Powerful and efficient engine selection; sharp styling inside and out; V6 can run on E85 ethanol blend
The 2011 GMC Terrain is an exciting contender in the mid-size crossover segment. It has the same platform as the Chevrolet Equinox and shares a general aesthetic with both the Acadia and the latest Chevrolet Malibu. The Terrain's rocker panels are integrated into the doors, narrowing the area over which a passenger must step. The body is stiffened with single-piece side stampings plus high-strength steel in critical areas.
The Terrain benefits from two engines that are more efficient than ever, each making use of variable valve timing and direct injection. A standard 2.4L 4-cylinder makes an impressive 182 horsepower yet delivers 32 mpg on the highway. All but the base trim offers an optional 3.0L V6 engine. This engine is FlexFuel-compatible for 2011 and produces 264 horsepower and 29 mpg on the highway. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines. Front wheel-drive is the standard drivetrain, but all-wheel drive is available.
Storage areas are everywhere in the cabin, including an oversized glovebox, a closed storage bin in the instrument panel above the center stack and a closed storage bin under the center armrest large enough for a laptop computer. The rear seats feature MultiFlex, which allows the seats to move back and forth a total of eight inches for the best rear legroom in the segment.
Standard equipment on base SLE trims includes 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, StabiliTrak stability control, traction control, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, six air bags, an anti-theft system, an XM Satellite Radio-ready audio system, iPod and MP3 capability and one year of OnStar service. Power windows, door locks, remote keyless entry, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, as well as power mirrors and automatic headlamps round out the generous standards list.
Optional equipment on the SLE trim includes satellite radio, remote start, heated front seats, a sunroof and 19-inch wheels.
The uplevel SLT trim includes 18-inch wheels, luggage rails, a Pioneer 8-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, heated power seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and rearview camera standard. Options on the SLT include a rear entertainment system, navigation system, a power sunroof and 18- or 19-inch chrome wheels.
Following a thorough redesign in 2010, the GMC Terrain hits 2011 with no real changes, though the V6 is now a FlexFuel-capable.
Starting about $24,000, the 2011 GMC Terrain is one of the most affordable crossover vehicles in its class; a class that includes the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. The interior features a dual-cockpit design, ice-blue ambient lighting and sophisticated, classy appearance touches that makes it look much more expensive than it is.
Vehicle Price: 25,310.00
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