Steering Not So Good - 2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test

2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test

2010 GMC Terrain: Steering Not So Good

February 24, 2010


Last night was my first drive in our 2010 GMC Terrain. And hate to say it, but my first thought was, "Oh...GM has forgotten how to tune electric-assist power steering again."

Effort just doesn't build up in a natural way as you turn the steering wheel off center... at any speed. And, the whole setup is so isolated from what's happening at the ground, I initially had trouble parking this not-very-big crossover SUV. It's that vague. This, coupled with the delayed response, makes it tricky to be precise with your inputs. I'll get used to the Terrain's steering with time, but that doesn't mean it's a good setup.

Thing is, it had seemed like GM was doing better on this front. Four-cylinder Malibus still have electric steering and it isn't half bad. And the EPS in the turbocharged Chevrolet Cobalt SS is so well tuned, you can't even tell it's electric.

Not sure what happened in the small crossovers, but I'll stick with the normal hydraulic-assist power steering in the V6 models.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 1,862 miles

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