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#105 of 297 Re: GMC Terrain [steve_]
Oct 12, 2010 (11:27 am)
The 2010 Terrain benefits from the same updates as this year's redesigned Equinox. Under the hood is a torquey base four-cylinder that offers best-in-class fuel economy and competitive acceleration. There's also an available direct-injected 3.0-liter V6 that's similarly competitive in terms of fuel economy and power. Inside, the Terrain boasts a snazzy center stack and attractive control layout that make its rivals' cabins seem dull and unimaginative by comparison. An abundance of acoustic insulation and an innovative noise-canceling system also make the Terrain one of the quietest compact crossovers around.
The Terrain isn't quite fault-free. Its maximum cargo capacity, for instance, isn't as generous as that of some competing models. But otherwise it's pretty hard to find fault with GMC's new SUV. The 2010 GMC Terrain offers just about everything that shoppers in this segment are looking for, and it's one you'll definitely want to cross-shop along with established models like the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4.
For Pricing information, see our Pricing page.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2010 GMC Terrain is a midsize crossover SUV available in four trim levels: SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1 and SLT-2. Standard equipment for the SLE-1 includes 17-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, a trip computer, cruise control, air-conditioning, full power accessories, power front seat height and lumbar adjustments, a sliding and reclining backseat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a back-up camera integrated into the rearview mirror, OnStar and a six-speaker CD stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. The SLE-2 adds roof rails, 18-inch alloy wheels on V6 models, an eight-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, automatic climate control and an eight-speaker Pioneer sound system.
The SLT-1 has the aforementioned plus 18-inch alloy wheels, remote engine start, leather upholstery and heated front seats. The SLT-2 ups the ante with chrome exterior trim details, a unique grille, driver memory functions, a sunroof, a power liftgate and rear parking sensors. Additional options, depending on the trim level, include a hard-drive-based navigation system (with larger rearview camera display and 40GB of music storage) and a rear-seat entertainment system. Some of the extra features found on the upper trims can also be added to the lower trims as options.
For more Style information, see our Compare Styles page.
Powertrains and Performance
Every GMC Terrain comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. Optional on all but the SLE-1 is a 3.0-liter V6 good for 264 hp and 222 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive; all-wheel drive is optional across the board.
Fuel economy is impressive. A four-cylinder Terrain with front-wheel drive achieves an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. All-wheel drive lowers these estimates to 20/29/23 mpg. A Terrain V6 with front-wheel drive gets 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined, with all-wheel-drive versions dropping only incrementally to 17/24/20. The maximum tow rating when properly equipped is 3,500 pounds with the V6.
For more Performance Data, see our Specifications page.
The 2010 GMC Terrain comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and OnStar. Rear parking sensors are optional.
For more Safety information, see our Safety page.
Interior Design and Special Features
The GMC Terrain's cabin is remarkably stylish, particularly by the standards of this typically utilitarian segment. The slick-looking dashboard design is reminiscent of the related Cadillac SRX, and the Terrain's high-tech navigation and entertainment options only heighten its appeal.
In terms of accommodations, the Terrain's backseat is roomy for this class and conveniently reclines and slides fore and aft (to allow easier access to child seats or to expand cargo capacity). Cargo space behind the backseat is 31.4 cubic feet, and that figure grows to 63.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That's about 6 cubes shy of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, but still bigger than smaller crossovers like the Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue.
For more Interior Features information, see our Specifications page.
The 2010 GMC Terrain accelerates well with the new four-cylinder engine, and its 32-mpg highway rating with this engine is most impressive. This engine should satisfy most folks, but for those wanting more there's the optional V6. The optional mill is a bit short on low-end torque relative to the RAV4's standard-setting V6, but otherwise it's one of the strongest engine choices you'll find in this segment. On the move, the new Terrain is impressively quiet, and the ride is comfortable. However, we'd suggest sticking with the smallest possible wheels, as the larger ones increase impact harshness. Handling capabilities are nothing special, but most drivers should be satisfied by the vehicle's all-around competence.
#106 of 297 Re: Where are they? [lostagain]
Oct 27, 2010 (8:04 am)
Gave up on locating a 2010 or 2011 Terrain. Purchased a Honda 2010 CR-V EX-L new, NAVI Leather seats---loaded with features I am still discovering. Love it.
#107 of 297 Re: Towing with V-6 by cmccull [cmccull]
Dec 18, 2010 (2:39 pm)
I see that you are getting 20-21 MPG with your Terrain V6 AWD. My wife & I bought an SLT-2 V6 AWD about 2 weeks ago (11-30-10). Topping off the tank twice it appears that we are only getting 12 MPG. Have contacted the dealer & am taking it to be diagnosed in a couple of days. Did you get the 20-21 MPG immediately? They are telling me to not be concerned b/c the vehicle must be "broken-in". I can't see that the MPG will increase that much. REALLY DISAPPOINTED WITH OUR PURCHASE. Would you be concerned if you were only getting 12 MPG?
#108 of 297 Re: Towing with V-6 by cmccull [roguelemonownr]
Dec 18, 2010 (8:37 pm)
I bought my SLT-2 Terrain V6 AWD used. It had 4,000 miles on it when I got it. I posted that right after I got it. I have put 12,000 miles on it I am averaging about 19.5 - 20 MPG. I drive about 50-50, City- Highway. I would be very concerned if I only got 12 MPG. Maybe it does need to be broken in.
#109 of 297 Re: Towing with V-6 by cmccull [cmccull]
Dec 19, 2010 (7:01 am)
I'm getting about 25, on mostly (80 - 90 %) county roads & hyper-mileing. I can see maybe getting 12 mpg though with heavy foot driving because V6 mpg seems very sensitive to driving style.
Dec 19, 2010 (7:55 am)
On a recent trip of 2,265 miles from St. Louis, MO to Padre Island, Texas and back, I averaged 21.7 MPG with the V-6 AWD. This trip included staying in towns and doing some city driving.
Dec 19, 2010 (1:05 pm)
We traded in 2008 Mercury Mountaineer V8 AWD on this vehicle. My wife would average around 16 MPG. With this vehicle she is getting about 12 MPG. I topped off & reset and am Very fuel conservative and got 14 MPG on a couple in town trips and highway trip...around 50/50 split h/c. Thanks for the info!!!!
#113 of 297 Re: MPG [roguelemonownr]
Jan 13, 2011 (10:37 am)
I just took another trip with my V6 AWD Terrain. This one was 1770 miles and I averaged 22.3 MPG. I don't consider this great but acceptable.
#114 of 297 I get 26mpg with my v-4
Jan 13, 2011 (6:13 pm)
My wife and I have the V-4. We travel from Dallas to Houston and back occassionally and have never gotten above 26 mpg according to the Terrains tripometer. Now we move along with traffic which is between 75 and 85 most of the way! I have driven slower for most of the trip just to see if the gas mileage would improve but it doesn't much. Even at a steady 70 or so with the cruise on it just won't get much better than 26 mpg. Not bad but a far cry from the advertised 32 mpg.
Also, I have posted before that the seats are just plain uncomfortable. We have the base model with clothe. They recline back and down like an adirondak chair and have relatively high bolsters. I find them difficult to get comfortable in and they are a little difficult to get out of. Anyone else notice this?