Monday, April 30, 2012
2012 GMC Terrain test drive review. The official small crossover of B.A. Baracus
The onslaught of TV shows and movies that featured GMC vehicles jumping over construction sites, sliding around corners, and dodging bullets and explosives was nothing short of marketing brilliance. For your consideration: The A-Team van, The Fall Guy pickup, Rocky’s pickup in the Rockford Files, Hardcastle’s pickup in Hardcastle and McCormick, the “Robin 3” Jimmy in Magnum P.I., Hooper’s red stepside in the Burt Reynolds’ movie Hooper, Snowman’s rig in Smokey and the Bandit II, and the mobile repair semi in Knight Rider, just to name a few.
That GMC cargo conversion van was awesome, no doubt, but gas prices in L.A. are hovering just under $5.00/gallon. That’s pretty expensive for a group of guys that ends up doing most of their work for free. And that van was pretty antiquated. Maybe the Face Man would want to sync his i-Phone up to the vehicle’s in-dash entertainment system instead of using a rotary phone on a cord. What kind of rig would today’s soldiers of fortune drive?
I was able to spend a week with a Steel Blue Metallic FWD Terrain with the SLT-2 package, and I discovered all kinds of features that would appeal to an elite mercenary-for-hire team of Army Rangers falsely accused by their own government of a crime they didn’t commit.
Sometimes the best offense is the best defense, and in those cases, it may be better to just outrun an assailant. The standard 2.0-liter, 182-hp four-cylinder may get better gas mileage, but the A-Team would definitely order the 264-hp, 3.0-liter V6 like my tester.
They also could slide the seat forward, cut down on a little leg room, and load up the back with Bazookas with which they could blast their way through a fortified secret hideout. Or, leave Face and Murdock at home, fold down the rear seat, and toss in a couple of anti-aircraft missile launchers.
In all seriousness, I really enjoyed driving the 2012 GMC Terrain. If you’re in the market for a compact crossover, it would be well worth your time to cross-shop this with a Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV-4, or Ford Escape. It does pretty much everything the competition can do, plus it has the added action-packed cache of the GMC nameplate. I pity the fool that doesn’t give it a chance.
Take a look at the pictures in the slideshow below. And don’t worry; I didn’t do a bad Photoshop job on all of them!