Mostly Living Up To Expectations - 2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test
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2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test

2010 GMC Terrain: Mostly Living Up To Expectations

November 29, 2010

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I wrote last week that I was looking forward to driving our 2010 GMC Terrain for a Thanksgiving road trip to my in-laws' house. For the most part, the Terrain met my expectations.

For about 600 miles of round-trip driving, it was impressively quiet and comfortable. The extra space provided by its SUV body style also came in handy, as we ended up carrying a lot more stuff back home due to some Black Friday shopping -- if I had one of our long-term sedans, there's no way it would have all fit.

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There were really just two disappointments to driving the Terrain for this trip. One was mediocre fuel economy. Shocker, I know. But I had really hoped that with almost all freeway driving and a conservative driving style, I'd post one of our better numbers to date. But my average was just 24.4 mpg. (As we've noted previously, we've found our Terrain comes nowhere near to matching the EPA's 32 mpg highway estimate.)

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The other aspect I didn't particularly enjoy was the numb steering. For everyday driving, it's not a problem. But on the return trip, we were driving at night with frequent rain. The outside temperature was in the high 30s and dropping (the Terrain gives you a warning of possible ice conditions at 37 degrees). I was a little worried about black ice on a mountain pass we were driving on. With its numb steering and lack of all-wheel drive, the Terrain just didn't inspire much confidence for dealing with weather. The fact that I couldn't see much out of the rearview mirror because of all the stuff piled in the cargo area didn't help, either.

Overall, though, the Terrain worked out pretty well.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 19,128 miles


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