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What were the year to year changes of the Terrain, I'm wondering if there was any reason one would get say, a 13,12, or 11 over a 2010.

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13 the 3.6 engine an upgraded DIC and a Denali option

12 GMC Itellilink system in dash

10-11 were nearly the same.

Also the later models has small runnung changes that adressed issues they had with early models. You know the never buy the first year issues.

11's had a lot of 4 cylinder issued with sensors and timing chains too.

Buying used most seem to be ok for the most part. The prices on the early ones were high as the dealers did not come off the price much. Used prices are still pretty much up there too but there is some savings.

We ended up buying a 12 new because we got a good price on one after several years of dealers not wanting to deal much on price. We had several things that dropped the price including the one that saved us near $1000 on the V6 alone.

We bought a SLT2 loaded but if you are willing to take a lesser model with the 4 cylinder there are some good buys out there. I once had a rental Nox LS for a week and it was nice. While not loaded it had most of the important things you look for.

One thing to note. This thing is over 4000 pounds and you can get MPG with the 4 cylinder but don't expect to go up a lot of ramps to the freeway WOT and get the EPA numbers. The 4 if driven easy will return the numbers but like any other engine you can't put the pedal on the floor and expect good MPG. THe 4 will move it smartly along but it pays a price.

The V6 pretty much hits the EPA numbers or better. THe V6 you will have to adjust too if you are used to say a V8. THis engine is much like a Northstar and the power is 3000 and up. You need to adjust your driving to expecting higher RPM.

Anyways if possible I would stick to a 2012 or later just for the Inellilink. radio it is nice and you will be able to down load upgrades and features for free from GM off their web site. THis is GM's system for the future.

We are up to 8000 miles and so far not one single issue or need for warranty. I have had to change the oil once and rotate the tires and that is all. This thing so far seems screwed together very well. I wish it got better MPG but I can't complain as it is getting what it was stated to get or better. It is as good as our GTP was.

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it's something im trying to get my mother to look at, to replace her Suburban. i want her to get the four cylinder if possible, but she is the type that thinks 4 cylinders are for lawnmowers (her words) :stupid:

Trying to get her into a 2.4, or 2.5 depending on if this generation gets them, with front wheel, and i don't think she would want the intellilink, but its standard on them on 13's, and maybe the 12's. do you think that this gen is getting the 2.5?

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I like your mother... she likes torque.

Better off getting a turbo-4 in that case. I don't think you'll see any more power train changes for the rest of this generation. I think '14 is the last model year.

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Well, unfortunately there is no turbo in the Terrain in any form, and i doubt she would drive a smaller delta equinox.

I told her to drive both, but the only Terrain and Equinoxs at the GM are the 2.4

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Yes there is no turbo and there is no planned 2.5 till this thing goes to Delta II some time ln 2014.

If she wants Torque she will want the new 3.6. But do have her drive the 2.4 as it does run pretty well for a 4. The week I had it I was not looking forward to it but after a week I was impressed how well it did. Note my daily driver is normally a 2.0 Turbo with 315 FL LBS.

To be honest I suspect the 2.0 Turbo would not even get 20 MPG in town. I get 25 in my HHR but it also is 800 pounds lighter.

The 3.0 is a good engine if you can get a deal on a left over 12 and the 3.6 is only better on the 13, Like I said I wish the MPG was more but for the weight it is the vehicle does fine.

You can have her drive both but she will just need to decide what shape and dash color lights she likes. They drive the same and look the same from behind the wheel.

The odd thing is the GMC looks so much bigger but it is still the same size as the Nox less an inch or two in length. I think the more squared shape just adds to the impressing of size.

The Nox is cheaper but watch some models do not include the back up camera and projection headlamps. Often you can get the dealer down on the GMC to where these little things will be included for a similar price. If she is older the Camera will help and the headlihgts are a must as they are much better.

The Intellilink or Mylink may not matter to her but if and when you ever sell it or trade it this could be a major issue with some buyers as this will become the new normal for GM vehicles.

Also if the dealer does not have what you want ask them for a dealer trade. They can get what ever you want if another dealer has one unsold. We made our deal and they brought ours in from 50 Miles out. In fact 4 of my last 5 cars were dealer trades.

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Very cool notes on the Terrain, I am excited about the 3.6 V6, but I do wish they had the Turbo 4 in it. I think it would really go a long ways in helping the Terrain to sell in much larger quantities. The Turbo 4 with a denali package would be kick ass.

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With what I know owning a Eco Turbo and a Terrain the MPG would be horrid.

The issue is the Terrain is just two heavy and to move the mass the MPG would drop.

MY HHR is 3200 and gets 25 City and 32 Highway. but the Terrain is over 4000 pounds and to get it moving would eat up the MPG. The next gen Terrain will be smaller and much lighter. I suspect it will only be a 4 and Turbo 4 with no V6 option when it hits the Delta II.

Knowing what I know now I would not go turbo 4 in a 4000 pound vehicle. It may sound cool and drive fine but it would get the same or worse MPG as a similar powered V6.

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Did anyone see the Very Cool Custom GMC Terrain that was shown in the sneak peaks for the SEMA show in the latest issue of Motor Trend? The auto was in the original White Pearl paint job and then they did from the front to the back in all black including blacking out the grill and the over all look if pretty cool. I have been trying to find it online but no luck yet.

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This one?

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Link: Truckin'

Took me two seconds to Google it :P

YOU DA MAN!!! :metal:

Yes that is it and I think it is totally Awesome! :D I love the all clear headlights.

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It's nicknamed "Suburban Assault", which I think is perfect. I really wish GMC would have picked a better name for this than "Terrain". Terrain gives me the impression of going off-road, no holds barred type of vehicle. This CUV offering is more likely to be seen in the mall parking lot than out in the wild blue yonder :lol: I know it's been a runaway success for GMC, but I'd love to see a new, more appropriate name issued for the Gen 2 version.

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It's nicknamed "Suburban Assault", which I think is perfect. I really wish GMC would have picked a better name for this than "Terrain". Terrain gives me the impression of going off-road, no holds barred type of vehicle. This CUV offering is more likely to be seen in the mall parking lot than out in the wild blue yonder :lol: I know it's been a runaway success for GMC, but I'd love to see a new, more appropriate name issued for the Gen 2 version.

Actually I see a ton of these here in Seattle AWD v6 models and they are all over the mountians here for skiing, hiking, camping etc. So the name goes pretty well for what I see them getting used for here.

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Lucky you then, In areas of NJ & PA that I travel in, mall parking lots and soccer field parking lots are where these Terrains see duty. Not saying people don't use them in the same manner, but most of the Terrains I see are never covered in mud :lol: The name Terrain means more off-road adventure than what these CUVs imply. Not saying there not capable, but they're no Yukon in off-road prowess.

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I jumped a curb and drove through a yard last week. Does that make me off road rated? It was a big curb.

Lets face it of all the AWD and 4x4 SUVs out there 80% of them never go off road. Most do not even really need the AWD on the roads either.

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I jumped a curb and drove through a yard last week. Does that make me off road rated? It was a big curb.

Lets face it of all the AWD and 4x4 SUVs out there 80% of them never go off road. Most do not even really need the AWD on the roads either.

Rock On :metal: You are now Official Trail Rated by the Jeep Club! :rofl:

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At least unlike a Jeep Compass my Terrain really has a Compass. Unless Jeep added one since intro.

I like to think my Terrain is "Urban Rated". I can climb curbs, beat winter damaged Ohio roads, turf lawns and take short cuts to avoid traffic.

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I like to think my Terrain is "Urban Rated". I can climb curbs, beat winter damaged Ohio roads, turf lawns and take short cuts to avoid traffic.

This - I agree 100%. Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating on the GMC Terrain as a CUV. I'm hating on the name, as it implies something more. I wish GMC would have reserved it for something more suited for that name (actually, I wish they didn't use it at all and kept it for a true All Terrain package for their full-size pickups and SUVs). Acadia, Denali, Yukon are all national park names. As such, maybe they should have used that theme and went with Coronado, Glacier, Appalachian, or Saratoga? All are US national parks!! Hell I'd even say call it Rainier - how many people would remember the Buick outside of auto enthusiasts?

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I like to think my Terrain is "Urban Rated". I can climb curbs, beat winter damaged Ohio roads, turf lawns and take short cuts to avoid traffic.

This - I agree 100%. Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating on the GMC Terrain as a CUV. I'm hating on the name, as it implies something more. I wish GMC would have reserved it for something more suited for that name (actually, I wish they didn't use it at all and kept it for a true All Terrain package for their full-size pickups and SUVs). Acadia, Denali, Yukon are all national park names. As such, maybe they should have used that theme and went with Coronado, Glacier, Appalachian, or Saratoga? All are US national parks!! Hell I'd even say call it Rainier - how many people would remember the Buick outside of auto enthusiasts?

Then GMC could have used the Terrain on a true offroad CUV that had the heart of a HUMMER! :) That would have Rocked! :metal:

I like Rainer for the small Terrain. :P

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Oh sure these are winners.

Glacier a slow moving mass. It may be slow but not that slow.

Appalachian What would we do here a Jed Clampet Edition?

Saratoga Been done and it was not really that great nor GM.

To be honest the name means little to me. GMC is a truck division and they were just trying to butch up a high sitting minivan. All I know it has more than paid for itself at GMC as one of their best non pick up sellers in years. They are making money and as long as it is paying the light bills it has earned the Terrain name.

Lets face it marketing and image is imporatant in this pretender class. Since you will not really be off road you have to project that image.

I am suprised at how many on the forum for the Terrain and Nox are wanting to make them more off road like with push bars, step bars and lifts. They always get ticked when informed there really is not much and will never be much in this kind of off road type of things. But some have found some parts and have taken on the look.

To me it's my wifes cars and she likes it and while I would not want it for a daily driver I do enjoy the comfort and sitting high up when I do drive it. In my HHR I am not sitting all that high since the SS is a little lover than the standard and in the Fiero my eye level is below a door handle on most present day sedans. I was next to a Lexus last month and had too look up at the door handle.

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Lucky you then, In areas of NJ & PA that I travel in, mall parking lots and soccer field parking lots are where these Terrains see duty.

To be fair, nearly all of the consumer GMCs share that trait in your part of NJ & PA.

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Lucky you then, In areas of NJ & PA that I travel in, mall parking lots and soccer field parking lots are where these Terrains see duty.

To be fair, nearly all of the consumer GMCs share that trait in your part of NJ & PA.

True... there aren't too many off-road parks that I'm aware of in NJ. Of course those that are into fishing and hunting take their trucks off road into the wilderness and out onto the beaches of the Jersey shore, and I know plenty of guys that fit that bill (like most of the guys that volunteer at the fire house :P ). My cousin grew up in western PA and trucks were (and likely still are) a big part of life for hunting reasons.

Again, I don't knock the GMC Terrain or Chevy Equinox for what they are. However, they are not off-road vehicles (not true truck-like vehicles) and GM sucks in this area (so do a lot of other manufactures). Growing up with a lot of 4WD GMC S-15 Jimmy's and S-10 4WD pickups in the neighborhood, it's hard to adapt to the new world of AWD CUV-glorified wagons. Watch the video of the Austrailian Chevy Colorado7 that ocnblu posted in the Chevy Truck forum and you'll understand what I miss in GM's stable. GM is just handing Jeep the off-road market and cares not to re-enter this area. Hummer was a great start for GM - maybe the blinged out H2 was not the right first product, but the H3 lineup was making a statement. I was praying GMC was going to adapt an "All Terrain" lineup (to compliment the Denali "urban" lineup) that would have brought the Hummer hardware to the GMC brand. I guess I'm disappointed that didn't happen and hate to see GMC offer so many on-road vehicles with their great heritage of true, off-road capable models.

I'll leave this conversation on that point. Hopefully the new Sierra and Yukon lineup will bring back the off-road prowess GMC was knonw for in the past (and with the future Canyon too).

Edited by GMTruckGuy74

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The blinged up hummer sold much better than if they had gone for a off road package.

Lets face it the off road thing for the most part is not a big seller right now with the average buyer. Yes there are parts of the country they could do well but most of these buyers would want a truck vs a SUV.

GMC would be better off offering a prime off road package like Ford on the Sierra and Caynon. I would love to see a prerunner look like I see in San Diego when I drop in our there.

Also a cheaper truck with a off road packages like skids and things that really would help a truck off road would do well. This would even sell in fleet sales at a mark up for more profit with many oil, lumber and construction firms. Few companies offer this right now,.

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