Push-Button Post-Surf Warmth - 2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test

2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test

2010 GMC Terrain: Push-Button Post-Surf Warmth

April 23, 2010

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It's been an unseasonably cold and wet week in normally sunny and warm So Cal, especially by late-April standards. But surfers know that spring is when the ocean water is coldest due to strong seasonal winds that create upwelling and stir the most frigid water to the surface. So with this week's weather, wave riders like myself dealt with a double triple whammy of cold weather, winds and water.

That's why I was stoked to find that the GMC Terrain has a remote start feature. When I got out of the water, I could press the lock button on the key fob, then the little circular arrow below it and the engine would crank and the heater would kick in where I set it at 80 degrees. So by the time I peeled off my wetsuit -- and was really freezing -- I could hop into a nice and toasty interior.

As a bonus, I could hit the adjacent button on the remote for the power liftgate to more quickly stash my board and get changed. And not to be too picky, but there was one feature that the Terrain lacked that would make it a cold-water surfer's dream.

While you can set the climate control to any temperature before turning off the engine and it defaults to it when you crank it up with the remote start, the seat heaters don't turn back on. Fortunately, the Terrain's seats heat up quickly.

But it would be a bonus when you get out of the water and are freezing your buns off.

Doug "Moon Dog" Newcomb, Senior Editor, Technology, Edmunds.com

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