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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.
It's a close cousin of the Chevy Equinox, but the GMC Terrain has more standard equipment and a richer set of optional features--something to keep in mind as you step up the price ladder into the $40,000 Terrain Denali range.
All GMC Terrain crossovers--SLE, SLT, and Denali--come with a plush set of features, including air conditioning; cruise control; power windows, locks, and mirrors; fog lamps; a rearview camera; a power driver seat; ambient lighting; and an AM/FM/CD/XM audio system with three months of service and a USB port for media players; and tilt/telescoping steering.
GMC Intellilink is standard, too. It's the connectivity kit that mates the Terrain's touchscreen and Bluetooth to most smartphones, enabling voice commands or control of car functions through steering-wheel controls or touch commands. Intellilink has control of the Terrain's phone and audio systems, and the optional $795 navigation system too. It's not quite as adept with voice commands as some other systems, but it has its own nice touches: IntelliLink will import addresses from phone contacts along with the corresponding telephone numbers, and it will tap that data for navigation. That streamlines the address-entry process considerably.We'll remind you here to test your smartphone for compatibility before you buy. Intellilink mates up with most, not all, smartphones. It works with the Apple iPhone--and still, we've experienced glitches with its standard Bluetooth audio streaming. We've seen lag in the detection of music titles and album cover art, which lingers through several songs. On occasion, the forwarding controls stopped working until we switched to another media and back into Bluetooth streaming again.
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.
A new infotainment system is colorful and simply laid out; navigation's not too costly as an option.