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2013 GMC Terrain Review

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By no means compact, but also not quite mid-size, the five-passenger 2013 GMC Terrain offers the fuel economy of a small SUV with a rugged truck-like design that makes it appear larger than it actually is. Although roomy, the Terrain doesn't offer a third-row seat and its all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is pretty much limited to tackling snow-covered roads rather than off-road trails. Compared to newer competitors such as the Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda CR-V, the 2013 GMC Terrain manages to hold its own, with 4-cylinder models touting fuel economy figures near the top of its class. And, unlike the Escape and CR-V, the Terrain offers the option of a V6 engine that makes better than 300 horsepower while still returning pretty respectable fuel economy.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for something akin to a Ford Escape or Honda CR-V, but you don't like futuristic styling or 4-cylinder powertrains, the GMC Terrain for 2013 may very well be the answer. Its squared-off edges and flared wheel openings say "GMC Truck" loud and clear.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your travel plans include serious off-road adventures, the Terrain probably isn't the best first choice.
While its AWD is effective in snow, off-road trails with mud or deep ruts are better left to such as the Jeep Wrangler or Subaru Outback.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 GMC Terrain gets a bump in power from a new 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 301 horsepower (replaces the previous 3.0-liter engine). Also new for 2013 is the Terrain Denali model, offering such exclusive options as Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Driving the Terrain

Driving Impressions With the proliferation of Bluetooth-enabled devices becoming increasingly more commonplace, the 2013 GMC Terrain SUV's impressively quiet cabin is an unexpected bonus. Extensive use of acoustic laminated glass, active noise-cancellation...

technology and triple-sealed doors creates an interior that is nearly Lexus-like at highway speed. Powering the 2013 GMC Terrain SUV is a competent 4-cylinder engine admittedly better at impressing with its fuel economy than its passing prowess. For those who want more power, there's the new 3.6-liter V6 of 301 horsepower, 272 lb-ft of torque and EPA highway fuel-economy ratings in the mid-20s.

HEATED CLOTH SEATS
Heated seats aren't often seen without a leather interior. The seats in the 2013 GMC Terrain 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 SEATS
The Terrain's entire second row can be moved forward or back eight inches, allowing for taller passengers to gain more legroom or for parents to pull kids in car seats significantly closer.

2013 GMC Terrain Details
2013 GMC Terrain photo Interior

Although it shares much in common with the Chevy Equinox, the 2013 GMC Terrain strives to distinguish itself with more high-quality materials, such as satin metal trim and two-tone leather seating. The Denali takes things even further with French-stitched seams, smoked mahogany trim and an 8-way power passenger seat. GMC's signature glowing red instrument panel looks particularly fetching in the Terrain, with backlighting for just about every conceivable switch or button. Even the USB port features a lighted surround making it easier to locate in the dark. There's also a touch-screen radio that uses smart phone-like icons to operate the screen functions.

Exterior
2013 GMC Terrain photo

The 2013 GMC Terrain compact SUV shuns the rounded, wavy look so popular among small crossover SUVS today, opting instead for a rugged, almost Hummer-like profile. Strong angular wheel arches and a huge 3-bar grille with block GMC lettering and chrome cap are the first things that will catch your eye, but definitely not the last. Optional 19-inch wheels make a bold statement, as do the sturdy roof-rail racks perfect for holding kayaks, bikes, skis, surfboards or a cargo carrier. GMC's 2013 Terrain isn't terribly tall off the ground, making it easy to get in and out of, as well as to reach the roof.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base GMC Terrain compact SUV for 2013 comes equipped with a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed transmission, 17-inch wheels, rearview camera, color touch-screen radio with a USB port and iPod support, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar, six airbags and a sliding rear seat that can move fore and aft nearly eight inches. Inside, ambient lighting sets the interior's mood, and Active Noise Cancellation – the projection of sound waves through the speakers to counteract loud exterior noises - helps keep the interior quiet.

Optional Equipment

Popular options include a 3.6-liter V6 engine and larger 19-inch alloy wheels. 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 new color touch-screen navigation system incorporating all of the IntelliLink features, a 10-gigabyte music storage hard drive, Pioneer sound system and a programmable rear liftgate that can be set to open to a lower height. Is safety a big concern? Add the Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert (standard on SLT-2 and Denali) or the Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (Denali only).

Under the Hood

Powering the 2013 GMC Terrain is either a 182-horsepower in-line 4-cylinder or a new, 301-horsepower V6. Both benefit from direct injection and are mated to 6-speed automatic transmissions, and deliver excellent fuel-economy numbers.

2.4-liter inline-4 (SLE, SLT, Denali)
182 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
172 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 mpg (front-wheel drive), 15/22 mpg (E85, front-wheel drive), 20/29 mpg (AWD), 14/20 mpg (E85, AWD)

3.6-liter V6 (SLE-2, SLT, Denali)
301 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
272 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (front-wheel drive, gasoline), 13/22 mpg (front-wheel drive, E85), 16/23 mpg (AWD, gasoline), NA (AWD, E85)

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2013 GMC Terrain Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 274 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

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  • 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
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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!"

Beautiful road vehicle - wish it was a V-6

By on Monday, August 17, 2015

I want this car

10 10.0
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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
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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
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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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