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I thought we needed a place to give general feedback so here it is.

I think the Terrain is a great vehicle and yes it has some flaws but we all do. I took mine in to have the front windows tinted at a tint/audio shop here in SC. I was talking with the tech while he was doing my windows and he asked me about the factory stereo system. I told him to turn it on and check for himself. His jaw dropped when he heard the sound! I asked him what I could do to make it better and he said install it in my home. What a comment coming from an electronics specialist. I am sure it is not the best money can buy but for him to make that comment means something.

I hope all of you are enjoying your Terrains as much as I am mine.

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Good idea for a thread. JUst post general comments that hit you day to day. No need to start 20 threads.

Personally, I am enjoying the overall size and power of the V-6. Safety and utility of a truck but handles and drives like a car to me. I have also spent the last 7-8 yrs in trucks.
 

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I think that overall it's a good vehicle with a lot of creative styling and design. I was torn between this and an Acadia but felt that since we already own a Yukon XL that the Acadia was just larger than required. I went with a loaded SLT2 with every option except the rear seat entertainment in hopes of coming as close as I could to the features I became accustomed to in the Acura MDX I traded in, and while I still like the vehicle very much, I do feel GM missed the boat on a few things. Before I list them I should say that yes, I am aware of where the price point of this vehicle sits compared to an Acadia, MDX, Enclave, and others, but also feel that when you load up an SLT2 and start hitting the $36K price range that the following items should be included in that trim level:

Power Passengers Seat
Homelink
Express Up Windows
Auto Windshield Wipers
Better Quality Tires (my expensive 19" chrome wheel upgrade came with Hankook tires on my American car!)
Working Windshield Washer Low Indicator (haven't determined if mine doesn't work but doubt it based on info from this forum)
Crisper High Ends from the Premium Pioneer Stereo like my Acura Bose System had (yes, this one is personal and subjective).
Better turning radius and a more solid feeling and sounding end of steering wheel travel as it makes a nasty clunking sound.

I really am not intending this to sound like a rant, I just feel that in the upper trim levels these things should be standard.

That's my two cents :)
 

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OhioX14 said:
I do feel GM missed the boat on a few things:
Power Passengers Seat
Homelink
Express Up Windows
Auto Windshield Wipers
Better Quality Tires (my expensive 19" chrome wheel upgrade came with Hankook tires on my American car!)
Working Windshield Washer Low Indicator (haven't determined if mine doesn't work but doubt it based on info from this forum)
Crisper High Ends from the Premium Pioneer Stereo like my Acura Bose System had (yes, this one is personal and subjective).
Better turning radius and a more solid feeling and sounding end of steering wheel travel as it makes a nasty clunking sound.
Seat, Homelink,Windows,Washer Indicator & Wipers -AGREED
Tires - loving the 18's and the Michellins that came with them
Stereo- for a stock system, this is one of the best sounding units I have heard in a while.
Clunking noise - could a boot be loose? I know Acadia's had that issue.
 
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SnowItch said:
Agree on the stereo. First vehicle I've ever owned that my first upgrade wasn't the factory stereo.
Good thing that the stereo is good. Because of the dash layout, there wouldn't be any way to go with an aftermarket unit - at least not yet.
 
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I think that overall it's a good vehicle with a lot of creative styling and design. I was torn between this and an Acadia but felt that since we already own a Yukon XL that the Acadia was just larger than required. I went with a loaded SLT2 with every option except the rear seat entertainment in hopes of coming as close as I could to the features I became accustomed to in the Acura MDX I traded in, and while I still like the vehicle very much, I do feel GM missed the boat on a few things. Before I list them I should say that yes, I am aware of where the price point of this vehicle sits compared to an Acadia, MDX, Enclave, and others, but also feel that when you load up an SLT2 and start hitting the $36K price range that the following items should be included in that trim level:

Power Passengers Seat
Homelink
Express Up Windows
Auto Windshield Wipers
Better Quality Tires (my expensive 19" chrome wheel upgrade came with Hankook tires on my American car!)
Working Windshield Washer Low Indicator (haven't determined if mine doesn't work but doubt it based on info from this forum)
Crisper High Ends from the Premium Pioneer Stereo like my Acura Bose System had (yes, this one is personal and subjective).
Better turning radius and a more solid feeling and sounding end of steering wheel travel as it makes a nasty clunking sound.

I really am not intending this to sound like a rant, I just feel that in the upper trim levels these things should be standard.

That's my two cents :)
Wow - like the Acadia forum, this forum is very valuable. Didn't know about the lack of Homelink and express-up windows. My kids' lower-trim Civics even have express-up windows (I think). Probably not deal-breakers but definitely negatives as I compare to other vehicles.
 

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loach said:
Wow - like the Acadia forum, this forum is very valuable. Didn't know about the lack of Homelink and express-up windows. My kids' lower-trim Civics even have express-up windows (I think). Probably not deal-breakers but definitely negatives as I compare to other vehicles.
Same hear. Wasn;t aware of some of the deletions.

The lack of power passenger seat was almost a deal breaker for me. Express up and Homelink not so much. Express up were a pain to stop at a certain point and Homelink I never programmed.

Also, you only get memory driver on SLT-2 as well as power liftgate.
 
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Same hear. Wasn;t aware of some of the deletions.

The lack of power passenger seat was almost a deal breaker for me. Express up and Homelink not so much. Express up were a pain to stop at a certain point and Homelink I never programmed.

Also, you only get memory driver on SLT-2 as well as power liftgate.
Yeah, had the same issue with the Acadia on the memory seats, which is why I landed in an SLT2. I'm debating how important it is to me on the Terrain. My wife will rarely drive this vehicle as it will be my daily driver, but I'm kind of a nut about my seat being just right and I can see driving myself crazy trying to get it back "just so" on the rare occasions somebody moves it. I actually find it more difficult to get power seats adjusted to how I like them than manual - perhaps because with more directional adjustments comes overthinking - tough on perfectionists like me.

As for the power liftgate, it looks like that can be had on the SLT-1. I'm looking at an SLT-1 sticker online right now that shows it as a $495 option. Incidentally, this vehicle is in transit to the dealership I just visited and is perfect for me as far as exterior color and options - Merlot, SLT-1, V6, AWD, Sunroof, Cargo pkg, Pwr liftgate and Trailering. I don't really need the trailering and not sure about Cargo pkg, but no biggie. The question is, would I regret not ordering an SLT-2 to get the memory seats. I'm tempted to order and play the incentive lottery - it's not like there are any incentives on the vehicle now, so they can't go down! I do have $1500 GM Card earnings I can use either way (missed out on the top-off to $2k though).

Unfortunately the dealer had one Terrain on the lot - a SLE-1 FWD I4. I didn't even bother to drive it because I've already driven an I4 Equinox. I think I'm going to have to find a V6 Equinox to drive just to try out the engine. Probably not going to be able to drive a V6 Terrain because they are selling too fast around here.
 

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Yeah, had the same issue with the Acadia on the memory seats, which is why I landed in an SLT2. I'm debating how important it is to me on the Terrain. My wife will rarely drive this vehicle as it will be my daily driver, but I'm kind of a nut about my seat being just right and I can see driving myself crazy trying to get it back "just so" on the rare occasions somebody moves it. I actually find it more difficult to get power seats adjusted to how I like them than manual - perhaps because with more directional adjustments comes overthinking - tough on perfectionists like me.

As for the power liftgate, it looks like that can be had on the SLT-1. I'm looking at an SLT-1 sticker online right now that shows it as a $495 option. Incidentally, this vehicle is in transit to the dealership I just visited and is perfect for me as far as exterior color and options - Merlot, SLT-1, V6, AWD, Sunroof, Cargo pkg, Pwr liftgate and Trailering. I don't really need the trailering and not sure about Cargo pkg, but no biggie. The question is, would I regret not ordering an SLT-2 to get the memory seats. I'm tempted to order and play the incentive lottery - it's not like there are any incentives on the vehicle now, so they can't go down! I do have $1500 GM Card earnings I can use either way (missed out on the top-off to $2k though).

Unfortunately the dealer had one Terrain on the lot - a SLE-1 FWD I4. I didn't even bother to drive it because I've already driven an I4 Equinox. I think I'm going to have to find a V6 Equinox to drive just to try out the engine. Probably not going to be able to drive a V6 Terrain because they are selling too fast around here.
It was almost a deal breaker but the Terrain was right in almost every other way. I saved about 2000 by getting the SLT-1 over the SLT-2 b/c I got NAV and RSE. I decided I could live without memory seat and power liftgate to get the kids the TV’s that were built in to the seats. I was glad I didn’t get stuck with the chrome package. Not a fan of the mirror caps. I actually called the dealer b/c of the SLT-2 but they were sold out and had the SLT-1.
You are right about the gate. Its standard on SLT-2.
As for GM earnings, it may be capped still at $1000 for Terrain. Give it a few days and the new incentives should be out. What about Conquest, loyalty, credit union discount?
 
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It was almost a deal breaker but the Terrain was right in almost every other way. I saved about 2000 by getting the SLT-1 over the SLT-2 b/c I got NAV and RSE. I decided I could live without memory seat and power liftgate to get the kids the TV’s that were built in to the seats. I was glad I didn’t get stuck with the chrome package. Not a fan of the mirror caps. I actually called the dealer b/c of the SLT-2 but they were sold out and had the SLT-1.
You are right about the gate. Its standard on SLT-2.
As for GM earnings, it may be capped still at $1000 for Terrain. Give it a few days and the new incentives should be out. What about Conquest, loyalty, credit union discount?
Good point about the chrome. I'm pretty sure I'd prefer the body colored mirrors from the pictures, but I actually haven't seen an SLT-2 in person. I'm afraid the chrome mirrors will get nicked up too easily - and I tend to keep my vehicles a long time. I have the old (early '90s) GM card so there's no cap/allowance I'm subject to on the earnings like with the newer cards - just a cap of $500 per year on earnings for a max of 7 years. So I can definitely use the entire $1500, but the $2k top-up would have been nicer. I can't find anything on Conquest or loyalty still being available, but incentives just expired yesterday and sometimes it seems like it takes a few days for new incentive info to get out. I guess I should have asked at the dealership over lunch if I would have been thinking. I could definitely qualify for either loyalty or Conquest (see my signature), but I think they're gone. Emailing the dealership to see what they say. My interest in the SLT-1 is growing....
 

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After just a couple days in the new Terrain, I have no doubt I made the right decision in waiting for this vehicle. My alternatives were the Acura RDX (quick, but gulps gas) and the Infiniti EX35 which is really plush, but has no back seat or rear storage. This car is incredible. 50 miles back and forth to work today and playing with everything. I was pulling into the office garage before I even knew it. Total MPG on first 100 miles is 26.2 on the DIC and I suppose that gets better with age....interstate about 90% by the way. Seats are WAY more comfortable than the Vue I traded and the ride simply doesn't compare. My other car is a 5 Series BMW and I know how a car should ride and handle....this just blows me away. The 18" wheels provide a smooth, yet very in touch, feeling on the road. Ramps can be taken quickly with no roll and I suppose I'll continue to up the speed ante to see just how far I can take this car. Finally, the I-4 is an unbelievable powerplant. Other than the noise under acceleration, it's hard to associate this mid size CUV with a 4 banger. DI has arrived!! I am a believer in the Terrain/Nox!!!
 

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Snow--You have no idea how I have agonized over my decision to get this car. In early November, I was about a day away from laying down some serious $ for the EX35. Drove it 2-3 times and was in love with the comfort, power, technology, and yes, even the style. I had read a bit about the Nox/Terrain and decided to stop on the way home at the Chevy dealer just to take a look. Fortunately, I got to see and drive a loaded Nox and I knew that I needed to seriously consider these vehicles. My 09 BMW is the 2nd I've had in 3 years. Before that a Caddy CTS 3.6, before that 2 SLK's, one 4 and then the new V-6. I've had Porsches, Mercedes, Jags, and some very serious muscle cars in the 60's & 70's. My dad owned 4 NAPA stores and I grew up loving cars. I've driven 'em, raced 'em, pampered 'em, and even rebuilt a few in my 60 years. I probably never keep any car more than a couple years. This Terrain will be my daily driver and the wife has a very short hop to work so she normally drives the Bimmer. I am fortunate as life has been good to me. I could afford any of those cars I was looking at. I think time will tell me I made the right choice. In any event, I've got a great big back seat and cargo area I wouldn't get with the Infinity.
 

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Great Input Islander...I think you have convinced me for a 4 cylinder...Probably be down here longer than expected and where I live outside Orlando its like all highway driving on the roads in and out of my residence..Not I-4 or anything just long stretches at 55..no lights hardly..plus the fuel economy will probably be better than my Rav4..mabe this week it will come in so I can swap it out somewhere in the state,hehe..Thanks again for all your information and for that matter thanks Everyone with a Terrain also..Snowitch too..
 

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Nitti--You just can't go wrong in FLA with this I-4. At speed on the highway, it's so quiet that you can't even tell the engine is running. I've not horsed it around at all, it is brand new he he, but it passed others with ease and had enough spunk getting on I-275 for me this morning. I was truly worried I'd regret the 4...wrong. Now, if it had the 3.6L DI I had in the caddy available, I probably would have opted for the 6. The CTS engine was truly a great powerplant and I could get 25-28 hwy mpg if I was taking a nice leisurely trip. Loved that engine! Truth is, I couldn't distinguish any great difference between the 4 and the 3.0L 6. Opted for 32MPG.
 

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Yep, agree from the test drives. I think the only time I'll be able to tell is when I'm towing this spring. Only reason I went with the 6.
Mine will be the family hauler and vacation vehicle. I needed the extra oomph. With my wifes Altima,we went with a 4cyland she gets crazy mileage.

I had all intentions of getting a 6 with some option but tested drove both and couldn't tell a major differnce. Go a fully loadd 4 instead.
 

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Now I am Really Excited..and I know after 9 weeks or whatever can't wait to get..A 61 yr ole that feels 20 again..This is the most excited I have been since I got a Vette upon arriving back from Nam..........
 

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Now I am Really Excited..and I know after 9 weeks or whatever can't wait to get..A 61 yr ole that feels 20 again..This is the most excited I have been since I got a Vette upon arriving back from Nam..........
nittle48, we know the vette experience is something special, having always owned one or two at a time in the past 20 years ourselves until a year or so ago.
You love them or you don't.
Most bang for the buck and all round handling and power specs to compete with many supercars.
Most who don't like them haven't truly driven one the way it's made to be driven (top end, slalom, 1/4 mile, skidpad, etc.) but that's another discussion.
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We loved them and still do but $$ is tight right now, so maybe when the teens grow up we'll get them one (for the weekends...haha, guess who'll be driving it on weekdays if we get another one some day? :) ).

We're absolutely in love with the quality ride, handling and interior of our Terrain and wish we could see the big grin on your face when you take yours on it's maiden cruise!
It truly is a driving experience!
 

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OK still waiting for my car so the salesman can trade it out and he is looking everyday for the Terrain I now want..He got a few I-4's in so I took a drive and he was busy so he gave me the keys and I went out alone..I must have drove 45 miles cause I got lost and had to call him for directions back..I am sold on the I-4..I stopped along the way got out tried the back doors for closing..now problem..no sun shing off the stick handle,hehe..and you guys must have ultra sonic hearing cause the engine seemed to purrr not tapp-tapp-tapping..I will just have to wait patiently for what I want..no problem..

I am glad you guys have given me alot of reason to be here..but sometimes I wish maybe I was not and just have to keep in mind all the things ppl say are wrong with the Terrain and keep an open mind thou but see for myself..Thanks again for all your input and enjoy all your new cars as I am sure I will when i get it..Thanks
 

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Glad to see you test drove the I4 Nitti. Especially here in FLA, unless you're towing, not much need for the power (or expense) of the V6. This I4 (and I've got a whole WEEK of driving experience now) seems more than adequate on the powerband. Only thing I would say is that it is a bit loud under acceleration, but that's pretty typical for a 4 banger! I've got 261 miles on it already and have just under half a tank...I am VERY pleased so far.

Also got the Bluetooth hooked up and a few directory entries that I use most of the time. Very clear on my end and I'm told it's the same way on the other end. I am still learning all the things this car can do and am delighted with performance of NAV and Pioneer stereo.

By the way, saw a Black SLT-2 on the road today. We got side by side and gave each other the thumbs up. Very few of these on Fla West Coast so far.
 

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Thanks for the info Islander..I noticed when backing up yesterday(rainy and very damp cold) the rear camera was all fogged up..Typical it seems..I loved the red ambient red on the information screen..Found it handles just fine for me..even when ya accelerate..I am not that much of a leadfoot ..The Terrain did all i wanted it to do..Now If they can find what I want..Thanks again
 
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