2011 GMC Terrain Interior Review

The 2011 GMC Terrain offers a spacious back seat and a quiet interior even if it doesn’t offer as much cargo space as it could.
Written by Brian Hicks
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This 2011 compact crossover SUV is a top-pick from the 2011 auto lineup. It’s a spacious vehicle with sleek styling and a calm and smooth interior. However, like any vehicle, it does have a few drawbacks like cargo space and the functionality of the buttons.
The 2011 GMC Terrain is a well-regarded vehicle. The interior is a big piece of that assessment and helps to make the SUV such a popular choice. Find out about the seating, technology, storage, and style below!
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2011 GMC Terrain interior

The compact crossover SUV is an extremely popular type of vehicle, giving consumers the space and utility of an SUV but the fuel costs closer to a car. Because of its popularity, this class is extremely steep. The 2011 GMC Terrain stands out in a crowded category because of its interior.
The SUV is almost identical to the
Chevy Equinox
. The only difference is the exterior styling because they both are products of the same parent company. Keep reading below to find out what makes the interior of these vehicles so special.


The 2011 GMC Terrain seats five passengers comfortably. See the table below for the interior measurements of the seating.
Interior dimensions
Total passenger volume
99.6 cubic feet
Front headroom
39.8 inches
Front leg room
41.2 inches
Front shoulder room
55.7 inches
Front hip room
55.1 inches
Second-row headroom
39.2 inches
Second-row legroom
39.9 inches
Second-row shoulder room
55.3 inches
Second-row hip room
51.3 inches
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You’ll probably notice that the second row is extremely spacious on the Terrain. It is one of the only SUVs of this size that has a second row that reclines and slides, which is one of the reasons it has so much room.
Another exciting aspect of the SUV is that the front row and rear row dimensions are almost identical, which means whether you’re riding with the driver up front or sitting with your friends in the back, there’s going to be plenty of space for everyone.


The technology available on the 2011 Terrain didn’t change much from older models. One of the things that did change was a more sensitive and interactive OnStar voice command symptom.
The SUV comes with a six speaker sound system. It also comes with USB connectivity, which means you can attach your phone and play whatever you want from it. There’s also the added benefit of the adjustable speed sensitive volume control, which makes sure that the road noise never gets too loud.
However, other than the sound system there isn’t much extra when it comes to technology, especially when you consider the age of the vehicle. 


Storage is the main weak point of the 2011 Terrain. All of that seating space means that there’s less cargo space for you to utilize as long as those passenger seats are full.
With the rear row occupied, there’s only 31.6 cubic feet of storage space. While this might be enough for short trips, you’ll likely need more if you’re heading out for a longer trip or vacation. But if storage isn’t high on your list of interior necessities, then this SUV may be just the right size for you.


The styling of the 2011 Terrain is less spartan than other vehicles in the same class. This is one of the reasons that the compact crossover stands out. In 2011, most of these small SUVs went for sparse and essential styling.
The Terrain, however, opts for a little more pizzazz on the interior. But one of the common complaints of the vehicle comes from those styling choices. The buttons are flush to surfaces and small. This makes them difficult to immediately identify, but it also means that they can be challenging to press in isolation.
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