Ask the Best and Brighest: Is the New GMC Terrain the Second Ugliest CUV in the History of the World, Ever?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Darwin wasn’t kidding when he described the new GMC Terrain as “hideous.” Check out Susan Docherty’s video—no embed codes for New, transparent GM—over on the right hand side of the FastLane home page. GM’s GM for the Buick-Pontiac-GMC channel also tells us that the LaCrosse’s quad-pot powerplant will make it “lead within its competitive set as the only vehicle with a four-cylinder engine.” I don’t suppose anyone stopped to wonder why none of the LaCrosse’s competitors avoid that particular powertrain . . . There’s more, but it’s late. Have a look for yourself.

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  • Punkviper Punkviper on Oct 25, 2009

    The Terrain makes sense: American car-buyers have been force-fed a steady diet of oversized land tanks for a decade. This has reached the point where even "average" Americans (who are forced to stare at Acadia, Traverse, Navigator, Escalade, etc.) are reacting almost subconsciously by still choosing to not participate in the beast-ride sweepstakes, but have still been unwittingly indoctrinated into the masculine styling trend. They WANT the huge grill, they WANT the boxed out oversized wheel-wells, they WANT the blinged-out headlights... but they also want a package no bigger than a Ford Escape. Until now you kinda had to squint your eyes at a Jeep Patriot (or just close them altogether for a Chevy HHR.) Well now, enter Terrain. Joe Sixpack can feel responsible for not killing the earth, but can still feel part of the American landcruiser in-crowd via the styling touches. p.s. The interior is actually kinda nice (for a vehicle such as this.)

  • Accs Accs on Oct 25, 2009

    The Terrain MAKES SENSE?? How much crack do you have to SNORT to figure out how messed up GMs marketing of CUVs / SUVs actually is?! Ya got the TB and all of its copies going away.. only to be replaced by a vehicle(s) on a diff frame but equally as large. And witness the VUE that is going away.. only to pop its ugly head up as th coming / current Equinox.. (Terrain) only longer / larger. Terrain doesnt make any sense at all.. But then again.. GM is trying to convince people.. that the Suburban and the Lambda Lambda Lambdas are actually smaller... The vehicle is WRONG WRONG WRONG! And in case ya didnt know.. The doemstics no longer make a compact SUV / CUV.. mote like midsizers. For example.. Edge / Exploder and Escape.. are within 300-500lbs OF EACH OTHER. So in the end... This isnt needed and or wanted. And Id also like to remind you.. GM doesnt contact you to ask you WHAT YOU might want. Gm doesnt give a shit.. what you want or how you want it. All they care is stuffing ya big ass into this domestic POS.. all the while making ya pay TWICE for this. Once for THEIR bailout Twice for their shitty choices for current vehicles.

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  • Michael Gallagher I agree to a certain extent but I go back to the car SUV transition. People began to buy SUVs because they were supposedly safer because of their larger size when pitted against a regular car. As more SUVs crowded the road that safety advantage began to dwindle as it became more likely to hit an equally sized SUV. Now there is no safety advantage at all.
  • Probert The new EV9 is even bigger - a true monument of a personal transportation device. Not my thing, but credit where credit is due - impressive. The interior is bigger than my house and much nicer with 2 rows of lounge seats and 3rd for the plebes. 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, around 300miles of range, and an e-mpg of 80 (90 for the 2wd). What a world.
  • Ajla "Like showroom" is a lame description but he seems negotiable on the price and at least from what the two pictures show I've dealt with worse. But, I'm not interested in something with the Devil's configuration.
  • Tassos Jong-iL I really like the C-Class, it reminds me of some trips to Russia to visit Dear Friend VladdyPoo.