One of many new crossovers, the GMC Terrain falls into the category of crossovers that just don't offer enough. The overly heavy Terrain has been bogged down by a very heave chassis and this turns into a lack of performance. This crossover has many great features, but with a issue with acceleration and a lot to desired in the fuel efficiency department, it does not seem that it is quite up to par with some of the other models in its class.
There is no doubt the design that GMC has put together for the body of the Terrain is bold and very attractive. However the broad body can be problematic to some consumers especially when trying to park in tight spots. With the weight issue, most will only be interested in the optional 3.0 L V-6 and will leave the stock 2.4 liter 4 cylinder motor out of the decision making process. There are some various trim packages to choose from and some options packages will add a surprising amount of gadgetry for the price.
Engines: 2.4L I-4, 3.0L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: Terrain 2WD, Terrain AWD
For 2011, the GMC Terrain's optional 3.0-liter direct-injected V-6 engine is now E85 capable. The vehicle also gets the newest generation of GM's OnStar 9.0 system and the option of two new colors: Steel Blue Metallic and Summit White.
The 2011 Terrain is big and bold -- some might say too bold. A three-deck chrome grille demands attention, both positive and negative. The most quixotic feature has to be square wheel arches that give it a broad-shouldered look. Think Joan Collins in "Dynasty".
Inside, the 2011 Terrain is sleek, if somewhat confining—a surprise considering its large exterior stance. The Terrain is alive with red ambient lighting throughout the cabin. Fold down the ‘MultiFlex' sliding, 60/40 rear seat and the Terrain will swallow 63.9 cubic feet of cargo. Multiple upscale entertainment options are available.
Performance & Handling
The Terrain wins high marks for handling with a supple chassis and solid steering. Its optional 3.0L direct-injected V-6 engine delivers 264 horsepower, and is backed by a six-speed automatic. The Terrain's 112.5-inch wheelbase and wide front and rear tracks make for a stable, car-like ride. Front and rear independent suspension systems rest on 17-inch and 18-inch aluminum wheels with 19-inch chrome wheels available.
The Terrain includes standard four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, along with GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control. The vehicle is equipped with six standard airbags, dual front air bags and head curtain side air bags, as well as pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side air bags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Terrain FWD (2.4L): 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway
Terrain FWD (3.0L): 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
Terrain AWD (2.4L): 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway
Terrain AWD (3.0L): 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
- Solid handler
- Programmable power liftgate
- Standard rearview camera
- Good mileage
You Won't Like
- Heavy for a crossover
- Overwrought styling
- Cramped interior
Solid crossover could use a diet
If You Like This Vehicle
- Ford Edge
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- Hyundai Santa Fe
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