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MotorTrend Review of Updated 2016 Terrain

Thought some here might be interested in this.

"2016 GMC TERRAIN DENALI AWD FIRST TEST REVIEW - More style, luxury, and features for top model "

They really like the 6-cyl. Other than that they don't share many opinions. It's mostly a rundown of the features in the AWD Denali they had as a tester.

The comments section was interesting in that just about everyone that commented wondered why anyone would buy one of these over any number of more modern SUVs. I'd venture to guess most of these people have never driven one (or an Equinox).



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Two things I found in error with their review. . . there is no electric power steering on either the Terrain or Equinox when it has the 3.6L V6 engine:

Their comment: "Like the Equinox, the Terrain Denaliís electric power steering has a light off-center feel and non-linear boost that makes it seem harder to keep centered in the lane. Both testersí optional and hyperactive lane departure warning only adds to that feel."[/color]

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1 - Included and only available with (LFX) 3.6L V6 SIDI engine.
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Also, I wonder about the comment: " hyperactive lane departure warning ". Our 2015 LTZ doesn't seem overly reactive. It only beeps if I practically am on either the center or side road lines. Plus. .. it can be turned off.

Lastly, interesting that they tested an Equinox AWD 4 cylinder rather the a V6 like the Denali. If they had, I would say the lower cost Equinox LTZ AWD with the 3.6L would have compared closely with the Terrain Denali.

http://www.motortrend.com/news/2016-...t-test-review/

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I laugh at all the "hatred" our terrain/equinox gets from people who have never driven them, or who are just pure jealous "trolls". They bash it for it being outdated, yet they still sell very well. They are much bigger, better driving, and roomier than an Escape, Tucson, Sportage, RAV4, CX5 or even Sorento.

There was I gentlemen on there (Motortrend's website) stating he would rather have a Sorento than either one of our vehices. How ludicrous is that!!! My mother in law has a 2015 Sorento and I wouldn't own that thing if she gave it to me. I can't stand driving it. The 3rd row is useless. My 6 year old son refused to sit back there because there is absolutely no leg room. And it is filled with cheap plastic everywhere. The only good it has is its 10 yr..100,000 mile warranty, but EVERYTHING must be done by a KIA dealership, or they can void your warranty.

All I can say is that I am extremely pleased with our terrain, and I am very glad I purchased it.


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Re: MotorTrend Review of Updated 2016 Terrain

AND--- that 10 yr/100,000 warranty is only good to the original purchaser... its not transferable.

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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.


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The Theta is an old design. The oldest in its class. So, all the bugs have been ironed out. Sure, the V6 is a winner, but most Thetas are sold with the excellent [sorry, MT; Edmunds, et. al.] I4. Also, for a smooth, comfortable ride, they can't be beat. Except, maybe by the Koreans. But. I re-upped with a 2016 'Nox [after cross-shopping the Kia, Escape, RAV4, et. al. So let me add one more advantage - the best OTD real world price. I look forward to the coming replacements - smaller outside, about the same inside, with drivetrains that deliver more power on less gas.
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Re: MotorTrend Review of Updated 2016 Terrain

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Originally Posted by TNT Terrain
I laugh at all the "hatred" our terrain/equinox gets from people who have never driven them, or who are just pure jealous "trolls". They bash it for it being outdated, yet they still sell very well. They are much bigger, better driving, and roomier than an Escape, Tucson, Sportage, RAV4, CX5 or even Sorento.

There was I gentlemen on there (Motortrend's website) stating he would rather have a Sorento than either one of our vehices. How ludicrous is that!!! My mother in law has a 2015 Sorento and I wouldn't own that thing if she gave it to me. I can't stand driving it. The 3rd row is useless. My 6 year old son refused to sit back there because there is absolutely no leg room. And it is filled with cheap plastic everywhere. The only good it has is its 10 yr..100,000 mile warranty, but EVERYTHING must be done by a KIA dealership, or they can void your warranty.

All I can say is that I am extremely pleased with our terrain, and I am very glad I purchased it.

Well said, many of us on this forum feel the same and have voted with our dollars.

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