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2010 GMC Terrain (photos)

GMC did something unexpected this year and added a completely new SUV to its lineup. Even more unexpected is that the Terrain uses a very modern powerplant and cabin tech, all for a reasonable price.

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Wayne Cunningham
Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
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GMC's all-new Terrain seems like an odd addition to its lineup, which already includes many SUVs. But the Terrain is unlike past GMC SUVs, using modern construction and technology.
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With its big, square fenders and headlights, the Terrain has bold SUV style.
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The biggest engine available for the Terrain is this 3-liter direct injection V-6, a break from V-8s of the past. 263 horsepower is complemented by an EPA highway mileage of 25 mpg.
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The interior capacity is typical of SUVs, seating five and including a sizable cargo area in the back.
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Built with a fully independent suspension, unlike the body on frame SUVs of the past, the Terrain has carlike handling.
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Rear fender wells make the cargo area a bit narrow, but it will suit most needs.
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We were impressed by the interior design, which has a very modern feel.
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As our test vehicle came with the 3-liter V-6, it used a hydraulic power steering module. Terrains with the base four-cylinder engine use electric power steering.
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The display on the instrument cluster shows trip, navigation, and audio information.
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The six-speed automatic transmission seemed a weak link in the car's powertrain, delivering sloppy shifts.
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The navigation system has a round, multidirectional button as the main hardware interface. The LCD is also a touch screen, but it is a reach from the driver's seat.
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The navigation system stores its maps on a hard drive, and includes live traffic. The system will find traffic jams on your route and calculate detours.
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The navigation system also has a weather data feed.
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Space is reserved on the navigation's hard drive for music storage. You can rip CDs or copy MP3s to the drive.
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The Terrain features full iPod integration.
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The Pioneer audio system sounded very good, with strong bass from an 8-inch subwoofer.
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The Bluetooth phone system was a disappointment, as it lacked all but the most basic features.
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The rear-view camera has trajectory lines, which show where the car will go depending on how the wheels are turned.

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