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2013 GMC Acadia Review

April 25, 2013

2013 GMC Acadia

2013 GMC Acadia SLT

The 2013 Acadia introduces new exterior styling, greater interior versatility, safety features including the industry’s first front center air bag, and a new infotainment system with touch-screen controls.  With a lineup including SLE, SLT, and Denali models with seven- or eight-passenger configurations, The 2013 GMC Acadia is made for adventure seeking families in the greater Palm Springs area.  All models are equipped with a 3.6L V-6 VVT engine which uses gasoline direct injection technology to optimize performance and fuel economy.

The engine is paired with Acadia’s fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission to help give FWD models an EPA-estimated 24 mpg on the highway.  The transmission controls have been revised for 2013 to provide quicker and more consistent shifts, for a higher-quality feel behind the wheel.

The 2013 Acadia has a new chiseled, three-bar grille sitting prominently in a more upright design.  Diffused LED running lamps are standard on all models, lending a premium look to the Acadia.  Projector-beam headlamps and fog lamps are also standard.  A new LED tail lamp design reflects the advancements up front, and additional exterior updates include wrap-around rear glass and a new rear spoiler.

Acadia also introduces new 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheel designs that complement the redesigned exterior’s bold lines and powerful stance.
A body-frame integral structure enables lower entry/exit height for Acadia passengers.  Entry to the second- and third-row seats is easy with very wide rear doors and GM’s exclusive Smart Slide second-row seat feature.

The Acadia’s design is sleek, highlighted by chrome accents and large wheels, including 20-inch wheels on Denali models.  Halogen projector-beam headlamps are standard on SL, SLE and SLT models, while Acadia Denali comes with standard high-intensity discharge headlamps. Additional standard and available exterior features include a power lift-gate standard on SLE2, SLT, and Denali models.  Outside heated power-adjustable, power-folding mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming, body-color with integrated turn signal indicators are standard on SLT2 and Denali models.  Chrome door handles are standard on all models, and exterior colors include Quicksilver Metallic, Summit White, Cyber Gray Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Crystal Red Metallic, White Diamond Tricoat, Champagne Silver Metallic, Atlantis Blue Metallic and Iridium Metallic.

The 2013 Acadia’s refined interior uses upgraded soft-touch materials with French stitching, adding a tailored look and red ambient light flowing across the dashboard.  SLT and Denali models get aluminum accents on the center console, doors and dash.

The interior has a low-and-away instrument panel which enhances the feeling of openness in the front-row seats and provides a commanding outward view.  The instrument panel and other interior elements feature high-quality, low-gloss materials and tight gap tolerances.

All Acadia models offer three rows of seating which can be configured for seven or eight passengers, regardless of the trim level.  The seating configurations include two front bucket seats, a 60/40-split second-row bench for three passengers, or two second-row captain’s chairs for two passengers and a 60/40-split third-row bench seat.

GM’s exclusive Smart Slide feature is standard, allowing quick and easy access to the third-row seating area. The second-row seat cushion flips up while the seatback slides forward, effectively compressing the space occupied by the seat with the pull of a lever. The Smart Slide system also allows the second row to be positioned fore/aft. When adjusted rearward, the second-row seat provides more legroom for taller passengers. When adjusted forward, it provides more storage space or additional legroom for third-row passengers.

The Acadia’s 3.6L engine’s direct injection technology helps produce power similar to many V-8 engines and uses regular unleaded gasoline.  This engine is rated at 288 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque.  Ninety percent of the engine’s peak torque is available from approximately 2,500 rpm to more than 6,000 rpm.

The 3.6L engine is mated to the Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automatic transmission, an advanced transmission with clutch-to-clutch shift operation for front- and all-wheel-drive models.  It also offers automatic grade braking, shift stabilization and precise shift control, as well as hill start assist.

Made for the adventurous families of Southern California, the 2013 GMC Acadia is ready for anything the Coachella Valley has to offer.

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