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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-22-2019, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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2019 Terrain 6 month review

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Since I started here doing research before I bought my Terrain in July I thought it might be helpful to someone doing the same to read a review to help them make their decision one way or the other...first a little background:

Purchased my SLE in July 2019, now has 6K miles. 1.5L/AWD Replaced a 2004 Saturn Vue 4 cyl with a 5 speed manual trans and 170K miles.

Problems so far: none.

Fuel Economy: about 27 in mixed driving, not many long highway runs and typical New Jersey traffic. Averaged about 30 on a couple of longer highway only runs.

Driving: I never drove a 2.0 but I think the 1.5L is well suited to the Terrain. I'm sure the 2.0 is a lot more fun but for what I'm using it for the 1.5 is fine. The 9 speed trans isn't the smartest automatic I've ever driven but it does a pretty good job of keeping the motor where it needs to be when you need it - It likes to get you into higher gears for fuel economy but if you step on it...it will go. The only time I've noticed that a few more horses might be handy is when passing on the interstate...but it gets the job done with little fuss. Handling in corners is better than I expected and it usually feels like I could be going faster without any drama. I notice a little turbo lag from time to time especially when it's downshifting and I'm stepping on it at the same time but I think many people wouldn't even notice it or think about it. Haven't really needed the AWD yet so I can't say how well it works. The brakes on this are some of the best I've ever had although some might say that they're a little too touchy and I would understand why.

Stop/Start is always a hot topic and I'll say that it really is as seamless as I think it could be. By the time I have my foot off of the brake and on to the gas the engine is already running. If I'm sitting in a bunch of traffic sometimes I'll disable it by shifting into L and then bumping the gears up but most of the time I let it do its thing. I'll be curious to see if I'm replacing a starter earlier than I expect to. I usually keep my cars for a long time so I guess I'll find out someday...or not.

Exterior: While this is so subjective and a matter of personal tastes...it's the only car I've owned in a while where I've had people stop me in a parking lot and ask me questions about it. Mine is the Blue Emerald color.

Interior: I've found it to have plenty of room for what I need and no complaints from back seat passengers as there's a nice amount of legroom for them as well. On the couple of longer trips I've had it on it was comfortable. Everything is in a place where you would expect it to be and feels pretty good when you use it. I don't know if I'd call it "premium" anything but I'm probably not the best judge of that anyway. I think the word "Solid" is what I would use to describe it. It's pretty quiet inside compared to what I've owned in the past - I hear a little road/tire noise at higher speeds but no wind noise...I think GM did a pretty good job assembling it.

I was skeptical about the push button shifter, especially coming from owning a string of manual transmission cars, but honestly I don't even think about it any more. I think the pull buttons for drive and reverse are brilliant as when I'm parallel parking I can put one finger behind the reverse button and the other behind drive and swap back and forth without looking. I don't necessarily understand all the flap about the buttons...I suppose if I lived in a hilly area where I was shifting into low frequently I would care more?

Sound system/etc: I have the base system with the 7" screen...I'm sure the Bose would sound better but its fine as is. It reacts quickly to input and is laid out in a logical fashion which makes it easy to use. Not super loud but sounds OK without any distortion at reasonable volumes. Android Auto works almost flawlessly as well as CarPlay with my wife's iPhone. Radio reception is good and I especially like the USB C connector which works great with my Pixel XL. USB charging ports in the back seat are a nice touch as well. The backup camera is just OK...not in HD and struggles a little in low light but for what it needs to do I think its OK.

Overall: I'm happy with my Terrain so far and am hoping for many more miles/years with it. It's definitely smaller than the Vue I came from both inside and out but I haven't had any problems fitting anyone/anything in it so far. I like the way it drives, I like the way it feels going down the road, and while I wouldn't race anyone with it, if I need to really move the 1.5 has no problems getting up to speed in a reasonable amount of time. Would I recommend it? Yes...already have to a couple of people who asked about it. It's a nice combination of size, fuel economy, power and good looks. I especially like that I don't see a ton of them on the road every day...makes me feel like I'm driving something a little "different".

Hopefully this will be helpful to someone who comes here looking for info when they're shopping the Terrain. For that matter, much would also apply to the Nox I suppose. Also want to mention that I've enjoyed reading and posting here so far and have learned a bit as well. Hopefully the few posts I've had so far have been helpful to those who read them.

2019 Terrain SLE - Blue Emerald Metallic - Mine
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Glad you are happy, I just got my 2020 Terrain Denali a few weeks ago...1,000 miles so far and am very happy with it.
I do hate the start/stop but just found out if after putting it into drive I hit low and go up to the 9th speed it does not do start/stop at all ! Very happy to find that out. I also have not used AWD yet ....I came from 6 Blazers and then a 2011 Honda CRV-EXL with navi. If this treats me as well as the CRV did I will be very happy.
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My wife loves her 18 Terrain, the only real problem if you could call it that was the raised ridges on the rear rotors, three to five perfect raised circles on the old rotors. When I did the winter tire rotation in October I replaced both the pads and rotors. Both had tons of life but I did not like seeing the ridges. My only niggles with it have really to do with the turning circle, the road noise on dry pavement and the trans buttons. I know I don't drive it much but I have to say it does seem counter intutitive. Seeing how more GM vehicles are going with this style, I guess I am going to have to get used to it. As far as not seeing many of them, maybe not in your color but just drive by any rental car company and you will see lots of them as well as Equinoxes. These are the Rental car companies bread and butter along with the Malibu and Chrysler 200 which just made for them.
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My wife loves her 18 Terrain, the only real problem if you could call it that was the raised ridges on the rear rotors, three to five perfect raised circles on the old rotors. When I did the winter tire rotation in October I replaced both the pads and rotors. Both had tons of life but I did not like seeing the ridges. My only niggles with it have really to do with the turning circle, the road noise on dry pavement and the trans buttons. I know I don't drive it much but I have to say it does seem counter intutitive. Seeing how more GM vehicles are going with this style, I guess I am going to have to get used to it. As far as not seeing many of them, maybe not in your color but just drive by any rental car company and you will see lots of them as well as Equinoxes. These are the Rental car companies bread and butter along with the Malibu and Chrysler 200 which just made for them.
The OEM rotors are treated/cryo'd to extend life & reduce rust/dirt. Hope you put in OEM type equivalents, otherwise you probably downgraded.

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I replaced them with Raybestos coated rotors, so we will see how they hold up. The total cost was less than 1 cut rotor at the dealership . All the dealership wanted to do was cut the rotors and charge me for the new pads, so no way.
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We've had our 19' Denali for 5 mo. and a little over 4,000mi.. No big complaints. We love the way it looks and drives. Ours came with suction cup circles on the inside windshield glass that can't be removed. Dealer offered a new windshield which I declined, the circles are only visible in certain light conditions. I too wish the turning circle was a little tighter and dislike the auto stop/start "feature" . It's a solid feeling car and really is fun to drive with the 2.0 engine which is quite impressive . I hope this little 4 cyl. direct injected turbo engine can go the distance but worry about carbon deposits on valves etc. We always use premium and 1st oil change was at 3k miles and future oil changes will always be at or before every 5k miles with full synthetic. For some reason we see LOTS of terrains around here but not Denali's
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I now start our 2020 Terrain Denali,put it in drive....then with foot still on the brake put it in low and go to L9......same as drive and the start/stop does not work ! .....Until they have the mod for the 2020's this is what I do !....soooo much nicer with no start/stop !
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The wife wanted the 2019 Terrain Denali that we picked up at the end of June. We've taken it on two long trips so far and have been very happy with it. We're in the south, so the AC is rather important and it works like a charm. As for the Start/Stop, this is the second vehicle with it and we're so used to it that we don't even think it about it any more.

Features we really like:
Heated and Cooled seats, plus the kids like the heated back seats.
The safety packages, cross traffic alert, surround vision, blind spot - albeit, none of them replace paying attention and opening your eyes, but the added info helps protect against some of the idiots on the road and parking lots.
The ability to leave the Fob in your pocket and open the doors, hatch and start the car.
The memory seat, just wish the mirrors also had memory like my daughters Range Rover.
The push push buttons for shifting gears - it takes so much less room compared to the shifter in the Colorado.

There are three things that stand out as negatives:

1. The turning radius could be tighter, it isn't much different than my 2017 Colorado and yet is several feet shorter
2. The fuel tank needs to be 3-5 gallons bigger, we go almost 500 miles in the Colorado, but only about 330 with the Terrain
3. The backup camera at night isn't as good as expected, but the surround vision is outstanding.

We see a lot more Equinox's compared to Terrain's and very few Denali's and we have yet to see another Red Quartz Denali in my area.

Mine does tend to turn heads since I polished it and Ceramic coated it.

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Ray - I'm surprised that your side-view mirror don't have memory. My '10 Equinox did. Maybe look at the owners manual - may be a setting.


Can you give me some details on the ceramic coating ? Sounds interesting.


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My 2019 Terrain Denali does have memory for the mirrors. you have to turn it on in the Infotainment center under vehicle settings I believe.
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