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2013 GMC Terrain

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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 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
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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: "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!"

10 people out of 12 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
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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 19 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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