2011 Terrain New Car Test Drive
The GMC Terrain is a midsize crossover sport utility that seats five. Its roomy and substantial cabin offers enough rear-seat legroom and interior volume for comfort on long trips. Terrain uses front-wheel drive and carlike unit-body construction and shares its basic structure with the Chevrolet Equinox.
Launched as a 2010 model, the 2011 GMC Terrain carries over unchanged except it comes with the latest version of Enhanced OnStar 9.0, which delivers improved speech recognition. Terrain was designed to compete with compact sport-utilities such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 and midsize SUVs such as the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano.
We found the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivers good performance and fuel economy, earning an EPA-estimated 22/32 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel drive and 6-speed automatic. This engine is rated at 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque.
A 3.0-liter V6 is optional rated at 264 hp and 222 lb-ft of torque and 17/24 mpg with front-wheel drive and 6-speed automatic. The V6 is rated to tow up to 3500 pounds, enough for a light boat or a pair of personal watercraft or snowmobiles.
All-wheel drive is available for all-weather capability. All models come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
We found the interior of the GMC Terrain comfortable and quiet, well isolated from the noise and chop of the roadway. Interior design and workmanship is quite good.
The Terrain SLT trim levels offer the widest range of premium features, but even those opting for the four-cylinder engine can still equip a Terrain with options such as navigation and rear-seat DVD systems. All safety features except all-wheel drive are standard throughout the Terrain lineup.
GMC Terrain comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine; a 3.0-liter V6 ($1,500) is optional.
Terrain SLE ($24,250) comes with cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning, two-way adjustable driver's seat with power height adjustment and power lumbar, reclining rear seats 60/40 split-folding, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with six speakers, OnStar Safe & Sound, rearview camera, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, cruise control, tilt-telescope steering wheel, automatic headlights, fog lights, 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, floor mats. Terrain SLE AWD ($26,000) adds all-wheel drive.
Terrain SLT ($27,850) upgrades with leather upholstery, automatic air conditioning, heated front seats, eight-way adjustable driver's seat, Pioneer audio with eight speakers, amplifier and subwoofer, Bluetooth, remote start ignition, 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with P235/60R18 all-season tires, color-keyed roof rack. Terrain SLT AWD ($29,600) features all-wheel drive.
Optional AM/FM with Navigation ($2,145) adds DVD navigation with seven-inch touch-screen display, voice recognition, hard drive, and eight-speaker Pioneer audio. Rear-seat Entertainment ($1,295) includes dual displays, two wireless headsets, remote control, auxiliary jack, USB port, AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA, DVD playback, Pioneer eight-speaker audio. Other options include a programmable liftgate ($495); sunroof ($795); and a cargo management package ($245) with rear cargo cover, cargo net, luggage crossbars.