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How Much Does a GMC Terrain Cost?

GMC Terrain Car Prices


The Terrain is GMC's version of the mid-sized crossover, a burgeoning market that is attracting buyers who want to ditch the gas-guzzling SUV for a vehicle that is lighter on gas but still large enough to take on the demands of life. In 2010, the Terrain replaced the Envoy and there are no major changes for 2011. The major selling points for this vehicle are its fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine and sophisticated interior. All this is affordable on an entry-level budget. Car manufacturers like GMC can make this happen by eliminating the weight of the older SUVs but keeping the interior space.

2011 GMC Terrain MSRP
SLE-1 $24,250
SLE-2 $26,050
SLT-1 $27,850
SLT-2 $29,650

Body Styles and Trim Levels

The 2011 GMC Terrain is available in four trim levels: SLE 1, SLE 2, SLT 1 and SLT 2. All models come standard with a 2.4-liter, 182 horsepower engine that earns an impressive 26 mpg overall. They also come equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. A more powerful 3.0-liter, 264 horsepower V6 (20 mpg overall) is available on all models except for the SLE-1, and all-wheel drive is optional on all models.


One of the things that makes the GMC Terrain stand out from the competition is its wide range of standard features. Even the base SLE 1 has a 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, tinted windows, a sliding and reclining backseat, a rearview camera, a CD player with satellite radio, and OnStar. The top-of-the line SLT 2 has all that plus rear parking sensors, chrome trim, a sunroof, and more. Other available add-ons include a voice-controlled navigation system, a rear entertainment system, and driver seat memory. The exterior styling on the GMC Terrain looks more boxy and truck-like than many of its smoothed-out competitors.


The interior is also remarkably different than other crossovers that tend to be a bit bland inside. The cabin, with seating for five, has a distinctly modern look with thin lines and flush-mounted controls that make the already roomy interior seem even larger. The aforementioned reclining, sliding backseat makes allows you to expand and contract leg and cargo room to suit the needs of the day. The rear seat gets a ton of praise from reviewers.


The Terrain is geared towards fuel-economy so you may be a bit underwhelmed by the performance of the 4-cylinder engine. The V6 provides more power and its better suited for towing and hauling than brute acceleration. An interesting difference between four-cylinder and V6 Terrains is that the latter has a hydraulic steering system versus electric in the four-cylinder. This provides much better feedback for the driver. You will no doubt be impressed by the Terrain's smooth, quiet, comfortable ride, which is reminiscent of a much more expensive SUV. (Note: many critics have advised that you don't select the 19-inch wheels because they reduce ride quality.) Also noteworthy is the Terrain's top-notch safety scores.

Competition in the compact crossover SUV class is quickly becoming fierce and the GMC Terrain squares off against tough rivals such as the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. Both of these class-favorites offer lower starting prices. However, the Terrain has more standard features, better fuel-economy, and a sharper interior. If you don't mind paying a slightly-higher sticker price than the 2011 GMC Terrain is a great choice. You'll get more for your dollar.

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