Car Review: Tweaks to 2013 GMC Acadia make it good, large crossover

With eight passengers easily accommodated, the 2013 GMC Acadia presents winning points in comfort, space and performance. Photo: Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, August 1, 2013 — Offering up three rows in the 2013 GMC Acadia, this vehicle shares the spotlight with competition like the Buick Enclave and the Chevy Traverse presenting a winning combination of comfort, space and high-end performance.

Other competition in the category also includes the Ford Flex and the Mazda CX-9 or even consumers might consider the Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer, but neither of these options are as well rounded as a member of the GM family.

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With as many as  eight passengers able to take a ride in the Acadia, the 2013 version also new front and rear styling and interior materials as well as even more standard features than in years past.

The 2013 GMC Acadia

The 2013 GMC Acadia

Expect a flashier grill, LED running lights and inside features are more defined flowing freely into the overall design with the addition too, of the GMC Intellilink.

This large crossover SUV comes in five trims the SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2 and the Denali.

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With eight passengers the second row on the SLE-1 is a bench seat, but with the other trims this comes optional offering second-row captain chairs instead.

The SLE-1 also has 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, integrated blind-spot mirrors, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, keyless entry, cruise control, rear manual air-conditioning control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a plethora of audio goodies.

Up to the SLE-2 and you add remote vehicle start, power liftgate, eight-way power driver seat, a two-way power passenger seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

For the SLT-1 trim there are 19-inch wheels, fog lamps, heated sideview mirrors along with the  turn signal repeaters, leather upholstery in the first and second rows, heated front seats and rear seat audio controls.

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On the SLT-2 its additionally power-folding mirrors, driver memory functions, an eight-way power passenger seat and additional add-ons like ventilated front seats or a Technology package with xenon headlights and cargo area audio controls.

On the top-of-the-line Denali you get all the SLT-2 optional items as well as a distinctive style that comes with 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, wood-trim steering wheel and a panoramic sunroof.

As a note, the sunroof is also optional on the other Acadia trims as well except the SLE-1 and so is the rear-seat entertainment system. For those opting for the SLT trims or Denali there is the chance to add a navigation system that comes with real-time traffic too.

Under the hood the 2013 GMC Acadia has a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque standard with front-wheel-drive and a six-speed automatic transmission, but all-wheel drive is optional too.

Safety on the 2013 GMC Acadia includes antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side-impact and side curtain airbags for the three rows and a year of GM’s OnStar service as well as turn-by-turn navigation and hands-free phone connectivity. All but the SLE-1 also include a front-center airbag that inflates between the driver and right front passenger for additional protection in a side-impact collision. The SLT-2 and Denali have the standard side blind-spot monitoring as well.

Inside the 2013 GMC Acadia the interior is striking and a step up from years past and look for the new feature of the Acadia’s wraparound rear windows this year too. The infotainment functions are touch on a screen display located on the dash and take not too of the Intellilink interface allowing for smartphone radio.

There is definitely front row passenger head- and legroom and flat third-row seats are easy to deploy and stow as well.

The Acadia offers 24 cubic feet of storage space and up to 70 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down and an even more impressive 116 cubic feet when you get ride of the second row as well.

Expect an easy ride from this crossover that will handle it all and then some on the road since for families or hauling this is a primo go to vehicle.


Should You Need to Know: Take note that the base SL trim has been replaced in 2013 with the SLE-1 trim name.


Miles Per Gallon: The 2013 GMC Acadia Denali I drove came in with 16 miles per hour in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway.


Cost: The top-of-the-line 2013 GMC Acadia Denali came in at $52,075.


Rita Cook  is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association and can be followed on Twitter at @ritacook13. She is also a 15-year veteran journalist and author, her latest book from History Press  is about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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