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Just bought a 2020

Terrain Denali .....picking it up Saturday !....We were flopping between a CRV (which I have) and this....hope we made right choice.
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Good luck. Once you get it, let us know how you feel it measures up to the CRV.

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The Terrain is superior in that it has a real automatic transmission; the CRV has a CVT transmission, similar in operation to a snowmobile, go cart or a UTV.

If a vehicle is equipped with a CVT, I won't consider purchasing it. Too many premature failures, noisy operation and expensive replacement, as these are seldom repairable when they fail.

Think about how they work: There is a metal (steel) belt or roller chain that runs in smooth variable width (steel) pulleys bathed in oil. The perfect recipe for slippage, shuddering, jerking, noise and excessive heat.

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Good luck. Once you get it, let us know how you feel it measures up to the CRV.
Will do but I just heard that it needs premium fuel.....I thought I asked at the dealer,if it does I would have gotten an Acura RDX or MDX
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That is a contraversial question. Most say that it is recommended, and others think that the extra cost for premium is small in the total scheme of things.

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Will do but I just heard that it needs premium fuel.....I thought I asked at the dealer,if it does I would have gotten an Acura RDX or MDX
There has been some discussion on this forum regarding using regular/premium fuel, with a wide range of opinions. Do you NEED to use premium fuel? No. The owner's manual RECOMMENDS the use of 93 octane fuel, but indicates that 87 octane is acceptable with a reduction in performance and mileage.

Personally, I've tried using both in my '18 Terrain Denali FWD. I didn't observe a lot of difference in both mileage and performance, with a slight advantage to the use of premium. Near me in SoCal, premium equates to only 91 octane, so maybe that's why there wasn't an appreciable difference. For me, using premium has the advantage of less soot on the chrome tailpipe tips - which has also been discussed on this forum.

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I run mid grade unless heavily loaded or on a trip...yes many opinions not so many factual discussions IMO

We are very happy with our 2.0T approaching the 12th month we are at 15k on the clock...

Enjoy the new ride!

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I debated the issue using regular vs premium. If it were only maybe a mileage or performance issue, I'd probably be using 87 octane.

The reason I use the recommended 93 in my 2.0 Equinox is my concern about the LSPI phenomenon; internal engine damage not fully explained or understood on these small displacement, direct injected boosted engines. Excessive engine loading, oil with excessive calcium content or incorrect fuel trim all are potential possibilities.

Because of these concerns, and the highly recommended use of premium fuel by the powertrain engineers at GM; I'm not going to gamble on potential engine damage due to the fuel usage.

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I plan to pull the plugs on mine at 20k miles...it won't be like looking inside the engine...but it'll be dam close if you know how and what to look for...nuff said

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I'm thinking I will switch back and forth from 87 to 92-93......we did that with wifes Maxima until engine light started coming on....fuel injector and 93 always took care of the light......I just wish the dealer would have been up front with me, I know I asked.
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