WE are leaving tomorrow for Mesa Arizona from Alberta Canada (1700 miles). Once we are there I will post my opinion of how well the Terrain performed. By looking at the weather forecast and road conditions I am glad it is a.w.d.
We left from Olds AB. yesterday in the snow and ice. Terrain is a 4 cyl a.w.d. Hit some strong winds yesterday through Montana. Transmission didn't see 6th gear very often. And boy into that head wind did it ever like fuel. Will give a full report when we reach our deatination.
Spent the week end at Palm Springs and arrived in Mesa last night. Put on 2000 miles. Average fuel economy was 23.5 m.p.g. actual. Indicated on the DIC was consistently 10% higher than actual. I will use U.S. figures as all fill ups were in the U.S.. We were on a lot of icy roads till close to the border. Terrain was very impressive in these conditions. From there roads were dry. Very cold and lots of headwind. Had one tankfull at 19.7 m.p.g.. I was driving at 80 m.p.h. on the freeway. There are stretches of road south of Salt Lake were the speed limit is 80 so I was going 85. Between Salt Lake City and St. George it was 27 below. The Terrain was very stable and quiet in the windy conditions. Like I said earlier a lot of times tranny was in 5th and up grades in 4th to maintain 80 m.p.h.. Engine is reving at 5000 so that would be the reason for higher fuel consumption. From St. George no more wind and warmed up and fuel economy took a drastic jump. Got 27.3 on one fill up. Here are a list of my complaints.
1. After an extended time in the seat my right hip bothered me. Not as comfortable as the Enclave for my 195 lb. 6 foot frame.
2. Under certain conditions there is a lot of reflection on the curved part of the instrumentation glass making it hard to read the guages.
3. The high beam indicator blue light is too bright and hard on the eyes.
4. The transmission hangs on to a lower gear too long when it should upshift. After going up hill on cruise in 5th it will stay in 5th going down the grade unless you make a quick stab on the throttle.
5. I am still not a big fan of the red instrument lighting.
And now some of the positives.
1. Very good sounding engine for a 4 cyl.
2. Very good power for said engine.
3. A set it and forget it auto air. We were always fooling around with the Enclave & other vehicles.
4. Very quiet interior. In my opinion quieter than the Enclave(wind noise).
4. Good ride for a vehicle this size.
5. Good headlights for non xenon. And very good fog lights for factory.
6. Better stereo than the Bose in the Enclave.
7. Very little buffeting in the wind. The Enclave would get tossed around a lot more.
I will post more later if more comes to mind. Yes it burned more fuel than I expected but conditions were extreme. We filled in Palm springs before we left and the DIC is now indicating 26.8 m.p.g. Fuel tank is on 1/2 mark. distance was 277 miles. The friends we visited in P.Springs have a new Venza with a 4cyl. engine. Nice vehicle but the 4 cyl is sure noisy and unrefined compared to the Terrain and he only got 22 m.p.g. coming down from British Columbia in good weather and driving conditions. He gets around 18 driving around in Palm Springs area.
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