But GMC thinks it's the bold look and "professional grade" demeanor that will attract buyers to the Terrain, and that that won't step on the Equinox's toes because it's a different sort of customer than an Equinox buyer. The Terrain isn't being targeted at commercial or fleet buyers, however--it's a consumer-level product from the ground up.
And that's a good place to look into a few of the Terrain's interesting features. If you opt for the bigger 19-inch wheels available on the upper-tier models, you'll get the lightness of alloy--very light, at about 22 pounds each, in fact--but you'll get the bling of chrome thanks to a highly durable and barely noticeable plastic wheel cover that looks more like a polished alloy than just about anything else we've seen.
Moving up just a few inches, the door-sill region is made narrow and easy to step over by attaching the stone guard to the bottom of the door rather than the base of the body. The look from the outside is like any other crossover, but the effect when getting into the vehicle is noticeable.
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Sliding under the hood, you'll find a choice of two powerplants: either an efficient yet punchy four-banger or a fairly potent V-6. The four-cylinder is the version we'd pick, as it gets the Terrain around through traffic and on the highway with ease, while delivering an impressive 32 mpg on the highway, and a rated 21 mpg in town, though it'll get a bit better than that if you leave it in the optional 'eco' mode, which lowers shift points and engages the automatic transmission's torque converter at 1,100 rpm instead of 1,300 rpm. The end result is barely perceptible in terms of acceleration, but delivers a slightly smoother feel to the power delivery.