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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
The Bluetooth phone system lacks a phone book.
it’s base price is only $1800 higher than that of the Equinox primarily due to standard backup camera, floor mats, tint, fog lights, and USB integration
USB-ready radio and XM satellite radio are standard across the board
You can program the power liftgate to automatically stop at any desired point of its travel to clear a low garage door or to provide pet ventilation
The power liftgate makes loading and unloading easy, especially when your arms are full.
GMC is the premium truck brand in the General Motors portfolio, so its Terrain is packaged with more standard equipment and features than the similar Chevy Equinox.
There are three Terrain models--the SLE, SLT, and Denali. On the base SLE, the Terrain stocks standard power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; fog lamps; a power driver seat; a rearview camera; ambient lighting; and an AM/FM/CD/XM audio system with three months of service and a USB port for media players; a power driver seat; tilt/telescoping steering; ambient lighting; and a rearview camera.
GMC's Intellilink connectivity suite is also standard now, too. It connects smartphones to the car's Bluetooth, steering-wheel controls, and LCD touchscreen, so that mobile apps like Pandora and Stitcher can be driven through the car's controls, not the phone's. Intellilink also runs the audio and phone systems, and can control the $795 navigation system via voice commands too, when that option is ordered. As part of its program of running upgrades, GMC has updated Intellilink to port in contact addresses along with telephone numbers, so navigating to a friend's house by voice just became a little easier.
Intellilink also has standard Bluetooth streaming audio, and we've had some occasional run-ins with it and with our Apple iPhones and extended-battery-life cases. Mostly, we've experienced lag in the detection of music titles and album cover art, which lingers through several songs, though occasionally the forwarding controls stopped working until we switched to another media and back into Bluetooth streaming again. As with any smartphone, it pays to test your current phone with a new vehicle and its infotainment system before you buy.
Stepping into higher trim levels on the Terrain brings more features, such as automatic climate control; a premium Pioneer sound system; heated front seats; and a sunroof. On the options list, GMC also offers remote start; leather upholstery; and a headrest-mounted rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
On the Denali edition, most features are standard, and a power passenger seat is added, along with a soft-touch dash cap, wood steering-wheel trim, and satin-metallic trim on the mirrors, sill plates, and taillight surrounds. Denali buyers still have a choice of four- or six-cylinder engines. Eighteen-inch wheels come with the four, while V-6s get 19-inch wheels. All told, a loaded Terrain Denali V-6 passes the $40,000 mark which overlaps the price tag on GMC's larger, seven-seat Acadia crossover.
All Terrains have advanced infotainment gear and streaming audio; navigation is an inexpensive upgrade.