2010 GMC Terrain: 12:57:50 of Seat Time in 30 Hours
September 17, 2010
The Long Term GMC Terrain and I had a great getting-to-know each other session last weekend during a marathon spring to San Francisco.
The first, very slow, leg was occupied with fuel economy. This wasn't as bad as it seems thanks to the extremely comfortable seats (take that, Crosstour) and the could-be-better-but-I'm-glad-it's-here iPod interface.
What could be better? Glad you asked...
1) No quick scroll to the end of your artists. The Terrain doesn't jump from letter to letter when it senses you're scrolling quickly. You just scroll and scroll and scroll and give up by L where, on my iPod, you've already passed 300 other artists.
2) No audiobook chapters. Audiobooks sometimes come in big, single files with chapters that the iPod recognizes as separate tracks even though it's still, technically, on track 1. The GMC Terrain does not agree or understand that chapters are important. The book is either open or closed. This wouldn't be terrible as there's very little scanning to be done in audiobooks, but when you accidentally hit the track forward button because it's the exact shape and size as the cruise control button, well, then you're stuck in FF land for a long, long time.
As for the rest of the Terrain on the trip...well....in a word....excellent.
Nav is easy and, shockingly, fast enough at re-routing to not miss the streets in cramped SF.
Seats, as I said before, fantastic for long drives.
The much maligned steering which is miserable to actually DRIVE, is light and forgiving on long highway hauls.
Parking the Terrain -- even without the beeps and camera -- is a snap. Visibility and being able to predict the corners of the truck is very good. I parallel parked this all weekend without a second thought.
Power is underwhelming. It'll do 80, but not happily and getting up a grade, you're pulling 4K rpm to keep 65. More would help. More is not necessary.
All told, I put something like 765.5 miles on our Terrain in a very short period of time and couldn't come up with a single viable complaint. Even my disappointing 29 mpg is still 29 mpg from a big car.
I thought I was a fan of the Terrain going into this drive, and this sealed the deal. Sure, I think the Chevy looks better, but still, great little truck.
Mike Magrath, Associate Editor Edmunds.com @ 15,164 miles
Oh, I guess I did find one, more, problem issue with the chrome on the Terrain. Not what you want when trying to see if you can or can not swap lanes.