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Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Lots of standard features
  • Spacious interior
  • Quiet, comfortable ride
  • Modest acceleration
  • Unrefined automatic transmission

New for 2012

  • Touch-screen audio system became standard
  • Forward collision and lane departure warning became available




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
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2012 GMC Terrain Overview

The GMC Terrain comes equipped with a four-cylinder engine, and automotive writers said that while the base Terrain is not especially quick, it still provides adequate power for most drivers. A V6 engine is available, though some reviewers wished it provided quicker acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and a few test drivers noted that the V6's automatic transmission downshifts more slowly than they would like. The 2012 Terrain gets up to 22/32 mpg city highway with the four-cylinder engine, which is great for the class. When equipped with the V6 engine, the Terrain gets an estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway. Reviewers thought the Terrain offers a comfortable, composed and car-like ride. However, some test drivers said that vague steering and a larger turning circle make the Terrain less agile than some competing compact SUVs.

According to reviewers, the 2012 GMC Terrain has an eye-catching cabin design with mostly high-quality materials, as well as impressive touches like ambient lighting. Reviewers gave the five-seat Terrain high marks for its spacious, supportive seats, which they said offer plenty of comfort for long drives. They also reported that the cabin is quiet. Reviewers liked the Terrain's standard MultiFlex rear seat that slides forward and back, allowing you to increase cargo space or legroom. The Terrain comes standard with a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touch-screen audio system, a USB port and satellite radio, which make it very well-equipped for the class. Optional features when it was new include navigation, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and a rear-seat entertainment system. Reviewers thought the infotainment system’s voice commands and iPod integration work seamlessly. Some test drivers noted the dash buttons look alike and can be difficult to tell apart. The Terrain has 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded. Test drivers liked that the available power liftgate height is programmable, which can help shorter people or those with low-ceiling garages.

Other SUVs to Consider

The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan comes standard with a turbocharged engine that reviewers said offers strong acceleration. They were also pleased with its sporty handling, which they said makes the Tiguan fun to drive.

The 2012 Toyota RAV4 can seat up to seven with an available third row. It also offers one of the largest cargo holds in the class. Reviewers said the RAV4 delivers a comfortable ride, and that its available V6 engine produces plenty of power.

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