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

"Sometimes there is a delay in acceleration when I press the gas pedal. This can be very frustrating especially when in traffic."

MARY K., MN (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Enjoy driving it. Handles well."

Anonymous, WI (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Horrible in snow. AWD system is not acceptable"

DAN O., VA (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Slow pick up Noise in the cabin from the engine"

IRA A., NY (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Very poor acceleration and is hard to park due to the poor turning radius."

WILLIAM D., NY (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Acceleration is not great, but I knew this going into it with the 2.4 L four-cylinder. I get decent gas mileage around town and very good on the highway. It's an acceptable trade off to me."

MICHAEL B., TN (2012 GMC Terrain)

"handling good acceleration very slow"

KEVIN N., ON (2012 GMC Terrain)

"My only complaint with the GMC Terrain is the wide turning radius."

RANDY L., SC (2012 GMC Terrain)

"It's a 4 cycl & it shows in poor accelaration"

Anonymous, SC (2012 GMC Terrain)

"It has poor acceleration and it burns oil excessively!"

Anonymous, MN (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Bad mileage and don’t like all wheel drive very slow in snow."

Ronald M., NH (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Strong acceleration when needed with the 6 cylinder engine. Handling very responsive."

Robert R., FL (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Adequate power, good control, very good ride."

Anonymous, OR (2012 GMC Terrain)

"needs stronger acceleration, a turbo=charger would have been nice on the 2.5 engine. Handling is good and stable under most all conditions."

Anonymous, OH (2012 GMC Terrain)

"I have the V6 engine which provides good acceleration and good MPG. I test drove the V4 model - very poor acceleration."

Anonymous, FL (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Acceleration with the FWD V6 is good, but the torque steer during rapid acceleration is very strong. The turning radius on the Terrain is quite large, which is very annoying when turning into a tight spot or making a u-turn."

Randy L., SC (2012 GMC Terrain)

"It is a 4 cylinder and AWD and it is very underpowered."

Stephen L., MI (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Steady driving car, but lacks pickup. Four cylinder engine is sluggish. Everything else is fine."

Michael S., NJ (2012 GMC Terrain)

"For a little 4-cylinder engine, acceleration is outstanding. I’ve only had one incident requiring engine maintenance, and it was covered by the warranty. Still using original brake pads! I’m a little disappointed in gas mileage."

Gregory L., IL (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Handling is very good. I have no concerns about it's ability, especially after this winter and the snow storms we had. Acceleration is adequate, albeit somewhat sluggish. But, if you plan ahead, such as passing someone, it's has enough get up and go to do the job."

Anonymous, OR (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Acceleration is surprising good for a 4-cyl."

Gregory L., IL (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Acceleration is adequate for our driving in the mountains, as well it handles well in wet,snow and ice. It is easy to park. Original tires lasted 75,000 miles."

Stan S., TN (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Grossly underpowered. Almost a danger on the highway if you need to make an unanticipated evasive move."

Matthew E., AB (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Good handling, power at your command for expressways and hills with the A/C on due its V6 engine, had a 4 before and it was arthritic."

Anonymous, WI (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Turning radius is very wide, and makes u-turns and parking in tight spaces very difficult"

Randy L., SC (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Car should have never had 4 cylinder engine. It's to heavy and slow."

S H., MA (2012 GMC Terrain)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Generally excellent, but my one criticism is that when the defroster is on in the winter, the heater blows cold air on yourfeet."

NANCY K., WA (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Like all GMC products, it has an excellent AC unit. but it lacks dual zone climate control and there are no back seat vents and on a 100 degree Texas day the back seat passengers can be very uncomfortable. The ride is excellent and it is very quiet."

MICHAEL M., TX (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Seats could be more comfortable. Seats are to stiff."

MARK R., IA (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Front seats are very uncomfortable. Bought and use cushions."

Anonymous, DE (2012 GMC Terrain)

"I love everything about this car. It is the first of this style I have ever owned."

Anonymous, CA (2012 GMC Terrain)

"I have always liked the appearance of the terrain since they first came out in 2010. They haven't changed the body style and I appreciate that, It is a mid-size SUV so the comfort for passengers is very good. I always get compliments on how roomy it is.Very smooth quiet ride."

DAVID S., VA (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Seats are comfortable"

Anonymous, PA (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Adding roof rails to the roof rack or opening the sunroof makes for a very noisy ride"

Anonymous, FL (2012 GMC Terrain)

"A great ride! Seats are very comfortable, and there is minimal road noise."

Rick C., NC (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Driver seat very comfortable and supportive of lower back. Ride is smooth and quiet."

Robert R., FL (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Noisey in the cabin ."

Ira A., NY (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Cabin too noisy. Rear seats don’t fold flat."

Philip T., OR (2012 GMC Terrain)

"comfort of seats both front and rear are excellent, plus range of adjustment is far better than most. (I am 6'2" and 300 pounds) car is a bit noisy with 4 cyl engine ride is just right, not too harsh and not too mushy seat belts hit neck so I get abrasions on long trips (I should buy aftermarket pads for protection)"

M S., NC (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Seat comfort padding, needs to reduce hiway noise"

B S., NC (2012 GMC Terrain)

"electronic adjustment on driver seat has broken twice, once under warranty, second not under warranty. Vehicle is extremely noisy at highway speeds. Lots of squeaks and groans from suspension"

Robert S., IL (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Seats are comfortable for local trips. There are no AC vents to back seat making it very warm. Ride is truck like - stiff"

Anonymous, FL (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Comfort is good, not plush. We use it as our second SUV for transportation to and from work and for errands."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 GMC Terrain)

"The Base Seat Is To Long For My Butt Need A Cushion Behind Me"

Norton C., ON (2012 GMC Terrain)

"they fit me well, and are adjustable."

Anonymous, IN (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Easy to adjust seating, comfortable ride, great instrumentation and layout with red nighttime accent interior lighting, like you're in a cockpit."

Anonymous, WI (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Passenger seat only minimally adjustable... drivers seat is great"

Lewis J., FL (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Very comfortable vehicle for long rides. The leather seats are well fitting and provide minimal fatigue to the driver. Back seat bench that slides is a real plus"

Matthew E., AB (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Seats fit my large stature in front as well as back seat. HAS THE BEST BACK SEAT OF ANY MED-SIZED SUV AVAILABLE DOMESTIC OR FOREIGN. Quiet. Excellent ride,room for four very large adults plus oNE average adult"

Stan S., TN (2012 GMC Terrain)

"I can't sit for more than 2 hours without discomfort."

S H., MA (2012 GMC Terrain)


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

What Owners Say

"very good value, a little high on road noise"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Think we got a good deal on the Terrain."

JOHN M., GA (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Sturdy, stylish truck with good controls layout and amazing interior night lighting, good V6 engine power reserve, comfortable ride."

GREGORY P., WI (2012 GMC Terrain)

"This vehicle is a great vehicle for the price. It is a very comfortable small SUV with many additions of a more expensive similar SUV. I'll most certainly consider buying another model just like it."

Anonymous, TX (2012 GMC Terrain)

"I purchased this car used for my older teenager after doing much research on the safest cars for teen drivers. I wanted an AWD vehicle because of the terrain in which we live. This car has all the safety features recomended for a teenage driver; antilock brakes, stability control, back-up camera, etc., as well as being a mid-size SUV (or sedan) and I like that it is a decent size with a good amount of steel for protection (lacking a third row which prevents your teen from even being asked to dri"

Anonymous, OR (2012 GMC Terrain)

"water pump broken at 65000 miles. can't connect smartphone music function to radio via Bluetooth. Suspension problems, driver side door and tailgate are somewhat loose."

Robert S., IL (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Salesman charged to much for one year old new car."

Stephen L., MI (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Got a good deal with purchase We got Loyalty discount, discount from my Credit Union, end of model year discount depreciation has been fair compaired to other cars."

M S., NC (2012 GMC Terrain)


James A., FL (2012 GMC Terrain)

"I think I got a great deal. Love the car"

Rick C., NC (2012 GMC Terrain)

"I think it is a good car, easy to drive."

Anonymous, IN (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Very dependable and still worth 5g as of today"

Anonymous, MI (2012 GMC Terrain)

"We feel that we got a good value/price on the Terrain we bought. We used the CR price service to negotiate from, and that worked very well."

Anonymous, OR (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Holds its trade in value"

Joe S., CT (2012 GMC Terrain)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I like the squared line of the body. It is shorter than my Accord, yet it has a longer wheel base."

DAVID S., VA (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Outside style has good sharp lines like the more expensive models."

RONALD T., NJ (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Too much chrome to clean on the older SLT models, but attractive VS. our 2016 Terrain. Otherwise a great look that distinguishes it from the ugly Chevrolet Equinox truck."

GREGORY P., WI (2012 GMC Terrain)

"looks like a baby hummer"

JAMES A., MI (2012 GMC Terrain)

"Eye catching."

GARRY Y., MI (2012 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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