Combining all the positive attributes of a high-end sedan, a minivan and an SUV, the 2012 GMC Acadia crossover boasts the most interior space in its class, top safety performance, room for up to eight passengers and refined road manners.
The 2012 Acadia (MSRP $32,605) is available in five trim packages: SL, SLE, SLT1, SLT2 and Denali, each available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. Under the hood, every 2012 Acadia has a 3.6-liter V6 with Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) technology for a superior balance of power and fuel efficiency. To make the Acadia even more fuel efficient, it is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission for an impressive 24 mpg highway in FWD models. With 288 hp and 270 lb/ft of torque on tap, a properly equipped Acadia can tow up to 5,200 pounds. Outstanding numbers like these are virtually impossible to find on any other eight-passenger family vehicle.
Unlike traditional SUVs with eight-passenger capacity, the Acadia boasts much more composed, maneuverable and compliant road manners thanks to its car-like unibody construction with independent front and rear suspension. This design also delivers more passenger and cargo space than traditional, truck-based SUVs.
Once inside, the Acadia comforts all occupants with not only roominess, but also a level of attractiveness, quality and luxury that outshines competitors in its class. All panel gaps are extremely tight, and the quality of materials used – including upholstery and components – is top drawer. A “low-and-away” instrument panel makes the front row feel more open with a commanding view out the front windshield for added visibility.
Depending on your choice of second-row seating options, either captains’ chairs or a bench seat, the Acadia can easily and comfortably accommodate seven or eight passengers. Even the third-row seating area – a region fit for only children in many crossovers – is large enough for adults. And the standard second-row SmartSlide™ feature ensures that adults can reach the third row with one-touch ease without having to be certified contortionists.
Fold down both the second and third rows and you are rewarded with a cavernous, best in class 116.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity. You get 68.9 cubic feet behind the second row, and with all three rows in use, there’s still 24 cubic feet of space for luggage.
The Acadia SL comes standard with 18-inch wheels, remote keyless entry, cruise control, rear A/C, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, intermittent front and rear wipers, foglamps and privacy glass. Also included is a six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and an auxiliary jack. SLE models add a Preferred Package that includes a remote starter, leather-wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth, which are optional on the SL. Also included in the SLE are a power liftgate, rear parking assist, eight-way driver and two-way power passenger seats and a rearview camera.
Highlights for SLT1 models include 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery with heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control and a 10-speaker Bose audio system. The SLT2 offers power-folding mirrors and available ventilated front seats, xenon headlights and head up display. The Denali pops with 20-inch chrome wheels, chrome honeycomb grille, chrome exterior accents and dual chrome exhaust tips. Also included are a Dual SkyScape™ sunroof system and a wood-trim steering wheel. SLT and Denali models are available with a touchscreen navigation system.
Standard on 2012 Denali models is Hill Hold Assist, a technology that holds the brakes for 1.5 seconds after the driver lifts off the gas pedal on inclines of five percent or more. If the brake and accelerator pedals are accidentally pressed at the same time, a pedal override system engages to avoid unintended acceleration.
Safety is an Acadia strong suit. An Antilock Brake System (ABS), StabiliTrak electronic stability control (ESC) with rollover mitigation and front, front side-impact and head-curtain airbags covering all three rows are standard equipment, as is OnStar including Turn-by-Turn Navigation, hands-free calling and six free months of the Directions and Connections plan.
Not only did the Acadia excel in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash testing, earning the highest rating of “Good” for both frontal-offset and side impacts, but it also earned a perfect five-star rating for overall performance in government crash testing. This outstanding performance is a testament to the superior build quality of the Acadia.
With performance and handling, style, cargo capacity and fuel efficiency that outperform traditional SUVs and competing crossovers, the 2012 GMC Acadia is clearly the family machine for the 21st century.
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