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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
a bin between the front seats that's large enough for a laptop
Unfortunately, the split rear cushions are stuffed to the point they don't fold fully flat when it's time to haul a new big screen home from the mall.
The 60/40-split backrest angle adjusts to three positions, the rear two of which are comfortable.
On the larger end of the compact-crossover spectrum, the GMC Terrain has one handy feature most of its competition omits--or doesn't have the space to offer.
Slide into the driver seat and the plus-sized interior is obvious. The Terrain has wide seats with mild bolsters, and a power driver seat and tilt/telescoping steering so that most drivers will find a good position behind the wheel. It also scores with about a half-foot of head room, no matter if it's a metal roof overhead, or the glass one found on most versions. The center console is wide but the Terrain doesn't stiff its passengers on knee or leg room.
The Terrain's sliding second-row seat flexes the space offered up to rear-seat passengers or cargo. It doesn't free up the space for a third row, but it makes the most of the available interior volume. Moving on an eight-inch track, the Terrain's second-row seat can create almost 32 cubic feet of cargo space, or when it's folded forward entirely out of the way, nearly 64 cubic feet. If the load floor were a little lower, and the fold-down seats completely flat, we'd call it a complete victory.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. GMC has replaced the former storage bin atop the dash with a plastic hood over the LCD touchscreen, which makes the screen difficult to control, at least along its top edge, but it does replace that former bin's brittle lid and dubious value. On Denali editions, the dash cap is trimmed in soft-touch plastic and stitched with red thread--a little Pontiac in feel, but sweeter to the touch.The four-cylinder gets its own nifty touches. There's a special active noise cancellation system that works through both the built-in audio system and a few dedicated speakers. It lets the engine run at its most efficient rev range, while blocking what engineers call a "booming" resonance into the cabin.
The GMC Terrain has one key feature missing from some competitors: a sliding second-row seat.