Being a new family of 5, finding a new car is high up on our list. As you all know we have been on the hunt for what will probably turn out to be an SUV. Adding to the list of car brands I’ve never driven is GMC. For some reason, GMC never appealed to me as a buyer. I’m am shocked to say that after a week of driving, I fell in love with the 2018 GMC Terrain.
Knocking it Out of the Park
There are two reasons why the Terrain has won me over and the first is the features. The GMC Terrain comes with all the new standard features including Bluetooth, rearview mirrors, car play, etc. Perfect. Three new features I’ve never witnessed before and that totally sold me were seat vibrations, the AC controls, and the drive buttons.
When you’re using a rearview camera to back up, sometimes you don’t see certain things coming. For instance, when you’re backing out of your garage you may be closer to the side than you think and may accidentally scrape your car. Instead of only a light on your side view mirror warning you, GMC also has seat vibrations to grab your attention.
Whenever you are close to something when backing up or changing lanes, the Terrain will vibrate your seat depending on where the object is around the vehicle. So left for left, right for right. The first time it happened I almost jumped out of my seat because I was so unprepared and wasn’t expecting it. After that though, I absolutely loved the vibrations and could do away with the lights completely.
If you’re confused as to why I added the AC controls comment, it is because it’s probably not what you’re thinking. Yes, all cars have AC controls but the GMC Terrain actually turned your air down at a lower speed whenever I answered a phone call. No fidgeting with control knobs while try to answer a call at the same time anymore. It is such a clever and well thought of feature to incorporate!
Instead of your typical gear shift knob, the GMC Terrain had buttons to put the car in drive. At first, I really wasn’t liking it but by the end of the week, I didn’t mind it at all. It’s really easy to use and not having a knob in the middle of the dash made way for a lot more space for other things. The only concern I have with them would be if you hoped out to check the mail or something and magically somehow one of the buttons got pressed.
Other Terrain Goodies
Besides my two favorite features mentioned above, I loved everything else about the car as well. The Terrain handles really well while driving as smooth as butter. The seats are plush leather with tons of nice upgrades that you wouldn’t expect for a car in the $40k price range. The inside gives you the impression that it would be more appropriately priced in the $60k range.
The gas mileage was great and what was to be expected for a midsize SUV. The body of the car has a nice modern look that will age well in the coming years. The paint quality is superb and you know what I didn’t even notice or mind in this car? The cloth floor mats. I was distracted by how well made the SUV was that I didn’t even notice the floor mats until it was getting picked up.
My boys, all three of them fit comfortably in the second row and there was no shortage of leg room. They were able to stretch out and enjoy a smooth ride everywhere we went. Not to mention I’m a big fan of the two-tone leather seats. The trunk was large and I was able to fit a stroller, extra car seat, and a cart and a half of groceries with ease in there.
Would I Buy the GMC Terrain?
Absolutely! The SUV had me sold quickly. My husband was so surprised at how smitten I became for the vehicle. Though I think I’m leaning towards three rows in an SUV, this one is definitely pulling at my heartstrings. If we do decide to settle for two rows instead of three, the GMC Terrain will have our money hands down!