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EXPLORE THE TERRAIN IN THIS FINE, COMPACT SUV!

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Introduced eight years ago, the GMC Terrain has stood the test of time despite fierce competition in the compact SUV segment. Available as a front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the hands-on and robust Terrain is a fine blend of performance and style. 
Sharing power trains with the Chevrolet Equinox, the base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder boasting 252 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and 260 pounds-feet of torque @ 4500 rpm. And that is ample for this 3,801-pound vehicle to tackle peak-hour traffic or cruise the highway. Power routed through the seamless 9-speed auto gear box delivers ample performance. Tow capacity is a noteworthy 3,500 pounds.  
C-shaped LED headlights border a massive satin-chrome grille hosting the centered GMC emblem. Of course, it is in the passenger/cargo department that the Terrain Denali (a truly luxury trim) shines. Ours came in light platinum/taupe perforated leather seats with 8-way power for driver and 6-way for front passenger. The second-row seat no longer slides fore and aft but instead folds flat to open up for stowing longer items. Cubicles and bins are well placed throughout but if you fancy a mobile office of sorts, the front center console can swallow a laptop. Other standard comforts include dual-zone auto a/c, aluminum sill plates, 8-inch touch screen for nav, audio and phone controls, 4.2-inch driver information center, and 110-volt power outlet, four data/charging and two charge-only USB ports. 
Standard safety features are dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag with rollover protection, rearview camera, stability and traction control, rear cross traffic alert and park assist, lane change with side blind zone alert, remote keyless entry and start, hill descent control, three-point safety belts for all, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system. 
You will be hard-pressed to find a small SUV with a sundry of tempting options and upgrades. Enjoy and explore the Terrain in this easy-to-drive, practical and versatile vehicle with an attractive cabin. 

TERRAIN (AWD DENALI
Tires: P235/50R19
Wheelbase: 107.3 inches
Length: 182.3 inches
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; independent four-link rear
Steering: electric power 
Fuel capacity: 15.6 gallons
City: 21 mpg
Highway: 26 mpg
Base price: $39,500
Web site: www.gmc.com/terrain   

CALLING ALL GMC DEALERS IN THE WEST CENTRAL AREA: if you would like to be listed here as one of the test-drive dealerships, e-mail us at motoringtampabay@gmail.com