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Author Topic: Buying SLT-2 4 Cylinder or V6  (Read 29508 times)
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« Reply #40 on: February 10, 2011, 07:36:22 AM »

I have about 13,000 miles on my V6 AWD. On average I get 19-20mpg- that's mixed city/highway. On the highway only, I average 23mpg.
I drove both the I-4 and V6, and decided on the V6 because the I4 felt a bit weak up hills. I have taken my Terrain when I go snowboarding and power has not been an issue. I don't regret my decision.

Heck your average is the same as my I4. The best I could do highway so far is 23mpg but that was with a tailwind. My highway average is 20mpg Shocked
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« Reply #41 on: February 10, 2011, 07:41:10 AM »

Once I got 28.5 mpg highway on the 4.  You have to go 55 and no AC to get mileage not that.  You have to drive both.     I have no problems on hills with the 4.  You can also take it out of eco mode.  How much more is the 6?
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« Reply #42 on: February 10, 2011, 08:10:36 AM »

I have an SLT2 I4 FWD and I got 28.0 mpg sunday on a 335 mile round trip. I did not stick to 55, did not turn a/c off. The terrain was rolling hills for 2/3 of the way. It was about 90% highway and I only turned ECO on when not on highway. I have 4500 miles on it and put Pennzoil Platinum in at 3080. The only trouble I have had with the Terrain is the infamous "Service StabiliTrac" message, I got it at 75 miles on the clock. Since that was fixed no problems at all, love the vehicle.
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« Reply #43 on: February 10, 2011, 09:30:10 AM »

I have an SLT2 I4 FWD and I got 28.0 mpg sunday on a 335 mile round trip. I did not stick to 55, did not turn a/c off. The terrain was rolling hills for 2/3 of the way. It was about 90% highway and I only turned ECO on when not on highway. I have 4500 miles on it and put Pennzoil Platinum in at 3080. The only trouble I have had with the Terrain is the infamous "Service StabiliTrac" message, I got it at 75 miles on the clock. Since that was fixed no problems at all, love the vehicle.

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« Reply #44 on: February 10, 2011, 10:38:08 AM »

I have an SLT2 I4 FWD and I got 28.0 mpg sunday on a 335 mile round trip. I did not stick to 55, did not turn a/c off. The terrain was rolling hills for 2/3 of the way. It was about 90% highway and I only turned ECO on when not on highway. I have 4500 miles on it and put Pennzoil Platinum in at 3080. The only trouble I have had with the Terrain is the infamous "Service StabiliTrac" message, I got it at 75 miles on the clock. Since that was fixed no problems at all, love the vehicle.

That is awesome! When you changed your oil did you ever have gasoline in it? Mine was sheared down pretty bad at 1000 miles and a little better at 2400  and 5400 miles. If not you must have one of the quality engines that rolled off the line  wink
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« Reply #45 on: February 10, 2011, 11:15:14 AM »

I didn't have any gas in the oil issues. I did have a notable improvement in mpg at about 2800 miles. It was just like a switch flicked or something, I did nothing different. I was getting 22-24 up until then. After that 24-26. It has slowly went up now to 25-28 consistently, depending on red lights. My daily drive is about 65% highway.
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« Reply #46 on: February 10, 2011, 11:49:12 AM »

I test drove the AWD I4 and the damn thing wouldnt move! So I took it back and bought the FWD V6, its like night and day! The I4 is good "for now" you may get better gas mileage or in some cases the same as a V6 but over time I think the V6 engine will last longer... And really a AWD SUV with a I4? No way..
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« Reply #47 on: February 10, 2011, 01:32:12 PM »

Yesterday, I had to do a run to the "Big City" in my Terrain SLE1 I4.  I filled up before I left here, and filled her up again on my return...402 kms traveled in total and it required 36.6 litres to refuel.

Thats 9.15 litres per 100 kms which is exactly 31 MPG when converted....this journey was done in occasional blowing snow, at Minus 17C and at speeds when the snow cleared , of up to 110 kms per hour...(65 mph)

This is great mileage and is nothing to complain about for driving at this time of the year...especially when driving on sticky winter tires...

My vehicle now has 21000kms on it or just over 14000 miles....


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« Reply #48 on: February 10, 2011, 06:00:25 PM »

Yesterday, I had to do a run to the "Big City" in my Terrain SLE1 I4.  I filled up before I left here, and filled her up again on my return...402 kms traveled in total and it required 36.6 litres to refuel.

Thats 9.15 litres per 100 kms which is exactly 31 MPG when converted....this journey was done in occasional blowing snow, at Minus 17C and at speeds when the snow cleared , of up to 110 kms per hour...(65 mph)

This is great mileage and is nothing to complain about for driving at this time of the year...especially when driving on sticky winter tires...

My vehicle now has 21000kms on it or just over 14000 miles....




Did you have good MPG from day one or did it take thousands of miles to break in? The dealer told me it could take up to 10000 miles to break in  Shocked
What a bunch of crap!!!!! Angry
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« Reply #49 on: February 10, 2011, 06:32:21 PM »

I got mine at 7K slightly used ..an "old" guy in town wanted a truck so he could tow his new big boat..so I lucked in and grabbed the Terrain from the local Dealer ...

I said in another thread that mileage has been good. Back in late summer I was getting as high as 37 mpg. Mostly highway, remembering our highways up here in N. Ontario are mainly 1 lane in each direction with speed limits of 90 kms per hour..or 55 mph...but most folks do a good 10 or 15 over the limit with no problems!!

Worst tank of gas was 20.75 mpg..driving all locally in frigid temps back in January........so the mileage has been good ever since I got the vehicle with 7000 miles on it..

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« Reply #50 on: February 13, 2011, 11:58:00 AM »

Test drove a V6 and a I4 yesterday.  The difference in power was significant.  When I tried to accelerate on the I4, I could hear it struggle and the hesitation before the acceleration was quite noticeable.  The 4-cylinder was decent, but yesterday afternoon, I had a situation where I needed to accelerate quickly to get over to the entrance ramp when leaving a parking lot of a shopping center adjacent tot he highway.  My little 4-cylinder Pontiac Sunfire had no trouble getting up to speed to get over to the entrance ramp ahead of oncoming traffic.  I just don't know if a 4-cylinder Terrain would've made it.

Having to rethink some things (but that's the beauty of a test drive).
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« Reply #51 on: February 13, 2011, 12:06:11 PM »

Test drove a V6 and a I4 yesterday.  The difference in power was significant.  When I tried to accelerate on the I4, I could hear it struggle and the hesitation before the acceleration was quite noticeable.  The 4-cylinder was decent, but yesterday afternoon, I had a situation where I needed to accelerate quickly to get over to the entrance ramp when leaving a parking lot of a shopping center adjacent tot he highway.  My little 4-cylinder Pontiac Sunfire had no trouble getting up to speed to get over to the entrance ramp ahead of oncoming traffic.  I just don't know if a 4-cylinder Terrain would've made it.

Having to rethink some things (but that's the beauty of a test drive).

You want a cool test drive?  Floor a Rav4 v6 and then floor a Terrain v6. You will then be scratching your head wondering how Toyota can get 28 mpg and do 0-60 in under 7 seconds. I have the Honda V6 engine in my Vue. I has plenty of pep and gets 28 mpg. Hopefully one of these days GM will build a V6 with pep and great MPG.
Our I4 has plenty of pep but it can't tow anything over 1500 pounds.
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« Reply #52 on: February 13, 2011, 12:53:58 PM »

Test drove a V6 and a I4 yesterday.  The difference in power was significant.  When I tried to accelerate on the I4, I could hear it struggle and the hesitation before the acceleration was quite noticeable.  The 4-cylinder was decent, but yesterday afternoon, I had a situation where I needed to accelerate quickly to get over to the entrance ramp when leaving a parking lot of a shopping center adjacent tot he highway.  My little 4-cylinder Pontiac Sunfire had no trouble getting up to speed to get over to the entrance ramp ahead of oncoming traffic.  I just don't know if a 4-cylinder Terrain would've made it.

Having to rethink some things (but that's the beauty of a test drive).
I think for 2011 they have revised the shift points and way the tranny behaves for the V6. Back when I got my 2010 Nox (in late 2009) the V6 was the one that hesitated and was reluctant to hold onto lower gears when accelerating briskly, while the I4 seemed to respond instantly...professional reviewers (and early V6 buyers) noticed this as well so it wasn't just my imagination. I went into car shopping mode back then with a V6 in mind....and I'm sure that if I were in the market today the choice between the I4 and V6 would be much harder to make.
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« Reply #53 on: April 25, 2011, 01:54:11 PM »

I thought I would chime in on my test driving. I had a chance to test drive both AWD I4 and V6 in the last week and must say I like the V6 more.

This I4 is fairly impressive, but it only had a pinch of gas in it. Load that vehicle with people and/or towing anything and I think it will struggle.

I didn't like the shift points on the I4 as well. It was a bit better with eco mode though.

I haven't done a long trip with either but the V6 seems a better fit.

Another thing to consider is that the V6 should fair better on the highway - all tires equal @60mph the I4 AWD will rev 400RPM more on the highway in 6th.
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« Reply #54 on: April 27, 2011, 12:48:27 PM »

If you live in the country, get the V6. If you live on the city, get a 4. You will wish you had the 6 in the country.
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« Reply #55 on: April 27, 2011, 01:44:26 PM »

If you live in the country, get the V6. If you live on the city, get a 4. You will wish you had the 6 in the country.

I'm in the burbs - guess I should have gotten a 5 !

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