First appearing in the United States in 2006, the GMC Acadia is car manufacturer GM's entry in the popular full-size crossover SUV category. In terms of size, price, and capability, the Acadia fills the space between the Envoy and the Yukon. With seating for seven to eight passengers depending on model, cargo space comparable to that of a full-sized SUV, and an abundance of safety features, this vehicle is a very popular choice among families.
The GMC Acadia features a 3.6-L V6 engine that is capable of 288 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. Combined, these features provide excellent power and fuel economy during both city and highway driving. Four-wheel drive models average 17/24 miles per gallon while all-wheel drive models average 16/23 miles per gallon. These averages are better than the average fuel efficiency of comparable eight-passenger SUVs. The Acadia is capable of towing 4,500 pounds when properly equipped.
GM has been designing and manufacturing trucks since 1902. In recent years, they have started creating smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles. They first designed the Acadia as a replacement for three of the seven-to-eight-passenger vehicles in the GMC-Buick-Pontiac Family. The Acadia replaces the GMC Envoy XL, GMC Safari van, and Pontiac Montana minivan and has increased the auto manufacturer's sales by approximately 25%. It is the first front-wheel drive offered by GMC, and it is the company's first offering in the crossover category. The most recent models come standard with top-of-the-line safety equipment and a plethora of optional features.
The GMC is currently available in four trim levels with the SL being the most limited. Even the base model offers impressive features including traction control, MP3 compatible CD player, keyless entry, power windows and locks, dual exhaust, and a tire pressure monitoring system. All models also include a theft deterrent system, a three month subscription to XM satellite radio, and a six month subscription to the OnStar Directions and Connections plan. Optional trim packages include additional features such as Bluetooth, remote start, power lift gate, premium sound system, and heated seats. Other optional upgrades include sunroof and household style 115-volt power outlet. DVD entertainment systems including headrest mounted LCD monitors, wireless headphones, and wireless remotes are also available from the dealership at an additional cost.
According to Kelly Blue Book, the GMC Acadia has the best in class projected resale value. It has also received the Pet Safe Choice Award;" and it has been declared a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Previous models of the GMC Acadia have also received five star ratings for safety under the New Car Assessment Program.
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