December is the month of giving, and General Motors is generous and timely with their rollout of the redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain. I was enthralled when I took it for spin; it’s a vehicle all too easy to fall in love with.
GMC’s new baby is a gift for buyers desiring a lustrous look, suppler ride and class-leading fuel economy and technology. Along with knockout styling and exceptional powertrain choices, the premium interior makes this smaller crossover a joy to drive.
The new design is beautiful, muscular and distinctive. I especially liked the attractive LED signature lighting, which complements the sleek lines, pentagonal grille and a pair of blacked-out pillars that give the illusion of a floating roof.
GMC trimmed five inches from the Terrain’s length and stripped 350+ pounds of mass from the former design, improving driving dynamics and efficiency while adding enhanced safety features.
Terrain’s five-passenger interior upgrades were pleasantly surprising. The appearance is much more cohesive; everything is logically placed, and the Intellilink infotainment system on its 7-inch screen is fast and intuitive. Its instrumentation is comprehensive, and easy to read and use.
I drove solo, but noted there is plenty of room for passengers. The front seats are comfortable, and customers have shared that there’s plenty of room for passengers in the second row with ample head and leg room. Cargo space is generous for loading up the kids, sports gear, luggage, Christmas gifts, and more.
After traveling on I-90 in heavy traffic and cruising through local towns Lake Zurich and Long Grove, I liked how the Terrain throughout felt solid and grounded, rather than bouncy. The ride was firm without feeling too sporty, and I enjoyed how the cabin was quiet and peaceful.
Added features new to the Terrain: GMC’s Rear-Seat Reminder and Teen Driver systems. Rear-Seat Reminder alerted me to check the back seat when leaving the car, ensuring there were no kids or valuables left behind. Teen Driver lets parents of young drivers set up a special key with speed and volume limits, that can provide a report of how far the vehicle went and whether the anti-lock brakes or stability control were activated.
My favorite (optional) safety features include a surround-view camera system, low-speed automatic braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The GMC Terrain is the gift that keeps on giving for drivers and passengers alike. Stop in at Marquardt of Barrington to personally experience how it’s a great present either to give or to receive.
About the Author: Debbie Johnson is a Concierge at Marquardt of Barrington Buick GMC, 1421 S. Barrington Road, Barrington; phone 224.633.1627. To learn more, visit marquardtbuick.com.