In a recent 2013 road test, the $50,000 GMC Acadia Denali offered a great ride wrapped up in a cheap design not worth the price. Despite its size, the Acadia maneuvered fairly well. It had a punchy engine, and a smooth six-speed automatic transmission that had undergone updates for the new model year. Road imperfections were handled with ease; however fuel economy didn't reach the EPA-estimated mpg no matter how easy the vehicle was driven. "Blindfold us and have us drive the Acadia around an empty parking lot, and we'd give a good guess that what we were driving would be a Chevrolet Traverse or GMC Acadia SLT at a price somewhere around $40,000."
The 2013 GMC Acadia is available in five models, the SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2, and Denali. Standard features include automatic headlights, integrated blind-spot mirrors, rearview camera, rear parking sensors, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, OnStar communications, Bluetooth, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen display. The SLE-2 offers remote start, power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and IntelliLink electronic interface. The SLT-1 model furthers the luxury features with heated sideview mirrors, leather upholstery in the first two rows, enhance trip computer, heated front seats, rear audio controls, and a 10-speaker Bose sound system. SLT-2 models add power-folding mirrors and access to more options. The Denali includes the SLT-2 options, unique styling, increased sound deadening, wood-trim steering wheel, and a panoramic sunroof.
New for 2013
The 2013 GMC Acadia has undergone a refresh for the new model year, featuring a new exterior design, as well as added technology and safety features like blind-spot monitoring, IntelliLink voice-activated infotainment system, and a standard rearview camera. Also new for the 2013 model year are the exterior paint colors Champagne Silver Metallic, Iridium Metallic, and Atlantis Blue Metallic.
- Seating for up to eight passengers
- Good cargo space
- Decent fuel economy for its size
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- Cheap interior
- Limited maneuverability
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