Drove a '19 SLT AWD 1.5L Terrain Today
It suddenly appeared in the parking lot at work Monday. Turned out to be a rental for a temporary contractor in my group. We were talking about it before lunch, so he let me drive it at lunchtime.
Here's what I thought of it:
Exterior styling is very good, I'd say. In fact, I think it might be better-looking than the Equinox (this time around). This one was white. Looked very sharp with the black glass. However, the wheels on this particular unit looked very ordinary and unspectacular ... not that I care about such things.
Seats were black leather. They were fine for me, but definitely a different feel than my 2011 Nox seats. They seemed flatter and less flexible, but nothing I'd complain about. I also didn't fuss with the controls in any way, so maybe the feel could've been improved somewhat?
Was a new experience for me pushing the dash button to start the engine, and then pulling those dashboard (window-like) switches to change to DRIVE and REVERSE, but it wasn't any problem after the first time. What *was* kind of weird, though, was the Emergency Brake being a dash button, pressing *that*, and feeling the brake pedal move. When we left the restaurant to return to work I was looking to see if the E-Brake was automatically engaged again ... but it wasn't ... so he must've turned it on after parking it this morning (in our level parking lot)? Maybe this comes from a general distrust of push-button gear changing?
As far as driving it - first I tried to get it to AUTO-STOP on site prior to hitting the main drag, but it wouldn't do it ... maybe because the A/C was ON?
Then, once on the main drag, I was *very surprised* at how I couldn't detect the presence of a turbo AT ALL!!! I thought it was gonna be like the Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo I drove back in '92-ish timeframe (one of the so-called "Pocket Rockets" back then). That one also had a 1.5L engine, but when you even slightly pressed the pedal ... it would JUMP, and push you back in your seat. It was blast to drive! Of course, it was a lot lighter than this Terrain, too (2500 lbs vs 3800 lbs)? So anyway ... I didn't beat on this Terrain in any way ... just brought it up to cruising speed, then tried gradually giving it more gas. It drove OK, and it would be fine for *me*, but I was just shocked at how I couldn't tell the thing had a turbo in it.
Is the turbo on these things really only there as a type of power-assist device, and not necessarily to give it that "Pocket Rocket" driving feel?
2011 Equinox 1LT (new Jan 2011): Summit White / 3.0 L V6 / FWD / Pioneer Stereo / 18" Wheels / 138.2k miles [05-NOV-2019]
2002 Impala 1LT (new Jun 2002): Summit White / 3.4 L V6 / FWD / Cassette-CD Combo /225.5k miles [05-NOV-2019]
Last edited by Colt Hero; 05-22-2019 at 05:12 PM.