As I mentioned yesterday, GM invited Eagles Gab to the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall last night, and they loaned us a new 2011 GMC Terrain for the trip!
While a 4200lb SUV wouldn’t have been my first choice for the traffic-clogged streets of New York City, it did make for a comfy ride up there. I was concerned that the ride would harsh since our truck was equipt with massive 19″ Chrome wheels (which got a TON of attention). But they soaked up every pothole that New York had to offer without any complaints whatsoever.
The audio system in this truck was something else! Pioneer speakers, XM radio, navigation, rear entertainment, etc. It sounded great and kept us entertained (and on course) for the whole trip. The traffic guidance was a nice touch as well. And kudos to the designers for placing a “cover” on top of the screen, as it prevents sunlight from washing out the screen.
But controlling the system was something else entirely. Just look at the picture above, and the sheer number of buttons involved. It’s overkill. Our Acura can control almost everything through touch screen. BMW uses a single knob on their iDrive. Why have 22 buttons? Less is more.
This is where the trip started to suck. We made amazing time up the Turnpike, but once we got to the Lincoln Tunnel, traffic just STOPPED. We sat here for ONE HOUR before finally getting through. I’ve driven through here many times before, but I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a delay quite like that! Of course, that traffic jam messed up our timing completely, and placed us in the heart of rush hour in NYC, where it took us over 30 minutes to go 8 blocks!
But we finally arrived at the majestic Radio City Music Hall, and put the past 2.5 hours behind us! Our late arrival prevented us from doing too many interviews, but we had a great time at the actual event. The insanely bright lights caused most of my pictures to get washed out, but here’s the best one I could salvage.
All in all it was a great night, and we can’t thank GM enough for their hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with the GMC Terrain, and encourage our readers to check them out if they’re in the market for a Crossover SUV.
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