The styling of the 2010 GMC Terrain is definitely the first thing most people will notice. With big, chunky fenders, a decidedly upright stance, and a tall, broad grille, the Terrain is instantly recognizable, contrasting sharply with the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox's rounded look. It's also a bit polarizing; people either love it or hate it, without much middle ground.
Automobile finds the exterior attractive and "sufficiently distinctive" to be safe from confusion with the Equinox, though they do think the large fenders and bold grille "seem contrived to make Terrain appear larger than it is." Edmunds considers the 2010 GMC Terrain's interior "remarkably stylish," especially considering the vehicle's "utilitarian segment."
Inside, the Terrain is almost indistinguishable from the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox apart from a unique upper dash design and gauge set, but that's not all bad. The interior design is modern and attractive, even if somewhat plain. Car and Driver praises the "futuristic center-stack controls," though they also note these are shared with the Equinox. They like the red and white light that highlights "cubbies, floor areas, and door pulls" as well.
Most 2010 Terrain trim levels feature the same appearance, with Edmunds pointing out the base SLE-1 features "17-inch alloy wheels," which up-size to 18-inch wheels on V-6 SLE-2 models. The SLE-2 upgrade also adds roof rails, while upgrading to the SLT-1 trim brings 18-inch alloy wheels and the SLT-2 package picks up "chrome exterior trim details, [and] a unique grille." Motor Trend says the total package adheres to a "manly theme" that's "not likely to be confused with its platformmate," the Equinox.
Edmunds says the "slick-looking dashboard design is reminiscent of the related Cadillac SRX," and despite all the talk of controversy about the Terrain's looks, Jalopnik confesses, "We have to admit to liking it."