2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test

2010 GMC Terrain: The Big Box Store

July 09, 2010


There's just no sense defending the way the GMC Terrain looks. Or any other crossover utility for that matter. You'll just never get it unless you shop at big box stores.

You know about the big box store. It's the now-common generic name for all the places we shop on the weekends, our 21st century equivalent of the department store. Costco, Kohl's, Home Depot, Lowe's, Meijer, Target. Just as America is all about owning your own home (the thing that has always set us apart from other countries), so the big box store is dedicated to providing the stuff we need for our homes, from grass sod to children's socks.

There's not a lot of romance to the way the Terrain looks. It's just a kind of big box itself, meant for hauling stuff. It is the utility that matters -- the way the seats flip and fold, the size of the hatch opening, the liftover height of the loading floor.

The GMC Terrarin looks about as romantic as a grocery cart. But a grocery cart sure comes in handy when you've got your hands full of a garden hose, a bag of fertilizer, a kitchen mop and a one pound bag of M&M's.

Really there should be big racks all around every city where we could park utility vehicles like grocery carts and just pick one up whenever we need one. Because we all need a grocery cart sooner or later.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 10,128 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2010 GMC Terrain in NJ is:

$192 per month*
* Explanation