2012 GMC Acadia Denali

The 2012 GMC Acadia Denali is a safe, affordable SUV that can seat the whole family. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, takes a test drive and a closer look.

Model – 2012 GMC Acadia Denali

MPG – 16 city/ 23 hwy mpg.
Engine – 3.6-liter V6 with 288 hp.
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Price – $45,880
Maximum Towing: 5200 lbs.

The 2012 GMC Acadia offers these standard features:

•Hill-hold assist braking technology
•Fog lamps
•Standard stability control
•Side curtain airbags
•Polished aluminum roof rails
•Dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips
•Standard 8-way power drivers seat.
•Remote Vehicle start
•Leather seating surfaces
•Available 19- or 20-inch wheels
•Optional two-panel power sunroof with tilt-sliding front and fixed rear panels, with sunshade
•Optional rearview camera
•Available all-wheel drive

Our test drive in the Acadia Denali proved the SUV’s solid performance, responsive handling, comfortable ride, and quiet, well-finished interior. There were plenty of options, including navigation, but these bump up the price quickly.

Competes with:

•Chevrolet Traverse
•Ford Flex
•Buick Enclave
•Honda Pilot
•Mazda CX-9
•Mercedes GL


•Comfortable ride
•Seats for up to 8 passengers
•Adult-friendly third-row seat
•Plenty of cargo and storage space
•Top safety scores


•Large size makes maneuverability a bit cumbersome
•Compromised rear visibility

The 2012 GMC Acadia Denali offers a winning combination of comfort, features, cargo space and performance in a utility-style package.

Remember, when shopping for a new car, test drive as many vehicles as you can in the class you are looking in to make sure you find the car that is best for you.

Courtesy of Time Warner Cable/ YNN
Aired: 8/07/2012

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