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The 2014 GMC Acadia places professional grade versatility in your hands.

September 14th, 2013 in GMC, News

2014 GMC Acadia

Seating for up to eight passengers and class leading cargo space are easily customizable through GM’s exclusive Smart Slide seating technology. With a single pull of a lever, the second-row seat cushions flip up while the seatbacks slide forward, maximizing the space available. Or slide the entire second row forward or backward to accommodate taller passengers with increased legroom. Cargo space behind the third row measures in at an impressive 24.1 cubic feet, or you can maximize cargo space to access the Acadia’s 116.1 cubic feet. No matter the configuration, you’re getting the best in its class.

2014 GMC Acadia

The open feel in the Acadia’s interior starts at the dashboard, with its “low-and-away” instrument panel. Soft-touch materials with French stitching adds a custom tailored look, and red ambient light illuminates the dashboard and aluminum accents. Touch activated climate control and four-way adjustable headrests ensure comfort for the driver and passenger in eight-way adjustable seats. New to 2014 are two USB ports on the back of the center console, easily accessible for second-row passengers.

When it comes to the Acadia’s distinctive exterior styling, it’s all about the details. The new three-bar grille and signature LED daytime running lamps provide form and function, and finer touches like the standard chrome door handles prove no detail was ignored. Wrap-around glass on the rear fascia is topped with a small spoiler, streamlining the body into a sleek and confident stance. That leaves you with the choice of bold 18-inch or 19-inch wheels, or up to 20-inch with the Denali trim package.

2014 GMC Acadia

The 2014 Acadia is available in SLE (with SLE-1 and SLE-2 trims), the SLT (with SLT-1 and SLT-2 trims) and the Denali models. The 3.6L V-6 VVT engine, utilizing direct injection technology, optimizes performance and fuel economy. It’s paired with Acadia’s fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission to help give FWD models an EPA-estimated 24 mpg on the highway. For those in more precarious driving conditions, an All-wheel drive system is available. And if all that cargo space simply isn’t enough, the Acadia can pull up to 5,200 pounds in tow.

2014 GMC Acadia

New safety features in the 2014 Acadia build on its already stellar track record in safety ratings. Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning make use of a windshield-mounted high definition camera to send audio and visual cues when another vehicle approaches too quickly, or when unintentionally changing lanes. The camera technology was recently named a “Top Ten Tech Breakthrough of 2012” by Popular Mechanics. When combined with Side Blind Zone Alert and Cross Traffic Alert, the Acadia essentially creates a protective radar that keeps you and your passengers safe from every angle.

If you need a professional grade vehicle that can confidently handle any situation, look no further than the 2014 GMC Acadia.

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

February 3rd, 2013 in News

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

There’s a certain feeling owners of the 2013 Acadia Denali share: confidence. It’s a feeling that begins when you remote start the car, activating the automatic climate control while you make a coffee to go, prepare lunch, find the kids, or all of the above. By the time you’re ready, so is the Denali. Nestled in the driver’s seat, you’re confident that the Acadia Denali doesn’t just tackle the day—it does it better than anyone in its class.

This car will move you. And up to eight passengers. True craftsmanship isn’t just seen—it’s felt, and can only be developed over generations of car making. Inside the cabin, you’re surrounded by soft touch material: throughout the dashboard, door panels, and center console. Warm ambient lighting adds to the natural light streaming in from Dual-Skyscape sunroof, reflecting off of the aluminum trim accents. Real stitching on the instrument panel and leather seats shows the impeccable attention to detail. Every stitch, like every other component in the vehicle, has been expertly sewn to create a synthesis of parts, all working together in unison to provide the quintessential crossover experience. It only gets even better as you bring the 3.6L V6 engine to life, and witness the smooth and quiet ride the Acadia delivers, thanks to noise –dampening materials hidden everywhere from the engine bay to the rear panels. The transmission shifts seamlessly between gears, and hydraulic power steering variable effort feels smooth and effortless.

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

The Acadia’s bold, clean lines reflect a sense of professionalism. Sharp HID headlamps with LED accents increase visibility during all times of the day and night, and projector beam fog lamps help in inclement weather. Of course, if that doesn’t get their attention, all new 20-inch chrome clad aluminum wheels will. Stunning in sunlight, sleek at night. The Acadia Denali’s exterior is all about the seamless integration of form and function. Find the tow hitch discreetly hidden, giving the exterior clean lines but remaining easily accessible. Or take a look at the glass-to-glass tailgate corner, a slick design detail with a secret—underneath the glass is a unitized body fortified by high-strength steel. Sure, the Acadia Denali boasts clean lines and a bold look, but it also provides the strength and security you need to feel confident behind the wheel. The 2013 Acadia is bigger, bolder, and better, and appearances are just the beginning.

It’s not enough to simply look good—we just wouldn’t have it any other way. Functionality is everything in a crossover vehicle, and the 2013 Acadia Denali takes this idea further than any other vehicle by allowing customization every step of the way. For seven passenger capacity, choose a second row of captain’s seats, or to maximize capacity at eight passengers, choose the split bench seat. Either way, SmartSlide allows easy access to the third row, and a number of cargo space options become immediately available. Fold one seat down (or part of the bench) down to combine cargo and passenger space, or fold them all down for ultimate cargo capacity. We’re talking about a maximum of 116.1 cubic feet of cargo room, enough space for the biggest box you’d ever want to load or unload. The driver and front passenger both have eight-way adjustable power seats, each with two memory settings, and four-way adjustable headrests. Sit exactly how you like to, every single time. Three distinct climate zones (front, passenger, and rear) allow everyone to be comfortable no matter the preference. That means less time arguing over the thermostat (see also: never arguing over it again) and more time enjoying the Bose surround sound. By not only providing the essential components to make daily tasks easier, but also the ability to customize each component to the driver’s and passengers’ unique tastes, the Acadia Denali raises the bar in comfort and convenience.

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

Controlling the Acadia Denali’s array of technology features is easy: just tell it what to do. The IntelliLink control panel can effortlessly make a phone call, find a location on GPS, or play a specific radio station by simply listening to you. Additional controls on the steering wheel and touch screen give you the flexibility you need, when you need it. Smartphone connectivity through Bluetooth synchronizes without a hitch, and there’s even a compartment in the dashboard with USB port. A heads-up display projects information onto the dashboard, such as your current speed or vehicle settings, so that you can keep your eyes on the road. Backseat passengers can enjoy a DVD entertainment system, or plug in their own electronics in the A/V and power ports. Vacationing with children (even the fully grown adult kind) has never been this easy.

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

Confidence of a different sort comes from the level of safety in the Acadia Denali. Have a little fun—shock your friends and family by closing the rear lift gate on your hand. Automatic sensors disengage the clutch, and your hand miraculously comes out unscathed. Same for the driver side window, a potential finger-saver. Even the location of the battery, centrally under the 2nd row seating, protects it from nasty collisions, allowing use in a possibly critical situation. In the engine bay, every connection is triple-sealed to keep components working correctly, even in the worst weather conditions. But these are all small details, simply rounding out the overall safety the Acadia provides before, during, and after a collision.

Let’s start with the before. Backing up is easy with the IntelliLink display, which indicates visually and audibly how close you are to objects. It alerts you when some crazed individual drives through the grocery store parking lot in the wrong direction—it happens, so we addressed it. Blind zone alerts, through small LEDs in the side mirrors and warning tones, help eliminate minor accidents when changing lanes. The tire pressure monitoring system doesn’t just tell you a tire is low—it tells you which one, and by how much. You can even access this kind of information through the OnStar app for smartphones, so you’ll know even before you’re behind the wheel. When the roads are slippery or uneven, antilock brakes and StabiliTrak (registered) keep you in control of your vehicle.

Yet preventive measures and technology can only do so much. In the event of a collision, the Acadia’s safety cage made from high strength steel keeps the driver and any passengers safe, while crush zones in the front and rear absorb the energy from the impact. An industry-first addition of the front-center airbag protects the driver and passenger from colliding into one another in a side impact collision. Headrests move forward automatically to help prevent whiplash, and pretensioners in the seatbelts minimize forward movement. Simply getting five stars isn’t enough. This is the Acadia Denali, where safety innovation goes beyond maintaining a high safety rating.

After an accident, the OnStar service kicks in, powered by the Acadia’s centrally located battery. Crucial, life-saving information is automatically relayed to emergency responders, including the car’s location, the direction and number of impacts, and rollover status. These details can make all the difference when the first responders arrive. With additional features like Remote Ignition Block to stop thieves, remote door unlock for those “whoops” moments (not you, no, never you), and roadside assistance, the value of OnStar becomes pretty clear.

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

When you look at the competition, they simply don’t stack up. Let’s take a look at the Honda Pilot. Sure, they’ve addressed the noisy ride in previous models, and improved the fuel economy for 2013. However, you can say goodbye to engine responsiveness, interior refinement, remote start, or easy access to the third row. In terms of safety, the Pilot scored “Good” for frontal and side-impact crashes, but only “Marginal” in the roof-strength test. Now, the Ford Explorer. It’s lighter and roomier than its predecessors, sure, but how does it do against the Acadia Denali? For starters, you can say goodbye to the eighth passenger and the standard power lift gate. You can also say hello to the Sync system, but we’re not so sure it will understand you the first time.

Where does confidence come from? For us, it comes from making the right decisions. From using the strongest steel. From innovating the latest technology. From finding the right balance of power and efficiency, of form and function.

We’re confident in the 2013 Acadia Denali. Are you?

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

November 19th, 2012 in News

2013 GMC Acadia

The 2013 Acadia Denali. A luxury crossover that isn’t afraid to get its shoes dirty.

The Acadia Denali gets its name from a vast expanse of wild Alaskan land, and is named so for two reasons: to capture the beauty of the landscape, and the ability to conquer it. Look no further than the aggressive front end design, with bold lines and chrome accents, or the signature LEDs in the headlights. On 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, the Denali conquers its namesake landscape, or any other landscape, in unprecedented style.

Luxury comes standard in the 2013 Acadia Denali, with a SkyScape double sunroof, heated and cooled front seats, a heads-up display, and a slew of technological amenities. A ten-speaker premium Bose system surrounds the cabin, which was designed with an acoustic package to help eliminate road and wind noise. Go ahead, start figuring out your playlist. Just be certain that you’ve never heard your favorite songs quite like this. While you’re thinking of that playlist, go ahead and figure out the other seven passengers you decide to escape reality with for a little while. Even the third row is comfortable, which certainly can’t be said for all crossovers, and there’s still cargo room to spare. Six months of included OnStar ensure you won’t get lost, even when you decide to take the excursion into uncharted territory. There’s a certain beauty to tackling nature’s toughest terrain with a leather-wrapped, mahogany accented steering wheel. Adventuring has never felt this good.

Safety comes standard, too, handy for those city-bound adventures. The seven air bags, daytime running lights, and side blind zone alerts ensure your safety on crowded streets. Standard anti-lock brakes and available all-wheel drive give you confidence in your and your passenger’s safety. And a rear view camera helps you maneuver through tight spots with ease. Any terrain, indeed.

Sure, by the week you’re a commuter, a parent, a carpooler, or otherwise. But all of that is after the car wash. The weekend excursions can be our little secret. Or up to eight of ours.

2013 GMC Acadia

February 28th, 2012 in News

GMC today unveiled the new 2013 Acadia and Acadia Denali at the Chicago Auto Show, highlighting a new exterior and safety features including the industry’s first front center air bag.

Acadia, which launched in 2007 as GMC’s first crossover and defined a segment that has since surged in popularity, had the best sales in its five-year history in 2011. The Denali model, added in mid-2010, broadened Acadia’s appeal to luxury customers with its combination of functionality and style.

“With an award-winning combination of space, capability and fuel-efficiency, Acadia epitomizes GMC’s ‘never say never’ attitude,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of GMC Marketing. “For 2013, our engineers and designers applied that same attitude to developing the new Acadia.”

Acadia retains the interior functionality popular with families, including the SmartSlide seating system, which allows easy access to the third row for both seven- and eight-passenger seating configurations. Likewise, both the second and third row still fold flat for class-leading maximum cargo space, including the ability to carry 48-inch-wide sheet goods, such as drywall and plywood.

Confident design

First impressions are everything, and the 2013 Acadia was developed to make a strong one. A chiseled, three-bar grille sits prominently in the new, more upright design.

Diffused LED running lamps lend a premium look to the Acadia and are standard on all models, regardless of whether standard projector beam or optional HID headlamps are selected. New taillamp detailing reflects the advancements up front.

The new Acadia gets other subtle exterior design updates, including wrap-around rear glass and a new rear spoiler. New 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheel patterns complement the vehicle’s lines and stance.

The Acadia’s refined interior uses upgraded soft-touch materials, with French stitching that adds a tailored look and red ambient light flowing across the dashboard. SLT and Denali models get aluminum accents on the center console, doors and dash.

Industry-exclusive safety

The redesigned Acadia will be the first vehicle on the market with GMC’s new front center air bag system, created to protect drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle. It deploys from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and positions itself between the driver and front passenger.

“While no restraint technology can address all body regions or all potential injuries, the front center air bag is designed to work with the vehicle’s other air bags and safety belts to collectively deliver an even more comprehensive occupant restraint system,” said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness.

Standard on the Acadia Denali and available on other models are Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems. These systems use radar to watch spots the driver may not be able to see – and provide visible and audible warnings to help prevent collisions.

Every Acadia model also comes standard with six months of OnStar’s Directions and Connections service, which includes automatic crash response, turn-by-turn navigation, roadside assistance, emergency services link and remote door unlocking. OnStar’s RemoteLink smartphone app allows for remote vehicle status reports, extended locking and unlocking capability, and remote start functionality to distance limited only by cellular phone service, rather than the few hundred feet of the standard key fob.

Technology leader

The 2013 Acadia’s redesigned infotainment functions feature capacitive touch controls that use electrodes to sense the conductive properties of objects such as the touch of a finger.

GMC’s Color Touch Radio – first introduced on the 2012 Terrain – is standard in the Acadia. Available IntelliLink allows customers to seamlessly integrate their smartphones for hands-free calling through the audio system and Bluetooth streaming of popular internet radio favorites Pandora and Stitcher. IntelliLink also allows voice control of USB-connected iPods for easy access to stored music.

Other audio system features include HD radio capability, a photo viewer and a standard rear-vision camera with dynamic guide lines that will display on the high-definition screen.

Mechanically, the 2013 Acadia benefits from a next-generation Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission with better shift response and improved drivability.

Acadia’s most-popular options, including rear-seat entertainment, a Dual SkyScape sunroof and a trailering package, continue to be available.

Exclusive Denali returns

Acadia’s popular, top-of-the-line Denali trim represents 30 percent of sales, so a high priority was placed on adding premium amenities and refining Denali’s signature design cues. New or redesigned exterior additions include:

  • New, three-dimensional polished grille
  • Redesigned lower front and rear fascias
  • Body-color lower cladding and rocker moldings, rear fascia and fender flares
  • Unique body-side moldings with chrome accents and Denali badges
  • Dual flow-through chrome exhaust outlets integrated into the rear fascia
  • 20-inch machined wheels

Inside, Denali adds standard comfort and safety features, including:

  • Perforated leather seating and Denali-specific Cocoa Dune upholstery color
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood inserts and power tilt/telescope
  • Aluminum trim accents
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Accent lighting in footwells and lighted sill plates with Denali logo
  • Color Touch navigation
  • Side Blind Zone and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Dual SkyScape sunroof system, with sliding front sunroof and fixed rear section

“When designing the new Acadia, we considered the contemporary shapes and materials GMC buyers expect from many products they buy,” said Dave Lyon, executive director of design. “The Denali’s attention to detail is the ultimate demonstration of this approach.”

GMC capability

All 2013 GMC Acadia models are powered by a fuel-efficient, 3.6L direct injection V-6 with variable valve timing, producing 288 horsepower (215 kW) and 270 lb-ft (266 Nm) of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard on all trim levels, while the added control of all-wheel drive is available. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds (2268 kg).

The 2013 GMC Acadia and Acadia Denali will be built at the Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant in Lansing, Mich. Pricing, availability and more details will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date in late 2012.

2011 GMC Acadia Denali

March 25th, 2011 in News

2011 GMC Acadia Denali

A new, premium Denali model joins the GMC Acadia lineup for 2011, adding a new dimension of luxury and exclusivity to this popular crossover. It brings the distinctive Denali design elements, including a chrome honeycomb grille and monochromatic exterior color cues, along with exclusive fascias, high-intensity discharge headlamps and unique interior features.

“The GMC Denali models have come to stand for luxury and exclusivity, and that’s just what customers will get in the new Acadia Denali,” said Lisa Hutchinson, GMC product marketing director. “The decision to develop an Acadia Denali was made quickly within the new GM in response to customer and dealer demand for a Denali version ever since the launch and success of the Acadia.”

2011 GMC Acadia Denali

Indeed, the Acadia continues to win over customers. In a still-recovering market, Acadia sales were up nearly 45 percent in the first quarter of 2010, making it second in brand sales to only the broad Sierra range of trucks.

In addition to the new Acadia Denali, the Acadia is offered in two cloth trims, SL and SLE, and leather trims designated SLT1 and SLT2. All models are available in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive with seven- or eight-passenger seating configurations. A comprehensive safety system includes six standard air bags and standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control and rollover mitigation technology.

Acadia at a glance

Acadia’s body-frame integral structure enables lower entry/exit height for passengers. Despite the vehicle’s SUV-like front-end height, the front door step-in height is only 18.9 inches (480 mm); the rear door step-in height is 19.8 inches (503 mm). Entry to the second- and third-row seats is easy with very wide rear doors and GM’s exclusive Smart Slide second-row seat feature.

All models are powered by a 3.6L V-6 VVT engine that uses gasoline direct injection technology to optimize performance and fuel economy. The engine is paired with Acadia’s fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission to help give FWD models an EPA-estimated 24 mpg on the highway. The Acadia also is capable of towing up to 5,200 pounds (2364 kg), when properly equipped.

2011 GMC Acadia Denali

Acadia’s interior exudes refinement and attention to detail, with many thoughtful features designed into a finely crafted environment. A car-like “low and away” instrument panel enhances the feeling of openness in the front-row seats and provides a commanding outward view. The instrument panel and other interior elements feature high-quality, low-gloss materials and tight gap tolerances.

Acadia Denali details

The 2011 Acadia Denali is available in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models, as well as seven- and eight-passenger seating configurations. It stands out with its signature Denali design cues, highlighted by the monochromatic exterior and chrome honeycomb grille.

Further distinction comes with 20-inch, two-tone chrome-clad wheels. The six-spoke wheels feature black chrome spoke inserts set against bright chrome. It is offered in five exterior colors: Quicksilver Metallic, Summit White, Carbon Black, Red Jewel Tintcoat and White Diamond Tricoat.

Seating and storage

All Acadia models offer three rows of seating that can be configured for seven or eight passengers, regardless of the trim level. The seating configurations include two front bucket seats, a 60/40-split second-row bench (three passengers) or two second-row captain’s chairs (two passengers) and a 60/40-split third-row bench seat. Generous storage space of 24.1 cu. ft. (682 liters) is available behind the third-row seat (with the cargo management removed).

GM’s exclusive Smart Slide feature is standard on all second-row configurations, allowing quick and easy access to the third-row seating area. The second-row seat cushion flips up while the seatback slides forward, effectively compressing the space occupied by the seat with the pull of a lever. The Smart Slide system also allows the second row to be positioned fore/aft. When adjusted rearward, the second-row seat provides more legroom for taller passengers; when adjusted forward, it provides more storage space or additional legroom for third-row passengers. Seating space is sufficient for adults in all positions.

2011 GMC Acadia Denali

Access to the third-row seat also is aided by Acadia’s rear door width, which is wider than the doors on most other SUVs. The vehicle’s long wheelbase also enables greater accessibility. The rear door opening was maximized by reducing the space between the rear door and the leading edge of the door opening. Engineers were able to maximize the opening space while providing optimal chassis integrity for maximum occupant protection.

Along with comfort and ease of entry, Acadia’s interior offers generous cargo room, including 115.9 cu. ft. (1,382 L) when the second- and third-row seats are folded flat and the cargo management removed. Additional storage is also available in a covered rear cargo convenience center behind the third row that allows items to be stored out of sight beneath the rear cargo floor.

Ride and handling

Acadia rides on a long 118.9-inch (3,020.7 mm) wheelbase and wide 67.28-inch (1,709 mm) front/rear tracks – a combination that lowers the center of gravity and enables smooth, stable ride and handling. Sharp reflexes are also supported by independent front and rear suspensions. The front suspension features a MacPherson strut design, with a direct-acting stabilizer bar and aluminum knuckles. Isolated mounting points help reduce noise and vibration.

The rear suspension uses a compact, state-of-the-art linked “H” design, which uses an isolated mounting system to reduce noise and vibration transmitted to the passenger compartment. This design enables the handling prowess that comes with an independent suspension, but with minimal floor pan intrusion – a feature that helps the Acadia offer generous passenger and cargo space.

2011 GMC Acadia Denali

Acadia features standard power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, with variable-effort steering available. The suspension and steering system meet the road via standard 18-inch wheels and tires, with 19-inch wheels available. Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard.

Acadia’s available Intelligent AWD system enhances dry-road handling and provides increased traction on wet, snow and ice-covered roads. It actively manages the torque distribution between the front and rear axles, based on factors such as wheel speed, throttle and surface conditions. There is no driver intervention; the system automatically decides how much torque to apply and it automatically delivers torque to the wheels that have the best traction. The AWD system’s tuning is revised to provide more rear torque bias during certain driving conditions.


Acadia’s 360-degree safety system helps protect passengers before, during and after a crash. A strong structure is the foundation, while a wide stance and low center of gravity helps reduce the likelihood of a rollover. Acadia’s structure is reinforced in numerous areas with high-strength steel, including a stiff steel cross-car beam welded across the floor between the B-pillars. It also uses dual-phase steel in select areas, such as the lower engine compartment rails. Dual-phase steel is strengthened in the paint oven and offers easier formability, reduced mass, greater strength and better crash energy absorption than most high-strength steels.

Acadia is equipped with six standard air bags: two dual-stage frontal air bags for the driver and front passenger; two seat-mounted side-impact air bags in the first row; and two head curtain side-impact air bags that cover all three seating rows. The head curtain side air bags are among the longest air bags in any production vehicle.

Complementing the air bags is GM’s rollover sensing system, which can preemptively activate the side-impact air bags if sensors determine a rollover is imminent. In the event of a rollover, the air bags stay inflated longer to provide increased occupant containment.

Acadia also comes standard with OnStar 9.0 (with a six-month Directions and Connections plan including Turn-by-Turn navigation and Destination Download) that features Automatic Crash Response.

Acadia is covered by GM’s five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty – the best coverage in America.

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