2010 GMC Terrain: Get the V6
February 22, 2010
I just spent the weekend in our new long-term 2010 GMC Terrain. And I have just one thing to say: If you're going to buy one of these things GET THE V6!!!!!!!!! This SUV is sssssllllllllllooooooooooooowwwwwwwwww.
Yeah, I know it costs more. And I know you won't get that 32 mpg on the highway that GM is so proud of. But at least you'll have a vehicle that can get the heck out of its own way.
We haven't track tested our Terrain yet (probably next week), but we have tested a Chevy Equinox with the same 182 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder we have in our GMC. It ran from 0-60 mph in 9.3 seconds and covered the quarter mile in a dismal 16.9 seconds at just 82 mph.
In the real world this means (at least for me) that the Terrain's gas pedal is laying on the carpet much of the time. It also means that real world obstacles like hills and slow pokes in the left lane force you to wring the Ecotec's neck in order to make the climb or the pass. See that hole in traffic? Forget it. By the time you wind this thing up it is closed.
We've also tested a Terrain with the optional 3.0-liter V6 rated at 264 hp. It's still no rocket ship, but it's quick enough to keep you from pulling your hair out. Zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds and it covers the quarter mile in 16.3 seconds at 86.5 mph.
For some, the Terrain's little four-banger might be enough, but those folks are members of the A to B Club. If you like to drive, trust me, you'll wish you got the V6.
Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 1,777 miles