2011 GMC
Terrain SLE
vs. 2012 Volvo
XC60 T6

2012 Volvo XC60 T6

9.8

Winner

Volvo XC60 T6

starting from

$39,825

Reasons to buy the Volvo XC60 T6

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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 5,600 RPM
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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
9.1"
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Sporty performance
14.1 lb/hp
2011 GMC Terrain SLE

9.0

Runner-up

GMC Terrain SLE

starting from

$25,310

Reasons to buy the GMC Terrain SLE

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Great braking distance from 60mph
112 ft
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Fantastic range on the highway
576 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2012 Volvo XC60 T6 Winner: XC60 T6
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the XC60 T6's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the XC60 T6; the Terrain SLE only offers cloth seats
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.2
2012 Volvo XC60 T6 Winner: XC60 T6
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  • The XC60 T6 has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 GMC Terrain SLE Winner: Terrain SLE
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  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $14,515 cheaper (around 40% less), $25,310 vs $39,825
Safety Features - vs 10.0
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • More gears
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
  • Very cramped front seats
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Terrain SLE
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Volvo
XC60 T6
2012 Volvo XC60 T6
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the XC60 T6's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the XC60 T6; the Terrain SLE only offers cloth seats

Crash Test Ratings

Volvo
XC60 T6
2012 Volvo XC60 T6
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The XC60 T6 is 1.5x safer than the Terrain SLE

Cost

Volvo
XC60 T6
2012 Volvo XC60 T6
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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MSRP $39,825 vs $25,310 The Terrain SLE has a great price, but the XC60 T6 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 22 mpg The Terrain SLE has great city mileage and the XC60 T6 is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The XC60 T6's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Terrain SLE's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The XC60 T6's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Terrain SLE's is very short

Safety Features

Volvo
XC60 T6
2012 Volvo XC60 T6
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs OnStar

Performance

Volvo
XC60 T6
2012 Volvo XC60 T6
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM The XC60 T6 is fairly powerful, but the Terrain SLE is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the XC60 T6's semi-automatic transmission and the Terrain SLE's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The XC60 T6's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 14.1 lb/hp vs 21.2 lb/hp The XC60 T6 is a sporty car, but the Terrain SLE is sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The XC60 T6 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.4 ft vs 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Volvo
XC60 T6
2012 Volvo XC60 T6
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 67.4 ft3 vs 63.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.4 ft3 vs 52.9 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs 1162 lb
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs 6
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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XC60 T6
2012 Volvo XC60 T6
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 6
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Yes
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the XC60 T6, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs No
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Terrain SLE

Road Tests

Volvo
XC60 T6
2012 Volvo XC60 T6
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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0-60 mph 7.4 seconds vs 8.1 seconds The XC60 T6 has a good 0-60 time, but the Terrain SLE is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 132 ft vs 112 ft The Terrain SLE has extraordinary brakes, but the XC60 T6 is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.8 s @ 92 mph vs 16.3 s @ 85 mph The XC60 T6's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Terrain SLE's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.75 g The XC60 T6 has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Terrain SLE
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Terrain SLE vs Acadia SLE
2012 Volvo XC60 T6 2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 XC60 T6 vs XC90 3.2

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