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You are in the GMC Terrain
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GMC, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#10 of 75 Sarah @ GMC customer service
Mar 29, 2012 (8:20 am)
Thanks Sarah for your comments. The problem is GM puts a sticker on my Terrain that states 26 city and 38 highway and the ads show 32 average with 600 miles a tank of gas...this car doesn't exist. I averaged 22.7 mpg city/highway. Since these mpg are set by EPA you can't take legal action on this scam. So I traded my new Terrain for the new Prius V...you know what? I am getting 43 mpg which is the figure on the sticker. Liked the V so well that I went back and purchased a Prius 2...it shows 55 mpg but I am averaging 57 mpg! I won't buy another GM product again. I cannot understand some reviews stating that they get 32 mpg on the 2012! I have talked to other Terrain customers and they are getting 18-21 mpg. So we are a Prius family (is owning 2 Prius make us a Prii Family?). Thanks for your comments but at the consumer end we want results on mpg claims and not testing procedures explained or consumer blamed for not driving correctly.
#11 of 75 Re: Sarah @ GMC customer service [chet11]
Mar 29, 2012 (9:58 am)
I wish I could get rid of the Terrain - but it is worth so little (2011) that I will be stuck with it until I can again afford a new vehicle. It is interesting how the Toyota products actually do achieve what the sticker says - my 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid actually does 39-41 mpg and it has 80,000 miles on it. That miserable Terrain will do 22-23 mpg on the highway. Of course the testing that was done is accurate???? Sounds to me like GM has some kind of deal with the government - like the "bailout".
All I can do now is continue to inform people that it is a "gas hog". I will continue to post wherever I can how poorly it performs. I too will not buy another GM product! I would like to see results as well - and I don't think testing procedures and driving habits cause it to perform at such a low level.
And Sarah, if you do want to contact me (I will not go through GM's website and answer 40 questions before I can leave an email) you can contact me directly at berniewallerichgmail.com.
#12 of 75 Re: Sarah @ GMC customer service [chet11]
Mar 29, 2012 (1:36 pm)
I'm not sure how or why you would compare a Terrain to a Prius. They are not even close to the same type vehicle. Most Prius drivers drive like an old lady so they will get better MPG. And, Toyoto's biggest complaint on the Prius: It doesn't get the advertised MPG. Go figure!
On my V6 AWD I'm averaging 20.5 MPG combined hwy & city. And I drive like a maniac.I am very happy with my Terrain.
#13 of 75 Terrain 3.0 V6 mileage reasonable
Apr 25, 2012 (4:16 am)
Two weeks into ownership of my 2010 SLE-2 3.0 with 25k miles, I have a fill-up confirmed average of 25.5MPG. This is all metropolitan driving; 30% city-suburban surface street, and 70% urban freeway.
I have found the best city mileage is obtained by accelerating to get to 40MPH reasonably quickly, so the trans locks. On the highway, economy drops off rapidly over 70MPH.
This vehicle is pretty heavy for the engine, so momentum is your friend on the road to decent fuel economy.
#14 of 75 Good news on Terrain mileage!
Aug 16, 2012 (9:32 am)
I continue to complain about the mileage on a 2011 Terrain - 4 cyl. The best I could get was a trip this summer - 2400 miles PHL to Minneapolis...55-70 mph - no city driving at all. I got 27.3 mpg.
GMC did a consumption test when I got home - drove 86 miles - city & highway and GUESS WHAT - they said it really does 38.88 mpg! Wasn't that a great test? I guess someone has been siphoning gas out of my tank for the miles that I have driven since I can't get close to 32 mpg!
Wish I had never seen this vehicle - but now am stuck with it! Guess I need a locking gas cap!!!
#15 of 75 2010 GMC Terrain
Sep 13, 2012 (8:56 am)
I am a Terrain owner and enjoy my vehicle. Until this purchase, I have always driven a Ford product and was looking to improve my fuel mileage when the Terrain was introduced. I do own the 4 cyl. vehicle and I did purchased it mostly for the MPG, but I am also impressed by the interior space and other basic features. I have had no problem with the crossover and enjoy driving it very much. To those that have had difficulty obtaining the maximum MPG...try driving with the "ECO" on at all times. It did take a little getting use to, but I have adjusted. I always average at least 30 mpg on the highway and close to the max in city. To those that are comparing their Terrain to a hybrid of some sort...you are not comparing apples to apples and my guess is that you paid quite a bit more for your vehicle.
I am happy with my choice to purchase a Terrain
#16 of 75 Re: 2010 GMC Terrain [twoyou]
Sep 14, 2012 (4:02 pm)
We're so glad to hear that you're enjoying your Terrain, twoyou!
Many more happy miles,
GM Customer Service
#17 of 75 Never Again Will I Buy A GMC After The Terrain
Nov 19, 2012 (2:08 pm)
I purchased this vehicle for the MPG, and the MPG ONLY. It is a 2011 with 20,000 miles on it. I traded a 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Z71 Crew Cab due to relocation, and my commute changing from 1 mile to 100 miles a day. In retrospect, I could have kept the giant gas guzzler I loved as it only got 2 MPG less than this miserable excuse for a fuel efficient vehicle. The only reason I purchased this vehicle was due to the 32 mpg fallacy that was printed on the window sticker. My daily commute is 98% 4 lane highway with a 65 mph speed limit, and I average 23.2 mpg. I have driven this vehicle for an uninterrupted 35 miles on a flat, Mississippi delta highway, with the cruise set to 55, and the air off in 85 degree weather, and could not touch 30 MPG, much less the 32 MPG advertised.
The worst part in all of this is that now, the trade value is next to nothing due to the current incentives placed on the vehicle. As no one in their right mind will buy this vehicle, GM has placed incentives on it that practically give it away; thus, making us practically have to give them away to get rid of them.
I can honestly say, after having this vehicle, I will never buy another GMC product again (to emphasize the significance of my displeasure, 5 of my last 8 vehicles in the last 11 years have been GM products.) GM, you either need to pull this vehicle and do some serious R&D, or brace yourselves to lose many more loyal customers.
#18 of 75 Re: Never Again Will I Buy A GMC After The Terrain [amburkes]
Nov 19, 2012 (6:13 pm)
Yes - it is a piece of crap. The dealer did fuel consumption test on my 2011 terrain and had the nerve to tell me that it really did 38.9 mpg on their test of my vehicle! I too have had many GM products in the 47 years I have been driving - and no, there will never be another GM product. We are paying twice - considering the government bailout - what a fiasco!
#19 of 75 Re: Never Again Will I Buy A GMC After The Terrain [amburkes]
Nov 21, 2012 (7:52 am)
I assume you have the 4 cyl, I have seen elsewhere some get close to the EPA numbers on sticker, and of course others don't. On my 6 cyl it doesn't shift into highest gear until 56 MPH or so and I usually set cruise to 57-60 MPH for better numbers. A couple times when on a trip I have noticed MPG isn't what I would expect and after checking found it was inadvertently left in re-circ or defrost mode for HVAC, correcting that made for better numbers ( I also for some reason don't like the auto setting for HVAC)