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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.
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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)

Comfort

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)

Value

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)

Styling

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?

2012 vehicles
Acura RDX
Audi Q5
Chevrolet Equinox
Ford Escape
GMC Terrain
Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Infiniti EX
Jeep Liberty
Jeep Patriot
Jeep Wrangler
Kia Sorento
Kia Sportage
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
Mini Cooper Countryman
Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Nissan Juke
Nissan Rogue
Nissan Xterra
Subaru Forester
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Toyota RAV4
Volkswagen Tiguan
Volvo XC60
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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