GMC Terrain Reviews

2013 GMC Terrain 2.4 liter from North America

Year of manufacture2013
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 2.4 liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired13 kilometres
Most recent distance16000 kilometres
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

I REALLY like it

Faults:

The GMC Terrain has had no problems up to this point.

General Comments:

The Terrain is seriously comfortable. Unlike some consumer reviews I have read, I really enjoy the sound of the motor working its way through the gears. Prior to the Terrain, I owned an Audi and before that a Mercedes, and in terms of comfort and cornering, the Terrain is better.

I have also read critiques about acceleration... I am not seeing much of a difference between the Terrain and the above mentioned German vehicles. Granted you use the pedal differently, but isn't that generally the case when you change vehicles.

Finally I should mention that prior to purchasing the GMC Terrain, I tested the Mercedes GLK 350 and preferred the Terrain. I suspect that had the GLK 250 been available, the contest would have been closer, but I am very happy with the GMC.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2014

2011 GMC Terrain SLE1 2.4 from North America

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired21 kilometres
Most recent distance8240 kilometres
Previous carCadillac Catera

Summary:

An excellent SUV, should be on top of everybody's list

Faults:

Nothing in the 6 months I have had it. Drives like a charm.

General Comments:

A excellent SUV, which looks much bigger on the inside than it really is.

Feels very well made, and currently I am averaging 12.4km per litre (mix of 40% city driving and 60% highway). Although I haven't really seen any difference between eco mode and regular mode in terms of gas usage.

Very comfortable seats with good lumbar support.

Nicely looking both inside and out. All the controls are easy to find and operate.

I feel that I definitely made the right choice (after studying all the vehicles currently available I ended up with 6 "Finalists" - Terrain, Cadillac CTS, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Mercedes C230, Lexus CT200 & Infiniti G25).

After further research, the decision came down to the Terrain and the Lincoln (The CTS would have been the easy winner if only it had a smaller or hybrid engine).

The only thing I don't like is that some of the bolts and wires under the seats are visible from certain angles; perhaps the bolts and wires could have been capped or painted black to make them less obvious.

Overall, a decision well made.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2011

3rd Oct 2011, 17:54

My grandparents purchased one of these in June and they like it, but are a little disappointed with the fuel economy. It is improving though, I think it is around 25-26 mixed driving now. I agree that wires and bolts should be hidden on new cars. I used to have a Buick Park Avenue that had a plastic molding that completely hid the bolts that hold the seat to the floor. I think that is much nicer looking than in my new Buick; the bolts are completely exposed. It is not uncommon for these metal pieces to rust over time, and then they really look bad.

5th Oct 2011, 15:26

This is one cool looking SUV, especially in black!

16th Aug 2013, 03:30

2012 Terrain, 2.4 liter. Looks great from any angle.

The Good:

Rides great. Ride is quiet (except from tire and engine noise). Mutes wind noise really good, and all other exterior noise. Great ride height from the driver's seating position. Decent MPG with a twist (strictly depends on your driving style, otherwise the MPG will be bad).

The Bad:

Uncomfortable seats for long drive. Horrible tire noise. Engine noise is really noticeable due to the constant change of gears from the transmission.

Eco mode is useless, and so is the manual mode when trying to either prolong or force it to stay in sixth gear. MPG is tricky, partly because the transmission has a mind of its own. You will achieve better MPG between 60-70 mph fixed traffic, long distance, no hilly or slopey roads. The transmission loves to down shift due to the lack of power in the 4 cylinder and the weight of the SUV. This causes the engine to rev all the time, even in cruise control. RPM will usually sit at about 2500, and rev up to 3500 in cruise control even on the slightest hill, and consequently forgets to revert back. This mostly happens once you are traveling above 70mph.

No reliability issues at this moment.

Sound is horrible; not sure if the problem is just the speakers or the head unit. The whole radio system is tied into the car alarm system, so it will prove tricky to change the system to an aftermarket system.

Overall, I have made many trips in this car and love it. The four cylinder sounds solid, but is underpowered and is mated to a poor transmission. I hope GM improves on the Terrain. I still love it though.

Average review marks: 9.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews