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Aired: 8/07/2012

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.

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