2019 GMC Acadia Denali First Drive

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The jack-of-all-trades Acadia is ready to tackle the trails—and carpool lanes—with plenty of storage and room for up to seven. Touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE connectivity, and mobile Wi-Fi is available. A 193-hp 2.5-liter four or a 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6 drive the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive is optional. Extras like automated emergency braking and a novel “rear-seat reminder” boost the Acadia’s safety street cred.

The association between GMC and its highfalutin Denali sub-brand is stronger than ever, with every model in the lineup currently offering a leather-clad, chrome-heavy top trim level with a price tag to match. We tested a new, fully loaded GMC Acadia Denali that rang in at nearly $53,000, which is beyond the starting price of luxury-brand crossovers such as the Volvo XC90 and the Audi Q7.

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For that price, you get the same 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission as the Denali. (A 2.5-liter inline-four is available in lower trims for those with even tighter budgets, but it can struggle to move the GMC’s bulk.) The Acadia SLT’s second-row bench seat, as opposed to the Denali’s no-cost-option captain’s chairs, increases seating capacity to seven. And, without a panoramic glass sunroof, all-wheel drive, and some of the fancier features, this SLT weighed 270 pounds less than the Denali we tested earlier. It didn’t lose the exceptionally thick D-pillars that impede rearward visibility, but at least blind-spot monitoring comes standard on the SLT.

While this surely is working out well for GMC profit margins, not everyone can afford to plunk down that kind of cash on an SUV or a truck. So let us present this significantly cheaper Acadia SLT, the next step down the pecking order from Denali, with front-wheel drive, far fewer options, and significantly less flashy trim inside and out. It stickered at a far less ambitious $40,765.

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8.2 on a scale of 1 to 10

  • Styling 4.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Comfort & Quality 4.0
  • Safety 4.0
  • Features 4.0
  • Fuel Economy 4.0

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