2013 GMC Acadia SUV - FROM $
Though not radically different than before, the 2013 GMC Acadia should continue to deliver a winning combination of comfort, features, cargo space and performance in a utility-style package.
What's New for 2013
The 2013 GMC Acadia will be redesigned. Highlights include a restyled exterior, a higher-quality interior and new technological features.
For 2013, the GMC Acadia gets its first refresh since its debut back for 2007. That's an eternity in Detroit years, and even longer given the tumult General Motors has endured in that period. The good news is that the Acadia -- already a winning combination of practicality and style -- carries over largely unchanged beneath the surface.
The 2013 GMC Acadia can still accommodate up to eight passengers, is still powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque and still offers front- or all-wheel drive. The automatic six-speed transmission also carries over, although revised for improved shift response. But outside and in, the 2013 Acadia makes large evolutionary leaps.
A bold three-bar grille highlights the new front fascia, drawing the Acadia closer to GMC's tough truck lineage. The rear glass now wraps around the back, spanning the third row and cargo area and possibly improving visibility -- one of our complaints with the current model. The taillamps receive a revised design, LED running lights are standard on all models and wheels are offered in 18- or 19-inch diameters.
The new Acadia also gets an interior makeover with upgraded, soft materials on doors and dash panels and red ambient cabin light. Upper trim levels spread aluminum accents throughout. As before, the Acadia's sliding second row eases access to the third row, which is actually roomy enough for adults. Both rows fold flat to yield 117 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
A revised center console offers a multimedia touchscreen display and available navigation system, with touch-sensitive pads for climate and other controls. The available IntelliLink system offers smartphone integration, Bluetooth and Pandora audio streaming, and iPod voice commands.
Acadia options include a rear-seat entertainment system, dual sunroof and a trailer package (properly equipped, the Acadia can tow up to 5,000 pounds). Xenon headlamps, blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert are among new safety options, but a rearview camera and a front center airbag come standard. Deploying from the inboard side of the driver seat, the airbag seeks to minimize injury from front passengers knocking into each other in a side-impact collision.
The Acadia Denali edition also returns for 2013, offering maximum style and comfort with unique body treatments and cabin accents, 20-inch wheels, dual exhaust tips, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats and a navigation system.
The new Acadia goes on sale this fall. Check back for a full review of the 2013 GMC Acadia, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.