Cons: "No Rear A/C. Front air vents difficult to direct."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"2013 Terrain Denali FWD 2.4L Flex Fuel . We live in Oklahoma. Hot summers cold winters. (anywhere between 8*f-110*f)
I have two major complaints about my Denali.
1. No rear air vents AT ALL. So pre-heating/Cooling is definitely needed. Always keep a car blanket for kids in the winter, and kick that A/C on full blast at least 15-20 before putting kids in car.
2. The sticker MPG are completely fictional. (22/32 sticker) my average is much closer to 20/25, NEVER getting better than 26. 98% of my daily commute is full highway.
We only use 100% gasoline. Even though our Denali is flex fuel, using E85 will put your MPG in the 15/20 Range.
Other than those issues, there really isn't much to complain about, LOVE the Denali features. great sound, excellent red stitched leather. Touch screen Nav and easy to use Onstar/Sirius XM. Bluetooth Speaker loud and clear!
EXCELLENT backup (HD!) camera, lane departure and collision alert, all so very handy. Some times collision alert will go off for no reasons. BUT better to be too efficient than not enough.
Sunroof doesn't make too much noise when open and driving.
Pretty Chrome, easy to maintain.
Easy to drive in the snow/rain.
Denali vehicle usually has dual chrome tip exhaust, terrain had single exhaust. but far more "pretty" than the standard terrain exhaust. (Only the V6 will get the dual tips while four cylinder models will only sport one.)"
"We purchased this car 2 years ago, used and have had nothing but problems with it. It has had many recalls and I found that it is burning oil. The latest repair is the Throttle body, which through research with different car repair websites, I find this is a common problem with GMC and Chevy's built from 08-11. The car gives a warning that it is reducing power and makes you pull over so you can't drive it. We had it towed to a dealer and they repaired it. Said it wasn't covered under the warranty. Very disappointed in GM."
Pros: "Good profile, without feeling like driving a semi"
Cons: "A lot of chrome!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This was my in-laws car, and when they were no longer able to drive, they gave to us. I was in need of an AWD vehicle to handle mountainous winter driving. While I haven't had much opportunity to test it out under these conditions yet, my normal day-to-day driving has been great. Prior to this I drove a Mini-Cooper and would always comment how "invisible" I was to other drivers. The Terrain has a much bigger profile, but not so big I feel like I'm driving a Hummer. I feel very safe and really like the features such as remote start, auto lights, and blue tooth capability. While I may not have chosen this car (had I bought it), but for a free car it has been great and I would definitely purchase another one in the future."
Pros: "Nice design, comfortable interior, good stereo"
Cons: "Bad steering/cornering, no rear A/C, blind spots"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased my 2010 Terrain SLE-2 with FWD in 2014 as a certified pre-owned vehicle (the first owner leased the car for 3 years). I've put about 30,000 miles on it since then. I was nervous to read the Carfax report since it had a long history of repairs, but it has been mostly problem-free for me. I had to replace a brake rotor in the front tire after 8 months of owning it, and the A/C had a leak after a year, a $500 fix.
I make several 10+ hour trips a year (mostly interstate driving) and the Terrain is perfect for that, I never even turn on Cruise control. The interior, it feels like someone put you in a comfy chair and designed the dashboard around you. Tall people fit comfortably inside. The door armrest, center console, and gearshift are perfectly placed for a comfortable seating position. The cabin uses cheap materials (lots of hard plastic) but was definitely designed for comfort and everyday use. The cupholders are at a comfortable spot & the storage under the dashboard is the perfect place to store your wallet or phone, the center console is huge inside. Love the red interior lighting and the silver/black color scheme on the interior. I also love the steering wheel controls. The triple-flash lane change signal (Tapping the turn signal stalk halfway blinks 3 times) is a nice feature. The soundproofing is quiet, almost Lexus-like. I don't have the Nav system, but when I use Google Maps navigation on my phone, it syncs with bluetooth and the voice directions are broadcast over the speakers.
Driving dynamics are just OK. It's painfully slow accelerating (4 cylinder) but once up to speed, is comfortable to drive. The steering comes up short, the turning radius is worse than some pickup trucks and the steering feels disconnected, like playing an arcade racing game. Gas mileage isn't as good as advertised but is still pretty good, especially if you stick to highway driving."
Pros: "Comfortable on road trips, fairly good gas mileage"
Cons: "Helpless in mud, snow, ice, etc. Body shakes loose"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I bought this because of GMC's reputation for high quality vehicles. I'll buy a Kia next time. This car is fine for a granny wagon used in town and perhaps for a few road trips, but I live in the country and it just isn't tough enough for country life. I was excited about the front wheel drive when I bought it because I had owned a front-drive Dodge back in the 90's and it was great in the ice and snow. This little wagon is totally helpless in ice, snow, mud and other adverse conditions. Wind blows it all over the road, and wet conditions are scary! I recommend turning the traction control OFF if you plan to drive in adverse conditions. It got me stuck on more than one occasion. Just a warning to potential buyers."