Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: The Garden State
2019 Terrain 6 month review
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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