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2016 GMC Acadia OVERVIEW
GMC already had a large SUV with its Yukon; but for shoppers who preferred a more car-like ride, it released the midsize Acadia crossover SUV in 2007. Closely related to the Chevrolet Traverse, with the same powertrain, Acadia comes with three-row seating for either seven or eight occupants, and can tow 5,200 pounds when properly equipped.
What's New for 2016
A new SL base model joins the lineup, and a new heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel goes into SLT-2 and Denali versions.
Choosing Your GMC Acadia
With only one engine and one six-speed automatic transmission available, the Acadia doesn't require any powertrain decisions. Its 3.6-liter V6 produces 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque in the lower trim levels; the top-of-the-line Denali squeezes out an extra seven horses and four pound-feet of torque. The primary decision to make is between front- and all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is estimated at 17-mpg city/24-mpg highway (16/23 with AWD).
Starting with the new SL, the Acadia has no shortage of trim levels to choose from. Each is available with either seven- or eight-passenger seating. Seven-passenger models substitute two captain’s chairs for the second-row bench.
The Acadia Denali may seem expensive, and therefore hard to justify; but for so many features, it actually qualifies as a good deal. Further down the price scale, even the new base SL is nicely equipped, and may be the practical choice for the budget-minded. Before deciding, ask yourself just which extras you can do without.