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2014 GMC Acadia Preview

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Pro: Acadia and Acadia Denali offer a high level of comfort and confidence as well as style and performance.

Con: As with all large sized SUVs, fuel miserliness is not an Acadia strong point. Large size also means some difficulty in parking lots and with everyday use.

Price: Prices for the Acadia start at $36,495 for a basic SLE1 model with FWD up to $55,995 for an Acadian in Denali trim and AWD.

Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined in l/100 km)
FWD:12.7/3.4/10.8
AWD:13.8/8.8/11.2

Improvements and Changes: A forward alerts and collision warning system is now standard on Denali and optional on SLT-1 and SLT2 trim levels. In side there is a two USB charging port in the rear of the front console so that second row occupants can charge their electronics.

GMC Acadia 2014
Photo: GMC

Exterior: Denali enters 2014 unchanged. The family resemblance in the front facia remains and the sides still have a bit of bling so you know you are in a GMC. If you step up to the Denali trim level, the bling quotient goes up as well with the addition of chrome accents on side mouldings.

Inside: Depending on your choice of buckets or a bench for the second row seat, an Acadia will seat seven or eight. Along with the aforementioned charging port, the Acadia uses the SmartSlide™ seating system to allow for easy access to the third row seat. With 48 inches between the wheel wells, those who want to can lay sheets of plywood or drywall flat in the back.

Cargo/towing/payload capacity: Maximum towing capacity is 2,359 kg (5,200 lb). Maximum payload for FWD is 778 kg (1,716 lb). Maximum payload for AWD is 711 kg (1,567 lb).

Powertrain: Acadian uses a six-speed automatic mated to direct injected 3.6 liter, 24-vavle, DOHC V6 that has variable valve timing and puts out 288 horsepower and 270 ft.lb. of torque. When ordered with AWD the system is continuous and electronically controlled.

Safety: Dual front, front seat mounted side impact and full length side curtain air bags are standard. In addition a driver side inboard mounted air bag provides additional protection against off side impacts for front seat occupants. Four wheel disc brakes with ABS, Traction Control, stability control and roll mitigation are standard. LATCH system of anchoring child seats is standard. Child proof locks on the rear doors and three point seat belts are standard in all seating positions. Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are optional on some trim levels.

Comparables: Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Santa Fe XL, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder