The crossover market has been exploding for the past few years and now the desire and market for full sized crossover vehicles is at its pinnacle. The GMC Acadia is General Motors reply to this new market and it can be equipped with front wheel or all wheel drive packages to meet the daily driver or the off road need of any consumer. This crossover surprisingly does not offer any options for the power train, but offers so many other options and configurations that this is one of the more versatile and feature rich crossovers out there.

The Acadia comes with one of GM’s most popular engines, the acclaimed 3.6 Liter Direct Injection V-6. This motor has been used in many other GM models and offers plenty of power for this full sized crossover, pushing 288 horsepower and 270 foot pounds of torque, this motor is matched perfectly with a smooth 6 speed automatic transmission. The Acadia gets a respectable 24 MPG on the highway which is very competitive in its class. The new 2011 Acadia will be available with the Denali trim level which brings some more rugged power options to buyers.

Bodystyles: Crossover SUV
Engine: 3.6L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: SL, SLE, SLT-1, SLT-2, Denali

GMC’s Denali trim level for the 2011 Acadia offers a host of upgrades for buyers looking to go upscale, including 20-inch rims, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and unique exterior trim pieces on the outside, and top grade leather and wood furnishings inside. Other updates to the 2011 Acadia range include OnStar’s Gen 9 package, new Cyber Gray Metallic and Gray Green Metallic colors, and an available eight-way power driver seat.

Despite its crossover aspirations, the Acadia takes more of a traditional SUV approach to its looks, with a wide stance, exaggerated fender flares and a bold, aggressive grille adorned with the iconic GMC badge.

All Acadia models offer three rows of seating, with GM’s Smart Slide feature –allowing for easier access to the third row — standard on all second-row configurations. Buyers have options ranging from base cloth seating to the Denali’s perforated leather. The Acadia offers an enormous 117 cubic feet of total cargo space. Options abound, including a heads up display, the SkyScape sunroof, rear-seat entertainment and a rear-view camera.

The 2011 Acadia is available with one engine/transmission combination, a version of GM’s high-feature, 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 engine rated in the Acadia at 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A lower center of gravity as well as an independent front and rear suspension offers drivers a better overall ride than more traditional body-on-frame SUVs.

The Acadia has a wealth of safety options, including six standard airbags, which are complemented by GM’s rollover sensing system that can deploy the side airbags if it detects a rollover is underway. Helping to prevent any possible rollover is GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, as well as traction control, and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS.

SL, SLE, SLT-1, SLT-2, Denali RWD: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
SL, SLE, SLT-1, SLT-2, Denali AWD: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway

  • Impressive interior amenities
  • Top tier safety
  • Cavernous cargo area
  • Solid on-road manners
  • Premium Denali option
  • Lack of powertrain options
  • Anonymous style
  • Visibility issues
  • On the heavy side

Big, but not too brutish


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