2013 GMC Acadia

The 2013 GMC Acadia is a crossover that offers seating arrangements for up to eight people settled in three rows with good cargo space, thrilling performance, and comfort. The crossover looks identical in most of the features to Chevy and Buick. The SUV stands in 11th position in the list of 21 affordable mid-size family-friendly sedans. This is an updated version of the Acadia where GMC tried to deliver everything in a nice balance without affecting the charm and recognition of the model at all. Though, the 2013 GMC Acadia shares lots of features with the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave however, in terms of styling, comfort, and interior it looks more appealing and balanced. The off-road performance and towing capacity of this SUV are disappointing in comparison with its key rivals as well as some other models manufactured by GMC.

Exterior, Interior, Bodywork, and Dimensions

In terms of exterior styling, the 2013 GMC Acadia is able to beat the Buick Enclave as it features powerful, aggressive, and conservative body language. The SUV rides on standard 18-inch wheels, wide stance, wrap-around rear glass, LED running lamps, bold three-bar front grille, and projector beam headlights for different trim levels the GMC offers a choice of three wheels sizes including 18-inch, 19-inch, and 20-inch wheels. The rear end is complemented by a new taillight design paired with a new rear spoiler.

GMC Acadia
GMC Acadia

The 2013 GMC Acadia comes in five different trim levels, the SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2, and Denali. The interior of the 2013 GMC Acadia has one of the simplest yet strong layouts among its class. The car can accommodate eight people, with a third-row bench suitable for two adults and a second-row seat that can slide for easy access to the third row. The 2013 GMC Acadia offers a notable spacious cargo area of about 166.9 cubic feet. Other features include keyless entry, rear manual air conditioning, cruise control, leather-wrapped tilt and telescoping steering wheel, 6.5-inch touch screen, six speakers sound system with a CD player, OnStar emergency telematics, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite HD radio, and auxiliary audio jack.

Moving up to the upper trim levels, the list of standard features will get longer with the addition of some more powerful and technologically advanced features. The sunroof and rear seat entertainment is optional for all trim levels.

Under The Hood

The 2013 Acadia offered a single Powertrain for all trim levels, which is a 3.6-liter V6 engine.The engine can produce 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque and is mated with a standard six-speed automatic transmission. The 2013 GMC Acadia has a standard front-wheel drive system, with the option to upgrade to an all-wheel drive. The EPA estimated fuel economy of the 2013 Acadia is 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway in FWD and 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway in AWD. The maximum towing capacity is rated at 5,200 pounds.

Safety Features

In different crash tests, the 2013 GMC Acadia received “Good” for its standard safety features including:-

  • Antilock Disc Brakes
  • Front-Seat Side-Impact
  • Full-length Side Curtain Airbags for Three Rows
  • Traction Control
  • Stability Control
  • Rearview Camera, Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • GM’s OnStar Service features turn-by-turn navigation and hands-free phone connectivity.

Pricing and Availability

The 2013 GMC Acadia offers a price range of USD34,050 for the SLE-1 to USD45,945 for the Denali, with varying prices for other trims. The SUV is available for sale in the market.

Key Rivals

The key rivals of the 2013 GMC Acadia include Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9, and Ford Flex.


  • Updated exterior styling and improved interior
  • Composed ride
  • Standard rear-view camera
  • Roomy cabin for up to eight people with a massive cargo area


  • Expensive like vehicles with luxury badges
  • Some disappointing interior materials
  • A bit heavy drive

The Verdict

The upgraded Acadia from GMC provides ample space for eight people while maintaining performance, comfort, and style.

The Acadia has the potential to stand out among other big names in its segment.


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