The Acadia delivers a brawny spirit in a family-oriented package, and shares its DNA with the closely related Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. Of particular note, the Acadia can be configured for up to eight passengers.
What's New for 2014
Dual USB ports have been added to the rear console. Forward collision and lane departure warning systems are now standard on the Denali and optional in other trim packages.
Choosing Your GMC Acadia
A 288-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine powers all Acadia models, and each trim level offers the option of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. With front-wheel drive, the Acadia earns 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway; mileage takes a slight ding, to 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, with all-wheel drive. The Acadia can tow up to 5,200 pounds—those with major towing needs will need to step up to a Tahoe or Suburban.
GMC offer five trim levels—from the spartan SLE-1 to the lavish Denali—with MSRPs that range from the mid-30s to the upper-40s.
While budget-oriented buyers should look at the SLE-2, most buyers will probably be happiest with an SLT-1 or SLT-2. The Denali is pricey, but has the content to back it up.