Due to its excellent fuel economy and comfortable amenities, GMC’s 2010 Terrain is perfectly suited to families or anyone who is looking for an affordable compact SUV with lots of big features. The Terrain competes in the affordable compact SUV niche with cars such as the Chevy Equinox and Toyota RAV4. On the exterior the Terrain sort of looks like a truck due to its square and aggressive frame. Due to its unique shape this vehicle definitely commands attention on the road. The wheels are big and prominent while the grille is aggressive resulting in a bold and daring appearance. There are four trims available for the Terrain; the base model SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1 and upper trim SLT2.
The engine that powers the Terrain is a capable 2.4 Liter four cylinder engine which outputs 182 horsepower. There is also the option of selecting from a six cylinder engine instead that puts out 264 horsepower. In terms of gas mileage, the four cylinder gets 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the freeway. Acceleration is slightly better with the V6 engine but fuel economy isn’t as good as the V4. It’s recommended to keep the standard wheels as the drive with the optional bigger one isn’t as smooth and comfortable.
The cabin is well built and roomy enough to seat five adult persons. Soft red interior lighting is in place which really stands out during night time. Leather seats can be added it an extra cost. One unique feature that the Terrain offers as a standard feature is a rearview camera, a feature that is usually only found on luxury vehicles. One aspect that stands out about the Terrain is how well insulated it is from outside noise and as a result the drive is very quiet and peaceful.
Vehicles in the Terrain’s price range usually do not come with amenities that she comes with which includes the ability to enter without a key, USB compatibility, a telescoping steering wheel and XM satellite radio. Cargo space is at 31.6 cubic ft which can be expanded to 63.9 cubic ft with the seats folded down. The SLE-2 trim adds in temperature controlled seats, a system to help you navigate traffic, sunroof and a DVD system in the back.
In order to maximize safety for all occupants numerous safety measures have been included by GMC. This includes airbags, an ABS brake system, and traction control. The IIHS awarded the Terrain good scores for side, front and rear impact tests plus named it a top pick in regards to safety. Pretensioners for the seat belts are in place which automatically tighten up if there is an accident. The engine is automatically disabled if someone attempts to start with a key other than the original thanks to the security system.
The 2010 GMC Terrain would be a great mach for someone who wants an affordable compact SUV but not skimp on amenities and features. In addition, the Terrain is great on gas which equals financial savings in the long run. With all of these pluses on its side, the 2010 Terrain definitely stands out in its class.