Great road car
By Bird Lady on Monday, September 07, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,700
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Quiet, comfortable, spacious, easy to drive"
Cons: "Uncomfortable headrests, complicated controls"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"Overall I'm pretty happy with the Terrain. It handles very well, is quiet on the road, has a very comfortable ride, offers spacious room for four (even for my long-legged adult family members), and has comfortable, supportive seats and a good sound system (Pioneer 8-speaker premium system on my SLE-2).
Previously I owned a 2003 Pontiac Aztec, which was more fun to drive. Not sure why, but I just felt more in control of the car. I loved the Aztec--I merely like the Terrain. It feels like a competent family car, and that is its mission in life I'm sure.
Minor quibbles with the Terrain: Although the seats are reasonably supportive, with lumbar support, the front-seat headrests are tipped too far forward, hitting the back of my head and forcing me to tip my head forward which causes an aching neck. The only way to avoid this is to tilt the back rest one notch farther back than my back prefers. (The rear seats, however, are more comfortable and supportive than most cars', and because they are chair height, adults don't have to sit with their knees in the air.) The automatic ventilation system is hard to get right: it blows either hot or cold, never comfortable air; and the blower is weak and noisy. The sound system is too complicated to deal with while driving. A person should be able to switch from CD to radio with just a glance, but a bank of 15 or 20 buttons (for audio, phone, navigation, guage menus, etc.) requires too much study. But at least there's a knob for volume control! The other quibble is a matter of taste. Because of its blocky shape, I think the Terrain looks and feels bigger than it is. It drives like a big car rather than a compact.
Gas mileage in the 4-cylinder is good but not great. The car is rated 22/32, but the best I have ever gotten on the highway is 31. My combined driving (about 1/2 city, half country) usually yields around 25 or 26 mpg. I'm not a lead-foot, but I do drive 70 on the highway. By the way, the 4-cylinder is surprisingly quiet , smooth, and responsive. It definitely has enough power for ordinary driving. I can't speak to its performance under heavy loads or towing.
Overall a good, reliable car. I have had no mechanical issues at all (at 37,000 miles). Recommend it for small families, retired people, anyone needing easy entry-exit and comfort."
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