2013 GMC Terrain Overview
Though “compact crossover” may not be your first thought when GMC comes to mind, the automaker has been a strong competitor within the class thanks to models like the Terrain. Introduced in 2010, the Terrain’s main problem has been the lack of a more powerful V6 option. Likely putting an end to this critique, the 2013 GMC Terrain is available with a direct-injected 3.6L V6 that has over 300 hp at the ready. The standard engine is a 2.4L 4-cylinder that, like the V6, is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Though not quick by any means, the 4-cylinder does get an impressive 22/32 mpg city/highway.
The Terrain can be had in front- or all-wheel drive configurations, the former being standard. Also new for 2013, GMC is finally offering a Terrain in the top-level Denali trim.
The other four trims, in order of increasing base price, are the SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1 and SLT-2. All trims are fitted with a four-wheel independent suspension while the Denali’s is treated to a few upgrades. Both the front and rear seating is given ample room for passenger comfort and the rear can easily be folded to maximize cargo space. Standard equipment includes common options like a rearview camera and Bluetooth capability. A new option on the 2013 model, GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system is able to integrate with smartphone applications. Having a low base price coupled with luxurious options helps the Terrain in attracting a wide array of car-buyers. Also helping spread the Terrain’s net-of-appeal is the in-between size, providing the room of a midsize without the feel of one.
Facing stiff competition, the Terrain has advantages in its’ upscale interior cabin that is big on technology and space, although, it still falls short in performance despite the improved V6. Leading in the fun-to-drive aspect, the Ford Escape also has good fuel-mileage on two- and four-wheel drive models. Yet the technology features on the Ford can be tricky and frustrating. The all-new Toyota RAV4 is no longer available with a V6 yet has more cargo space than even the roomy Terrain. For customers seeking value, the similar Chevrolet Equinox is offered at a lower price with the same new V6 as the Terrain, though there is less standard equipment as well.
Finally available with an adequate V6, the 2013 GMC Terrain has the right engine to go along with its’ high-tech interior.
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