Personally I like small, nimble cars.
That said, I had the best road trip of my life behind the wheel of a rather large 2012 GMC Acadia Denali.
The Acadia line starts at $32,685…with the top-of-the-lineDenali starting at $44,660. And at that price, it doesn’t need much.
You get heated and cooled perforated leather seating standard, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mahogany inserts, a power rear lift-gate, backup cam and more. Ours came with optional 20” alloys and listed at $49,470.
TheDenalicomes with GM’s most excellent 3.6 liter V-6…rated at 288 hp…with a 6-speed automatic…and is rated at 17 mpg city and 24 highway. We averaged 21.5 in a mix of city and highway.
TheDenaliis a big vehicle…coming in either 2 or 4-wheel drive…with three rows of seating…in either 7 or 8 passenger configurations. With the third row of seats folded flat, the Denail appears to have acres of cargo space…and even with the third row in place, theDenalihas useable space behind the third row.
If you like doors that “Thunk”,you’ll love theDenali’s doors. They feel as if they were lifted out of a bank vault. In fact, the entire vehicle is deceptively quiet and solid-feeling. I say “deceptively” because I found it all too easy to lose track of exactly how fast we were going…resulting in a 22-over the limit ticket…where I shoulda’ known better…285 down by the airport.
Just one request, GM…( and most other manufacturers )…bring back the folding front seat feature that you introduced on the Chevy HHR few years ago. With a front seat that folded flat, this Denali could actually carry small kayaks, surfboards or ladders entirely inside the vehicle…eliminating the need to need to lift heavy objects up onto the roof rack.
Do that for me, GM, and I just may trade “small and nimble” for true “sport and utility”!