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The GMC Terrain has been known to be quite spacious as well as sturdy looking, and has earned an impressive reputation in the same field. 2014 brings no change in this perception of SUV lovers as the company has not planned to make any changes to this image of the excellent SUV. Contrary to what potential customers might fear, the mighty vehicle maintains its impressive fuel economy still! Recollect that the Terrain is quite similar to its brother SUV, the Chevrolet Equinox in construction, on account of the same owning brand. GMC continues to use the Hummer like cuts on the surface of the SUV in order to differentiate it from the Chevy. Being quite a spacious SUV, with excellent looks and a highly economic fuel economy, The 2014 GMC Terrain continues to attract buyers with large families and decent city usage!
The interiors of the 2014 Terrain SUV are designed on contemporary basis and it is quite clear that comfort and space was the prime factor that motivated the designers at GMC. You will be welcomed by a wood grained steering wheel, accompanied by an impressive 7 inch touch screen entertainment and information system. The central console mentioned above is accompanied by a sophisticated array of controls and buttons. It is quite worthy to mention that the SUV is although quite large in size, does not feature a third row of seats. What does that mean? Yes! Extraordinarily large boot space! The rear seats of the vehicle are capable of a movement up to 8 inches in case you need to carry large amounts of cargo with you. Also, you can flaunt a boot space of 31.6 cubic feet if you fold the rear seats up! The SUV is quite comfortable even if five adults are travelling together on account of the huge space it features.
All the models of the GMC Terrain come with a 2400cc four cylinder direct injection engine. These engines churn out a power of 180 horsepower. Opt for front wheel drive system and enjoy a mileage of 22 miles per gallon in city and 32 miles per gallon on highway. All-wheel drive systems deliver mileages of 21 and 31 miles per gallon respectively. However, if this power isn’t enough for you, then get your Terrain upgraded to a 3600cc V6 engine with direct injection. This beast is capable of producing a power of 301 horsepower on the cost of the vehicle’s mileage which drops down to 17 and 24 miles per gallon in city and highway on front wheel drive and to 16 and 23 miles per gallon respectively on all wheel drive.
Although the sturdy look of the Terrain often misleads people to believing that it is an unsophisticated SUV, the interiors make it quite clear that it is very much suitable for corporate as well as semi luxury uses as well. Facing competition from the likes of Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape and the Mazda Cx-5, the highly loaded with excellent features 2014 GMC Terrain makes a great choice for people with families!
People often get stuck in the decision of which SUV to buy, a large SUV for maxing cargo storage and third row capacity while some ponder upon greater fuel economy and swift movability in the city, choosing small utility vehicles, instead. Many, meanwhile, are attracted towards the middle ground choosing for a Mid-range crossover vehicle where Ford Edge echoes with the needs of most buyers.
The love for Ford Edge originates from its high-tech features and attractive interiors which include blind-spot warning, adaptive cruise control, dual-screen rear entertainment system and cross-traffic alert, Sync voice-controlled system and a three-display MyFord Touch interface coupled with an easily maneuvering figure. Edge’s 265 horsepower, 3.6 L V-6 engines impresses well with the acceleration via a six-speed automatic transmission along with a road-oriented AWD configuration for slippery roads and snowy terrains, though it has been fabricated for off-roading purposes. Paying extra for a four cylinder turbocharged engine brings along a superb fuel economy of 30mpg on highway along with extra added enormous power. The electronic interface boasted well by Ford has invited itself criticism for being complex to use and miffing for users, while the restriction to seating capacity of five and no off-roading abilities may disappoint a vast buyer population.
The 2014 Edge is available in SE, SEL, Limited and Sport variants. The base SE packages a V-6 engine with 17 inch alloy wheels and basic functionality feature along with an add-on convenience pack that presents benefits like exterior keypad entry, rear parking sensors, automatic rearview mirror dimming and automatic headlights along with additional satellite radio and Sync Voice Command Interface. The SEL has home for all SE features along with 18-inch alloys and 8-way power driver seat with the steering wheel wrapped with leather. Leather Comfort package adds on leather upholstery, 6-way foldable passenger seats and front seat warmers. Other options include a MyFord Touch Interface with benefits of turn-by-turn navigation. The Driver Entry Package in Limited features keyless entry and ignition, remote ignition and power liftgate apart from the basic SEL model and addition 12-speaker sound system from Sony with HD Radio and heated mirrors. The Edge Sport, alternatively bundles a 22-inch alloy wheel system with a retuned suspension, integrated special interiors and a beastier V-6 engine.
For safety Antilock disc braking system, front-seat side airbags and full length curtain airbags along with stability control come standard in all models. Add-ons in the Vision package include blind-vision and cross-traffic warning system. Another option for all trim variants except sport is a 2.0 L four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine that has a 270 lb-ft of torque and produces 240 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60mph in 8.4 seconds and furnishes a mileage of 24mpg in city with 30mpg on the highway.
The 2014 Edge is well known for its driving comfort and quiet, soothing and bump-free ride with a solid, concrete built. Its handling is secure with all the effective safety features and cutting corners and parking is hassle-free. The sports model, meanwhile, is more swift and sharper but its husky wheelbase degrades ride quality beyond acceptance for some. Despite of the enormous V-6 engine it leaves many people craving for more power.
2013 Ford Edge VS 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
Choosing between the Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe is not a decision that will likely come easily. In the midsize crossover segment, these are two that really stand out, so there is a good chance that there are a lot of elements in both vehicles that you are really drawn to. They both offer a modern exterior, comfortable cabin and strong engines, but you will have to decide which one you can see yourself in cruising around in.
Both Escape and Santa Fe have three engines available and they are quite competitive. The base engine in Santa Fe is a 2.4-liter that offers 190 horsepower and a decent 181 pound-feet of torque, and returns 21 mpg in the city and a very generous 29 mpg on the highway. This is pretty impressive fuel economy for a crossover! Edge does not have a four-cylinder in its base model; it opts for a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 285 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is still better than average at 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
All Edge models except Sport can be equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Zero to 60 mph is achieved in 8.4 seconds and fuel economy is 24 mpg combined. Lastly, Ford Sport is motivated by a 3.7-liter V6 good for 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It reaches 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and yields 22 mpg combined.
The optional engines in Hyundai are equally impressive. Santa Fe Sport gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that delivers 264 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque and yields 23 mpg combined. Large GLS and Limited models receive a 3.3-liter V6 that boasts 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is available across the lineup on both vehicles.
Driving and Handling
One of the reasons Edge and Santa Fe are so popular is because they are fun and easy to drive. A small turning circle on both means that they can easily be maneuvered in tight spaces, making them attractive the person who parks in a lot of parking garages or busy lots.
Edge is well-known for its well-composed, comfortable and vault-like ride. Steering is responsive, and it manages to corner nicely without much noticeable body roll.
Santa Fe gives you a compliant ride. It does not matter if you drive the regular or Sport, you feel confident whether you are merging onto the highway or cruising around town.
Safety is just one more area where Edge and Santa Fe dominate this segment. Both received top safety scores in roof, front and side-impact protection when crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Ford does have a slight “Edge” in braking capabilities though. Edge stops from 60 mph in 122 feet, which is significantly better than average. Hyundai is close behind at 127 feet.
Standard on Edge is the Ford MyKey® system that lets parents set audio and speed controls for teenage drivers. It also offers innovative optional safety features on certain models, such as collision warning, cross-traffic and blind-spot warning systems.
On Hyundai Santa Fe you get Blue Link®, an emergency telematics system, providing emergency assistance, theft-recovery, remote access and more.
Hands down, these are two of the best-looking crossovers on the road. Hyundai’s styling was designed in Southern California, inspired by the picturesque landscape no doubt. It is aerodynamic, and boats plenty of thoughtful details like a shark-fin antenna, rear spoiler and chrome accents. The 19-inch alloy wheels are a must-have option!
Edge also commands attention on the road. The bold, fluid front grille is complemented nicely by the projection beam halogen headlamps. In the rear, 4-inch bright chrome exhaust tips and sculpted tail lamps are the perfect finishing touches.
The interior is where you see the greatest difference between these two vehicles. Edge seats five passengers comfortably while Santa Fe has third row seating available for a seven-passenger configuration. There is plenty of leg and headroom for passengers in both vehicles, and seats are comfortable yet supportive.
Edge is modern, but the three display screens may take you a bit to get used to. Hyundai went all out for this year’s redesign and give it one of the nicest cabins in the segment with plenty of high-quality materials.
Technology and Entertainment
You can go ahead and prepare to be impressed by the technology features in these two crossovers. They are neck-and-neck with everything else; might as well compete nicely in the technology department as well.
You will find navigation systems available in both, and while Ford gives you SYNC® voice-activated technology, Hyundai gives you Blue Link®. As far as upgraded audio systems goes, they are both tied again. Edge has an optional 12-speaker Sony® system available while Santa Fe boasts a similar set up by Infinity Logic®.
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