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GMC Terrain brings truck-sized power to mid-size SUV

Score one for GM for creatively using its full line of car and truck parts to refine a top-selling mid-size crossover SUV. For 2013, the aggressive-looking Terrain gets a Cadillac-like engine for much-needed power and a fancy Denali trim package to reel in some new buyers.

It must be working, because Terrain sales figures are tops in the GMC lineup. Still, a number of auto writers have been less than complimentary about its boxy looks outside with large wheel well cladding, generous use of chrome and lackluster driving characteristics.  

One thing we all agree on, however, is its quiet ride and interior technological advances. Keep in mind that this is GM's truck division, so the soft, luxurious ride in some competing brands will not compare.

Introduced in 2010, the Terrain is the company's smallest SUV. It first replaced the Pontiac Torrent, which was a redo of the Chevrolet Equinox from 2005-2009.

Smallest in the GMC division does not translate into lightweight, however. At just under 3,800 pounds, the Terrain is now available with a 301 horsepower V6. The new power plant is practically the same as a new engine introduced this year by sibling Cadillac minus a few horsepower.

The base Terrain engine has been a four cylinder that was pokey on hills and in highway performance. The $1,750 option for the V6 seems to be worth the money if you are looking for more oomph with less engine noise.

Both engines are mated to a six speed automatic transmission that provides smooth transition between gears. If you stomp on the gas pedal, however, there is some high revving, noticeably loud as the transmission selects and engages into lower gears.

The Denali package on the test car, a loaded Terrain All Wheel Drive with navigation, tipped the scale at just over $40,000 including freight. At this level, the Terrain competes with the Acura RDX, upper-end Dodge Journey or Ford Explorer.

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