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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 274 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

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

Super Nice SUV

By on Saturday, August 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great Price, gas mileage with lot of features"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Love this GMC Terrain, super nice car . It drives really good and great gas mileage . This car has a lot of features too. GM came back very strongly...."

WAVEPLATE/TRANSMISSION OUT AT 84,000 MILES

By on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Great Moonroof!"

Cons: "Horrible Gas mileage;poor MPG;cannnot unlock doors"

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

"I traded me 2007 GMC YUKON XL in for a newer used 2010 GMC Terrain SLE. I am extremely frustrated with the fact that 6 months into this ownership, a GMC product had it's waveplate and transmission break. This vehicle only has 84,000 miles and feel that GMC has done an awful job in manufacturing transmissions!! $1000.00 in repairs later and I am now looking for a non-GMC product, since it has given me a reason to be concerned about the manufacture of these engines. I am now not EVER buying another GMC product!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Beautiful road vehicle - wish it was a V-6

By on Monday, August 17, 2015

I want this car

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: "Ride - seat comfort - quietness - appearance"

Cons: "I-4 engine ought to be relegated to europe of Iran"

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

"Just completed a 5000+ mile trip in 8 days! What a comfortable vehicle w/excellent seats & very quiet. Do not buy the I-4 unless your strictly in city driving. The four is terrible in the west where some speed limits are 80 MPH. The vehicle will hardly hold 85 in the mts., even lightly loaded. It continually downshifts & struggled to get to the top of Pikes Peak - Sounds like an old bull snorting when pulling hard. It bear-tracks in snow. A VERY, VERY NICE VEHICLE IN ALL RESPECTS! Mileage was 27-28 on all highway driving. No idea what a V-6 would do but it would be worth the extra 120HP."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I love it so far!

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

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: "Great price and comfort! Also looks sporty"

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

"I just purchased this vehicle and so far I love everything about it! It is very comfortable and feels like a car. Very smooth and love all the features it has."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Smooth quiet ride, terrible gas milage

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,100

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Cheap lease, comfy seats, smooth ride"

Cons: "Gas milage, cargo space,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I leased this car in Sept 2013. I only have 16000 miles on it in almost 2 years, so I take it easy around the city. I like the ride. Its smooth and quiet. Could be better. But hey your only spending 30k, its not a Lexus. I have tracked my gas milage over the past 4500 miles. 2900 in the city and 1600 on the highway. The results have been awful. In the city I get 17.58 MPG and HW I get 23.95 MPG. I knew it would be lower than the stated, but were talking 20% city and 25% HW less than the stated. I did it the old school way of filling up, track the milage, fill up again and see how many gallons were used. I dont use the computer in the car. Its no where close. The dealer talked me out of the V6 and AWD saying the gas milage would make up the difference of me wanting those features. I cant wait till next year to turn it back in and get something with more power and space for the same fuel economy."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

well built,smooth riding and very roomy

By on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "all round beautiful vehicle,with all your needs"

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

"very nice vehicle, smooth riding on the road, comfortable, good gas mileage, no issues, electronically or mechanically.very roomy and all around fantastic suv"

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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