2011 GMC Terrain vs. Its Competition

2011 GMC Terrain FWD 4-door SLE-2 Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The GMC Terrain shares much mechanically with the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox (and the Cadillac SRX), although the Terrain has bolder, more assertive styling.

It looks to be considerably more stylish than the Ford Escape, which has seen a series of minor updates in recent years but still feels rather outdated.

Shoppers might compare the Terrain, considering its passenger-friendly interior and economical four-cylinder powertrain, with compact crossover mainstays like the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, or with the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The RAV4 is a bit larger compared to the others in this class and has an available third-row seat.

2011 GMC Terrain FWD 4-door SLE-2 Angular Front Exterior View2011 GMC Terrain
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View2011 Chevrolet Equinox
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2011 Ford Escape FWD 4-door XLT Angular Front Exterior View2011 Ford Escape
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2011 Honda CR-V2011 Honda CR-V
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2011 Toyota RAV4 FWD 4-door 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (GS) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Toyota RAV4
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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 2WD 4-door Auto S Angular Front Exterior View2011 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Quick Specs
The 2011 GMC Terrain looks bold and edgy on the outside, but it’s a softy inside, with a comfortable, refined cabin and excellent fuel economy.
If you don’t need a third row, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is just right for small families; it’s refined, secure, and versatile, and gets very impressive fuel economy in four-cylinder form.
The boxy, old-school appearance might turn you off, but the 2011 Ford Escape still delivers solid crossover and SUV bona fides.
The 2011 Honda CR-V is homely, as well as unexciting to drive; yet it's a great minivan alternative on many counts—appealing to practical shoppers with a roomy, versatile interior and top safety ratings.
Don't let appearances mislead; the 2011 Toyota RAV4 is a modern, practical crossover choice and great for frugal families.
The 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan feels refined and sophisticated, but it's not especially rewarding to drive.
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Gas I4Gas I4 ECOTECGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4
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2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
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FWD 4-Door SLE-1FWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door XLS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)2WD 4-Door Manual S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Sport Utility4 Door4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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