The $1,500 V6 Upgrade Dilemma - 2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test

2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test

2010 GMC Terrain: The $1,500 V6 Upgrade Dilemma

September 30, 2010


I don't mind driving modestly powered, fuel efficient cars. But that's assuming I'm actually getting good fuel economy. As both Dan and Mike noted recently, we have yet to actually meet our Terrain's EPA-estimated 32-mpg highway rating, even when we're really trying. And so far after about 10 months of driving we're averaging just 20.5 mpg. EPA combined for the Terrain V6 (FWD) is 20 mpg. Our long-term Outlander V6 is getting 20.2 mpg. So the question is: if you're buying a Terrain (or Chevy Equinox), would you just go ahead and get the V6?

The V6 is a $1,500 option. Hmm. On one hand, our Terrain generally drives fine, and I can think of other neat things I could spend $1,500 on. But on the other hand, the extra power would certainly enhance the driving experience. In the end, I think I'd spring for the V6.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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