2010 GMC Terrain: Extra Functionality of Remote Engine Start Is Nice
December 02, 2010
A couple nights ago the temperature dropped below freezing where I live (central California) and gave our long-term Terrain a covering of frost in the morning. Extreme weather it wasn't, but it still gave me a chance to test our our Terrain's remote engine start feature.
Remote start works as you'd expect -- push the button (after first pushing the fob's door lock button) and the Terrain fires up. Doing so in cold weather means you can stay inside your house while your vehicle warms up.
And since our Terrain has automatic climate control, remote start will also, as the owner's manual says, "...default to a heating or cooling mode depending on the outside temperature during a remote start." This is probably more useful in hot weather than cold since air-conditioning is instantaneous and heated air isn't. But I did notice that remote start clicked on the rear defroster automatically.
Also, on some GM vehicles, remote start will also activate the heated or ventilated seats. The Terrain's owners manual didn't make any mention of this, and its heated seats didn't turn on for me. But I suppose it's possible that functionality is buried within the vehicle's configuration menus somewhere.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor