The 2011 GMC Terrain ranks 4 out of 23 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of 25 published reviews and test drives of the GMC Terrain, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
The 2011 GMC Terrain gives compact SUV buyers refinement, high-tech standard features and great fuel economy. However with so many standards, the Terrain has a high starting price for the class.
In a sea of rounded lookalike compact SUVs, the 2011 GMC Terrain stands out with angular, truck-like styling. It also stands out thanks to its long list of standard features, which includes a rearview camera, something that’s a rare standard feature even among luxury SUVs. Most reviewers say that the Terrain is more refined and carlike than the competition, making it an excellent choice for a family SUV.
While the Terrain isn’t perfect -- its cargo space doesn’t lead the class and it’s not all that maneuverable in parking lots -- it should still be on any family-SUV buyer’s list. When it comes to size, the Terrain straddles the line between compact and midsize SUVs, but when it comes to fuel economy, the Terrain is hard for even smaller SUVs to beat. Edmunds says the Terrain (along with its platform mate, the Chevrolet Equinox) “is a top choice for a compact crossover SUV." The 2011 GMC Terrain is similar to the Chevrolet Equinox but the Equinox starts at about $2,000 less. While the Terrain comes with more standard features, if you can do without them, the Equinox gives you similar space and fuel economy at a lower price.
Anyone looking at the GMC Terrain should also look at class favorites like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Again, those two options have lower starting prices than the GMC Terrain does, but they also have fewer standard features. Neither can match the Terrain’s fuel economy. On the other hand, each gives buyers about 10 cubic feet more cargo space than the Terrain.