GMC Terrain

The GMC Terrain is a midsize crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV). General Motors launched it in 2009 as a replacement for the GMC Envoy and the now discontinued Pontiac Torrent. The GMC Terrain uses the Theta platform, which the Torrent also shared. At present, the GMC Terrain remains the smallest SUV offered by General Motors.

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GMC Terrain Origins

The GMC Terrain shares many characteristics with the Chevrolet Equinox, which debuted in 2010. The two vehicles have the same drivetrain and platform, although there are several differences between the standard features and body panels of both these crossover SUVs.

The GMC Terrain made its debut at the 2009 New York International Auto Show. Apart from the U.S., the SUV also sells in Mexico. The Terrain badge is used by General Motors in the Middle East for a rebadged Opel Antara that shares the same platform as the Terrain.

About the GMC Terrain

The GMC Terrain is a new model and, as such, does not share as rich a history as the other vehicles sold under the GMC marque. However, the Terrain has received a lot of praise since its introduction in 2009. The vehicle represents the smallest member of the GMC SUV family. As a crossover, the GMC Terrain has a rugged exterior and luxurious interior. It has much in common with the Chevrolet Equinox, including its four-cylinder and V-6 engine options.

The trim levels of the GMC Terrain include SLE-1 and -2, and SLT-1 and 2. All versions of this SUV come with the four-cylinder, 2.4-liter engine that delivers 182 hp. The 3.0-liter V-6 engine offers a more powerful option, delivering 264 hp. However, GMC only offers one transmission system: a six-speed automatic.

GMC Terrain Features

The 2012 GMC Terrain has a few minor changes compared to the 2011 model year SUV. The main differences are in the infotainment system. The 2012 still has a similar roomy and well-proportioned interior as that of the Equinox. The car comes standard with front-wheel drive, and it offers all-wheel drive as an option. In terms of mileage, the GMC Terrain can deliver 32 mpg highway, which stands as one of the best figures in its segment.

Several people may find the stance of the 2012 GMC Terrain a bit too aggressive. The large and chunky fenders can seem overly exaggerated around the wheels. The broad grille and upright stance fit into the typical GMC style, giving the Terrain a unique identity. However, despite the aggressiveness of the car’s exterior, the GMC Terrain has a conventional interior. It offers soft touch plastics and is more reminiscent of a car rather than a rugged SUV. However, it includes just enough details, like metallic trim, to make it more identifiable with large crossover SUV cabins.

For the 2012 model year, the GMC Terrain continues with no options in transmission other than the six-speed automatic. Both engines, the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and the 3.0-liter V-6, have also remained the same even in terms of performance, but consumers shared no complaints. The standard four-cylinder engine provides a surprising bit of power.

Like other previous versions, the GMC Terrain lacks a third-row seat, but it remains quite comfortable. In fact, the inside of the vehicle offers ample space despite its small size. The cabin consists of front bucket seats and a rear bench that can slide back and forth over eight inches to suit the owner’s needs. The seats also fold up to increase cargo space by 31.6 cubic feet.

The cargo floor of the GMC Terrain is one of the largest in its class, which means that the seats do not fold completely flat. The glove box in front measures fairly large and deep. The control center has a storage bin above it as well. The vehicle offers a large armrest in the middle, and engine noise filtration in the cabin proves effective with the V-6 engine. However, the four-cylinder engine can be heard from the inside. This happens in spite of the noise cancellation system specifically installed for cancelling cabin noise from the four-cylinder engine.

On the positive side, the GMC Terrain remains one of the safest crossover SUVs. The curtain airbags, stability control system, and rearview camera comprise notable safety features, considering that the vehicle’s styling causes blind spots.

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