While this version of the GMC Terrain is not a bad vehicle, the competition had left it in the dust. While nice and roomy inside, the Terrain is less efficient than other five-passenger SUVs, but burns as much gas as larger, seven-passenger models. The 3.6-liter engine, shared with many other General Motors products, supplies quick acceleration times at the test track, but feels sluggish in routine driving.
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The car provides good milage and for my needs, very good acceleration. It is very comfortable with leather seats that are heated for winter driving. The controls are easy to use and there is vdry little distraction from driving"

Charles D., CO (2011 GMC Terrain)

"The acceleration is absolutely horrible. It’s the most poochy vehicle I have ever driven."

Chris N., IA (2011 GMC Terrain)

"It hesitates at times when accelerating. Already spent over $500 on suspension issues."

Anonymous, MN (2011 GMC Terrain)

"it has never causd any trouble"

Anonymous, MN (2011 GMC Terrain)

"The V6 engine has been of great use living in a mountainous region. I would not buy a vehicle without a V6."

Anonymous, NV (2011 GMC Terrain)

"L4 engine is seriously lacking in power. At 100K miles, we have started an oil consumption test via the gmc dealer. Otherwise, it has been very dependable."

Anonymous, SC (2011 GMC Terrain)

"trying to accelerate is like winding a rubber band ! MPG is nothing close to what GM claimed."

DENNIS H., AR (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Handling is fine. As a 4-cylinder large vehicle, it's pretty gutless going up grades. If the incline is too steep, as some are in my area, I lose acceleration while pushing the gas pedal to the floor. On level surfaces, it is fine."

Anonymous, CA (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Nice riding vehicle and chairs have great padding for long trips. The acceleration has a lot of lag and you need to punch the gas pedal to get the vehicle to move."

MICHAEL H., NC (2011 GMC Terrain)

"traction is not good at all in wet weather,starting or stopping."

LEROY B., OH (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Handles very well in the winter, we feel very safe driving this vehicle"

DAVID S., ON (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Excellent handeling"

FRANCIS V., NJ (2011 GMC Terrain)

"poor acceleration"

Anonymous, MI (2011 GMC Terrain)

"miserable turning ratio"

Anonymous, VA (2011 GMC Terrain)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"fron seats are too narrow for a larger person, this makes attaching the safety harness difficult."

Ronald C., TX (2011 GMC Terrain)

"The drivers side seat has lumbar and back and bottom seat electronic adjustments. The passenger seat has only a lever to let seat back recline. The seat kills my back on long trips. It’s a torture chamber!!!!"

Diana T., SC (2011 GMC Terrain)

"very quiet ride, very comfortable. vents need more positioning & definitely need rear air for passengers"

Anonymous, SC (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Stiff ride feel all the bumps. Really jerks around going over speed bumps. Not comfortable over long trips."

E H., OH (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Road noise is higher than expected"

Gary C., MN (2011 GMC Terrain)

"The Terrain is noisy, in part because of the 4 cylinder engineOther than that I am very happy with the vheicle"

Charles D., CO (2011 GMC Terrain)

"need more movement on air control leavers"

AL P., MO (2011 GMC Terrain)


FRANCIS V., NJ (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Gmc nailed this with a solid 10. The comfortable SUV I ever rode in. It's quiet and the ride is as smooth as a caddy or Lincoln. The cooling could be a little better in the rear seat and maybe some more leather on the doors where your arm would rest. But other than that is a ten"

PAUL H., MA (2011 GMC Terrain)

"The suspension is very stiff and gives a rough ride.The seats are a little firm on long trips. The road noise is louder than my precious mini-van."

JOHN G., PA (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Long trip more comfot"

ROY Z., MN (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Seats are fine, but the noise level is disturbing. The Windows leak and you hear the noise of the wind blowing in"

NANCY D., MS (2011 GMC Terrain)

"As a 6' 2" driver, I wish there was more headroom clearance at the door getting in and out. There is enough headroom in the cabin."

Anonymous, PA (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Comfort was one of three main criteria for buying a vehicle. This vehicle won and has not disappointed in the five years I have owned it."

Anonymous, CA (2011 GMC Terrain)

"This seat is very accomodating to my frame which is large"

Anonymous, IL (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Have owned since Dec 10 and the ride and comfort is as good as the day I took delivery. Smooth, quiet and comfortable has always been words that I've used to describe this vehicle."

David A., MO (2011 GMC Terrain)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"excellent value very happy with the terrain and have not any thing to complain about just a well made car"

Al P., MO (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Vehicle has been very solid and reliable."

Anonymous, NV (2011 GMC Terrain)

"I've never had a major problem in 8 yrs. Having read about others problems, I guess proper maintenance with respect to checking oil levels more frequently and tire inflation has helped my luck with this vehicle."

Anonymous, IN (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Well equipped in it's base model. Has depreciated over the past 4 - 5 years at an expected rate."

Anonymous, PA (2011 GMC Terrain)

"A lot of standard features for a base model. whish seats where softer"

Anonymous, TX (2011 GMC Terrain)

"The EPA mileage is grossly over-stated. I have never attained the advertised 32 mpg highway."

RONALD K., MI (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Vehicle data sheet listed fuel economy 32 MPG however this was very misleading. Even under the best conditions we have never come close to obtaining this."

LORI R., WI (2011 GMC Terrain)

"All GMC cars before 2014 with the 2.4L high output engine had defective piston rings which cause excessive oil consumption. After 5 years GMC finally admitted the defect and issued a purported silent recall (letter to owner) on my car. When I approached the dealer about having the repair done (Fred Beans GMC, Doylestown, PA) I was very close to the 120,000 mile limit for the recall. They insisted on performing an oil consumption test, changed my oil and proceeded to add so much oil that the o"

Anonymous, PA (2011 GMC Terrain)

"a very good car."

Anonymous, CT (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Great vehicle. Best SUV in its class"

Sherry H., AZ (2011 GMC Terrain)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Often still get complements on how good the car looks."

MARSHALL A., VA (2011 GMC Terrain)

"I liked the way it looks. It is looking vehicle."

ROBERT D., IL (2011 GMC Terrain)

"Good - ride, handling, onstar Bad - accelaration"

THOMAS S., ON (2011 GMC Terrain)

"because of the large wheels you cannot fit golf clubs across in the storage area which was one of the reasons i bought it,to travel and also play golf"

LEROY B., OH (2011 GMC Terrain)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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