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2013 GMC Acadia SLE-2 Review

Since its debut in 2007, the GMC Acadia has offered "best-in-class" cargo space and seating for up to eight adults. In 2013, the Acadia gets its first makeover since its arrival in '07. Wraparound glass at the rear of this large crossover improves visibility. A bold three-bar grille now adorns the front of the Acadia, further cementing its GMC identity. LED running lamps are now standard, and the tail lamps have been upgraded. Beginning in 2013, all Acadias get rear-view cameras.

Inside the cabin, the red ambient glow of LED lighting brings the interior to life at night. The large cabin holds up to seven with second-row captain's chairs standard with the SLE-2. The optional second-row bench seat expands seating capacity to eight. The cabin is quiet, and this benefits the use of the voice recognition system included with the Intellilink infotainment center. Smartphone integration, Pandora streaming, and an iPod interface are all included. Touch-screen controls add further to convenience.

The 2013 Acadia has received five-star safety ratings. In addition to frontal air bags and three-row head curtain side airbags, an airbag has been added in-between the two front seats to help keep occupants apart in the event of a collision.

The Acadia SLE-2 is the more inclusive of the two cloth trim levels. Some families will find it sensible to forego leather and opt for "kid-friendly" cloth upholstery. The other is the SLE-1 which includes these features:

18-inch alloys
Automatic headlights
Blind spot warning system
Rear parking sensors
Keyless entry
Tilt & telescoping steering wheel
6.5-inch touchscreen display
Bluetooth connectivity
Onstar emergency telematics
Second-row bench seat

The SLE-2 adds the following:

Remote start
Power lift gate
Auto-dimming rear view mirror
Eight-way power driver's seat
Two-way power from passenger seat
Second-row captain's chairs (bench optional)

The 2013 Acadia SLE-2 is powered by a hi-torque V-6 that negotiates hilly terrain with ease, even when towing is involved. The engine generates up to 288 hp and 270 ft-lb of torque. The Acadia is a front-wheel drive crossover with the option of adding all-wheel drive. The FWD version is EPA-rated at 24 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city. The AWD uses only slightly more fuel.

The updates included in the 2013 GMC Acadia SLE-2 add further utility and functionality to a CUV that already is a class-leader in a number of categories. It transports the kids, and their friends in spacious comfort and safety. Couples will enjoy the ample cargo space on road trips. With the second and third row seats folded down, cargo space measures a "best-in-class" 117 cu ft. Towing capacity of 5000 pounds adds even more versatility.

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