2010 GMC Terrain
When General Motors introduced the 2010 GMC Terrain at the 2009 New York International Auto Show, some observers probably winced, no doubt concerned with the fact that the Terrain was sharing a platform with the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. "Here we go again," went some of the whispers. "Just another example of GM sharing platforms without any real differentiation between models."
It's a fair point. GM got itself in trouble in part by spreading too many models across too many brands on the same platform. Making matters worse, there were too many upscale models that shared a platform with more mainstream models, and the differences weren't always clear enough to consumers.
Enter the Terrain. GMC says that other than exterior styling, the biggest difference between the Terrain and the Equinox is content. The Terrain is offered with standard features that are options on Equinox, and a few that aren't offered at all on Equinox. Most of the substantive elements, such as engine and transmission choices, are shared between the two.
Speaking of engine choices, on Terrain there are two: A 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 182 horsepower or a 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 264 horsepower. Both are available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. There are four different trim levels: SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, and SLT-2.
I recently had the chance to test a Terrain in SLT-2 trim with the four-cylinder and front-wheel drive. Base price: $29,250. Standard features included ABS, traction control, an antiskid system, a remote start, remote keyless entry, a rear-parking assist system, 18-inch wheels, fog lamps, a power liftgate, chrome trim, a rearview camera, a sunroof, heated front seats, leather-appointed seats, a sliding rear seat, a USB port, an uplevel audio system, satellite radio, and others. An optional cargo management system (cargo cover, cargo net, and roof-rack crossbars) added $245 to the total and was the only option. A destination fee of $745 brought the total as-tested price of $30,240.