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If I had a dollar for every time someone commented on the size of our new Terrain, it would be paid off already! I don’t know why it’s unbelievable that a young couple sans children would want an “SUV,” but I guess it is. The Terrain is in the same class as the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, Toyota Rav-4, and Nissan Rogue, but you don’t hear people complaining about their sizes. Maybe the Terrain’s styling makes it appear larger. It isn’t larger. It does get worse gas mileage than those listed, but that’s because it has a V-6 engine and not a 4-cylinder.
In my post “How Car Buying Should Be,” I mentioned engine size as one of the main reasons we went with the Terrain. V-6’s tend to last longer and have less problems than 4-cylinders. Plus, we wanted additional power for hauling and loading, as we plan on getting kayaks and possibly snowboarding gear when we move to Colorado.
We also have a big dog, and will probably be getting another large dog in the future. We take Motley with us everywhere! Just because we don’t have children doesn’t mean we don’t need a bigger vehicle to accommodate our lifestyle. When we go hiking, Motley will go hiking.
If we go out with friends, we want to be able to carry everyone comfortably. You never know if you’ll need a car that can carry a large group of people. Mike and I didn’t want a little crossover that everyone had to squeeze into and wanted to get out of as quickly as possible.
Even though the Terrain was a little more expensive than other cars in its class, we chose it because it was better for our lifestyle. Sure, it may look like a beast, but it drives with finesse and style. It has plenty of room to carry dogs and humans alike without anyone feeling cramped. Even so, in comparison with larger SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe, Traverse, or GMC Acadia, this vehicle is small.
The GMC Terrain is perfect for a couple looking for a vehicle that can grow with them. That’s what we were searching for when we chose it.
When buying a car, you need to pick what’s right for you, no matter what anyone else says.
Has anyone ever judged you for the car you’ve bought?