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KBB Expert Rating: 8.3
Although the 2013 GMC Acadia shares most of its body, powertrain and suspension with the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave, GMC has given its 8-passenger SUV a bit of an edge. Compared to the Enclave, the Acadia's styling is a bit more "country" than "country club," with a bold grille reminiscent of GMC's truck line and a new, more aggressive front end. Both front-wheel (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) models are offered. From a luxury standpoint, the Denali trim can easily give the Enclave a run for its money, considered by many owners to be the Cadillac of family-friendly crossover SUVs. Placed against such competitors as the Honda Pilot and Ford Flex, the Acadia fares well, offering a huge cargo hold, an adult-friendly 3rd-row seat and a plush interior adorned with handsome materials and first-rate built quality.
If you need room for eight, a massive cargo bay or some combination of both, but you don't want a fuel-thirsty full-size SUV or dowdy minivan, check out the 2013 GMC Acadia.
If your automotive needs occasionally require you to venture off prepared roads and onto muddy logging trails or rock-filled paths, or tow more than 5,200 pounds, a GMC Yukon might make a better choice.
The 2013 GMC Acadia gets a new front-end design, with a larger grille and LED daytime running lights. Inside, revisions are made to trim and fabric, while a new first-row center airbag is added. Also new are a color touch-screen radio and the IntelliLink infotainment system.
Driving Impressions Because it's built from a single unit body (as opposed to riding on a frame like most full-size SUVs), the 2013 GMC Acadia delivers car-like ride and handling characteristics and...an ultra-quiet cabin. We found the Acadia's steering to be nicely weighted and very responsive. The vehicle exhibits some body lean under hard cornering maneuvers, but the Acadia's ability to retain its grip on the road surprised even our most seasoned test drivers. The available 20-inch wheel-and-tire package improves the Acadia's steering feel, but also slightly diminishes its ride quality. The 2013 GMC Acadia's 288-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine offers good acceleration, but with a full load on board, it could do with a bit more power. If there was one major gripe regarding our time in the Acadia, it pertained to the high beltline that limits rearward views and makes parking maneuvers more difficult.
The 3rd-row seat in the 2013 GMC Acadia is roomy, and the bolstering on the seatbacks makes extended journeys more comfortable. Access to the rear seats is easy thanks to a clever 1-touch mechanism that slides the 2nd-row seats out of the way.
DUAL SKYSCAPE SUNROOF
The optional dual sunroofs add a feeling of spaciousness to the interior. The fixed rear sunroof features a large opening, plus a power sunshade for when the sunshine gets too intense.
With seating for up to eight people, including a 3rd-row seat that can accommodate two adults, the 2013 GMC Acadia SUV is about as people-friendly as a standard-size vehicle can get. A clever sliding 2nd-row seat permits easy access to the third row, as do its long rear-door openings. The Acadia's trump card, however, is the roomy cargo hold that remains functional even with the 3rd-row seat in place. Fold both rows flat and the Acadia offers up a whopping 116.9 cubic feet of cargo-hauling space.Exterior
We like the conservative yet powerful styling exuded by the 2013 GMC Acadia SUV. You won't find any tacked-on body cladding or garish add-ons. Even the Acadia Denali, with its big chrome mesh grille and larger-diameter wheels, resists the temptation to go overboard. Riding on standard 18-inch wheels, the Acadia has a purposeful, wide stance, while chrome and LED lighting demonstrate the Acadia can also be quite elegant. A subtle rear spoiler helps reduce aerodynamic drag, while the chrome exhaust tips and roof-rail accents simply make the Acadia shine.
The GMC Acadia for 2013 is a well-equipped vehicle that includes as standard GM's OnStar system with one year of complimentary service, color touch-screen stereo with six speakers and MP3 capability, satellite radio, 7-passenger seating, dual exhaust with chrome tips, rear spoiler, sliding 2nd-row seats, fog lights, rearview camera, rear park assist and 18-inch wheels. Government-required safety features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, anti-lock brakes (ABS), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and seven airbags. The Denali trim adds mahogany wood inserts, heated and cooled front seats, dual SkyScape sunroof, perforated leather seating surfaces, 20-inch wheels and more.
GMC offers a variety of convenience and luxury features for the 2013 Acadia. Dual sunroofs and a rear-entertainment system make the drive more enjoyable and, unlike with some vehicles, can be ordered together. The interior can be outfitted with a color touch-screen navigation system (standard on Denali), IntelliLink Bluetooth streaming of apps, tri-zone automatic air conditioning, heated and cooled front seats, premium audio with surround sound, a head-up display, cargo-area audio controls, and 8-passenger seating. Exterior options include a power liftgate, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and an attractive 20-inch wheel package.
The 2013 GMC Acadia SUV's capable 3.6-liter V6 uses variable valve timing and direct fuel injection to enhance responsiveness, deliver good engine power and help provide a maximum tow rating of 5,200 pounds. The 6-speed automatic transmission maximizes engine performance and helps the Acadia achieve excellent fuel economy for a vehicle of its size. However, the transmission can be slow to react to throttle inputs, resulting in delayed downshifts when trying to accelerate to pass other vehicles.
288 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (FWD), 16/23 mpg (AWD)
By Coeburn on Thursday, September 11, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Drives great. Quiet. Good power. Roomy."
Cons: "Poor mileage. Too much hard plastic."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Mostly roomy, quiet and handles well. Pulls my 4,000lb boat fairly well. Only gets 17 on the highway not towing and 10 towing. Not enough room to get my left leg comfortable and hard, cheap plastic everywhere. Chrome around A/C vents is absolutely blinding when the sun hits it just right. Love the rear A/C, Bose 5.1 10 speaker sound system and the heated and cooled seats. AWD works great in the rain and on slick boat ramps. Rear DVD screen is very small. Navigation is DVD based but works fairly well. Bluetooth will not stream music from your phone, but voice calls are not too bad. Stability control is amazing. Love the HUD. Don't ever want a car without it."
11 people out of 25 found this review helpful
By MT on Thursday, September 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks great, comfortable, good size"
Cons: "Hard to maneuver and park, paint chips, not rugged"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"Oh, my beautiful truck. The paint chips and scrapes off this thing, it's unbelievable. Some pieces of weather trim are coming off and I have to it back together all the time. It's kinda difficult to drive and park, I thought I'd get used to it, but I'm not. Worst of all, WHY did I buy an SUV no all-wheel drive? It slides all over the place. I thought I'd have it forever but here I am shopping again."
9 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By Malone on Sunday, August 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is my first SUV after a lifetime of driving a pick up. The Acadia is a very good looking car, best I class. The safety features are excellent and the automatic all wheel drive saved me a potentially catastrophic accident on snow and ice. I was mildly disappointed with the gas mileage, but, I have never had a six cylinder vehicle before and this car is heavier than most in it's class. I am a big guy, the car was comfortable with plenty of room. I enjoyed the car and I never had a problem with the vehicle in 114,000 miles...very well maintained and no repairs in 6 years. I am 56 and this has been one of my favorite vehicles in 40 years of driving."
7 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By Sam on Thursday, August 14, 2014
I don't own this caroverall rating 4 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"Where do I begin? Very disappointed in many respects. I leased this SUV in Feb. and have put on 3,000+ miles. I assumed that getting heated & cooled leather seat would give us the most comfort. WRONG!! Seats are hard & uncomfortable, cooling feature is a waste. It starts working as you arrive at your destination. Engine is noisy on acceleration. Gas mileage absolutely stinks (18 on Interstate). Roomy? Yes, and A/C works well, but that's about it. It's Overpriced for what you get. I turned in a 2011 Chrysler T&C for this and wish I hadn't. We are seniors and looked for more comfort but got less. Glad I didn't buy it."
7 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By errol on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "great looking,excellant handling and fuel savings,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Before the Acadia i drove GMC Yukon Denali,s,sold the big boat and now drive the Acadia.Great SUV,comfortable,plenty of power,and lots of room."
12 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By Headhound on Monday, August 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Space, ride comfort, ruggedness, styling"
Cons: "OnStar is primitive, entertainment system limited"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Wanted a vehicle to replace our 2003 AWD Pontiac Montana. Needed lots of interior room with a flat floor for when we go to dog shows and general hauling. We live in the country and need serious AWD and ground clearance. Looked at the all competition and found that the Acadia had the features, performance, handling, and ride comfort that we wanted for the best overall cost."
7 people out of 13 found this review helpful