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2010 GMC Terrain Review

The GMC Terrain, which was all-new for 2010, offers a refined ride, comfortable interior and great fuel economy, making it a great choice for anyone looking for a strong all-around 2010 compact SUV.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy with four-cylinder engine
  • High-quality cabin and comfortable seats
  • Comfortable, refined ride
  • High safety ratings
  • Cargo space falls short of class leaders




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.7
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2010 GMC Terrain Overview

When it debuted in 2010, the Terrain garnered praise for its versatile, functional interior, as well as its agreeable driving dynamics and fuel economy that’s among the best in the class. The Terrain’s back seat slides back and forth to accommodate either more cargo or greater passenger space, which adds to its flexibility. The 2010 GMC Terrain also has excellent safety ratings.

The Terrain is powered by either a 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 264-horsepower V6. Critics preferred the added power of the V6, but said the four-cylinder is fine for most drivers, and opting for the smaller engine also saves gas. With front-wheel drive, four-cylinder models average 22/32 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class, while opting for the V6 drops that to 17/25 mpg. All-wheel drive detracts slightly from the Terrain’s fuel economy.

Inside, the Terrain received mostly praise for its upscale, high-quality design. Critics lauded the seats in both the front and rear for being comfortable and offering plenty of space. The Terrain can haul up to 63.9 cubic feet of cargo with its rear seats folded, which is about 10 cubic feet behind most of the class leaders. Base models of the Terrain come standard with cloth upholstery and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack. Higher trims and option packages add features like leather upholstery, Bluetooth, a rear seat entertainment system, navigation, power sunroof, a backup camera and rear parking sensor.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Terrain, you may also like the 2010 Toyota RAV4. The RAV4 is highly-ranked, thanks to its large cargo space, powerful V6 engine option and comfortable interior. The RAV4 is also available with one of the few third-row seat options in the class, which is a plus if you need a couple extra seats. Keep in mind most critics said the third row seat is cramped for pretty much anyone other than kids.

Another alternative to consider is the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The Equinox shares a platform and powertrain with the Terrain, so these two 2010 compact SUVs are very similar. The Equinox also has the versatile sliding rear seat and superb fuel economy with the four-cylinder engine.

Compare the Terrain to the RAV4 and Equinox »

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