Finding new terrains
"New engine, fresh interior makes a convincing case to newcomers"
"Shares the same bones as the Chevy Equinox and rather called semi-luxurious"
"Does the all-new GMC Terrain steal the show in steel terrain?" said Issam
More than 700,000 have been sold globally since it went on sale in 2009 but still many SUVs in this category outsells the GMC Terrain. I can list few of them such as the Toyota RAV4, Nissan X-Trail, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, etc… GMC strategy was never to outsell its rivals but rather position it in the premium SUV/Crossover category. Here we are testing the 2018 GMC Terrain in Beirut to give you some insights about it.
During my whole weekend drive I was looking at the Terrain from all possible angles. I found out that I still love the look and shape of the outgoing one with its muscular macho wheels fenders. I don’t know if GMC made it cuter to attract other clientele to the brand but as for myself I would surely take the previous Terrain and more specifically the Terrain Denali. The front lights and the grille are pretty attractive but if you get to see its profile down to the rear taillights, well I think it looks that the designers didn’t put any effort to give it the "Wow" effect like the front.
I personally test drove also the Chevrolet Equinox which is published in this issue and I found myself appreciating the Equinox much more than the Terrain. I found that the Terrain lacks in some key areas, such as ride comfort and handling. I found also that the less-expensive Equinox that I recently tested is quieter and more enjoyable to drive because it does a better job smoothing out the ride experience.
The Terrain’s handling is not sentimental at all. It gave me the impression that it doesn’t want to be pushed. The 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine that I took has decent power, but the nine-speed automatic transmission doesn’t really feel connected or synchronized with the engine. The downshifts outcome is somehow hesitated and has weak responsiveness.
The position we all know is that GMC comes above Chevrolet it terms of upscale material but it seems that the Terrain forgot that it shares the same bones as the Chevy Equinox. There are still lots of plastic and replicated wood. The GMC Terrain as it names implies "Terrain" is surely a model to consider among your shortlist of vehicles. If you want to live up a nature-green weekend you sort of need to have sufficient power to tow… boat, bike, and tent?
Pros: Front look looks attractive, quiet interior cabin, new infotainment system, storage space
Cons: C-pillars design bothers the rear vision, rear lights needs redesign, unresponsive gearbox and engine synchronization
Rivals: Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota RAV4, Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CX-5, Volkswagen Tiguan
One word: Territory
3 / 5 stars
2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinders, 252 hp @ 5500 rpm, 353 Nm @ 2500 – 4500 rpm
AWD, 9-speed automatic
0-100 kph: 7 secs, top speed: 212 kph, fuel consumption: 10.22L/ 100 km
Weight: 1,724 kg