Suburban Styling - 2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test

2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test

2010 GMC Terrain: Suburban Styling

October 22, 2010


It's hard to style a truck, so you can sympathize with the guys who did the 2010 GMC Terrain. They did their best to overlay a crossover wagon with all the GMC themes, but the result is kind of like a plastic model of a GMC Suburban that has melted in the sun.

We're observing the 75th anniversary of the original Chevy Suburban this year and it makes me think of all the great GM truck-based wagons that have come before, clear back to the original 1935 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall. Sure, we're talking Chevrolet styling cues here, not GMC styling licks, and yet all these Suburbans look so appealing in comparison to the Terrain -- functional and yet with a unique style.


What I want is a wagon that's a little plainer, probably more like the 1949 Suburban, when it was still a visually a truck and not a wagon.

Of course, then I realize that GM already has a compact vehicle that combines truck cues with wagon function, which would be the Chevrolet HHR. Probably I'm the only guy in America that still finds this small wagon based on the Chevy Cobalt to be appealing. (Now that the Chevrolet Cruze is replacing the Cobalt, the HHR's future is limited to say the least.) But there's still something about the way the HHR looks that seems less egregious than the Terrain.

Ah well, the Terrain isn't the worst-looking interpretation of the Suburban theme I've ever seen. It's not like it's dressed in turquoise, like the 1965 Chevy Suburban below.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, @ 17,285 miles


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