GMC AcadiaThe 2013 GMC Acadia is a crossover that offers seating arrangement up to eight people settled in three rows with a 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 effecting the charm and recognition of the model at all. Though, the 2013 GMC Acadia shares lots of features with 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 is disappointing in the 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 a 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, projector beam headlights and 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.

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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 that is suitable for two adults and the second row seat can slide that allows 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 speaker 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 advance features. The sunroof and rear seat entertainment is optional for all the trim levels.

Under The Hood

For all the trim levels of the 2013 Acadia, the GMC offered a single Powertrain that 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 front wheel drive system is standard on the 2013 GMC Acadia whereas all wheel drive is optional. 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 that features turn by turn navigation and hands free phone connectivity.

Pricing and Availability

The 2013 GMC Acadia’s SLE-1 base price is $34,050, SLE-2 at $35,940, SLT-1 at $39,780, SLT-2 at $41,200 and the Denali at $45,945. 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 massive cargo area


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

The Verdict

The GMC’s upgraded version of 2013 Acadia offers more room for people up to eight without compromising on performance, comfort and style. In fact, the refreshed version is a bit sharper in styling and improved in interior space including the cargo area. The 2013 GMC Acadia seems to have a potential to stand out in the segment even in the presence of some other big names.


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