I like the Terrain's boxier looks better than those of its underlying twin, the Chevy Equinox. I'm also quite sure that this GMC is better-polished than the two Equinoxes that I've driven in the past couple months. Those vehicles weren't bad, but this GMC's interior was nicer finished. Hopefully for GM, this difference is attributable to prototype-versus-production status.
Like the Equinox, the Terrain is decently quick and has nice steering feel for a large mini-ute. I must concur with David and Eric when they opine that the V-6 isn't strong enough to warrant its price and economy penalties. I was also underwhelmed by the Terrain's utility, as the cargo compartment is only average in size with the rear seats raised; worse yet, the load floor created by the folded rear seats isn't flat.
On a smaller utility scale, however, the Terrain is exceptional. The center console is superdeep, and there are lots of random storage bins elsewhere. (I'm not sure why they're lined in maroon trim in this blue-painted example, though.) I was a bit disappointed to find that the Terrain didn't have an automatic-up driver's window, which is a small, subtle luxury feature that I think goes a long way as far as perception is concerned.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor