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July 31, 2013

GMC Terrain brings truck-sized power to mid-size SUV

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On the safety front, the Terrain received high marks from both national crash test agencies.

Inside the cabin, the Terrain offers generous room for four adults. Those looking for third-row seating will have to look elsewhere, since the Terrain does not offer this option.

Cargo space behind the rear seat comes up short of the competition at 31.6 cubic feet. With the rear seats folded down, the space improves to 63.9 cubic feet. A nifty sliding rear seat also improves legroom or cargo space as needed.

The Denali package on the test car includes a refined interior dashboard with red-stitching, generous leather seating, single climate control, rear vision camera, illuminated front sill plates and a seven-inch touch screen that serves as a multi-media interface. Denali trim also includes special wheels, blind spot and rear cross traffic warning system, power passenger seat, special trim and exterior badging.

The GMC Intellilink system integrates with Bluetooth audio streaming for app-like subscription icons featuring audio and concierge services as well as voice activated controls. The latter relies upon voice recognition software that has yet to be perfected across the auto industry, leaving many with high frustration levels.

On the highway, the Terrain provides a quiet and refined ride thanks in part to extra sound deadening material and an acoustic windshield.

The test car with its 6-cylinder engine traveled from zero to 60 miles per hour in a respectable 7.2 seconds.

Len Ingrassia is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at editor@ptd.net.

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