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.