GMC gives potential consumers 25,560 reasons to buy this crossover SUV. After all, that’s a pretty fair starting MSRP price wouldn’t you say? The 2012 GMC Terrain offers a functional as well as stylish interior. The sleek interior provides all riders with ultimate comfort, and with the rear seats able to slide forward and backward 8 inches, passengers will be assured of having adequate leg room. In fact, the Terrain has a best-in-class rear leg room space of 39.9 inches. However, for those of us requiring excess interior cargo space for trips and vacations, the Terrain may let us down, with just 63.9 cubic feet of interior cargo room. Heated front seats will also ensure that you and your front passenger stay nice and toasty on those biting winter days. As is the case with most new models, the Terrain comes with a color touch-screen music player that also provides GPS navigation.
The 2012 GMC Terrain may actually prove to be one of the quietest rides in its class. With advanced technology features like a windshield designed at an angle so as to minimize outside wind noise, an innovative feature known as Active Noise Cancellation, which utilizes sound waves to minimize noise inside the cabin, triple-sealed doors and specially laminated glass on all windows that helps reduce noise. One thing that reviewers were constantly complaining about was the lack of visibility, especially when changing lanes.
As for the exterior design, engineers at GMC wanted this year’s crossover to be unique from any other crossover in its class. While crossover SUVs from most other manufacturers look like lifted sedans and coupes, GMC retained that truck-like body style, while increasing fuel economy and carrying capacity. To further enhance this already masculine ride, The Terrain SLT-2 model has a chrome grill upgrade option. GMC offers this year’s crossover in 9 stunning colors ranging from Merlot Jewel Metallic to Onyx Black. Standard on all models are aluminum wheels, which help with both looks and fuel economy. Wheel sizes range from 17” to 19”, depending on model.
The Terrain also is equipped with Bluetooth technology, which will allow you to communicate directly to the person you’re talking to, through the speakers in your vehicle. It also comes with a rear-vision camera, which displays a picture of what’s behind you on the 7” screen in front of you. This comes in especially handy for those unforeseen fire hydrants and planter boxes that seem to just jump out at our cars from nowhere.
With safety at the forefront of their minds, engineers at GMC packed the Terrain chock-full of airbags. These 6 airbags cover almost the entire interior of the car in crash tests, so you can rest assured that riding in this crossover SUV will help ensure your safety. It also comes with a lane-changing warning, which alerts the driver if the vehicle changes lanes without signaling. Also standard on all models is a free 6-month OnStar trial, where, in the unfortunate event of a crash, authorities will be alerted to your location.
This 6-speed automatic transmission has a fully independent suspension and generates 182 ponies, 172 pounds/foot of torque, 32 highway MPG and 22 in-town, all through a 2.4-liter I-4 Variable Valve Transmission Direct Injection engine. Higher models are also available in a 3.0-liter V6 VVT DI engine. So what are you waiting for? At least go test drive one for yourself.