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2013 GMC Terrain : Current Models

The 2013 GMC Terrain doesn’t have the most exciting performance in the class, but its high-tech cabin and roomy interior make it an appealing option among compact SUVs.

Performance is not the Terrain’s strong suit, but with a new V6 engine, test drivers say that it is competitive within the class. The Terrain offers a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a 3.6-liter V6 that are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. While auto critics prefer the Terrain’s more powerful V6, they recognize the four-cylinder’s benefits in terms of fuel economy. A four-cylinder Terrain can get up to 22/32 mpg city/highway, which is great for a compact SUV. Additionally, the Terrain offers the reassurance of a good safety score. The Terrain’s handling isn’t that sporty, and some reviewers say it has a large turning radius, but has a smooth ride that’s ideal for a family hauler. Additionally, the Denali trim receives upgraded suspension components.

The 2013 GMC Terrain comes loaded with high-tech features like a rearview camera and Bluetooth, which aren’t standard on all rivals. Standard leather seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat with memory functions and optional blind spot warning are stand-out features on the Denali trim. All Terrain models have a comfortable and spacious cabin with a rear seat that reviewers praise. GMC’s optional IntelliLink infotainment system is controlled through a seven-inch touch screen and integrates a smartphone and streams Internet radio services like Pandora. In terms of overall cargo space, the Terrain trails competitors like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

The Terrain has excellent fuel economy for the class, and reviewers say the Terrain offers a comfortable, quiet ride, making it an ideal family hauler. Like most compact SUVs, the Terrain isn’t close to being fun to drive or sporty. Critics also note that the Terrain lacks steering feel, but they do like the new powerful V6 engine option.

Acceleration and Power
The 2013 GMC Terrain has two engine choices: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and an all-new 3.6-liter V6. The four-cylinder generates 182 horsepower, while the new V6 engine option produces 301 horsepower. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. Fuel economy is the main selling point of the four-cylinder engine, which is excellent for the class at 22/32 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive. Opting for a V6 or all-wheel drive will decrease fuel economy somewhat, but reviewers generally find the new V6 much improved over the 3.0-liter V6 on the 2012 model, plus they get the same gas mileage. While some critics recommend the V6 for its added power, others acknowledge that the four-cylinder should be fine for most drivers, who will also appreciate its greater fuel economy.

Handling and Braking
Critics are somewhat divided on the Terrain’s driving dynamics. Some say it handles with agility despite its hefty weight and others find it more truck-like with a rougher ride than other compact SUVs. Still, most reviewers agree that the hydraulic power steering, standard with V6 models, gives little feedback. Electric power steering is standard with all four-cylinder models, but there is no reviewer opinion on the system. The Terrain has a wide turning radius, which means it is hard to maneuver on city streets and parking lots. Overall, test drivers think the Terrain will meet most drivers’ need for a comfortable and quiet ride.

The 2013 Terrain gets good marks from reviewers for its quiet, spacious and well-equipped interior. Critics praise its back-seat space and appreciate that the seat slides back and forth. Also, its standard rearview camera, Bluetooth and touch-screen audio system make it an appealing choice for those looking for a high-tech SUV. The new Terrain Denali trim adds chrome accents to the exterior and a soft-touch instrument panel inside, as well as more standard features.

Despite being GMC’s smallest vehicle, test drivers are impressed with the Terrain’s overall space. Thanks in large part to the sliding and reclining rear seats, critics praise the legroom in the Terrain’s back seats. Visibility is good for the most part, but one reviewer notes that the rear headrest can block the driver’s view.

The base Terrain comes with cloth seats, but power-adjustable perforated leather seats are available on higher trims. Also, the SLE-2 trim has optional heated cloth front seats as part of the available convenience package.

Interior Features
The 2013 Terrain comes well-equipped with a six-speaker audio system controlled through a seven-inch touch screen, USB and auxiliary ports, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and OnStar, which provides services like roadside assistance and automatic crash response. Optional features include an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system and navigation. IntelliLink can stream Internet radio from Pandora or Stitcher and integrate your smartphone through Bluetooth or USB.

The new Denali trim comes with upgraded interior materials and features to justify its price increase. Standard equipment on the Denali includes leather seats, eight-way heated power driver and passenger seats, wood trim accents and a sunroof. Optional safety features include lane departure warning and forward collision alert.

Reviewers say that the controls in the Terrain are easy to use and logically placed, but one critic notes that the touch screen is recessed in the center stack, which made it difficult to reach. Overall, test drivers like the Terrain’s interior features and utility.

The Terrain has 31.6 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats in place and 63.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. This is about average for the class, but trails competitors like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Additionally, reviewers say the Terrain’s MultiFlex rear seat helps increase cargo space because it slides forward and backward. Test drivers also say the Terrain has a good amount of cabin storage.

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