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2012 GMC Terrain Overview (See Available Styles)

Looking for SUV-like utility with the comfortable ride and fuel efficiency of a passenger car? Then the 2012 GMC Terrain might be the answer to your needs.

The Terrain seats up to five passengers across two rows and is closely related to the Chevrolet Equinox. Both are made by GM and share a crossover platform, which focuses more on car like ride and fuel efficiency, as opposed to off-road and towing prowess. The Terrain does however stand alone when it comes to appearance; its front grille is very square and the fenders flare which makes for a very rugged, tough looking stance.

For 2012, the Terrain has a few exciting new additions. The four-cylinder engine is now flex fuel (E85) capable along with the V-6, and a touch-screen stereo, which also serves as a display for the standard backup camera, is standard on all models.

There are two distinct engines available with the Terrain: a 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter I-4 and a 264-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard, while all-wheel-drive is available as an option.

Fuel economy with the four-cylinder engine is particularly impressive, up to 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Additionally, if you opt for the smaller engine it comes with an Eco mode that alters the Terrain’s driving behavior to maximize efficiency. V-6 equipped models get up to 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Keep in mind that these numbers will slide a few mpg if all-wheel-drive is equipped.

Inside, the Terrain is well equipped with the aforementioned new standard features for 2012, in addition to air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and locks, auto-dimming rearview mirror, USB port, and remote keyless entry (which are all also standard). If you want even more from the interior of your Terrain, options include a moonroof, navigation system, powered/heated front seats, and a rear seat entertainment system.

Standard safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control system, antilock brakes, and traction control. The Terrain also comes with GM’s suite of OnStar services, which include automatic crash notification and roadside assistance.

The 2012 GMC Terrain doesn’t have the lowest base price of the crossovers in this segment, but it also comes with more standard features than the others, including the rearview camera and auto-dimming rearview mirror. With the Terrain, you definitely get a lot of car, er, SUV, er... crossover for your money.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 20 - 22 MPG
  • Highway: 29 - 32 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

64 of 76 (84%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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