2010 GMC Terrain: Only One Real Problem
December 21, 2010
The GMC Terrain may not blow you away with its abilities, but at the same time there's also little that offends. You might think the 2.4-liter four-cylinder wouldn't be up to the task of pulling 3,859 lb. worth of SUV, but if you're not afraid to rev it near 6,700 rpm (where it produces its peak of 182 hp), it provides more than enough snap for most situations. And it's still smooth at those elevated engine speeds, if on the noisy side.
And yes, the electric steering is a bit numb, made all the more obvious when driving on the kind of water-logged highways southern California is currently experiencing; usually it's good to know if the steering feels so light because your tires are floating, or because the assist is simply that unfeeling.
But most owners of an SUV like this probably won't notice or care about the steering; it's not intended as a sportster, but as a family hauler with a modern, comfortable interior, a ride that won't offend anyone's tush and space aplenty for whatever one needs to haul. No issues there.
So there's only one big problem with the 2010 GMC Terrain: The fact that it stands as the ugliest vehicle in GM's current lineup. But that's just one man's opinion: What's yours?
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 20,250 miles