But that was around a century ago, and in this modern era, we like to have our cake and eat it too. That’s why vehicles like the GMC Acadia are so popular. They combine moderate off-road abilities and the macho look of an SUV with the comfort of your lazy boy recliner. And for good measure, a bunch of electronic gizmos and widgets get thrown in the mix.
When the Acadia debuted in 2006, it displaced many minivans by becoming GMC’s first venture into the front-wheel drive passenger vehicle segment. It was also GMC’s first crossover utility vehicle (CUV). The arcade has room for almost an entire soccer team with seating for 8. It can also get you where you need to go in any weather, thanks to the optional all-wheel drive. Only two engine options were offered during the second generation: a 275-hp 3.6L six-cylinder and a 288-hp six-cylinder. The only transmission choice was a 6-speed automatic.
As the GMC Acadia progressed…
For 2012, the Acadia remained mostly unchanged. The fancy Denali trim comes standard with hill-hold assist and all trim levels got some new color options added to the pallet, as well as fog lamps and body colored side moldings.
The exterior of the Acadia keeps its big chrome mesh grill and large wheels, as well as its wide stance. A slight bulge in its fenders and the chrome exhaust tip add to the tough-guy SUV look. Tasteful chrome and LED lighting is used throughout, as well as a subtle rear spoiler.
Luxury and Style…
Step inside the Acadia and you’ll find quality materials, numerous cup holders, storage spaces and a third-row seat that can accommodate two adults. There is also a roomy cargo which increases 116.9 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded flat.
To keep up with consumer demand for add-on goodies, the Acadia features a plethora or standard and options features. All models get GM’s OnStar system, AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers and MP3 capability, satellite radio, 7-passenger seating, dual exhaust with chrome tips, rear spoiler, sliding second-row seats, fog lamps and 18-inch wheels. Standard safety features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, anti-lock brakes (ABS), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and six airbags.
For 2012, only the 288-hp version of the 3.6L was offered. It was mated to the 6-speed automatic.
The changing image of SUVS…
Gone are the days of using SUVs for farm and construction work. Modern SUVs have an equally challenging job of chauffeuring children to band practice and enduring the rush hour commute. The GMC Acadia is up to these challenges and anything else you want to throw at it.