Consumer Reviews Summary
13 of 17 (76%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 GMC Acadia Overview
With new styling and added safety features, the 2013 GMC Acadia is stylish way to carry around an active family.
The Acadia is positioned for those car buyers who would like the convenience of a third-row of seats but aren’t really looking for a full-size SUV, like GMC’s Yukon. Competing with other three-row full-size crossovers like the Mazda CX-9, Volkswagen Touareg, and Volvo XC90, the Acadia gets brand new styling up front for the 2013 model year including a three-bar grille (that will be making its way through the rest of the GMC lineup) and added creases to the hood. The 2013 Acadia also features distinctive wraparound rear glass, which covers up the D-pillars to give the back a seamless appearance that makes the roof look like it’s floating above the rear of the crossover. Wheel designs are also brand new and for those looking for a bit more flash, the Denali trim offers it with extra trim pieces, a chrome grille, and a standard panoramic sunroof.
There is only one engine/transmission option in the 2013 Acadia, a 288-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 270 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but those looking for more traction can opt for an all-wheel drive setup. Fuel economy figures check in at 17/24 mpg city/highway for FWD models (16/23 mpg for AWD models).
This being a GM model, there are some similarities between the Acadia and its Chevrolet sibling, the Traverse. However GM’s habit of using the exact same interior components seems to be (thankfully) going by the wayside and the Acadia’s cabin is better off for it. Materials have been upgraded for 2013 and the dash/center console has been redesigned. There are two second row seating configuration options, a pair of captain’s chairs which lowers passenger capacity to seven or a second row bench which allows you to carry eight people. With 24.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row as well as a covered storage well, the Acadia also offers plenty of luggage space for trips and other excursions. Standard interior features include front/rear air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, stereo with 6.5-inch touch screen, USB/iPod port, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. GM’s new IntelliLink system is optional, as are leather upholstery, heated/cooled front seats, navigation system, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
With a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, the 2013 Acadia is one of the safest vehicles around. A backup camera is standard, as are blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic systems which are especially helpful when driving a large crossover such as this. The 2013 Acadia is also the first vehicle to get a front center air bag option, which deploys between the front passengers to keep them from colliding in an accident.