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2010 GMC Terrain: Gettin' The Tree

December 15, 2010

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Sunday was Christmas Tree Day at the Oldhams. And that's our just plucked 10-footer atop our long-term 2010 GMC Terrain.

Now I know what you're thinking: How could you be so cruel and put that big tree on the roof of the Terrain without a protective blanket or something? And you're right, normally I wouldn't have done such a stupid thing but the Z06 was already signed out for the weekend.

Jokes aside, the Terrain was perfect for this kind of task. And it performed other family duties perfectly all weekend, which is of course job one of a vehicle like this.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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2010 GMC Terrain: Mostly Living Up To Expectations

November 29, 2010

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I wrote last week that I was looking forward to driving our 2010 GMC Terrain for a Thanksgiving road trip to my in-laws' house. For the most part, the Terrain met my expectations.

For about 600 miles of round-trip driving, it was impressively quiet and comfortable. The extra space provided by its SUV body style also came in handy, as we ended up carrying a lot more stuff back home due to some Black Friday shopping -- if I had one of our long-term sedans, there's no way it would have all fit.

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2010 GMC Terrain: That Nutty Time of Year

November 01, 2010

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Early Saturday morning I drove the long-term GMC Terrain to the Girl Scout warehouse to pick up the 20 cases of nuts our troop sold over the past few weeks. With the rear seats folded down, the cases fit effortlessly in the Terrain's cargo area.

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2010 GMC Terrain: Cargo Capacity--Who has the Edge?

October 28, 2010

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I needed to pick up a large box from the store yesterday (shhh, Christmas gift), so I grabbed the keys to the 2010 GMC Terrain. Knew I didn't need a full-size SUV, but figured loading the heavy box in the back of the Terrain would be easier than trying to dump it into the trunk of a sedan.

Earlier in the day my sister called me from Michigan, asking for my opinion on the 2011 Ford Edge. Thinking about the Terrain and the Edge in the same day, I wondered which Motor City crossover offered the most cargo capacity?

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2010 GMC Terrain: Quick Power Liftgate Action

October 06, 2010

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As power liftgates go, our GMC Terrain's is pretty quick. Just press the fob's button or the liftgte's touchpad and up it goes. No beeping, no hesitation, just action. I timed it to be about 6-and-a-half seconds going up. Lowering it is similarly quick, and this is done again by the fob or by by pressing the button on the bottom of the liftgate. A video of the Terrain in action follows after the jump, as does an older video of the Flex's (slightly slower) liftgate that I took a couple years ago.

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2010 GMC Terrain: The Suburban Workhorse

October 04, 2010

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While a truck or large SUV will give you more maximum ability to do stuff, the humble small crossover SUV still gets the job done 95 percent of the time. Over the weekend I used our GMC Terrain for all the daily life stuff like grocery shopping, trips to the home improvement store and visiting friends. Though it all the Terrain was aces; comfortable for the family, easy to get in and out of, easy to load, and, around town anyway, perfectly adequate in terms of power. While I've always considered myself a sedan or hatchback buyer, the appeal of a small or midsize crossover for daily life is undeniable.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 16, 462 miles

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2010 GMC Terrain: Remote Range at Remote Parking

September 22, 2010

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Our 2010 GMC Terrain spent one night at the Los Angeles airport while I flew to Dallas for a quick trip.

As the Wally Park shuttle driver trundled his way down the aisle to drop me off, I decided to see if I could unlock the Terrain's doors from 100 yards away with the remote control. No problem. Got the power hatch open well before we got there, too. It made it much easier for him to understand which car was mine.

We were farther away than it appears above. The picture is zoomed in a bit.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

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2010 GMC Terrain: Can't Argue With This Cargo Bay

July 19, 2010

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Well, actually you can. Mr. Jacquot did a few months ago when he whined about the seatbacks that didn't fold flat. I didn't need the Terrain's maximum space this weekend, just a little extra room to throw some odd shaped tools, a few plants and various bags of all sorts.

As you can see, the Terrain's cargo area is wide, flat and easily accessible thanks to the power liftgate that now works just fine thank you. As much as I prefer sedans for general use, the utility of a vehicle like this is certainly appreciated for larger jobs. Cleans up easily too. And no, I didn't put all those scratches there.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com @ 10,855 miles

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2010 GMC Terrain: Li'l Movin Buddy

July 07, 2010

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Swapped haciendas this weekend, and though we enslaved a U-haul truck for the heavy stuff, our long-term 2010 GMC Terrain ably served light-duty shuttle. Though plenty spacious on the inside, the daylight openings on mid-size SUVs such as the Terrain are often the limiters for cargo. This is not a bad thing, as the chassis is not designed for heavy-duty hauling, though you could easily outstrip the GVWR rating by hand-loading your gold bullion collection (holler if you need help relocating that). The rear hatch snubbed us on a love-seat run, but the smooth ride kept even the most fragile possessions intact.

The split-folding rear seats proved a boon for local runs, letting us quickly adapt the interior to handle seat-belt worthy perches (computer monitors, etc.), along with longer items such as lamps. Sliding the rear seat all the way up and the front seats all the way back created a great snug zone for fragile stuff, while also making max room in the cargo hold. The livable tradeoff for the flexibility is a tilted load floor from the non-flat-folding seats.

I still enjoy tooling around in the Terrain, even if the four-cylinder (and I can't believe I'm suggesting this) could use a more aggressive map for throttle tip-in. I'm sure it helps the EPA mpg figures, but these D.I. engines already feel soft down low, and it could use a bit more snap away from lights. This is also the first GM tranny (and we've seen similar behavior in the Equinox) that seems a miss from the General's generally excellent slushboxes. When driven even slightly aggressively, the Terrain's automatic seems easily confused, hangs on to gears when you think it should shift, can be slow to downshift, and then seems to grab too many gears once prodded to downshift. Thankfully, manual mode is an option.

Another tranny quirk was the delay in engaging reverse, which can make for some anxious moments when backing up on tilted surfaces. Each time you'd double check to see if you hadn't accidentally selected neutral, and a fair amount of throttle was required before motion began. GM's automatics have long been the class of the industry, so maybe it's a cost-cutting move. The other odd remark includes a hazard lights button that you have to push and hold to engage, not your first instinct during a quick reach to warn oncoming traffic.

Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor @ 9,987 miles

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2010 GMC Terrain: Actuator Strut Replacement

May 20, 2010

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Well, after a few mis-steps, Martin Cadillac finally got the correct part in to fix out 2010 GMC Terrain's leaky liftgate actuator strut. We dropped the car off this morning and they called around 1 saying it was ready to be picked up at any time.

Days out of service: 0

Total Cost: 0

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 7,823

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2010 GMC Terrain: Muddy

May 17, 2010

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Every Monday, weather permitting, we wash and gas all of the cars in our long-term fleet.

Well, today it is raining so a fill up was all that was sensible. I noticed yesterday when I went to the market that a lot of muddy dirt collects inside the hatch frame. It seems to get caught under the taillight then drip down on the inside. It's not far enough in to leak into the cargo area, but it looks gross.

Now, I can't wait until the weather clears up so I can give this car a good bath.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 7,566 miles

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2010 GMC Terrain: Huge Center Console Not Really That Useful

March 23, 2010

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I'm not sure if I really like the Terrain's gigantic center console or not.

I mean, on one hand, if I needed to stow away something large, like say, a side of beef, it would fit quite easily in this handy compartment.

On the other hand, if I had a bunch of small stuff to organize, putting it inside this console would feel like throwing it all down a manhole, it's that deep.

There is a small bin that snaps into the top of this compartment, but it sort of defeats the whole purpose of having so much space to work with. The engineers did a great job of carving out the space, but they didn't do so well when it came time to designing a console that would make the best use of it.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 4,076 miles

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2010 GMC Terrain: Yeah ... About That Power Hatch Thingy

February 26, 2010

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Ever get done telling a story about how great something is, only to have it fail horribly at the precise moment you're singing its praises?

Well, the mechanism behind the 2010 GMC Terrain's two-level power hatch feature, the one I went on about only yesterday, has just joined that club.

Above is a close-up of the left-hand strut, the one that does the heavy lifting. Note the oil running down the side and the cocked seal. Add-in the pungent aroma of mineral oil (shock absorber oil to the suspension tuning engineers in the room) and you get the complete picture.

I noticed this when I discovered a trail of something with dirt stuck to it running down from the rear taillight and rear bumper. The amount of the stuff suggests it's been dribbling out for a couple of days, at least.

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

February 25, 2010

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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.

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2010 GMC Terrain: Leave the Kid, Take the Ladder

February 22, 2010

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I thought it was going to fit. That's my six-foot ladder in the back of our long-term 2010 GMC Terrain. I thought I'd be able to fold down the 40 of the truck's 60/40 split fold-down rear seat and take it and my kid (who would be seated in the 60) to grandpa's house.

Nope. Tailgate wouldn't close.

Oh, eventually I got the ladder to fit. I just had to leave the kid at home. Check the photo on the next page to see what I mean.

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2010 GMC Terrain: Good Stuff, but What's With the Cargo Area?

February 08, 2010

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Let's start this off on the right foot: I like our 2010 GMC Terrain. I like its easy-to-use navigation/audio interface. I like its overall interior styling. I like its suspension tuning, and despite the fact that this four-cylinder model isn't all that powerful, I find the power it does have to be adequate. And I like that and the efficiency that comes with it.

So I was surprised to see that its rear seats don't fold flat.

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