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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 268 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

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

Worst

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "cheap to buy"

Cons: "cheaply made"

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

"I have hated this things for 4 years now. It drives like a tank but with worse gas mileage and no cargo room... :("

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Good car with early rust problem

By on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "My 4 cyl. is slow on the take off"

Cons: "No garage door opener"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I purchased this 2011 certified used car 6 months ago but just noticed that the bottom of the doors have surface rust. GM will fix them free if under 36,000 miles or 36 months or if there are rust holes. I was told it will cost me $200 per door."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

This is my SECOND Terrain!

By on Saturday, July 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

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: "Roomy and economical, I get 25-30 mpg."

Cons: "Visibility not so good, rear view camera a plus"

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

"I lease my cars, and this is the 2nd Terrain for me. I love this car - it looks like a little truck, and can hold an amazing amount of "stuff". I can put the seats down and get lumber into it, ladders, etc. In addition, I can put the seats up, move the back seat back, and take my friends out to dinner. In short, it is a very versatile car - I am deciding whether or not to lease my THIRD one!"

9 people out of 21 found this review helpful

WAY more GAS than the advertised

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"You would like it:- It's really great vehicle i like it comparing with others in the same price range. It has on star, 4G LTE wifi, wide interior, good exterior, muscles and more. You wouldn't like it:- The advertise for (4 cylinder) 22MPG CITY & 32MPG HIGHWAY it's way different from the actual use which is average of 20.3MPG more than most of other 4 cylinder vehicles. Also Bluetooth only for making phone calls if you want any other option for your phone you have to connect it via AUX!"

22 people out of 39 found this review helpful

This is a great ride!

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort, great appointments in the cab, reliable."

Cons: "Pretty expensive fully loaded."

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

"We only ever owned imports (Honda, Subaru) prior to purchasing this GMC Terrain new off the lot in 2013. I just loved the design of the car, and once I drove one I was sold. It has been a joy to drive, reliable as all get out, and we really do enjoy this vehicle. It is uber comfortable for driving our guests (ideal load is 4 adults total, so it is definitely not a huge SUV) and has been great on the open road. While I still love my older import (have owned 4 Subarus over the years), you cannot beat the Terrain for its quality and comfort in the mid-size SUV class."

17 people out of 36 found this review helpful

Certified Used 2013 GMC Terrain SLT 2

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable, smaller SUV. Good for hauling many Thing"

Cons: "Gas mpg is low, underpowered 3.0L, only flaws."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I purchased this vehicle as a GMC certified used from a dealership in Aug.2013.This particular SUV was built in Canada. So some information a person may find may not be exact. Like the exterior color of mine is 2 tone brown.It has a 3.0L V6 and I believe it has most all options.It does not have the Navigation system or DVD players. In my opinion it is a pretty reliable vehicle. It does have a couple flaws. The road noise level is quite pronounced. It also is underpowered with a 3.0 L engine. It only gets around 17 mpg. The newer models I think have a 3.5L v6 option. Which would be an improvement because vehicle is over 4,000 lbs. Seats are a bit hard,so I bought a comfy cushion so that problem solved.So far this has proven to be a good vehicle."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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