We all know cars are created to get us from point a to point b, but these days, vehicles can do so much more than that, like the 2013 GMC Terrain, complete with IntelliLink functionality.
This small SUV offers power and efficiency, right along with technology that lets you use voice commands to give a ‘thumbs up’ to a song on Pandora or create a custom MP3 playlist simply by saying ‘more like this’.
The SiriusXM Travel Link not only points out nearby gas stations, it also tells you what the prices are. You can get on-screen weather right along with your traffic directions and even find out movie times.
There’s plenty of cargo space, too, especially with the MultiFlex rear seat system (60/40 split), but even when the seats are upright you can pile a ton of stuff in the back.
Part of me wishes that space would have included a third row, but I have to remind myself not every family has four children to fit into every ride.
My family took the GMC Terrain on a seven-hour trip to Florida and loved the comfortable seating and space, especially the adjustable lumbar controls on the driver’s seat (ok, I loved that part most, but my kids like it when I’m happy, so it’s true that it made us all happy). It’s rated best in class for leg room at 39.9”.
They weren’t crazy about the one-zone temperature control and vents only at the very front. We were in Florida driving around and they wanted access to cooler temperatures than I was willing to tolerate from the front.
One thing we all agreed on was the benefit of getting so many miles to the gallon, which left us more spending money on our trip (22 in the city, 32 on the highway).
I also particularly like the adjustable power liftgate. You can program it to go all the way open or just ¾ height. Plus, there’s an electronic obstacle detection to stop and reverse it to prevent damage.
It’s a quiet car offering a smooth ride, the kind of ride I’ve come to expect in the much more expensive models on the lot. The grille gives it the luxury look that Denali lovers embrace, and the fender flares add a little attitude. It definitely has a distinctive design.
The Terrain starts at $26,3.
You can see more in the video below.
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