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2011 GMC Terrain

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2011 GMC Terrain Review

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With GM's latest division shuffling, the GMC brand takes on a new role by filling a need for high-end trucks, SUV s and crossovers. To this end, the 2011 GMC Terrain takes the company down a path it's never traversed: That of the compact crossover utility vehicle. Based on the same platform as the Chevrolet Equinox, the Terrain shares no visual similarities with its Chevrolet cousin. This is another important milestone for GMC, a division that was once seen as a clone of Chevrolet (at one point, the two even shared the Suburban nameplate.) In the Terrain, GMC has created a rugged looking compact, deceiving in size and with impressively good fuel economy. Loaded with features and priced to compete with segment leader such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Terrain is an appealing choice for those who like their trucks to look like trucks, even when they're not really trucks.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for five-passenger CUV that gets great gas mileage yet has the rugged look and feel of a mid-size GMC truck, the Terrain deserves a long test drive.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2011 GMC Terrain's four-cylinder engine probably won't impress many GMC loyalists who will likely opt for the 3.0-liter V6. The Subaru Outback 3.6R has similar horsepower and fuel economy numbers, but offers a much more robust all-wheel drive system as well as more ground clearance.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2011 GMC Terrain's optional 3.0-liter v6 engine is now E85 compatible, and the standard OnStar 9.0 receives improved voice recognition technology.

Driving the Terrain

Driving Impressions Quiet is the name of the game inside the 2011 GMC Terrain, and quiet it is. Extensive use of acoustic laminated glass, active noise cancellation technology, and triple-sealed doors culminate...

to create an interior that is nearly Lexus like at highway speed. Power for the Terrain is supplied by a robust in-line four cylinder engine that is more about fuel efficiency than power and speed; if the later is important, the 3.0-liter V6 has power to spare yet still returns fuel economy figures in the mid-20s.

Heated Cloth Seats
Heated seats aren't often seen without a leather interior. These seats can be programmed to begin warming when the vehicle is turned on via remote start, which always makes for a more comfortable start to the day on a cold winter morning.

Moveable Second Row
The entire second row can be moved forward or back eight inches, allowing for taller passengers to gain more legroom and for parents to pull kids in car seats significantly closer.

2011 GMC Terrain Details
2011 GMC Terrain photo Interior

Although the 2011 GMC Terrain is vastly different than the Equinox on the outside, the two share a nearly identical interior layout. GMC uses more high-end materials, with more soft touch surfaces and satin metal trim; the Terrain also boasts a larger standard equipment roster. GMC's signature glowing red dash lighting is particularly handsome and illuminates just about every conceivable switch or button, making it easy to find and operate even the simplest functions when darkness falls. Clever features abound, such as the white surround ring for the USB port (it makes it easier to see and use) and the programmable power rear hatch. The standard rear-vision camera is a great help when backing up prompting us to wonder why it is not standard on all cars and trucks.

Exterior
2011 GMC Terrain photo

The 2011 GMC Terrain is the antithesis of the rounded, cutesy CUV. Sharp angular shapes and a massive chrome grille unashamedly declare the Terrain's GMC roots. Square-ish bulging wheels wells mimic those found on the Silverado pickup truck, and look fitting when filled with the Terrain's optional 19-inch wheels. The Terrain's 112-inch wheel base is significantly longer than most competitors, providing more rear seat room and a smoother ride. Despite its truck-like appearance, the Terrain is not much higher off the ground than a standard car, making entry and exit almost effortless. Sturdy roof rails supply a perch for bikes, kayaks or a cargo shell, and the large rear hatch is tall and wide making short work of loading large, bulky items.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2011 GMC Terrain comes equipped with features like a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with six speed transmission, 17-inch wheels, rear-vision camera, a USB port, six airbags, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar, and a sliding rear seat that can move fore/aft nearly eight inches. Inside, ambient lighting sets the interior's mood, and Active Noise Cancellation – the usage of sound waves through the car's speakers to counteract loud exterior noises – means that the car is also quiet.

Optional Equipment

Want a little more oomph under the hood? Add a 264-horsepower 3.0-liter V6. Want larger wheels in those bold wheel wells? Upgrade to the 19-inchers. Looking to keep the kids quiet on a long trip or just while out running errands? Add the rear entertainment system with two independent screens. Also available is a seven-inch touch-screen navigation system, a ten gigabyte music storage hard drive, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, and a programmable rear liftgate that can be set to open to a lower height.

Under the Hood

Motivating the 2011 GMC Terrain is either a 182-horsepower in-line four-cylinder or a 264-horsepower V6. Both benefit from direct injection and are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions, and see excellent fuel economy numbers.

2.4-liter in-line 4
182 horsepower @ 6700 rpm
172 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 (FWD), 20/29 (AWD)

3.0-liter V6
264 horsepower @ 6950 rpm
222 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (FWD, gasoline), 12/18 (FWD, E85), 16/22 (AWD, gasoline), 12/17 (AWD, E85)

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2011 GMC Terrain Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 234 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Love my Terrain!!

By on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very spacious even in the back."

Cons: "Need AC vents in back."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We bought a 2012 in 2013. Excellent value for all the options. Love the size and comfort!! Great gas mileage and feel very safe in this SUV. Highly recommend!"

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Loving my Switch from Equinox to Terrain

By on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, quality, technology, safety, economy"

Cons: "Cargo space not as good as some of the competition"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I traded in my 2010 LS Equinox for a 2015 SLE2 Terrain and although my Chevy served me well the GMC feels like a luxury vehicle by comparison and I am so happy for the upgrade. My new Terrain exudes quality with a fit and finish as good as any vehicle I've seen on the market in this category. The cabin is quiet and the transmission shifts smooth and seamlessly. The ride is also smooth with the long wheelbase of the Terrain bumps in the road are only lightly felt verses pretty much any other compact SUV I test drove. My vehicle has two additional option packages which added heated cloth seats, remote car starter, navigation with Intellilink. I would consider myself a tech nerd type but I'm blown away with the technology of this vehicle. Here is a real example of the technology at work from just this morning, I received a text message on my cell phone that my Terrain retrieved via Bluetooth which my vehicle then interrupting my XM satellite music and read the text message to me complete with the time it was received and the person who sent it and I was able to reply back (by voice in this case) without ever taking my eyes or hands off the wheel - just amazing when you think about it. With the navigation option and Intellilink all I have to do is tell the car where to go and it will give instructions to get there using a 7 inch screen showing the road map and voice instructions. The SUV also has built in wireless so my kid can surf the web while we travel. I love this car it felt like much more vehicle for the money than the other vehicles in this category in my opinion."

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Car is a 2015. Love it

By on Saturday, November 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,087

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"as my husband is taking up a "bit" more room now, it is tight for him. It is brand new 2015. But will consider selling."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

2011 GMC terrain

By on Friday, October 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,500

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Not at all would tell them DO NOT BUY"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Car idles rough bucks at times hesitant makes clanging noise at times very poor gas mileage (14.5) suppose to get 22 and smell like rotten eggs at times"

6 people out of 18 found this review helpful

I really like the 2013 Terrain

By on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good milage, nice ride, plenty of space"

Cons: "backup camera field of view"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My only issue is the field of view on the backup camera. If it shows you are really close to something, you've hit it."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great Driving. Perfect size.

By on Saturday, October 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Perfect size for 5 or fewer."

Cons: "Factory tires are terrible. Need to replace."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After replacing the factory tires with better tires, this car rides great! It's the perfect size for those that want a 5-seat, medium size SUV. The Denali version has everything one could want. I drive this much more than our expensive European car. It has decent fuel economy, handles very nice and is comfortable."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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