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2012 GMC Terrain Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Without a third-row seat to tote even more people, the 2012 GMC Terrain can't quite meet the needs of every buyer out there. But the Terrain's interior is very good for adults, something to consider if you're shopping a smaller crossover, even one with a third-row seat.

In front, the Terrain feels wide open, and the impression's amplified by comfortable seats with some mild bolstering. They leave plenty of room for taller drivers, even when the seat cushion is raised, and it's pretty simple to find a good driving position with the standard power driver seat and tilt/telescoping steering.

A few cockpit foibles aside, the Terrain delivers comfortable seating for five, and a high level of interior quality.

The second-row bench seat is really where the Terrain shines. Like the Equinox crossover, the Terrain's back seats slide back and forth over an eight-inch span to expand leg room or cargo space behind the seat itself. When the seat is pushed forward, the Terrain has as much as 31.6 cubic feet of stowage; by folding the bench forward, the Terrain has nearly 64 cubic feet of cargo space. It's not quite as easy to use as in some crossovers, since the Terrain's load floor is a little high, and since the back seats don't fold completely flat.

All Terrains also come with an oversized glove box, a covered storage binnacle above the center stack, a laptop-sized center armrest storage bin, and two-tier storage within the doors.

Whether you choose durable fabric or the quality-feeling leather, interior build quality and comfort is not an area for complaint in the Terrain, but some trim pieces disappoint with a hollow, hard plastic feel; the release for the bin at the top of the instrument panel, a thin piece of chromed plastic, feels especially brittle.

Unique to the four-cylinder is a special active noise cancellation system that works through both the built-in audio system and a few dedicated speakers to allow the engine to run at its most efficient RPM range. It also prevents what engineers call a "booming" resonance in the cabin that would otherwise occur.

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