The Acadia is ready for another year of grocery-getting and family-hauling duty, and as always, there is plenty of room for the kids to bring some of their friends along. With a 60/40-split second row, the Acadia can hold up to eight passengers. The capacity drops to seven when you select captain’s chairs for the second row in lieu of a bench. Up front, the 3.6-liter V-6 engine produces 288 hp and does a fine job carting around the Acadia’s roughly 4000 pounds. It can also tow up to 5200 pounds when properly equipped. Depending on the buyer’s preference and the trim level selected, the Acadia sits on eighteen-, nineteen, or twenty-inch wheels. The Denali model gets the biggest wheels along with a panoramic sunroof, a chunkier lower-body aero kit, a head-up display, and heated and cooled seats for the driver and front passenger. Overall, the Acadia has proven itself to be a solid choice in its segment. It compares well with such standout competitors as the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot both mechanically and functionally. The Acadia rides well and is reasonably economical, which also goes for its corporate siblings, the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse.

Drive: Front-wheel, 4-wheel
Trim Levels: SL, SLE, SLT, Denali
Body style: SUV/crossover, 7- or 8-passenger
Engine: 3.6L V-6, 288 hp, 270 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Passenger volume: 154.0 cu ft
Capacities: Towing 5200 lb; cargo (behind third/middle/front seats) 24.1/68.7/115.9 cu ft

SLT and Denali models now get blind-spot detectors added to the sideview mirrors, and SLE, SLT, and Denali models get standard foglamps and body-color side moldings. All Acadias gain another power outlet on the center console and now come with hill-hold braking. There are two new exterior colors, crystal red tintcoat and stone gray metallic.

Dual front, side, and side curtain air bags for all rows are standard. ABS, stability and traction control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system are also standard. Denali models receive standard hill-hold braking and throttle override, which cuts power if the brakes and the gas are applied at the same time.

All: 16-17 mpg city/23-24 mpg highway

  • Seating for seven or eight
  • Decent fuel economy
  • Generic styling
  • Getting on in years

Lots of kids, lots of groceries, lots of car.

  • Dodge Durango
  • Honda Pilot
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Toyota Highlander

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