With more at stake than ever, GMC designers continue to fast-track innovative engines from blackboard to showroom, in hopes of improving sales in the domestic market. The 2010 GMC Terrain is the new 5-passenger compact SUV that features bold styling and muscular good looks from front to back, which set it apart from its cousin, the 2010 Chevy Equinox. To go with this introduction, the GMC Terrain sports a newly designed 2.4 liter direct-injection engine capable of 182 horsepower. This Ecotect inline four-cylinder motor will get an impressive 30 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg in the city, according to initial estimates, though the EPAâ€™s final ratings are still pending. Fuel economy is certainly the driving force behind this new release, but testers give it good reviews for the horsepower it generates, with 172 foot-pounds of torque achieved at 49000 rpm. It may not be extremely powerful, but it is peppy, and should satisfy energy-conscious compact SUV enthusiasts. A solid 5-year, 100,000 mile warranty covers the powertrain.
Drivers willing to sacrifice some mpg in favor of significantly higher horsepower can opt to outfit their 2010 GMC Terrain with a 3.0 liter direct-injected 6-cylinder, good for 264 horsepower, while delivering 25 mpg highway and 18 mpg city, according to company estimates. This beefy engine is certainly a better choice for those who plan to take the SUV part of the name seriously, and who will want the extra power when taking their Terrain off the pavement and onto the sand, up a hill, or into the mud. Both engines are combined with a six-speed automatic transmission and the option of front wheel or all-wheel drive, and are the options available on the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, as well.