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GMC Acadia

Lots of kids, lots of groceries, lots of car.

For 2013, the Acadia is back with some changes and updates to keep the venerable family hauler fresh. A new rounded yet butch front end holds the same 288-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine (with up to 5200 pounds of towing capacity) as before, but the transmission gains automatic downhill braking in all modes and some new controls. GMC fiddled with the suspension for more ride comfort. On the inside, the Acadia has a new front center air bag for driver and front passenger protection, new ambient lighting and interior materials, a more refined look and feel, and available IntelliLink voice-activated infotainment with GPS navigation. A rearview camera is standard, and the 2013 model adds new safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and backup cross-traffic alert. With a 60/40-split second row, the Acadia can hold up to eight passengers, but the capacity drops to seven when you select captain’s chairs for the second row in lieu of a bench. The Denali model gets the biggest wheels along with a panoramic sunroof, a chunkier lower-body aero kit, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a heated-and-cooled eight-way power driver’s seat. All in all, the Acadia — like its siblings, the Chevrolet Traverse and the Buick Enclave — proves to be good competition for other segment entries like the Honda Pilot and the Mazda CX-9.

COMPETITORS

Dodge Durango

Honda Pilot

Mazda CX-9

Toyota Highlander

new for 2013

The Acadia is refreshed for 2013 with a new exterior design and new technological and safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, IntelliLink voice-activated infotainment, a front center air bag, and a standard rearview camera. The exterior comes in several new colors, including champagne silver metallic, iridium metallic, and Atlantis blue metallic; the interior can be had in light titanium, dark cashmere, or cocoa dune.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, front center, side, and side curtain air bags for all rows are standard. ABS, stability and traction control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system are also standard. Denali models receive standard hill-hold braking and throttle override, which cuts power if the brakes and the gas are applied at the same time.

MPG

CITY 16–17

HWY 23–24

PRO

Seating for seven or eight

Decent fuel economy

CON

Slightly brutish styling

Less power than Terrain’s V-6

Base Price Range: $34,875–$46,770

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Front-wheel, 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: SLE, SLT, Denali

BODY STYLE: SUV/crossover, 7- or 8-passenger

ENGINE: 3.6L V-6, 288 hp, 270 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 151.8 cu ft

CAPACITIES: Towing 5200 lb; cargo (behind third/middle/front seats) 24.1/70.1/116.1 cu ft

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