2010 GMC Terrain SLT1 FWD review: Boldly going

2010 GMC Terrain SLT1 FWD, key specifications as tested
Layout Front engine/front-wheel drive, unit body, 5-passenger, 5-door
Engine 2.4L/182-hp DOHC 16-valve I-4
Displacement, cc 2393
Compression ratio 11.4:1
Material, block / head Aluminum / aluminum
Recommended fuel Regular unleaded
Transmission 6A
Suspension, front/rear MacPherson strut / four-link independent
Steering, type Rack-mounted electric power
Turning circle, ft. 40.0
Brakes, type, dia., in. 12.6 / 11.9
Wheels, size, type 18-inch aluminum
Tires, size, type 235/55R18, all-season
Dimensions & capacities
Length, in. 185.3
Width, in. 72.8
Height, in. 66.3
Wheelbase, in. 112.5
Curb weight, lbs 3798
Cargo, min/max, cu. ft. 31.6 / 63.9
Payload, base 1,162
Trailer towing, max 1,500
Fuel tank, gal. 18.8
Fuel econ., EPA, city/hwy MPG 22 /32
Fuel econ., observed, MPG 20.1


2010 GMC Terrain SLT1 FWD selected features and prices, as tested
Base price $27,450
Safety/security: ABS, stability control w/traction control, front/front side/side curtain airbags, automatic headlamps, remote keyless entry, remote start std
Exterior features: Tinted glass, power outside heated mirrors, roof rack side rails, fog lamps std
Interior features: Rearview camera system, leather appointed steats w/ heated front seats, leather wrapped steering wheel w/ audio controls, 8-way power driver’s seat, sliding rear seat, automatic climate control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, power windows-express down, AM/FM/XM,aux, USB Pioneer audio w/ 8 speakers, compass, auto-dimming inside mirror, Bluetooth, floor mats std
Cargo management package: rear cargo cover, cargo net, roof rack crossbars 245
Sunroof, tilt and sliding 795
Liftgate, power programmable 495
Paint, Carbon Black Metallic 195
Destination charge 750
Total $29,925

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