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Should I buy the V-6 or the four-cylinder version of the Terrain? Which is better for general driving?


Jim Connor asked:
Should I buy the V-6 or the four-cylinder version of the Terrain? Which is better for general driving?


Answered By L James Johnson, Contributing Writer:
Your answer is actually available right here on The Car Connection. Bengt Halvorson's review of the 2011 GMC Terrain includes the fact that the 4 cylinder comes with a 2.4L direct injection engine that produces 182 horsepower. Move up to the V-6 and you get 3.0L, also with direct injection, and 264hp. This is what Bengt says about which engine works best for general driving: 
  • "Push the accelerator harder and let the four rev and it actually has plenty of power for most needs; only those typically towing or carrying very heavy loads will need the V-6—which ups the tow rating from a measly 1,500 pounds up to 3,500 pounds." 
I take it from Bengt's comments that you can probably get away with the 4 cylinder under most driving conditions. You certainly will get better fuel economy with the 4 cylinder: 21 mpg/city and 30 mpg/hwy. This compares to the V-6 rating of 18/25. Read more of Bengt's review here: http://www.thecarconnection.com/review/1052544_2011-gmc-terrain. 
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