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2012 GMC Terrain Named #2 in SUV’s by US News

The 2012 GMC Terrain

US News has just ranked the 2012 GMC Terrain 2 out of 20 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on their analysis of 29 published reviews and test drives of the GMC Terrain, and their analysis of reliability and safety data.

The 2012 GMC Terrain has a high base price, but buyers get a stand-out exterior, a standard rearview camera and plenty of passenger space.

Unlike most compact SUVs, which have round, simple exteriors and a bland list of standard interior features, the 2012 GMC Terrain has rugged, truck-like styling that suggests parents are headed off-road rather than to the grocery store, and comes packed with standard features like Bluetooth and a rearview camera. On top of that, the GMC Terrain has a lot of passenger space, and a sliding second row that increases leg or cargo room.

The Terrain comes with a lot of standard features and is perfect for moms and dads who want something other than a typical family SUV, reviewers say, and add that the 2012 GMC Terrain deserves a slot at the top of your shopping list because overall, it’s a great family vehicle.

The 2012 GMC Terrain is available in four trim levels: SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1 and SLT-2. Because Terrain hasn’t changed much, this review uses test drives from earlier models.

  • “GMC’s smallest SUV deserves consideration for passenger accommodations and overall refinement. Compared with the similar Chevrolet Equinox, Terrain offers unique styling, additional standard equipment, and available cloth seating that is notably upmarket of its sibling.” — Consumer Guide
  • “In the Terrain, GMC has created a rugged looking compact, deceiving in size and with impressively good fuel economy. Loaded with features and priced to compete with segment leader such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Terrain is an appealing choice for those who like their trucks to look like trucks, even when they’re not really trucks.” — Kelley Blue Book
  • “If the handsome and cohesive design is any indicator, this could be GMC’s best small SUV ever.” — Car and Driver

Terrain Performance – 8.0 (Very Good)

The 2012 GMC Terrain has car-like performance and excellent fuel economy with its base four cylinder engine

Terrain Exterior – 7.5 (Good)

Parents who are avoiding the Honda CR-V’s “mom car” reputation might like the 2012 GMC Terrain’s rugged, boxy exterior that houses a family-friendly interior.

Terrain Interior – 8.9 (Very Good)

The 2012 GMC Terrain doesn’t have as much cargo space as the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V, but in exchange for less space, the Terrain has more standard features.

Terrain Safety – 9.4 (Excellent)

The 2012 GMC Terrain receives a high overall score from the federal government and is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick.

Terrain Reliability

The Terrain has a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty that is typical of affordable SUVs.

Our GMC Terrain inventory is extensive, so come check out one today at Coulter Tempe.


January 31, 2012 - Posted by | Coulter Tempe, GMC Trucks, New Car Specials | , , , , , ,

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