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Our Expert Review: 2011 Gmc Terrain

Like my Terrain

by from NW Suburbs, Illinois on November 22, 2010

Hi, I am adding my review as a result of reading the first review of bad mileage. We bought the 6 cyl when it first came out fall of 2009. It had been flawless. It's an SLT1 with extra's (we had no ch...
Hi, I am adding my review as a result of reading the first review of bad mileage. We bought the 6 cyl when it first came out fall of 2009. It had been flawless. It's an SLT1 with extra's (we had no choice) and the ONLY thing I don't like is the SLT2 has SEAT MEMORY for 2 drivers. Ours has none. I have driven the Terrain to Arizona from Chicago, 3 times this year. In the worst weather with big winds, hills, mountain pass's etc... (and a roof bag on 1 trip) I still get 25MPG with the 6 Cyl and I drive it. I am using 5-30 Synthetic with 44 K additives (plan on keeping the car for 100,000) and have no complaints whatsoever. City we have been getting 19 at the worst and more like 22. That said, it's a heck of a lot bigger than a Mini, not as much fun, BUT DOES THE JOB AND GETS GREAT MILEAGE. I have no thoughts or info on the 4 Cyl but I would think the mileage can only be better. I was interested in more performance and the dealer had this car in stock (I think it was their second car delivered) That said, I would recommend this car. Great car, nice ride, SUPER QUIET. As of today, we have 18,000 mile on it. No Problems. Lots of compliments too.
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Can't believe its an SUV

by from Western Iowa on October 22, 2010

This is a very unique vehicle that looks like a truck, but drives like a car. Very comfortable on a 600 mile round trip. Plenty of power for interstate passing, but still gets respectable gas mileage.
This is a very unique vehicle that looks like a truck, but drives like a car. Very comfortable on a 600 mile round trip. Plenty of power for interstate passing, but still gets respectable gas mileage.
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a great vehicle

by from Cleveland Ohio on August 3, 2011

I recently traded in my 2009 G6 covertible for the 2011 GMC Terrain, and though there are things I miss about the G6, I have no doubt I made the right decision. Oh sure, the G6 was sportier and a much...
I recently traded in my 2009 G6 covertible for the 2011 GMC Terrain, and though there are things I miss about the G6, I have no doubt I made the right decision. Oh sure, the G6 was sportier and a much cooler car to drive. It had lots of pep and it was just a fun car, but sometimes practicality is a much more important factor. The ride in the Terrain is tremendous. It's tight, rattle free, and just a very comfortable vehicle. It's nice to sit up high with a much better view of the road. I bought the 4 cylinder model, and as of yet I am not getting the mileage as advertised, but I'm hoping to see an improvement as the car is broken in (do cars still need to be broken in?). The styling is exceptional for an SUV crossover. Plenty of room in the back seat (I wish they had put some AC vents back there) and the radio/CD player is superb. You dont get an over abundant amount of space until you put the back seats down, but much more than I had in my G6 with the top down! Overall, I am very pleased with the Terrain. I had toyed with the idea of purchasing one last year, but went with the Buick LaCrosse CXL. Trust me, this vehicle's ride rivals that of my Buick.
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Not Getting The Advertised Gas Milage

by from Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 20, 2011

I like the Terrain but I am not getting the 22 mpg city or the 32 mpg highway mileage that is advertised!! I have had the Terrain for about 8 months and have just over 18,000 miles on it. In town I'm ...
I like the Terrain but I am not getting the 22 mpg city or the 32 mpg highway mileage that is advertised!! I have had the Terrain for about 8 months and have just over 18,000 miles on it. In town I'm getting about 17 mpg and on the highway about 26 to 27 mpg. I'm not driving 55 mph but about the speed limit on the interstate of 70 mph. I had a 2006 GMC Envoy Denali and had to replace the transmssion twice in it!! I bought the GMC again because of the entended powertrain warrenty. However every once in a while when the Terrain changes gear it "jerks" it's not smooth...maybe I'm parinoid because of the Envoy. Once again I like it OK but disappointed in the gas milage!!
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New Family Car

by from Frisco,TX on July 24, 2011

I upgraded to an SUV when i found out i'm expecting a child. And i absolutely love this vehicle. Tons of room, awesome radio and great gas mileage. I'm getting 21 in the city and about 30 highway (4cy...
I upgraded to an SUV when i found out i'm expecting a child. And i absolutely love this vehicle. Tons of room, awesome radio and great gas mileage. I'm getting 21 in the city and about 30 highway (4cyl). It has a very smooth ride and really quiet.
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Decompress in a really quiet ride after work

by from Detroit, MI Suburbs on June 24, 2011

This is the first affordable, quiet SUV in the market. After years of commuting in a Rav, Mystique, Numi Nova, VW Rabbit, Eurosport, and a Dodge Dart I thought that quiet, comfortable cars under $25K ...
This is the first affordable, quiet SUV in the market. After years of commuting in a Rav, Mystique, Numi Nova, VW Rabbit, Eurosport, and a Dodge Dart I thought that quiet, comfortable cars under $25K were as rare as unicorns. I need to watch my speed carefully now because the engine, transmission, wind, tire, and vibration cues that I am going over 70 MPH are no longer present. And we can hear the radio at low volume- no more nose bleeds when I pull off of a freeway ramp and suddenly find that the radio volume was all the way up. Long trips and even daily commutes will be a pleasure again. The 4 cyl engine/6 speed xmission are sufficiently perkey to get me moving and allow me to pass while getting 34 mpg. I bought a base model SL1, with nothing extra. Unexpected "pleasers" are the adjustable lumbar support, digital dash info center, power everything, electronic backup camera, active noise cancellation, a half dozen air bags, a luggage tonneau cover, lots of storage nooks and cup holders, fully adjustalbe fold flat back seats, xm radio, double laminate glass, and double rubber door and window seals. The only drawbacks are slightly bulky A, B, and C pillars hiding the air bags and cutting down visibility, very little road feedback through the electronic power steering, and the designers' infatuation with black interiors- black doors, floors, seats, console, and lower dash. Yes, it eliminates internal reflections but don't lay down a black cell phone, pen, or notebook after dark. The small SUV format allows lots of room for family stuff, trips to home improvement stores, hobby and recreational equipment, and 5 passengers. Did I mention that being in the Terrain allows decompresing in relative quiet after a hectic day at work? And if I wanted to answer the cell phone in the car, I could hear the other person talking without feeling like the passenger compartment was at the business end of a moon rocket.
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best car yet !

by from detroit, mi. on February 12, 2011

Two month's and 3000 miles , just love it. 6cyl. fwd so far about 22mpg city 26 hwy on average, plenty of room and very quiet. I have an slt2 black on black and get many complements, kinda wierd to be...
Two month's and 3000 miles , just love it. 6cyl. fwd so far about 22mpg city 26 hwy on average, plenty of room and very quiet. I have an slt2 black on black and get many complements, kinda wierd to be sitting at a light and have people make you roll down your window to tell you they love the look of your suv.
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Great Car with Awesome style

by from Miami, FL on June 20, 2011

I am getting mixed messages on the gas mileage on the car. I do admit that I expected higher mpg than Im getting. But besides that it sure does beat the heck out of my previous dodge durango. This car...
I am getting mixed messages on the gas mileage on the car. I do admit that I expected higher mpg than Im getting. But besides that it sure does beat the heck out of my previous dodge durango. This car is very neat and stylish. Quiet interior and a smooth ride. Lacks a little power but for me thats not a problem. I do rush everywhere i go. I have gotten so many compliments about this car n it makes up for the price you pay for it. I have the 4cyl Black on Black. To me this is one of the top 10 cars on the road imo.
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Good car for growing family

by from Lubbock tx on February 13, 2012

The terrain is a good suv for the money. Don't hope to get 31 mpg like advertised. Ours gets between 24and 27 with the 4 cylinder engine. If I would have known this before I would have bought a v6. Bu...
The terrain is a good suv for the money. Don't hope to get 31 mpg like advertised. Ours gets between 24and 27 with the 4 cylinder engine. If I would have known this before I would have bought a v6. But hey what can u expect from car companies they say what they have to to get u to buy it. But a good car and we are pleased with it.
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engine rattle

by from Atlanta, GA on April 18, 2012

Owned the Terrain for about a year and have put 19k miles on it. Have taken it back to the dealer for the 4th time to due to a loud rattle noise when you crank the car up.To this day I'm still having ...
Owned the Terrain for about a year and have put 19k miles on it. Have taken it back to the dealer for the 4th time to due to a loud rattle noise when you crank the car up.To this day I'm still having the issue and the dealership has changed the cam accuators,timing chain and oil pump. The dealership states theres a bulletin that tells them to try diesel oil instead of synthetic like the manual calls for. The GM rep told me I need to take it to a professional mechanic... This is a GM dealership with GM mechanics! If they can't fix their own vehicles then why have mechanics there? And why sale me an extended warranty if you can't fix it! So, before you think about purchasing a Terrain with the 4 cyl motor look at the reviews regarding engine rattle & loud startup noise. Also, review the fuel mileage because it doesn't get what the sticker states!
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