General Motors presented The Garage with a unique opportunity-to review their newest crossovers, the Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain back to back. I jumped at the chance, but I was skeptical of the Terrain. After a week with the Equinox, I couldn’t understand why there was even a need for the Terrain. When GM picked up the Equinox and handed me the keys to the top-spec Merlot Jewel Metallic SLT2 with all-wheel drive, I thought for certain the only thing the GMC would do was eat sales from the Chevy.
After a week with the Terrain, my first instincts proved false. A good Merlot needs time to breathe for the full flavor and characteristics to bear themselves out, and my Merlot-hued Terrain proved to be no exception.