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Roadtripping with the GMC Terrain


General Motors recently contacted a local mommie about driving their new 2012 GMC Terrain…here’s what she had to say about her experience with the sporty SUV.

I’m guessing that GMC chose the name “Terrain” for this vehicle, because it is a crossover SUV designed to handle different types of – um – terrain.  In all honesty, off-roading was not the first thing that came to mind when I first saw this vehicle.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s tough looking – like it could boss the other SUVs around on the playground – but it was stylish, both inside & out.  The model I received had a carbon black metallic exterior with chrome trim & chrome-clad aluminum wheels.  The interior featured jet black leather seats with red accents.  The red trim was very nicely done, I might add.  GMC could have taken it a little too far, making it gaudy, but they didn’t; red stitching and peeks of red on the door panel.

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Of course one of my biggest concerns, as a mom, is safety.  As usual, the good folks at General Motors do not disappoint.  The 2012 GMC Terrain (SLT-2) comes with 6 air bags, anti-lock brake system, Stablitrak stability control system, rear child seat latch anchors, theft deterrent system and 6 months of On-Star (subscription service available after 6 months).

These are all fairly standard in new vehicles these days.  There are a few other safety features that really impressed me though, including the passenger sensing system that turns front air bags on and off, based on the weight in that seat.  Another feature my husband enjoyed was an improvement to the rear-view camera which, in addition to showing whats behind you, also shows your path of travel; I wish I would have snapped a picture of this because it’s very helpful.

One of the newest safety features of the 2012 GMC Terrain is the Forward Collision Alert & Lane Departure Warning system.  It’s a little technological wonder that kicks in, automatically, after you’ve reached 25 miles per hour.  It can sense if you are approaching another vehicle too fast, alerts you and pressurizes the brakes in preparation.  The lane departure warning uses a digital camera to detect the lane marking and beeps when you begin to veer.  Not only this a great safety feature, it also came in very handy for proving that I am a better driver than my husband

For comfort & convenience, the Terrain features a built-in color GPS with a 7″ screen, packaged together with a CD/MP3 player, AUX input & USB port, Bluetooth with audio control and power everything, including rear hatch.  With heated front seats & remote start, it’s winter ready too.

While we didn’t take it over particularly rough terrain, we did spend a good deal of time on the interstate system and was very impressed with how well the Terrain minimized being jolted across our famous potholes.  The lumbar support also helped make both the driver and passenger comfortable for the long trip.

The 2012 GMC Terrain starts at around $25,000 and seats up to 5 (2 in front; 3 in back).  It’s not a truck, but the cargo space was sufficient for my family of 4, including 2 teenage girls that have yet to discover the joys of packing light.

This is another General Motors car that gets a recommendation from a local Mommie.  Tops in safety, looks & comfort and packed with great features it makes the perfect road-trip vehicle.

Come see the 2012 GMC Terrain at Coulter Motor Tempe today, where getting the best deal is…EASY!

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December 5, 2011 - Posted by | Coulter Tempe, GMC Trucks, New Car Specials | , , , , , , ,

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