On The Cover Review: 2010 GMC Terrain
The “easy” way to describe the 2010 GMC Terrain is that it’s a reworked 2010 Chevy Equinox. That’s an oversimplification, however, as it looks nothing like the Equinox, and it downplays the quality of the Terrain. In the “new GM,” the GMC Division is poised to be the upscale option over Chevy’s value approach. The boxy, pug-nosed Terrain reinforces that message with a beautiful yet rugged interior, liberal use of chrome accents, and an abundant use of insulation and sound-deadening materials. Yet, beyond the perception of selfish pleasure, the Terrain comes standard with a 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder capable of an amazing 32-mpg on the highway. The optional 3.0-liter V6 still gets a respectable 25-mpg while churning out 264-hp. All-wheel-drive obviously whacks those numbers a bit. The Terrain comes in a number of trims and price levels, so there is a Terrain for every small crossover need and budget. It jumps right into battle with the likes of the Toyota Rav4, Honda CR-V and Mercury Mariner. And, it holds its own rather nicely, thank you.