By KBB.com Editors
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)
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2013 GMC Acadia SUV starts around $35,000 for the FWD SL. That's more than the entry prices of the Ford Flex, Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot. A loaded GMC Acadia Denali with AWD can reach close to $55,000. While priced at the high end of the segment, the Acadia's generous standard equipment list must be taken into consideration. To compare the actual transaction prices that consumers are paying in your area, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price. Though higher priced than its competitors, the Acadia is expected to have excellent resale value, remaining slightly above the Ford Flex but not as high as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.
By Missey on Saturday, March 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Great, comfortable, convenient vehicle. Many nice features like the shape of the side mirrors for best visibility,climate control system including rear air. Would like better gas mileage."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By George on Sunday, February 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Ride, room, value, & lot of standard features"
Cons: "Middle row seat supports (sides/btm) scuffs easily"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We have piled 15K miles on our 2013 GMC Acadia in about 9 months, and it's been a pleasure thus far. The only issue we had was a "check airbag" alarm came on, which was handled under warranty (while we had the vehicle in for an oil change anyhow). The ride is very comfortable, and the space is wonderful for transporting both people, and stuff (very versitle, with many configurations to meet your space needs... can easily swallow up 6 people, plus loads of stuff like for a road trip, without needing to use the roof... or 8 people plus their stuff for short rides.... like to school/work). Ride is very smooth, and it handles well (more like a sedan than an SUV). Gas mileage hasn't been exactly as advertised, but I'm a fairly aggressive driver, and 18-19 MPG (combined driving) is a lot better than the 13-14 MPG (combined driving) we were getting in our Yukon (which had more hip room, but less overall cargo space, especially with the back row being used). Overall very happy with our purchase. Not sure I'd be as excited if we broke the bank for the higher models, but our base model has all of the amenities we need (and a few we'd never had before, like back-up camera). Well worth it for the right deal (got ours on special for under $30K... which I consider a bargain for such a large/comfortable vehicle)."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By MF on Thursday, February 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Powerhouse - fun to drive."
Cons: "gear syncro a little rough at low speed pickups an"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Bought this approx December 2014. The exterior style has gown on me a lot. Interior is terrific. Dual roof (if only they both opened). Captain seating makes it very flexible for all my needs from haul photo gear to hunting and holidays to the beach long distance. On the highway this is terrific. The ride is a bit sporty with a lot of road feel much like a performance car which might not be for everyone. I'd like it to be a little softer - just a tad. Lane warning is greta for highway and collision system works but makes little sense. Saved me once so far from clipping another truck. Took it to Florida and the seats configuration was brilliant. we had a whole entertainment system going 3rd row with the captains folded. very fun. The roof opens only 80% because of the dual glass and is too noisy in my opinion. iPhone app reports it at 90 db. That's loud! Gas is as expected. Needs a light in the glove box. Don't know how they missed that. Power tail gate makes an unpolished clonk at the top of the rise - could be better. Trailering bumper cover very nice and keeps the car looking very seamless. Heated cooled seats - oh yea! InteilliLink iffy with iPhone - needs to be fixed for texting fetters but good on bluetooth and general features. Designers it would be great to have a USB that stays powered for charging when the key is out (A must). Buttons radio take a little getting use to but pretty well planned after. My biggest beef is the low speed and rolling stop syncro of the gearbox. Makes the ride a little jerky. Probably the worst in a car I"ve yet owned. Check it out when test driving. rolling stop transitions etc. Anything else perfect. all in all I love it for my family and business."
By momma7 on Thursday, February 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,561overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "love to drive"
Cons: "hard middle seat"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love my GMC ACADIA. I have the basic model and would recommend it to anybody. I have 7 kids 3 who are hockey players and the back seats lay forward easily to allow us to fit all of our gear. It feels like a truck because you are able to see above most cars. but it also feels like a car because of its comfort. I gave it a 9/10 on the interior design because the middle seat is uncomfortable...kind of hard. but I put the car-seat there and no one complains."
By KC on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfort, Roomy, Great for family, SAFE"
Cons: "Handling in snow"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased my '08 Acadia at 1 year old with 36,000 miles. It required a bit of warranty work in the beginning, but beyond that I didn't have any trouble with it mechanically. It was FWD (2WD) and didn't handle the best in snow, but that is my only complaint. I was in an accident with it just yesterday. While I'm sad that my Acadia is a total loss, it saved my life. I was hit by a car, twice by a semi, then a concrete interstate barrier. This vehicle took the hits like a champ, and I managed to walk away with just some sore muscles. I will miss my Acadia. LOVED this vehicle!"
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Mari on Friday, January 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000overall rating 2 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"The car has very bad pick up and it's a gas guzzler. It dose not get close it 16 miles around town like the sticker said. I'm very disappointed in the car! The value of the car drop so much I can't get rid of it."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful