In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

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    In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali


    The Acadia in the Kansas sunset.


    Our Acadia tester found an older brother at Panara Bread...


    My ATS with the Acadia. Love what GM is doing with exterior lighting.

    NOTES:
    • Love the new design a lot - best of the 2013 Lambda's in my opinion.
    • New interior materials are much improved.
    • Still HATE the low second row seats.
    • New transmission mapping is less eager to upshift (lower RPM, increase FE). It's still apprehensive to downshift.
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    Re: In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

    I agree wholeheartedly on the low second row seats. I noticed it on a ten minute test drive and dont think I could do a long road trip in the second seat if I had to. Our Terrain's seats sat up MUCH higher.

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    Re: In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

    Agreed with the best of the refreshed Lambda's. I still haven't warmed up to the Traverse's refresh( the worst of the bunch IMHO). Then again, I didn't quite like the pre-refresh Traverse either....

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    Re: In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

    I'd have to agree with the best as well, with the Enclave a close second.

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    Re: In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

    I have an 09 and love it. As for the second row seating, it is low but I have never ridden there so I wouldn't let it stop me from buying a new one. I love the interior and exterior of the new one. I am supposed to be replacing my 03 K2500 with a new truck but I may be replacing my wife's Acadia with a new Acadia.

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    Re: In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

    been in a few of these as well as the new enclave IMO the enclave gets the win for exterior styling but the Acadia trumps it in interior styling.
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    Re: In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

    The Acadia is nice. But the Traverse refresh is pretty awful. Who ever approved that should go stand in the corner.
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    Re: In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    I agree wholeheartedly on the low second row seats. I noticed it on a ten minute test drive and dont think I could do a long road trip in the second seat if I had to. Our Terrain's seats sat up MUCH higher.
    2nd row seats are terrible. With our 2009 traverse...we ended up taking either our malibu or now our avenger on trips between fl and ny just because the 2nd row is so bad in the lambdas. For large family hauler...this should not be the case.

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    Re: In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

    Have a 2007 Acadia don't care for the front end in 2013 to be honest too stubby compared to the previous model. Was hoping to see a new 7 or 8 speed transmission or other tweaks to improve the MPG over the previous Lambdas but geuss that will have to wait until the next generation. Too bad would have been nice for Lambdas to match the 26 and 20 found in the V6 Pathfinder and Sorento.

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    Re: In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

    Quote Originally Posted by G8tor View Post
    Have a 2007 Acadia don't care for the front end in 2013 to be honest too stubby compared to the previous model.
    Totally agree, though it does look stubbier in pictures than in person. Either way, that front end is awkward, and I'm still not a fan of the Saturn Outlook rehash, either.

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    Re: In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

    You guys must be giants! I had no problem with the 3rd row of the Acadia when we took a trip to Mizzou for my sisters graduation from here (Chicago). If the 3rd row was fine the 2nd couldnt be that bad!

    #Sidenote: Agreed. The Chevy is the worst looking of the trio. Even the Saturn Outlook looked better than the first or updated Traverse. Love the refreshed Enclave and Acadia though. Is Cadillac still getting one when the all new models arrive?
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    Re: In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

    Quote Originally Posted by RedSkyBlackDream View Post
    You guys must be giants! I had no problem with the 3rd row of the Acadia when we took a trip to Mizzou for my sisters graduation from here (Chicago). If the 3rd row was fine the 2nd couldnt be that bad!

    #Sidenote: Agreed. The Chevy is the worst looking of the trio. Even the Saturn Outlook looked better than the first or updated Traverse. Love the refreshed Enclave and Acadia though. Is Cadillac still getting one when the all new models arrive?
    I am a giant. Im 6'5. Although the Lambdas are the largest of the 7-8 person SUVs the second row is the worst of the whole class. Easily.

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    Re: In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

    When the Lambas first arrived the thing that most shocked and appealed was the cargo capacity. If I was in need of a people mover that would be the selling factor over the competition. I've been on road trips in my cousins Outlook and I've found no problems with the second row of seating. The styling of the Tranverse is now acceptable in my eyes. The Enclave is still the best looking though inside and out. Hopefully advances in the next gen will keep it competitive.


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    Re: In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

    It isn't that the seats are so low--the floor is raised to contain the seat sliding mechanism. They should have redesigned that.

    One of the lambdas should have been designed with a lower step-in height to compete with minivans or for people with bad knees or overweight. This is a growing market as America ages and fattens up.

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    Re: In The Garage: 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

    I like the Acadia, but mostly in SLT trim with the bright grille, SLE is too plain. Which is the opposite of what I think of the Terrain, prefer Terrain SLE's lack of it.

    I'm okay with the Traverse, the rear of it bothered me more and they fixed that.

    Quote Originally Posted by RedSkyBlackDream View Post
    You guys must be giants! I had no problem with the 3rd row of the Acadia when we took a trip to Mizzou for my sisters graduation from here (Chicago). If the 3rd row was fine the 2nd couldnt be that bad!

    #Sidenote: Agreed. The Chevy is the worst looking of the trio. Even the Saturn Outlook looked better than the first or updated Traverse. Love the refreshed Enclave and Acadia though. Is Cadillac still getting one when the all new models arrive?
    You'd be surprised, though the Lambda 3rd row has less space it's actually at a more comfortable height than the 2nd row IMO.

    It's because of the sliding/folding design of the 2nd row, with the seat bottom that swings up and the seat slides forward for 3rd row access. Whether it's more because of a low seat bottom or high floor, it forces the rider's knees up.
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