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2011 GMC Terrain Review

Big and bold on the outside, lots of amenities on the inside

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 GMC Terrain is a compact crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that is beautifully designed and has elegant styling but a bit too much weight on its frame. Equipped with a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine, a 3.0L V-6 engine, or a 3.0L V-6 flex-fuel engine coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission, the GMC Terrain can be configured as a front- or all-wheel drive vehicle.

With a quiet, beautifully styled cabin, the GMC Terrain provides a comfortable, smooth ride with a room back seat and lots of standard and optional features. The Terrain boasts top-notch safety equipment and scores, and good fuel economy rated by the EPA in the range of 20 mpg city / 29 mpg highway.

New for 2011

For 2011, the GMC Terrain's optional 3.0-liter direct-injected V-6 engine is now E85 capable. of GM's OnStar 9.0 system received improved voice recognition. Two new colors, Steel Blue Metallic and Summit White, were added.

Essentials

Engines: 2.4L I-4, 3.0L V-6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Body Style: Crossover
Trims: SLE Sport Utility, SLT Sport Utility

On the Outside

The 2011 GMC Terrain is big and bold, with a three-deck chrome grille that demands attention, both positive and negative.

From the Inside

Inside, the 2011 GMC Terrain is sleek and alive with red ambient lighting throughout the cabin and multiple upscale entertainment options are available. If you fold down the "MultiFlex" sliding 60/40 rear seat, the Terrain will reveal 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

Driving Performance

The GMC Terrain is noted for its easy of handling, due to a supple chassis and solid steering. The optional 3.0 liter direct-injected V-6 engine delivers 264 horsepower and is paired to a six-speed automatic. Due to the Terrain's 112.5-inch wheelbase and wide front and rear tracks, it delivers a stable, car-like ride. The front and rear independent suspension systems rest on 17- or 18-inch aluminum wheels, with 19-inch chrome wheels available as options.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the GMC Terrain includes standard four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and StabiliTrak electronic stability and traction control. Also standard are six airbags, dual front air bags and head curtain side air bags, as well as pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side air bags.

Gas Mileage

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

Plusses

  • Easy handling
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Strong safety scores
  • Good fuel economy

Minuses

  • Heavy weight
  • Polarizing styling
  • Cramped cabin

Rating

Big and bold on the outside, lots of amenities on the inside

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