The 2013 GMC Terrain Denali shows its offroad stuff. Photo © 2012 by Don Bain

Taking the 2013 GMC Terrain and Acadia Denali models offroad

Last week the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press hosted their first annual 4XFall event, providing the opportunity to test the performance of the highly upgraded 2013 GMC Terrain Denali and Acadia Denali offroad in the historic Gold Rush site of Caribou CO.

Both models are distinguished by new safety features, technology, infotainment capabilities and unprecedented fuel economy with a choice of two engines.

In the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali the biggest improvements come in the form of advanced sensor technology comprised of Side Blind Zone Alert, which displays an alert on the appropriate mirror if a vehicle is in close proximity; Rear Cross Traffic Alert, capable of detecting traffic approaching from either direction behind you as you back out into the street; Forward Collision Alert to alert drivers when they are approaching a vehicle to rapidly (a distance which can be set to preference or ambient traffic conditions; Lane Departure Warning to keep you from wandering off track if drowsy and a rearview camera to reveal what’s behind you beneath your line of sight when backing up – enhanced by proximity sensors allowing Rear Parking Assistance.

We asked what the opportunity the RMAP 4XFall presented to take the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali offroad meant to the brand?

“We think it’s GREAT!” said Kelly Wysocki, who accompanied us on our test drive, representing GMC. “The Terrain Denali is just coming out so it is perfect for us, even though the Terrain Denali is not really an offroad vehicle.”

That said it was a sheer pleasure to drive through the Rocky Mountains, providing a chance to explore some of the vehicles talents. One of these involved the Navigation Info screen, which revealed our altitude as we drove up to Caribou from Boulder. It expressed our height over sea level in yards, but presumably this is something determined is a setup screen.


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