GMC Terrain Review:
GMC has long been known for its tough work trucks and luxurious
SUVs. That's what this brand is all about. Lately GMC has taken an
abrupt turn by creating the Terrain, its most car-like vehicle to date.
This compact SUV is the
opposite of everything else in GMC's lineup, which consists mainly of
big, heavy, body-on-frame trucks. Instead, the Terrain feels light and
nimble, driving with the agility of a mid-size sedan.
In reality, this
crossover vehicle is a Chevy Equinox with GMC badging, and that's a good
thing. The Chevy version is a great car, one of the best crossovers to
hit the market in the past few years, so sprinkling a little GMC flavor
on it doesn't hurt.
The styling differences
are noticeable if you park the Equinox and
Terrain side by side,
and personally, I like the GMC version a little better. It has a bolder
grille and more upright styling compared to the rounder, softer Equinox.
Still, the Terrain isn't as noteworthy for its looks as it is for its
driving feel. And it excels at that.
Driving a Terrain
feels, oddly enough, like driving an Acura, with a firm, sporty
suspension and relatively quiet cabin. It's a luxurious feel, but not in
the soft, smooth, floating way you'd find in a Lexus or Mercedes.
It moves with a certain
zip and spunk. While its four-cylinder base engine isn't exactly
thrilling, it's more buttery and responsive than a lot of General Motors
engines, but definitely not fast, but it makes up for it with great gas
mileage. It's rated for 32 mpg on the highway, an eye-popping number for
a vehicle this size. And that size might surprise you.
The Terrain is
classified as a compact SUV because it competes with cars like the Honda
CR-V and Toyota RAV4, but don't be fooled. These vehicles aren't really
compact anymore. The Terrain has a cargo area similar to what you'd find
in a true, truck-like, mid-size SUV a few years ago, and the second-row
seat is spacious enough for three adults.
GMC tries to provide a
premium feel for the passengers too. Aside from the good ride, the cabin
comes with standard goodies like a rear-view camera, with a display that
shows up in the mirror, and lots of high-end options like remote vehicle
start, Bluetooth phone capability, a power rear liftgate, navigation
system with a hard drive, and a dual-screen DVD player for the back
seat. Pricing starts at $24,995, or $26,745 with all-wheel drive.
Considering it comes
with some premium technology and nice standard equipment, including that
wonderful direct-injection base engine, it's not a bad price at all. In
fact, if GMC wants to keep moving in this car-like direction, they won't
hear many complaints with vehicles like the Terrain in their lineup.
What was tested?
The 2010 GMC Terrain FWD with a base price of $24,250. Options on the
test car: None. The total MSRP price as tested including the $745
destination charge came to $24,995.
Why avoid it?
Chevy sells a different version of this car with a slightly lower
Why buy it? It
drives with an agility and sophistication you don't normally see in GMC
trucks. It has a quiet cabin, good ride and gets an impressive 32 mpg on
the highway. By Derek Price © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
The Bottom Line:
The new 2010 GMC Terrain feels light and agile and is a handsome
crossover vehicle with a more upright, aggressive look than its close
cousin, the Chevy Equinox. The Terrain offers comfortable seating for
five, has a generous cargo area in back, plus it gets an impressive 32
mpg on the highway. The real bottom line on this new GMC is that it’s a
great ride for a great price, with good utility that goes a long way on
a gallon of gas.
Review provided by: Tony Leopardo © AutoWire.Net
“Tony the Car Guy”
is an automotive writer, editor and publisher in the San Francisco Bay
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