- Three-row crossover with seating for seven or eight
- Shares a platform with the Chevrolet Traverse
- Mostly unchanged for 2015
Plowing on into 2015 is the GMC Acadia, a three-row crossover with flexible seating and cargo options, and for those who want brash luxury, a Denali version.
Three-row crossovers have risen to prominence thanks to consumers who want the ability to seat more passengers, but aren’t looking for a traditional full-size SUV like GMC’s Yukon. Not to mention that crossovers easily outpace their larger SUV brethren when it comes to fuel economy.
There aren’t many changes to speak of for the Acadia in 2015. SLT-2 and Denali models get a new heated steering wheel, and there are three new exterior paint colors, as well as a new set of 20-inch alloy wheels.
The Acadia is stylish without being loud. Up front, a three-bar grille and sharp creases on the hood give the Acadia a more rugged appearance. The back gets its own distinctive features, including blacked out D-pillars which blend into the rear glass and make the rear part of the roof appear to be floating. GMC’s Denali trim ups the styling ante, adding extra trim pieces that include a large chrome grille and a panoramic sunroof.
Under the hood, a 286-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 270 pounds-feet of torque 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).
Inside, there are two second row seating configuration options: a pair of captain’s chairs or a second row bench which expands capacity to eight. 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.
The 2015 Acadia performed well on crash tests, earning a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. A backup camera is standard, as are blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic systems which are especially helpful when driving a larger vehicle, such as this. The Acadia was also among the first vehicles to get a front center air bag option, which deploys between the front passengers to keep them from colliding in an accident.