2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test - Performance

2010 GMC Terrain Long-Term Road Test

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2010 GMC Terrain: Only One Real Problem

December 21, 2010

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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

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2010 GMC Terrain: Needs Boost

November 12, 2010


Though other car companies have done it in recent years, with the introduction of the Sonata Turbo, Hyundai's shown us that you can have a two liter engine that delivers a good deal of power while still returning good fuel economy. And I can think of no other car in our fleet that needs a little kick in the pants more than our Terrain.

Adequate on a good day, going downhill, the 2.4 liter Ecotec is no match for the weight and barn door aerodynamics of the Terrain. And when coupled to a heroically stubborn transmission bent on upshifting at all costs, you have to really throttle the thing around town just to keep up with traffic. Care to guess what that does for fuel economy? Don't even get me started on what it's like to drive it up a long grade - we've got quite a few of them here in Southern California - it's miserable.

If GM could slap a turbocharger on this engine (maybe The General should hire away some of Hyundai's engine guys), not only would you probably add at least another 70 horsepower and 70 torques, but you'd be able to re-calibrate the transmission to respond better to real world driving situations. I'd gladly take an honest 28 mpg as opposed to almost theoretical and seemingly impossible 30 mpg.

They could even call it the EcoBoost - oh, that name appears to already be taken.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 17,967 miles

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2010 GMC Terrain: Mediocre Manual Mode

October 21, 2010


It's easy to miss, but our longterm 2010 GMC Terrain does indeed have a manual mode for the transmission. You first slot the selector to M and then use the rocker button to shift up or down. I suppose having a mediocre manual mode is better than none at all.

Mainly, it's reeeeaaaaally sluggish. At times it can take a good couple of seconds for the transmission to finally downshift after you've pushed the button. Too late. And then the downshift itself is pretty slow, with a lot of torque converter slushiness. Also, having to select M first is an additional step in the process that steering wheel paddles neatly sidestep. This last bit is not a huge deal, just sayin'.

The implementation of the Terrain's manual mode smacks of an afterthought.

Too bad, because the Terrain has so little engine braking when in D (what with the relentlessly fuel economy-minded transmission calibration) that its manual mode becomes more of a necessity than a gimmick.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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2011 GMC Terrain: Better Commuter Than I Expected

October 19, 2010


I've just spent the last 4 days in our long-term 2011 GMC Terrain. I really hadn't expected to form any kind of attachment to it, because small SUVs really aren't my thing. Yet, I found the Terrain surprisingly agreeable for driving around Los Angeles.

To start, the Terrain's ride quality is quite good. There's nothing floaty about it. The suspension feels buttoned down but never harsh over our rain-grooved freeways -- not something I take for granted with 18-inch wheels. The P235/55R18 99T Michelin Latitude tires are quiet, too.

I also think the Terrain has a nice feel for the road going around corners. There's nothing overtly sporty about it, but it's balanced and secure, and body roll is well controlled in normal driving.

The one thing I still don't like is the electric-assist power steering. It's great in parking lots (light and precise enough) and fine around town, but the assist doesn't drop away enough as you reach highway speeds. If the steering had slightly more weight to it on the freeway, the Terrain would be just about ideal.

Finally, the 2.4-liter engine. Surprisingly, it didn't bother me. There are no uphill grades on my typical weekend routes, so that probably helped. But I had little difficulty getting up to speed or passing in spite of the modest torque (172 lb-ft at 4,900 rpm) and the eager-to-upshift automatic transmission. Mind you, the engine sounds like a blender under full throttle, but it sounds like a brand-new blender that isn't going to jam up or overheat when I make pesto.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 17,258 miles

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2010 GMC Terrain: The $1,500 V6 Upgrade Dilemma

September 30, 2010


I don't mind driving modestly powered, fuel efficient cars. But that's assuming I'm actually getting good fuel economy. As both Dan and Mike noted recently, we have yet to actually meet our Terrain's EPA-estimated 32-mpg highway rating, even when we're really trying. And so far after about 10 months of driving we're averaging just 20.5 mpg. EPA combined for the Terrain V6 (FWD) is 20 mpg. Our long-term Outlander V6 is getting 20.2 mpg. So the question is: if you're buying a Terrain (or Chevy Equinox), would you just go ahead and get the V6?

The V6 is a $1,500 option. Hmm. On one hand, our Terrain generally drives fine, and I can think of other neat things I could spend $1,500 on. But on the other hand, the extra power would certainly enhance the driving experience. In the end, I think I'd spring for the V6.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2010 GMC Terrain: 12:57:50 of Seat Time in 30 Hours

September 17, 2010

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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

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2010 GMC Terrain: Would I Recommend It to a Friend?

September 10, 2010


So a friend of mine called yesterday looking for some car buying advice. The GMC Terrain was on her list, so I decided to drive our long-termer home and reacquaint myself with its various up and downs.

Can't say there's much in the interior that's objectionable. Seats are comfortable, gauges are fine and most of the controls are within easy reach. The center stack is on the busy side, but it doesn't take long to figure out the basic functions.

After a short freeway run, I remembered what I don't like about the Terrain. It's the drivetrain, specifically the four cylinder engine which is not very impressive. Sure, most four-cylinders rarely are, but the Terrain's feels particularly labored when pushed hard. Maybe it needs to be coupled with some shorter gears or better transmission programming. Either way, it's not all that refined as it is and it detracts from the overall experience.

So, did I still recommend it? Yeah, I told her to take a drive and see what she thinks anyway. I'll be interested to see if she mentions anything about how the engine feels. Something tell me she'll say it felt just fine.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com @ 14,211 miles

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2010 GMC Terrain: Ratios, Not Cylinders

August 17, 2010


In the beginning the American car had a big engine with lots of cylinders. The wide, lazy powerband made it possible to drive around all day in one gear, which was a way better deal than shifting the agricultural-style transmissions of the day. Later the automatic transmission with its hydraulic torque convertor made it even more practical to drive round in one gear.

But then came the challenge of fuel economy. Now there were fewer cylinders and more gear ratios as the transmission was made to work harder to keep the engine working within a narrow band of peak fuel efficiency. And as the band of fuel efficiency became ever more narrow, the number of gear ratios ever increased.

This has not always been a good thing, especially with automatic transmissions.

Initially these automatics cycled so clumsily between their small number of ratios that the engine labored as if it were something adapted from a particularly bad washing machine. The continuously variable transmission promised to cut down on the cycling, but the racket from under the hood as the engine raced along hasn't made many friends for the CVT. Meanwhile the simple multiplication of ratios hasn't proved to be the magic answer, either, as the dynamic confusion caused within the six-speed automatic of the BMW 750i and the eight-speed automatic of the Lexus LS 460 has shown us.

So imagine my surprise to be reminded yet again on a trip to Northern California and back that the seemingly harmless six-speed Hydra-matic 6T70 in the GMC Terrain makes good on the promise of the automatic transmission.

You don't expect much from the Terrain's powertrain, just another too-small inline-4 matched with a six-speed automatic, a kind of default combination for every frugal crossover on the road. But thanks to the magic of direct fuel injection and variable valve timing, this engine pulls strongly across a wide range of rpm. And thanks to thoughtfully developed electronics, the Hydra-matic responds with extremely refined shift action.

Climb a grade with the GMC Terrain and the transmission drops a ratio (or two) without making you wince, and the engine picks up the slack without a struggle. It's not as if you feel as if you're at the wheel of something with 600 hp, and this vehicle still struggles if you stomp on the gas pedal at low speed since you still have a lot of weight and not so many horses to pull it with. Yet the Terrain's performance at cruising speed on the freeway is really refined for such an unpretentious vehicle.

Now that there are new federal fuel-efficiency mandates on the horizon, we'll be facing a lot more powertrains that try to make magic with gear ratios rather than cylinders. But the GMC Terrain and the Hydra-matic 6T70 make me think that there might not be a disaster of dynamic awfulness ahead.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 12,470 miles

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2010 GMC Terrain: An Uphill Battle

August 02, 2010


I was looking for a store in Rolling Hills Estates this weekend. As you can guess, Rolling Hills is made up of rolling hills. I never thought they were particularly large hills until I tried to climb them in the GMC Terrain. It behaved like a reluctant child being dragged to the store.

Wheeze, wheeze, whine, ask for candy.

The Terrain downshifts quickly, only problem is that it doesn't help much. It still struggles even in a low gear.

We finally made it to level ground and it got happier.

Coming back down, I noticed there was a truck run-off lane, so I guess those rolling hills are steeper than I thought.

I remember driving the Mini E in these same hills and it seemed to enjoy it and it partially regenerated its battery on the way back down.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 11,366 miles

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2010 GMC Terrain: Answers

July 16, 2010


Thanks to those who wrote reviews of the Terrain and Equinox. Now, let me try to answer some of your questions.

Personally, I like driving the GMC Terrain better than the Mitsubishi Outlander. It feels more solid, the hp is lower but the tranny is quicker. I like the Honda Crosstour best of the three that were mentioned in the comments. It gets a lot of criticism for its looks but it's a very nice ride.

You asked about the Terrain's ride. I wouldn't call it soft but it's not a harsh ride. It's fairly quiet in the cabin and the seats are comfortable. It can take a bump. The Terrain doesn't sit up too high and it doesn't feel tall and floaty or overly large. It's firm without being stiff.

I don't mind the 4cyl but I haven't driven the V6 to compare. If you think you'll miss the power, then go for it. It's a 4cyl and it drives like one. But GMC makes the most of it. Test drive both and let us know what you think.

As for the interior, it doesn't feel cheap to me. It's not luxury but it's spiffier than average and functional.

I'm not a bluetooth user so I can't answer your questions about that. We don't have the satellite radio hooked up in it, so I've been listening to CDs. I know, old school, right?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 GMC Terrain: The 24 Hours of Vegas, 2010 Edit.

July 12, 2010

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One of the many benefits of living in Los Angeles is that you can make a last minute trip to Las Vegas.

So I took our long-term 2010 GMC Terrain this weekend and was pleasantly surprised. It was my first extended exposure to the Terrain and found it to be an excellent long-haul cruiser, with a comfortable but well-controlled ride.

And the steering is great too, with good weighting and feel build-up, and no dead spots. I was surprised to learn that it's electrically-assisted (EPS). It's that good.

The 2.4L I4 engine rated at 182 hp and 174 lb-ft torque is fine for everyday driving, but was wheezing when climbing the heavy mountain grades. I got 21.3 mpg over 600 mi round-trip; not bad, but I was hoping for more.

The HVAC worked OK with an ambient temperature of around 105F. (The pools are popular this time of the year.)

I think GMC skimped on the Terrain's interior, but my campaneros liked it. My buddy Joe even said he'd recommend it to his parents, and he's in the car business!

Hit the jump to see the latest Vegas promo video.

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 10,700 miles

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2010 GMC Terrain: Half-Time Report

July 08, 2010


We've passed the 10,000-mile mark on our 2010 GMC Terrain.

So far, we've found this to be a comfortable, handy vehicle to have in the fleet. We all like the supportive driver seat and have found that our passengers have no problem getting cozy enough to take a snooze.

The 182-hp inline-4 has adequate power. We like how the six-speed transmission's manual mode let's you hold gears without forcing you to upshift. Its braking numbers are good: 60-0 mph in 121 feet.

Its entertainment console is cluttered with a lot of buttons, but everything is easy to use and logical to figure out.

Our only problem has been a leaky liftgate actuator strut. There was some hassle with the dealer ordering the wrong part but we eventually had it repaired under warranty.

And although some of you do not like the style, you have to admit it is interesting. Not the same bland old thing.

What do you think about the GMC Terrain?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 GMC Terrain: The Little Things Done Right

June 15, 2010


Like I said in my previous post, "I'm gonna keep an eye for for it's availability. I really like our Terrain." The keys became available to me again this past weekend. Would it be as good the second time around? I emphatically vote yes.

It was just as comfortable the second time around. My lady zonked out quick on our way to the movies Friday night. The guy I sold some craigslist stuff to on Saturday morning was impressed with the looks of it wanted to know more. A friend whom I gave a ride to a group dinner Saturday loved the Terrain. She took down some notes on her iPhone to look it up later on the internet.

There's a lot to like about the Terrain. It looks good, both inside and out. The ride is very comfortable. The fold flat seats made Sunday flea market finds easy to pack up. The easy to use navigation system found a business faster than my phone did.

I still feel it's a touch underpowered. I know some of you say you're getting tired of hearing it, but I think if you keep hearing it that says something. Honestly, I'm not expecting to be a high performance vehicle, it doesn't need to be, but it wheezes under it's own weight when pushed for highway passing. A few more horses and I'd feel a lot better about it.

The real kicker for me this time around was that as the warning light for the gas tank came on, the nav system offered to list the nearest gas stations. I thought that was really, really cool. For my own photographic work here at Edmunds, the mantra is "devil in the details." The Terrain gets it, and does it right.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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2010 GMC Terrain: Neighborhood Gossip

June 01, 2010


I took the long holiday weekend to heart. I didn't do much of anything and I loved every minute of it. It wasn't all sunshine and naps, I did have a couple of minor errands to do in between the bbq's and much needed gardening. Our GMC Terrain turned out to be the perfect vehicle for my weekend.

Like any recent home owner, there are few weekends without a Home Depot run. The fold down seats made it handy to pack in the bags of compost. The super comfortable seats and ride of our Terrain made the drive over to Santa Monica for brunch very enjoyable. My lady fell asleep on the way over to the point of snoring. It's only a 15-minute drive, it's that comfortable!

As the new guy on the block, I haven't gotten to know all of my neighbors. A couple down the street was having a glass of wine on their front porch when they noticed my out in the front yard. I saw them make a b-line to me from the corner of my eye. The greetings and "welcome to the neighborhood" conversation was pretty short as they want to know more about the GMC than they did about us. I was more than happy to talk about the Terrain as I was becoming a big fan of it myself. In fact, by the end of the weekend, I met a few neighbors who wanted to more about the Terrain. It turned out the be a great icebreaker!

I have only two real complaints about the Terrain: I feel it's underpowered and I dislike the power lift gate. I can't fault the tail gate on the Terrain specifically, I have a dislike of most powered lift gates. As for the underpowered engine, it just seemed when I hit the gas, it didn't really want to get up and go. It wasn't the gearing, it just didn't have strong acceleration for highway passing or the 'round town driving.

Maybe the next weekend I can get this beauty I can put it through some more paces. Maybe pack it up for some camping? Hmmmm, I'm gonna keep an eye for for it's availability. I really like our Terrain.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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2010 GMC Terrain: 4 Things I Like and 2 Things I Don't

May 07, 2010


1) The driver's seat is very comfortable. I've been driving the Terrain all week with no seat or driving position complaints.

2) Transmission's manual mode allows you to hold gears around town, but it doesn't force you to upshift through the gears after you come to a stop. Manually put it in 3rd gear and it becomes a 3-speed automatic for instance. I like that.

3) The side mirrors are sized perfectly for the vehicle. They are large enough to be useful but not oversized like Dumbo ears which has become a disturbing trend.

4) It gets really good gas mileage. I've been banging it around town all week with a heavy foot and it's averaging over 22 mpg. That's right on its EPA city rating.

5) The A-pillars are massive and very difficult to see around.

6) There's no redline on the tachometer.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 7,106 miles

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2010 GMC Terrain: The Feel Good Button

May 03, 2010


According the Terrain's owner's manual, pushing the ECO button does the following:

  • Makes the transmission upshift sooner.
  • Makes the throttle less sensitive.
  • Locks the torque converter sooner and unlocks it later.
  • Reduces fuel to the engine during deceleration.
  • Lowers the engine's idle speed.
  • Reduces performance.

But isn't it really there just to make you feel better?

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ 6,973 miles

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2010 GMC Terrain: Mostly Enjoyable Highway Cruiser

April 30, 2010


I used our Terrain a couple days ago for an approximate 4-hour highway drive. For the most part, it was a pleasant companion. It rides pretty smoothly, is fairly quiet and has plenty of interior storage for various bits like cell phones and snacks. The driver seat is comfortable for multi-hour stints, too.

When climbing Southern California's I-5 Tejon Pass (the "Grapevine") on my drive, however, the Terrain's six-speed automatic transmission became a little annoying. Its programming is pretty conservative, especially when set to the "Eco" mode. So this resulted in the Terrain feeling flat-footed at the start of each grade. Hello, Mr. Terrain, a downshift please? There is a manual-shift mode, and I ended up just selecting fifth or fourth gear on my own. Alas, at higher rpm, the 2.4-liter inline-4 doesn't exactly make the best sounds.

None of this is terrible. But if you frequently drive on hilly terrain, the GMC's optional V6 might be more appealing.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2010 GMC Terrain: Track Tested

April 23, 2010


Our 2010 GMC Terrain hit the track to bring it into the Edmunds.com fold. How did a 3,800-lb crossover with 182 horsepower inline-4 do on our tests?

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Vehicle: 2010 GMC Terrain

Odometer: 2,622

Date: 03/09/2010

Driver: Josh Jacquot

Price: $32,440


Drive Type: Front-wheel drive

Transmission Type: Six-speed automatic

Engine Type: Inline-4

Displacement (cc/cu-in): 2,393 / 146

Redline (rpm): 6,800

Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 182 @ 6,700

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 172 @ 4,900

Brake Type (front): 12.6 x 1.18" ventilated disc

Brake Type (rear): 11.9 x 0.78" ventilated disc

Steering System: Electric speed-proportional power steering

Suspension Type (front): Independent, MacPherson strut, coil springs and stabilizer bar

Suspension Type (rear): Independent, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar

Tire Size (front): P235/55R18 99T M+S

Tire Size (rear): P235/55R18 99T M+S

Tire Brand: Michelin

Tire Model: Lattitude Tour

Tire Type: All season

Wheel Size: 18-by-7.5 inches front and rear

Wheel Material (front/rear): Cast Aluminum

As Tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,859

Test Results:

0 - 30 (sec): 3.4

0 - 45 (sec): 6.0

0 - 60 (sec): 9.4

0 - 75 (sec): 14.5

1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 17.0 @ 81.4

0 - 60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 9.1

30 - 0 (ft): 30

60 - 0 (ft): 121

Braking Rating: Good

Slalom (mph): 63.4

Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.74

Handling Rating: Average

Db @ Idle: 41.9

Db @ Full Throttle: 75.2

Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 70

Acceleration Comments: Uneventful acceleration w/barely enough power to spin the tires. Technique is almost irrelevant. Best run with traction control off and very, very little wheelspin.

Braking Comments: Good brake feel this platform has impressive brake tuning with a short idle stroke and good effectiveness.

Handling Comments:

Skidpad: Very effective integration of stability control. Doesn't punish unless car is genuinely in bad shape. Minimal and effective intervention otherwise. Slalom: Doesn't seem to grip as much as I remember. Steering lacks feel/build-up but overall grip should be better.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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2010 GMC Terrain: Where sedans fear to tread?

April 20, 2010

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Spend some time in our long-term 2010 GMC Terrain and it's unlikely you'll accuse it of putting BMW on notice in the athletic-handling department. Sporty it is not. But for the intended audience the ride is just about right, easily soaking up the rigors of daily errand running, while remaining reasonably plush and not embarrassing itself when the road goes left or right.

On the utility front however, these now more frugal versions of the much loved SUVs are a compelling choice over their sedan cousins. Our four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive (FWD) Terrain may not have the grunt of the V6 or traction adding all-wheel drive, but it still makes a strong argument as the do-everything family truckster.

Like Toepke, the Terrain pulled weekend duty shuttling some Taylor Swift fans downtown, and the sliding rear seat offered plenty of adult/child distance to keep the conversations (where to park/Taylor Swift) distinct. When not in need of extra luggage space, the sliding rear seat heads far enough aft to provide limo-like space. The nav also proved effective, and its crystalline graphics helped us skirt post-concert traffic via a crafty alternate route back to the 10.

Later in the weekend, on a two-man expedition to find some killer mountain bike trailheads, the Terrain crawled its way up some rutted and dusty roads in the Santa Monica mountains. With the rear seats pulled forward and folded flat, two bikes easily slid into the rear cabin. None of the roads we snaked up slowly might have completely skunked a sedan, but with the Terrain's elevated ride height, the small erosional ruts and gigantic potholes were a non-issue. The traction control kept front-wheel spin in check on some tight uphill hairpins, and the hill-hold feature helped lower stress on the sight-seeing stops.

Even without all-wheel-drive or a lusty V6, the Terrain makes a great argument as a functional alternative to solid sedans such as the Malibu. The ride and handling may not be as adept, but the trade-off for utility is pretty compelling. With the Terrain/Equinox, GM is getting quite close to that one-car-does-it-all family-car recipe, and sales have seemed to bear this out. Also, public style opinion on the Terrain seems to be growing. Several random folk took the time to mention what a cool looking truck it was...

Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor @ 5873 miles

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2010 GMC Terrain: I Like It

March 15, 2010


Our GMC Terrain is a pleasant little vehicle. It has a comfortable interior and nice entertainment features. The sturdy leather seats are supportive and not slippery. The driving position suits me just fine and the seat heater button is within easy reach.

Our 4-cylinder Terrain is not super speedy, but it has enough for running around town doing errands. It holds plenty of stuff and the two-level power hatch is convenient and easy to close for shorties like me.

I like it.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 GMC Terrain: Get the V6

February 22, 2010

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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

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