2012 GMC Terrain

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19 CITY / 27 HWY
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What's New for 2012:
  • Lane-departure warning and forward-collision alert are added to the options list
  • Touch-screen audio interface is now standard, compatible with Bluetooth-based Pandora online radio and Stitcher news feed
  • Flex-fuel compatibility with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine

Exterior Features
The 2012 GMC Terrain is a compact crossover utility vehicle offered in two different trim levels. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard, with larger wheels available on higher grades.

Interior Features
The Terrain offers seating for 5 passengers. Base models include cloth upholstery, air conditioning, full power equipment, cruise control, rearview camera, 6-speaker audio system, and more. Higher trim levels are equipped with automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth phone connectivity, 8-speaker audio system, and other premium equipment.

Optional Features
Major options on the 2012 Terrain include a larger 3.0-liter V-6 engine, chrome wheels, trailer towing package, navigation system, and a new lane-departure warning and forward-collision alert system.

Under the Hood
GMC Terrain models are fitted with one of two standard engines. The standard is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder rated at 172 horsepower. The optional engine is a 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 264 horsepower. The standard transmission is a 6-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, with all-wheel drive (AWD) optional.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 GMC Terrain are:
  • GMC Terrain FWD with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine: 24/32 mpg (city/highway)
  • GMC Terrain AWD with 3.0-liter V-6 engine: 16/23 mpg (city/highway)

Standard safety features of note on the 2012 GMC Terrain include side curtain air bags and a 1-year subscription for OnStar telematics. In government crash tests, the 2012 GMC Terrain received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as well as 5 stars in side crash tests and 4 stars in frontal and rollover tests. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Terrain received a \"Good\" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset and side-impact crashes, as well as a \"Good\" rating in roof strength tests. The Terrain was an IIHS \"Top Safety Pick\" in 2011.


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