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2010 GMC Terrain - Review

 

2010 GMC Terrain First Drive

2010 GMC Terrain First Drive

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Looking at the 2010 GMC Terrain, you might not know that it shares most of its under-skin components with the Chevrolet Equinox. The chunky, almost over-the-top fender swells definitely don't look like the unassuming Equinox's smooth lines. But step inside the cabin and the family resemblance is obvious. But that's a good thing.

The 2010 GMC Terrain is available with a range of powertrain options: either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and four- or six-cylinder engines; mix and match as you like, they all come with six-speed automatic transmissions and direct injection. A range of trim levels are also available, adding technology and features, though even the base spec is pretty accommodating. Given the Terrain's low $24,995 starting price, there's a lot to be said for this bolder-looking cousin of the Equinox. Though many of the test vehicles were clad in a deep red, the white and black models packed the most visual punch.

All of the available features and behind-the-wheel characteristics of the Terrain are identical to the Equinox, which means it drives and handles very well, if occasionally a bit stiff over broken pavement, and when outfitted with the V-6 engine and towing package, it's good for up to 3,500 pounds of pulling power. The standard four-cylinder can manage 1,500 pounds--enough to haul some bicycles, tools, or small powersports equipment with relative ease.

2010 GMC Terrain First Drive

2010 GMC Terrain First Drive

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GMC says the Terrain's key competitors are the Ford Edge, Honda CR-V, Nissan Murano and Hyundai Santa Fe. In short, the same basic competition list of the Equinox. So why go for the Terrain? The base spec package is handsome, including a rear-view mirror integrated rear-vision camera, USB input, ambient lighting and 17-inch alloy wheels. Even the range-topping SLT2, which adds 18-inch wheels, heated leather seats, rear park assist, a sunroof and a (very powerful) rear liftgate starts at just $29,995. So value could persuade you.


 
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