2011 GMC Terrain

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Key Specs

of the 2011 GMC Terrain. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Four-cylinder gas mileage
  • Quiet cabin
  • Roomy backseat
  • Seat-folding execution
  • Generous standard features
  • Large storage spaces

The Bad

  • Uninspiring V-6
  • Mushy brakes
  • Slow-reacting automatic
  • Wide turning circle
  • Large blind spot
  • High starting price

Notable Features of the 2011 GMC Terrain

  • Related to Chevrolet Equinox
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available AWD
  • Five seats
  • Standard backup camera

2011 GMC Terrain Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

GMC's Terrain is the twin to the Chevrolet Equinox. The five-seat crossover comes in front- or all-wheel drive with a four-cylinder or V-6. With front-wheel drive and the four-cylinder, the EPA rates highway gas mileage at 32 mpg. Competitors include the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

Trim levels include the base SLE and uplevel SLT. Characteristic of a crossover, the Terrain has a four-wheel-independent suspension and car-based frame — a design that emphasizes ride comfort and fuel efficiency over off-road capabilities and towing.

Exterior

GM says it sought to provide a "confident and strong stance" with the Terrain's styling. To that end, the crossover has oversized fenders and liberal bumper cladding, both of which set the Terrain apart from its Equinox sibling. GM says that beyond the windshield, the two don't share any major body panels.The fog lights sit within vertical housings, and the large grille wears plenty of chrome. Exterior features include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels standard
  • 18- and 19-inch wheels available
  • Standard backup camera
  • Standard fog lamps
  • Optional power liftgate

Interior

The cabin bears far more resemblance to the Equinox than does the exterior, with an upward-tilted panel housing the air-conditioning and stereo controls. The dashboard features angular styling and two-tone plastics. Like the Equinox, the Terrain's second-row seat adjusts fore and aft. There's a plastic floor panel behind the sea...

Vehicle Overview

GMC's Terrain is the twin to the Chevrolet Equinox. The five-seat crossover comes in front- or all-wheel drive with a four-cylinder or V-6. With front-wheel drive and the four-cylinder, the EPA rates highway gas mileage at 32 mpg. Competitors include the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

Trim levels include the base SLE and uplevel SLT. Characteristic of a crossover, the Terrain has a four-wheel-independent suspension and car-based frame — a design that emphasizes ride comfort and fuel efficiency over off-road capabilities and towing.

Exterior

GM says it sought to provide a "confident and strong stance" with the Terrain's styling. To that end, the crossover has oversized fenders and liberal bumper cladding, both of which set the Terrain apart from its Equinox sibling. GM says that beyond the windshield, the two don't share any major body panels.The fog lights sit within vertical housings, and the large grille wears plenty of chrome. Exterior features include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels standard
  • 18- and 19-inch wheels available
  • Standard backup camera
  • Standard fog lamps
  • Optional power liftgate

Interior

The cabin bears far more resemblance to the Equinox than does the exterior, with an upward-tilted panel housing the air-conditioning and stereo controls. The dashboard features angular styling and two-tone plastics. Like the Equinox, the Terrain's second-row seat adjusts fore and aft. There's a plastic floor panel behind the seat that can be folded down to create a gap-free cargo floor. Interior features include:

  • Optional eight-way power driver's seat and heated leather upholstery
  • Optional moonroof
  • Optional navigation system
  • Standard keyless entry, power height adjustment for the driver's seat and a six-speaker stereo with a USB port for MP3 players

Under the Hood

Both the four-cylinder and V-6 employ direct-injection technology. An "Eco" mode, which is activated by a dashboard button, alters drivetrain calibrations in the four-cylinder to maximize fuel efficiency. Other mechanical features include:

  • Four-cylinder displaces 2.4 liters and makes 182 horsepower
  • V-6 displaces 3.0 liters and makes 264 hp

Safety

The Terrain has six airbags standard. Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Nice family vehicle!

by Laura H from Lake Worth, FL on October 18, 2018

Love the interior of this vehicle! Lots of room and very stylish. Great extras as well. Plenty of space for the family and the dog loves it! Read full review

(5.0)

I Test Drive it.

by Cbarnes674 from Battle Creek, MI on August 20, 2018

I have always liked these Trucks. My Preference is the V6 All Wheel Drive! With Everything Powered. You can find a Good one for a Low Price. But it depends on where and How much it is. Some of them ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 GMC Terrain currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 GMC Terrain SLE-1

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by GMC
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Terrain received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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