2012 GMC Terrain vs. Its Competition

2012 GMC Terrain
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

A mechanical twin of the Chevrolet Equinox, the GMC Terrain is mostly distinguished from the Chevy with its bolder (boulder?) styling and this year, its new touchscreen audio system.

The Ford Edge is a bit bigger overall and offers the complex MyFord Touch system, as well as a Sport version and this year, a new EcoBoost turbo version with up to 30 mpg.

A new CR-V is coming this year, with revised styling, but no larger engine options.

Toyota's Venza was new in 2010, and it's an interesting choice in the class, related mechanically to the Highlander but optimized for five passengers, and with four- and six-cylinder engine options.

Lastly, the VW Tiguan seats five and has the usual German feel and look to recommend it, but fuel economy is low, and sticker prices are relatively high.

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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2012 Ford Edge2012 Ford Edge
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2012 Honda CR-V2012 Honda CR-V
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2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 20122012 Toyota RAV4
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 2WD 4-door Auto S Side Exterior View2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Quick Specs
Excellent fuel economy and a comfortable cabin are a big contrast to the 2012 GMC Terrain's boxy shape.
A versatile layout, impressive performance, good ride comfort, and reasonable pricing all add up to make the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox a strong value—and a good pick for small families.
The 2012 Ford Edge rises to the top of the five-seat crossover niche with forward-thinking technology and a gas-saving EcoBoost option.
The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
The unlikely Toyota-Tesla partnership has produced what may just be the best battery-electric vehicle below Tesla's own Model S luxury sedan. Its power, 100 miles of real-world range, and interior space add up to a very appealing electric crossover.
It's not particularly fun to drive, but the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan feels every bit like a premium crossover vehicle.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door SLE-1FWD 4-Door LS4-Door SE FWD2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door I4 (SE)2WD 4-Door Manual S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utility4 DoorSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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