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2013 GMC Acadia Denali

Refreshed, Not Refreshing I'm probably ill-suited to accurately and fairly take the full measure of a vehicle like the 2013 GMC Acadia Denali. This is a machine conjured around the express notion of corralling and then herding a brood of rafter-swinging hatchlings to and fro in relative comfort, and with no such passel of wee Bowmans to call my own, it's difficult to give this rig a fair shake. While I can certainly weigh cargo capacity, legroom and fuel economy stats with the best of them, I'd be lying to your face if I said the word "crossover" didn't urge some uncontrollable... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
3.6L V6
Power:
288 HP / 270 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Automatic
Base Price:
$47,945
As-Tested Price:
$51,805
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    GMC reveals gussied-up Acadia Denali for 2011
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    GM recall affects 277,000 models with shifter problem
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    GM laying off 1,000 workers at Lansing crossover plant
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    Spy Shots: Chevy's Lambda-based CUV, the 2009 Traverse
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    Autoblog Podcast #67
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    Lutz lets a bit of Edmunds survey slip, GM takes 13 first place picks
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    AutoWeek drives the 2008 Buick Enclave first
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    Battle of the Sources: Use of Nomad name on Chevy CUV refuted
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    Yesterday the website Inside Line reported that sources deep within General Motors revealed that the storied "Nomad" name would be revived for the upcoming Chevy version of the automaker's full-size Lambda-based CUV. According to their sources, the new ute will debut as a 2009 model to replace the abhorrent Chevy Uplander. Not so, says Josh Oliver from The ...

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    Chevy to revive Nomad name for new crossover
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    GM recalls Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia for faulty airbag sensors
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    The KickingTires blog at Cars.com is reporting GM has recalled its new 2007 Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia full-size CUVs for potentially faulty airbag sensors. The problem is reportedly software related, meaning it can be fixed with a trip to the dealer and a quick patch, but every single unit sold since they went on sale in December is affected by the ...

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    Chicago Auto Show: MotorWeek Drivers Choice Awards
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    GM to drop $700m on crossover plant
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    After GM's mercy killing of its slow-selling minivans, the heads of the General are working towards filling the seven-passenger, non-SUV gap that will soon exist in their lineup.Crossovers have been the favored saviors of the people mover segment, and as such, General Motors has decided that the former Saturn-only plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. would be the ...

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    While we applaud carmakers that can streamline the design and production process to bring new vehicles to market quicker, we don't like thinking that they're skimping on the important stuff in the process. First Ford made all kinds of hoopla over their interesting and capable Edge (and it's Lincoln doppelganger, the MKX) only to have it delayed by ...

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    GMC Acadia will get Denali treatment plus V8
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    After a day behind the wheel of the new GMC Acadia crossover SUV, the folks at Popular Mechanics report some new information that snuck out in a conversation with a particularly chatty GM staffer. He revealed that the Acadia will get the Denali treatment and, along with the usual trim level upgrades, a V8. The more interesting news is that the V8 under ...

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