Re: MotorTrend Review of Updated 2016 Terrain
I agree. . . 100%
Before ordering and buying our 2015 Equinox LTZ in late 2014, I had shopped the competition of similar CUVs for some 5 months. I read dozens of reviews, owner comments, and car magazine reviews of the "Class" of vehicles that Terrain/Equinox fall into. We also went to dealers, sat in and test drove many. Looked at vehicles in lots and at a a car show.
The data from all this homework revealed that, yes, in some cases some CUVs had more cargo space, but less passenger space pertaining to leg room, headroom, etc. Terrain/Equinox seems to have the best balance of both. It also revealed that in the competition from Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV-4, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Kia Sportage & Sorrento, Hyundai, Jeep Cherokee and Ford Escape; that there were major trade-offs in size, comfort, overall quality, and performance especially in comparing them to Terrain/Equinox equipped in mid trim or higher and the 3.6L V6 engine. You can spend the same money or so much more and get less.
In all instances, the competition did not offer the features that mattered in terms of comfort, performance, and quality. The Terrain/Equinox just is a more substantial ride at bottom line competitive prices when considering all vehicle aspects. Some reviewers make comments about the style or material of our vehicles, but I have found cheaper looking plastic, uncomfortable seats, cramped riding position, less room, and more in other CUVs across the price spectrum. In short, I was unable to find a CUV in this class that came close to the Terrain/Equinox especially in mid to upper level trims when equipped with the 3.6L V6.
I think the proof is in the sales figures GM has experienced. Despite the sometime comments about a "dated" design, our vehicles sell and outsell the competition. Some might sight the early 2.4L engine issues, but sales figures even seem to diminish those foibles and other car makers have had similar issues or worse with Direct Injection gas engine designs and drive trains.
2019 GMC Acadia SLT-1 3.6L LGX V6 - Build Date: 4-11-2019 - Bought 6-22-2019
SOLD - - 2015 Equinox LTZ 3.6L FWD Champagne Silver Metallic *Build Date 1-08-2015 *
SOLD with *38,865 miles 8-15-2019.