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2013 GMC Acadia

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2013 GMC Acadia Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2013

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 the Acadia

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.

3RD-ROW SEATS
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.

2013 GMC Acadia Details
2013 GMC Acadia photo Interior

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
2013 GMC Acadia photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

3.6-liter V6
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)

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2013 GMC Acadia Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 473 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

I wish I could love this car

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Design and interior are comfortable and roomy"

Cons: "Constant repair work and recalls"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I fell in love with this car for my large family, but it has been nothing but a money pit. It's never a good sign when the service manager closes the door and tells you that he wouldn't let his daughter by an Acadia and that I should unload the car as fast as possible before it costs me any more money. There are three main issues with the Acadias: transmission, the evaporator for the air conditioner, and the timing chain. This was told to me by two different mechanic shops independently. These are all very pricey fixes. Luckily for me the first two happened under warranty. The third evaporator is a costly fix due to how the car was designed and requires the front seats and dash to be pulled out of the car. Oftentimes the evaporator can be changed out in an hour, but because of the design it takes significantly longer. Long story short, I would avoid this car at all costs. It's a shame because design and comfort-wise it is awesome. The problem is that the time you will lose being out of work and sitting at the mechanic's shop will impact your cost of ownership and those kinds of things aren't reflected on any car site."

quality fit and finish, quiet, great features,

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "quality, comfort, great sound, lots of storage,"

Cons: "floor mats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"a great crossover. tons of room. doesn't look or ride like a mini van. perfect ride height. easy to get in and out of. loading and unloading is at the perfect height. Quality and style is very good."

poor mechanical function

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"have always had honda,nissan, or toyota. can't beat the mechanical reliability and durability of these brands. decided to buy american, and although looks good, lots of comfort andconvenience, have had quite a lot of mechanical problems. I seem to get a recall notice at least once a month for something needing to be repaired or replaced. lots of inconvenience, who has time to constantly go to the dealership. would not buy again."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Dependable and reliable to date

By on Monday, May 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive with enough room for a family five"

Cons: "Not much storage space if 3rd row seats are up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This SUV has been reliable and the creature comforts nice. Tight suspension and drives like a sports car. Plenty of acceleration and cruises nicely at interstate speeds (even in the hills). Premium sound system and good cold air conditioning."

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great handling, smooth quiet ride"

Cons: "Needs to have >4,500 lb towing capacity"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own this vehicle at just 72000 miles. Has never given me any problems, is a joy to drive. Fully loaded. Leather interior and never ceases to amaze me. I enjoy driving it but my needs have changed and now thinking of selling it to get a used truck with similar features. If you need an SUV..the Acadia will not let you down."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great for family

By on Monday, April 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "doesn't look like a mini van"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Just traded my 2013 Hemi Challenger in for an Acadia.. Yes guys It was hard to do but i have a young daughter and one on the way. I'm really impressed with this vehicle. Very comfortable, decent performance and seating for 8. Wow. It is one of the safest on the road. Looks cool, not like mini van but just as versatile."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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