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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-11-2019, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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2019 Terrain ZERO power and no throttle response

Hey everyone, I bought my wife a 2019 Terrain a few weeks ago. She absolutely loves the vehicle. It's great looking and has the room she was wanting in it. I've driven it a few times now and I can't get over the lack of power this thing has. It is the 1.5t, all wheel drive. She came up from a 2014 Cruze ls that had a tiny motor in it also. This being a turbo, I expected a lot more from it. While driving down the highway, the Terrain will NOT downshift more than 1 gear to pass. and that's only if I floor it. The throttle response is an absolute joke. It takes moving the peddle a substantial amount just to get it to engage and move. Are all of the 1.5's like this? I'm not expecting a sports car out of it, I understand what I'm working with. This seams like an incredibly under powered vehicle though.
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I have an 18 Denali, which has the 2.0. Awhile back they had to keep it overnight for a warranty issue. They gave me another Terrain with the 1.5. I found that it had more than enough power for me. Felt it was adequate enough. My son also has an Equinox with the 1.5. He has no complaints either.
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If it has a on demand turbo like a VGT for example it will not necessarily downshift immediately...but it should generate more power at the same rpm, by burning more gasoline with larger amount of charged air being pushed in, in each cycle.
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The throttle response is an absolute joke. It takes moving the peddle a substantial amount just to get it to engage and move. Are all of the 1.5's like this? I'm not expecting a sports car out of it, I understand what I'm working with. This seams like an incredibly under powered vehicle though.
Did you take it for a test drive when you bought it?
Something my not be right with yours, see your dealer and drive one of their demo AWD's to compare.
I'm not a fan of small 4 cyl's either, the wife's 1.4L Turbo does OK and she loves it in around town driving.
For on the road trips we take mine.
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Did you take it for a test drive when you bought it?
Something my not be right with yours, see your dealer and drive one of their demo AWD's to compare.
I'm not a fan of small 4 cyl's either, the wife's 1.4L Turbo does OK and she loves it in around town driving.
For on the road trips we take mine.
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I did take it for a test drive. I drove several different models of the 19. I remember specifically during the test drive being impressed with the get up and go of it. That aspect isn't awful. It's getting on it once you're already moving that's pretty bad. And the gas pedal is horrendous. I've never been in a car where you had to push the pedal so far down before it started to move. I'll go "test drive" a couple of others and see if they're all like that. I don't remember that from my initial test drives though. I bought a 2019 Silverado z71 rst at the same time. So obviously the power difference between the 2 vehicles is very noticeable. I'm not trying to compare it to that at all. But even her Cruze seems like it had better get up and go than this thing does. She's beyond happy with it, so that's what matters to me. I just want some extra umph in it when I'm driving it. Probably shoulda done the 2.0...
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Very deceptive and mis-leading, title topic
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what happens on these when you shift to M?


On our 3.6L V6 Equinox and 2010 Traverse with the 3.6 and similar 6 speed trans.
When you shift to M, (L on the Traverse), it drops the trans gear by 2.
So if youre in 6th, it puts you in 4.
even with the bigger heavier traverse, the gear change and the RPMs going from about 1500 to 3000 (@ 60 MPH), gives a nice little response from the engine for passing power
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I'm with you. I've found my 19 Terrain to also be "low" on power at speed. It's fine around town, but once over 60 or so it takes on a whole new driving characteristic. Passing on a two lane road leaves much to be desired. But it's not overly different than my 2016 Malibu that I traded that also had the 1.5. The 1.5 is high torque but only 170 HP. If power is more important than MPG, get the 2.0. As to the gas pedal, if you're on cruise, then yes, it takes a lot of travel before it will take effect to increase speed, as in passing. Once released though, it will settle right back to the proper speed. But from your description it can't hurt to have the dealer look at it. Try to get a CTP 2.0 loaner ( Courtesy Transportation Vehicle) while they check it out or ask to drive one. The loaner car will have a few miles on it and will more than likely perform better than a 0 miles unit. Maybe if you like it they will make you a deal!
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Hey everyone, I bought my wife a 2019 Terrain a few weeks ago. She absolutely loves the vehicle. It's great looking and has the room she was wanting in it. I've driven it a few times now and I can't get over the lack of power this thing has. It is the 1.5t, all wheel drive. She came up from a 2014 Cruze ls that had a tiny motor in it also. This being a turbo, I expected a lot more from it. While driving down the highway, the Terrain will NOT downshift more than 1 gear to pass. and that's only if I floor it. The throttle response is an absolute joke. It takes moving the peddle a substantial amount just to get it to engage and move. Are all of the 1.5's like this? I'm not expecting a sports car out of it, I understand what I'm working with. This seams like an incredibly under powered vehicle though.
the 1.5 is underpowered....we got the 2.0L Turbo and it is IMO perfect for the Terrain....on the other hand, you say your wife loves her Terrain, I would just leave it at that...LOL the 1.5L Turbo is not designed to make much power...
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I'm not trying to compare it to that at all. But even her Cruze seems like it had better get up and go than this thing does. She's beyond happy with it, so that's what matters to me. I just want some extra umph in it when I'm driving it. Probably shoulda done the 2.0...
Just curious, was your Cruze a six speed.
Almost sounds more like a transmission/shift point problem.
GM probably more worried about MPG rather than downshifting and power.

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