The Old Two-Level Power Hatch Trick - 2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test

2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test

2010 GMC Terrain: The Old Two-Level Power Hatch Trick

February 25, 2010

CotW_05.jpg 2010_Terrain_1600_hatch_det_control_interior.jpg

If Maxwell Smart had driven a 2010 GMC Terrain instead of a Sunbeam Tiger, he might have appreciated this. An adjustable power hatch control sits just over my head where the sunroof controls reside. With it, I can pre-determine how far the hatch will open whenever and however it's triggered.

It may not be as cool as a shoe phone or the Cone of Silence, but this is a pretty nifty feature around the Edmunds household because I'm 6-foot 2-inches tall and my wife stands at 5-foot 4-inches.

Here's a video demo that shows what I mean.

The "Max" setting is tailor-made for someone like me. I can stand under the open hatch and root around with the luggage without scraping my scalp. But my wife needs to stand on tippy-toes to reach the closure button or the grab handle. In the video she's wearing heels and it's still a stretch.

No problemo. The "3/4" setting is tailor-made for someone like her because the hatch stops about 6 inches short of the "max" setting. That's more than enough to clear her cranium yet, at the same time, both the grab handle and power-closure button remain within easy reach.


In "max" mode, this button is about 6-foot 7-inches above the pavement. In "3/4" mode, that drops to around 6-foot 1-inch above the ground.


Incidentally, the power closing mechanism itself is built into the left-hand strut so there's no external linkage or motor assembly to eat into interior room or take a corner off rear window visibility. It's a very unobtrusive design.

My only gripe with the power hatch feature has to do with to noise. The clunk of the hatch's power unlock solenoid resonates so loudly within the hatch that at first I thought the kid across the street had kicked his soccer ball into the back of the Terrain. The recorded sound on the video doesn't really do it justice.

Dan Edmunds @ 1,939 miles

Leave a Comment

Past Long-Term Road Tests

Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat online with us
Email us at
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Call us at 855-782-4711
Text us at ED411