious shortcoming back there: no rear seat AC vents. My wife and I had to freeze ourselves to cool the kids down, so we didn't like it much, either.

In fact, Carl, my neighbor, recently bought a 2011 Kia Sorento because it has this very feature, even on the lowest trim grade. He cross-shopped it against the Equinox/Terrain, but his slighty-older kids noticed the difference. It was actually a deciding factor for them, possibly the deciding factor.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 13,803 miles

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