If the early and mid-2000s were characterized by large, thirsty SUVs, then the last few years have been the age of smaller SUVs and crossovers. Not convinced? GM alone has built 1,000,000 Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles since the pair first went on sale in 2009 as 2010 models. The two share the same architecture and a lot of the same technology, and have seen sales increase every year.
“Small SUVs attract buyers with diverse personal preferences but a common need for space and versatility. With Equinox and Terrain, we can deliver on those core attributes while offering two very different design and packaging propositions,” said Alan Batey, vice president of GM sales, Service and Marketing.
We drove the 2012 GMC Terrain earlier this year, and our editors were split; GMC has positioned the Terrain as a premium crossover, but a few took issue with the premium price of the model we drove, at just over $35,000. And while the 2012 Terrain employed the newer, more powerful V-6 engine, our mediocre observed fuel economy—just below 18 mpg—was a deal breaker for some. But the Terrain also proved versatile, and some editors liked the styling and packaging. With over a million now built, apparently a lot of people agree.