GMC unveiled its all-new 2013 Acadia crossover SUV on Wednesday at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. GMC hopes that this redesigned full-size SUV will capitalize on their role as GM's second ranked volume brand.
Introduced in 2006, the Acadia shares the same platform as the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. The Acadia is both GMC's first front-wheel drive passenger vehicle and the company's first crossover SUV.
So what's new for 2013? GMC has equipped the 2013 Acadia with a series of styling, technological, performance and safety advancements. Style wise, the all-new Acadia features a redesigned exterior with a more macho facade compared to past years. The 2013 model features a three-bar grille and a new chiseled look. The vehicle's exterior also contains a new spoiler and wraparound rear glass. The 2013 edition also adds high-intensity discharge headlamps and LED running lamps.
In addition to the Acadia's exterior, its interior experienced a noticeable upgrade as well. Some nice touches include new stitching and aluminum trim on select models. Aesthetics aside, the Acadia interior has also undergone a major technological overhaul. New gadgets include GMC's Color Touch Radio, which lets drivers use Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and connecting various devices. Other nifty features are a photo viewer and a back-up camera. As was true with previous Acadia models, the 2013 edition still includes rear-seat entertainment and a Dual SkyScape sunroof.
The Acadia also boasts some improvements under the hood, including an upgraded six-speed automatic transmission. The 2013 model is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which produces a maximum of 288-hp. This updated horsepower allows users to tow up to 5000 lbs. As for fuel economy, The Acadia gets EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg in front-wheel drive and 16/23 mpg with all-wheel drive.
Aside from the aforementioned updates, the Acadia's new safety features may be the most significant. The upcoming Acadia features a front center air bag, which when deployed, blows up between front seat occupants. The new Acadia will also include blind-spot detection and rear cross traffic alert, which helps drivers avoid those pesky blind spots.
"While no restraint technology can address all body regions or all potential injuries, the front center air bag is designed to work with the vehicle's other air bags and safety belts to collectively deliver an even more comprehensive occupant restraint system," Gay Kent, GM executive director of vehicle safety and crashworthiness, said in a statement.
Although the Acadia sold 79,000 vehicles last year, which is a high for the model, it still trailed sibling brands, the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse. Whether the Acadia's new enhancement will help it overtake its rivals remains to be seen.
2013 GMC Acadia will go on sale in late 2012.
2013 GMC Acadia Start Up and Review 3.6 L V6
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Start up and review of the 2013 GMC Acadia
Powertrains: 3.6 L V6 with 6-Speed Auto FWD or AWD
Features: Backup Camera, AM/FM/CD Stereo System, Cloth Seats, Power
Windows, Mirrors, and Door Locks, Cruise Control, Automatic Climate
Control, Rear Seat Climate Controls, OnStar, Rear Window Defroster, Rear
Window Wiper, AUX Input, Power Outlet(s), USB Port, Bluetooth
Engine & Performance
BASE ENGINE SIZE 3.6 L
CAM TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC)
VALVE TIMING Variable
TORQUE 270 ft-lbs. @ 3400 rpm
horsepower 288 hp
@ 6300 rpm
TURNING CIRCLE 40.4 ft.
Weights and Capacities
MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY** 5000 lbs.
CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE 24.1 cu.ft.
MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY 116.9 cu.ft.
Trims: SLT and SLE
Competitors: Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango, and Honda Pilot
What Camerons Car Reviews has to say about the 2013 Acadia: The Acadia has
been heavily refreshed for 2013 and by the looks of it, it looks pretty
good. One features that's notable is the airbag that's right next to the
center console which is a first for cars. Build and material quality is
also up for 2013, with nice soft touch materials and stitching, The Acadia
is now more muscular aslo in the front and rear. All in all great car from
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Denali might just be the best looking large crossover SUV on the road
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second and third row can fold flat into the floor creating a ton of usable
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wood trim pieces. Technology consists of everything that GMC offers. There
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front seats, Bluetooth, and more. The Dual SkyScape 2-Panel Power Sunroof
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comfortable for the up-to 8 passengers which makes this crossover a great
road trip choice. Motivation comes via a 3.6 liter V-6 engine that makes
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