Driving a 2011 GMC Terrain to La Quinta Resort & Spa

Dec 03, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Over the last few months, I’ve been able to test drive several new GMC vehicles.

During my recent trip to the La Quinta Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, I test drove a GMC Terrain.

In fact, the Terrain was the very first SUV I ever drove. Although, at first being a bit apprehensive driving a larger vehicle than I’m used to on some of LA’s narrower streets, the GMC Terrain performed up to its exemplary standards and more.

One of the coolest features of this car is the rear view mirror camera.

As a person who is not used to parallel parking anything larger than a standard sedan, it was great watching the mirror to see just how close I was to the car behind me.

Although, I didn’t take this picture, this is exactly how it looks from the driver’s perspective.

I wondered just how actuate it was, so the first time I used it, I kept a watchful eye. Talk about dead on–I was within 2 feet of the car behind me, which is exactly where the camera instructed me to park.

That unique feature, dispelled any fears I may have had as far as backing up driving in a larger car.

Moving on to the more important features of driving the Terrain is that driving to La Quinta I was able to hook up my Droid cell phone to its USB port, making my drive to Palm Desert not just fun but also hassle free. As well, there was absolutely no need for me to worry about my phone running out of power.

Even though the Terrain is a mid-size SUV that’s designed to get better gas mileage then bigger models, it felt very large and roomy inside. It easily fit all of my various paraphernalia, luggage, and was perfect for my trip. And just pushing a button to open the rear lift-gate was a dream, especially when I did some shopping and loaded the back with my travel gear.

Did I mention the sun roof? What better way to enjoy a trip to the desert than to be able to have the sun gracefully enter the car through the top, letting the warmth of the weather literally fill your body from overhead.

For all of you car aficionados, to obtain all of the new GMC Terrain technical and other features, click this link to get the scoop on why this is such a fantastic SUV, and at the same time answer most questions you might have about the car.

GMC does a much better job than I can, so if you’d like to know more, they’re happy to help.

To give you an idea and feel of how this car drives, here’s a wonderful video:

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