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GMC Acadia

Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year. Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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2008 GMCAcadia Pricing and Specs

Compare 6 Acadia trims and trim families below to see the differences in prices and features.

Trim Family Comparison

SLE-1

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Features

  • 3.6L V-6 Engine
  • 6-spd auto w/OD Transmission
  • 275 @ 6,600 rpm Horsepower
  • 251 @ 3,200 rpm Torque
  • front-wheel Drive type
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • 18" painted aluminum Wheels
  • front air conditioning, manual
  • rear air conditioning, with separate controls
  • XM AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
  • keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
  • front Fog/driving lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • cloth Seat trim
  • driver Lumbar support
  • 60-40 split-bench Third row seats

SLT-1

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Additional or replacing features on SLE-1

  • 18" machined aluminum Wheels
  • front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
  • driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
  • leather Seat trim
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GMCAcadia Pricing and Specs

Compare 6 Acadia trims and trim families below to see the differences in prices and features.

Trim Family Comparison

SLE-1

View 2 Trims

Features

  • L V-6 Engine
  • 6-spd auto w/OD Transmission
  • @ 6, rpm Horsepower
  • @ 3, rpm Torque
  • front-wheel Drive type
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • 18" painted aluminum Wheels
  • front air conditioning, manual
  • rear air conditioning, with separate controls
  • XM AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
  • keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
  • front Fog/driving lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • cloth Seat trim
  • driver Lumbar support
  • split-bench Third row seats

SLT-1

View 2 Trims

Additional or replacing features on SLE-1

  • 18" machined aluminum Wheels
  • front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
  • driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
  • leather Seat trim
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Acadia 2008

Introduction

Launched in , the GMC Acadia is the first crossover sport-utility from General Motors’ GMC truck brand. Built on GM’s Lambda architecture, the Acadia is a large crossover that is nearly the size of a GMC Yukon. The Acadia, however, weighs nearly fewer pounds than the body-on-frame Yukon. The GMC has three siblings that are also built on the Lambda architecture: the Saturn Outlook, the Buick Enclave, and the soon-to-arrive Chevrolet Traverse. To our eyes, the Acadia is the best-looking of the bunch.

GMC offers only one engine in the Acadia, a liter DOHC V-6 with horsepower and pound-feet of torque. A slick-shifting six-speed automatic is the only transmission available. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

The Acadia features three rows of seating and can haul up to eight occupants; optional second-row captain’s chairs take the people count down to seven. The interior is spacious, subjectively more so than those of the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon twins. Third-row space is good even for adults, and the ingress and egress to the third row is easy, thanks to second-row seats that tumble and fold forward. Unlike many GM vehicles of the past, the Acadia has a handsome interior with rich materials and good build quality. Similarly, the exterior of the Acadia has an expensive and well-executed look that reeks of quality.

Larger than nearly all of its direct crossover competition, the Acadia and the other GM Lambda crossovers are also the heaviest vehicles in their segment. The heaviness saps performance and fuel economy (EPA estimates for the front-drive version are 16 mpg city and 24 highway and 16/22 for the all-wheel-drive version) compared with lighter crossovers.

Major competitors to the GMC Acadia include the Ford Explorer, Ford Taurus X, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Veracruz, Mazda CX-9, Toyota Highlander, and Volvo XC

Verdict

The GMC Acadia is an excellent crossover vehicle that offers lots of passenger-hauling space, a copious amount of cargo room, a refined driving experience, and a handsome interior and exterior. The Acadia is among the heavier vehicles in its segment, but the liter V-6 offers enough power to haul the big crossover around. Despite its portly weight, the Acadia is among the best vehicles in its class.

Click here to read our full review of the GMC Acadia.

What’s New for

All-new for , the Acadia has only a few minor changes and additions for It now comes standard with panic brake assist, which recognizes panic braking and adds brake pressure to decrease stopping distances; the all-wheel-drive system and the stability control system now have increased yaw control. Other changes include a second-row console on seven-passenger SLT models, standard XM satellite radio, quicker-acting traction control, and three new exterior colors: Dark Crimson, Carbon Flash Metallic, and Platinum Ice Metallic. New options include a backup camera available with the navigation system, heated exterior mirrors, a power liftgate, extended range for the remote vehicle-starting system, a Skyscape dual sunroof, a heated washer-fluid system, a head-up display, a DVD-based entertainment system for rear-seat passengers, a Bose stereo system with surround sound, and a touch-screen DVD-based navigation system.

Trim Levels

The most basic Acadia is the SLE that starts at $30, for front-wheel drive and $32, for all-wheel drive. The SLE comes standard with a six-speaker AM/FM/XM stereo with a CD player; four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes; manual climate control; a hp, liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic transmission; cruise control; fog lights; power exterior mirrors; a roof rack; tire-pressure monitoring; power windows and locks; remote keyless entry; manually adjustable front seats; cloth upholstery; eight-passenger seating; inch painted aluminum wheels; dual exhaust; and the OnStar safety and security system.

Moving up to the SLT1 trim level ($35, for front-wheel drive, $37, for all-wheel drive) gives buyers all the standard equipment from the SLE version and adds seven-passenger seating (second-row captain’s chairs), body-color heated exterior mirrors, bright beltline molding, a speaker Bose AM/FM/XM satellite stereo with an MP3-capable six-CD changer, a driver information center, power-adjustable and heated front seats, leather-appointed seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a compass, three-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat audio controls, a programmable home remote, and inch machined aluminum wheels.

Moving up to the top trim level, the SLT2, requires $37, for the front-wheel-drive version and $39, for an example with all-wheel drive. The SLT trim level yields the following standard equipment (in addition to the SLT1 equipment): a cargo net, a cargo shade, remote start, rear-parking assist, a power liftgate, power-folding exterior mirrors with auto dimming on the driver’s side, a volt power outlet, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a four-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat, and heated windshield-wiper nozzles.

Optional Equipment

The Acadia SLE offers the following extra-cost packages: the Cargo Convenience package, which includes a cargo net and cargo cover ($90); the Convenience package, with remote start, keyless entry, and rear-parking assist ($); and the Entertainment package that nets a rear-seat DVD player with remote control and two wireless headphones ($). There’s also the Preferred package, which includes a six-way power driver’s seat, a two-way power front-passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls ($). Buyers can select from the following stand-alone options: an engine-block heater ($75), a trailer hitch and heavy-duty cooling ($), a six-CD in-dash changer ($), and a heated washer-fluid system ($85).

The mid-level SLT1 trim level can be equipped with the Cargo Convenience package, the Convenience package, and the Entertainment package. SLT1 buyers can also get the engine-block heater, the trailer hitch and heavy-duty cooling, a volt power outlet ($), rear-cargo-area audio controls ($), a second-row console ($), a head-up display ($), the heated washer-fluid setup, a power liftgate ($), a two-pane power sunroof ($), and inch polished aluminum wheels ($).

The top-dog SLT2 trim level offers only one package: the Entertainment package. SLT2 buyers can also select the engine-block heater, the trailer hitch and heavy-duty cooling, the rear-cargo-area audio controls, the second-row console, the head-up display, a touch-screen DVD-based navigation system ($), xenon headlights ($), the two-pane power sunroof, and the inch polished aluminum wheels.

Safety

Dual front airbags, front-row side-impact airbags, all-row curtain airbags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and OnStar emergency services are standard across the GMC Acadia lineup.

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2008 GMC Acadia SLT AWD Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour

GMC Acadia

The GMC Acadia may be a harbinger of refined, fuel-efficient vehicles that offer the utility of a big SUV. The Acadia is a crossover SUV, meaning it looks like a truck but it's built like a car. Crossovers have been gaining in popularity because they make so much sense for so many families, but what sets the Acadia apart is its size: It's big, similar in size to the GMC Yukon and Chevy Tahoe, inside and out. It can seat eight. And it can carry a lot of cargo. Yet it offers a fuel economy advantage of three-five miles per gallon over a Yukon, benefits of its lighter weight and more efficient engine.

We've found the Acadia delivers what most people like about full-size SUVs. For starters, it's big and roomy. The driver sits high off the ground and benefits from that commanding view down the road that many like. Features like rear-seat DVD entertainment make it a good choice for families.

The only places where the Acadia falls short of truck-based SUVs is in heavy-duty towing or for slogging through military-grade muck. Properly equipped, the GMC Acadia can tow 4, pound, while a Yukon is rated to pull 7, pounds or more. Based on the Silverado pickup, the Yukon can handle rugged terrain. The Acadia offers all-wheel drive for capability in stormy or snowy weather and it's fine for unpaved roads. That's plenty of capability for most people.

The Acadia offers superb road manners, whether on country roads, rough city streets or pock-marked freeways. It absorbs rough pavement in a soothing manner and takes corners reassuringly for such a large vehicle. It handles better and is smoother than a Yukon and other truck-based SUVs. GMC's horsepower liter V6 is smooth and sophisticated and supplies good acceleration performance. Its six-speed automatic transmission is responsive, smooth and efficient, further aiding fuel economy.

Three rows of seats provide room for seven or eight, though it's more comfortable with six. Two adults and two or three children plus their belongings can be carried with ease. Acadia comes loaded with safety equipment, including curtain air bags that provide head protection and side-impact airbags that provide torso protection; electronic stability control and other active safety features can help the driver avoid accidents.

For , Acadia comes standard with Brake Assist, which helps the driver apply full braking performance in a panic stop. A rearview camera now comes with the optional navigation system, and we recommend it highly to help the driver avoid a tragic accident when backing up. Improvements to the all-wheel-drive and traction-control systems enhance and refine their performance for XM Satellite Radio comes standard on the Acadia. A second-row center console has been added to seven-seat models, there are new metallic colors, and other equipment added for

Model Lineup

The GMC Acadia comes in basic SLE and up-level SLT trim. Each is available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).

Acadia SLE FWD ($29,) and AWD ($31,) come with air conditioning, cruise control, tilt and telescope steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, power windows and programmable door locks with remote keyless entry, four-way manually adjustable driver's seat, 60/40 split second-row seats, 60/40 split third-row seats, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with XM Satellite Radio, auto-on headlamps, daytime running lights, and a rear window wiper. Tires are /65 on inch painted aluminum wheels. Options for SLE include Bose stereo ($), second-row captain's chairs and console ($), and other equipment from the higher-line model. Also available is a package ($2,) combining tri-zone climate control, the Bose stereo, and a rear-seat DVD system.

Acadia SLT FWD ($34,) and AWD ($36,) add leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, six-way power adjustable driver's seat, two-way power adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, second-row captain's chairs with console, a more sophisticated Bose stereo with rear headphone jacks, driver information center, outside temperature display, universal garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and turn signals integrated into outside mirrors.

Options for SLT include the Dual Skyscape two-panel glass sunroof ($1,); navigation system and rearview camera ($2,); head-up display ($); HID headlights ($); and inch bright aluminum wheels ($1,). Eight-passenger seating is available for a credit (-$). DVD entertainment is offered as a stand-alone option ($1,). The SLT-2 package ($1,) upgrades to an eight-way power driver seat, four-way power passenger seat, memory function for driver's seat and mirrors, power liftgate, heated washer nozzles, volt power outlet, cargo shade and net, remote starter, and ultrasonic rear park assist.

Options for both models include a towing package ($) including heavy-duty cooling and trailer hitch, and an engine-block heater ($75).

Safety features include dual frontal airbags, side air curtains, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for driver and front-seat passenger, OnStar, anti-lock brakes, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control. Brake Assist has been added for

Air curtains are low-pressure air bags that come down from the ceiling and cover the side windows (of all three rows on the Acadia) to provide head protection in a side-impact crash or rollover; in a rollover the air curtains could also help keep arms and heads inside the vehicle. Studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which is funded by the insurance industry, have shown such head protection greatly improves the chance of surviving a side-impact crash. However, air curtains are not a substitute for seat belts. The front-seat side-impact air bags provide torso protection in a side-impact crash. IIHS studies have also shown these, too, are valuable, but not as important as head protection.

OnStar uses a global positioning system and an extra powerful cellular telephone to put the driver in touch with the OnStar center which is manned 24/7. The center can tell where the vehicle is located and send help or provide other assistance. Should the air bags deploy the system can automatically notify the OnStar center that an accident has occurred and where the vehicle is located so it can then send help. OnStar service is free for the first year but after that requires a subscription fee.

Walkaround

At inches overall, the GMC Acadia is a foot longer than a Honda Pilot and almost 8 inches longer than a Ford Explorer. The GMC Acadia shares basic mechanical components with the Buick Enclave and Saturn Outlook.

The exterior design team for the GMC Acadia managed to give a relatively large vehicle a look that has moved away from bulky without sacrificing a kind of active grace. Happily GMC has avoided the threatening-SUV school of design that has been so popular.

The rounded front end features a bight grille surround framing a prominent GMC emblem. Distinctively curved headlight clusters give the Acadia a slightly startled expression. Projector beams are standard; high-intensity discharge (HID) head lights are optional. Small round fog lights nestle below. The front bumper is massive, but this is camouflaged somewhat by its black color and by a bright strip at the top.

Most noticeable from the side are rounded fender flares and a horizontal character line that sets out to connect them but disappears into the doors instead. Tasteful bright trim and polished aluminum roof rails add visual interest. The shape of the Acadia is aerodynamically efficient (for an SUV), with a drag coefficient of Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors are standard on all models. Body-color outside mirrors with integrated turn signals are standard on SLT; power-folding mirrors with integrated turn signals and auto-dimming come with the SLT-2 package.

The rear view is generic SUV/crossover accented by interesting two-tone taillight clusters and quad exhaust tips.

Eighteen-inch wheels and tires are standard, and inch wheels are available. The Acadia has the visual mass to support the big rollers, but the bright inchers are too dazzling for our taste.

Interior Features

The interior of the SLT-2 model that we drove had a handsome and upscale look. General Motors has acknowledged the interiors of many GM vehicles needed to be upgraded, and the Acadia engineers banished cheap-looking plastic and bargain-basement cloth. Their effort shows in the Acadia.

They did not lose track of basic functionality, however. The heating and cooling controls are easy to find and use. The instruments are legible, not lost in some fussy attempt at a complex design.

Big cupholders and a deep bin between the front seats are a plus, but the pockets on the inside door panels are too narrow for any meaningful storage.

The front seats are wide and comfortable. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes, making it easy for drivers tall and short to get comfortable. As with any SUV, the driver sits high, with a good view down the road. But visibility to the rear isn't great, requiring care when backing up. We recommend opting for ultrasonic rear park assist, which can detect objects out of the driver's line of sight. We further recommend getting the rearview camera, which comes with the navigation system.

The Acadia SLE comes standard with eight-passenger seating; a 60/40 split bench in the second row accommodates three people. The up-level SLT models come standard with second-row captain's chairs; they cut passenger capacity to seven but are more comfortable. Either model can be ordered with the other seating arrangement, however, for extra cost on the SLE or a credit on the SLT. If you carry a lot of cargo, it's worth assessing these two second-row configurations in that regard, as well.

GM says the second row has inches of leg room, which is equal to the Explorer and a little short of the Pilot's To provide a little more flexibility the Acadia's second row slides fore and aft a total of four inches. According to GM, that inches is measured with the seat roughly in the middle of that range. We found that with the second row in the rearmost position a six-foot adult can be comfortable in the driver's seat while another six-foot adult can be seated directly behind without being cramped.

Getting to the third row involves using what GM calls its Smart Slide feature. A handle moves the second row up and out of the way. It didn't work particularly well for us, but that may have been because we tried it on a very early model. It would be a good thing to check at the dealership.

As in most vehicles, the Acadia's third row is best suited for small children. But here is the fine print when GMC says the Acadia is a seven- or eight-passenger vehicle: GM assumes three people are sitting in the third row, which has about nine inches less hip room than the second row. Putting three people back there will be a tight fit even for small children.

Acadia triumphs in cargo capacity. It has almost 20 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row; that's more than the trunk space of a mid-size sedan and compares to less than 16 cubic feet for the Pilot and less than 14 cubic feet for a seven-passenger Explorer. (However, automakers often make these calculations filling the space to the roof, blocking the rearward view, something you can't do in a sedan trunk.) A small plastic-lined bin below the floor of the Acadia's cargo compartment is perfect for carrying messy stuff.

More cargo capacity is revealed by folding down the back seats. The third row folds down easily, and a strap is used to pull it back up. It is not an upper-body workout but does require effort. With the third row folded down the Acadia's cargo-carrying advantage continues with nearly 69 cubic feet of space; that compares to about 44 cubic feet for the Explorer and almost 48 cubic feet for the Pilot. One nice feature is that lowering the second or third rows on the Acadia does not require removing the head restraints. When the second and third rows are folded the cargo area is al

Driving Impressions

The GMC Acadia is big and heavy, but the engineers have done a good job of concealing its size when it comes to driving.

The steering isn't so heavy that any serious effort is required, even in a parking lot, but it offers enough weight that it doesn't feel disconnected, either. It quickly gives the driver a feeling of confidence about where the vehicle is heading and how it will respond. The Acadia turns into corners responsively and feels locked down and stable on the freeway. Drive it harder and there is no denying it's a big, heavy vehicle. An Acadia AWD SLT-2 weighs nearly 5, pounds. That's about pounds lighter than a Yukon or Tahoe, but it's about pounds heavier than a Honda Pilot.

The Acadia uses an independent suspension in the front and rear, just like most modern cars; and this provides a well-rounded blend of ride and handling. Bumps, tar strips and potholes are felt but only distantly, without the slam-bam jarring that is part of life in a truck-based SUV. If you're used to driving a traditional SUV, the Acadia will feel smooth and refined. The Acadia feels strong and rigid and it doesn't quiver on bumps. Unwanted body motions are nicely controlled, so there isn't a sloppy feeling.

The brake pedal feels firm, and that makes it easy to modulate the brakes in heavy traffic, shaving off a lot of speed or just a little bit. New for is Brake Assist: When panic braking is detected, the system automatically applies additional brake pressure to more quickly engage the ABS. This can reduce the overall stopping distance.

StabiliTrak, GM's superb electronic stability control system comes standard and can help the driver maintain control. The system uses sensors to tell if the front or rear of the vehicle is sliding and corrects for the skid. The Acadia is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the latter adding stability in foul weather.

The all-wheel drive system is permanently engaged and does not require the driver to do anything but drive. A computer sends the power to where it can do the most good. GM calls it Intelligent AWD, which essentially means that it communicates with the StabiliTrak system, adding front-to-rear torque distribution to the array of tools StabiliTrak can use to keep the vehicle on the road. The Acadia's Intelligent AWD has been re-tuned for to provide more rear torque bias in certain conditions.

Also refined for is Acadia's traction control system. It now enables less engine torque during turns, and the transmission's shift schedule now adapts when the traction control is engaged. GMC says this adds up to smoother control on varied surfaces, and enhanced cooperation with the Intelligent AWD.

Those who wonder whether a V6 is enough engine to handle such a big vehicle have a valid concern, but the Acadia's V6 is a relatively new engine with variable-valve timing designed to make it more powerful, efficient and flexible. The V6 is rated at hp at rpm and pound-feet of torque at rpm. That is more than the Pilot's hp and approaches the hp of the Explorer's V8, while the Explorer's V6 is rated at hp.

In addition, the Acadia benefits from a six-speed automatic transmission. The Pilot and V6 Explorer use five-speed automatics, though the V8 Explorer gets a six-speed. The additional gear means smart engineers can make the vehicle respond more quickly to the gas pedal while also providing better fuel economy than in a vehicle with fewer gears.

We found the Acadia's powertrain impressive. The six-speed automatic was quick to downshift while upshifts weren't jerky. Acceleration was more than adequate with one or two adults aboard.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Acadia all-wheel drive 16/22 mpg City/Highway. The two-wheel-drive Acadia is rated 16/24 mpg. That compares to 15/20 mpg for the Honda Pilot 4WD.

Summary

The GMC Acadia offers the people and cargo hauling capability of a full-size SUV with significantly improved fuel efficiency and comfort. Acadia can carry six to eight people in comfort. On the road, it's smooth and handles well.

Christopher Jensen filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com from New Hampshire. John Katz provided styling commentary from Pennsylvania.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:GMC Acadia SLE ($29,); SLT ($34,); SLE AWD ($31,); SLT AWD ($36,);
Engines:hp liter DOHC valve V6
Transmissions:six-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):anti-lock brakes with brake assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control, air curtains, frontal airbags, seat-mounted side-impact air bags
Safety equipment (optional):all-wheel drive, rear park assist, rear-view camera
Basic warranty:3 years/36, miles
Assembled in:Lansing, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR): GMC Acadia SLT AWD ($36,)
Standard equipment:leather upholstery, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, six-way power adjustable driver's seat, two-way power adjustable front passenger seat, second-row captain's chairs and console, power windows and door locks, keyless entry, cruise control, auto-dim rearview mirror, rear window defroster; OnStar, satellite radio, premium Bose AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with steering-wheel controls, auto headlamps, heated power outside mirrors, tilt and telescope leather-wrapped steering wheel
Options as tested (MSPR):SLT-2 package ($1,) includes ultra-sonic rear parking assist, eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, four-way power adjustable front passenger seat, memory for seats and mirrors, power liftgate, heated windshield wiper nozzles, volt power outlet, cargo shade and net, remote starter
Destination charge:$
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:liter dohc valve V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm): @
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm): @
Transmission:six-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:16/22 mpg
Wheelbase: in.
Length/width/height:// in.
Track, f/r:/ in.
Turning circle: ft.
Seating Capacity:7
Head/hip/leg room, f:// in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:// in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:// in.
Cargo volume: cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity: Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, hydraulic shocks, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, linked H-arm, coil springs, hydraulic shocks
Ground clearance: in.
Curb weigth: lbs.
Tires:/65R18
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc w ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity: gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of May 14, Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: - www.gmc.com
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