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2011 GMC Terrain Review

The 2011 GMC Terrain has a comfortable and stylish interior, a smooth ride and one of the best fuel economy ratings in the class, making it a great choice among used 2011 compact SUVs.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy rear seats
  • Good interior quality and stylish design
  • Excellent four-cylinder fuel economy
  • Can’t hold as much cargo as some competitors




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.3
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2011 GMC Terrain Overview

When it was new, critics praised the Terrain for its large interior, which can be adapted to accommodate more cargo or tall passengers, thanks to its standard rear seat that slides back and forth. They also said it has a smooth, refined ride that makes it a comfortable highway cruiser. With the four-cylinder engine, the Terrain has fuel economy estimates that are among the best in the class. The Terrain also has strong safety ratings.

The Terrain is available with two engines. The first is a 182-horsepower four-cylinder, and the second is a 264-horsepower V6. Critics did say the V6 model feels noticeably peppier, however, most said the four-cylinder was fine, and many appreciated its superior fuel economy. Front-wheel drive models with the four-cylinder engine achieve 22/32 mpg city/highway, which is among the best fuel economy in the class. Opting for the V6 decreases that to 17/24, and all-wheel drive drops mileage slightly with either engine.

Inside, critics liked the Terrain’s fit and finish, and called out its visually appealing interior design. They also gave high praise to the seats, which they noted as being very comfortable and roomy in both front and back. With the rear seats folded, the Terrain offers 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which isn’t bad for the class overall, but lags nearly 10 cubic feet behind class leaders. Standard equipment includes cloth seats, satellite radio, a USB port and a backup camera. Upper trim levels and option packages add features like leather seats, a power sunroof, Bluetooth, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system and a power liftgate.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re considering the Terrain, you should also take a look at the 2011 Honda CR-V. Like the Terrain, critics said the CR-V has a well-built interior and comfortable seats for up to five people. Keep in mind that many critics found the CR-V to be a bit underpowered. On the other hand though, the CR-V can carry nearly 10 more cubic feet of cargo than the Terrain.

Another 2011 compact SUV you may want to consider is the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. The Equinox and the Terrain share the same platform, with both having sliding rear seats and the same engine choices. This means that four-cylinder variants of the Equinox also have among the best fuel economy in the class.

Compare the Terrain to the CR-V and Equinox »

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