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LOAD UP YOUR CARGO, PASSENGERS IN A REBORN GMC ACADIA

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Numerous seven-passenger SUVs compete vigorously in the market but with a total revamping inside and out, the GMC Acadia Denali has been reborn. Positioned between the smaller Terrain and the larger Yukon, the Acadia is equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine boasting 310 horsepower @ 6600 rpm and 271 pounds-feet of torque @ 5000 rpm. Power routed through the retained 6-speed auto gear box delivers ample performance. Drive modes include 2X4, 4X4, Sport, Off Road and trailer/tow.
The 2017 model is lighter than 700 pounds from its predecessor, thanks to a shrinking wheelbase by 6.4, length by 7.2, height by 6.6 and width by 3.5 inches. Chrome rules the exterior of the Acadia. It can be found on and around the new dimensional grille, wraparound xenon headlights mounted in large, rectangular housings, door handles, mirrors and roof rack rails. Of course, it is in the passenger/cargo department that the Acadia truly shines. Take the 60/40 second-row and 50/50 third-row seats, which can be folded easily via a lever. Maximum cargo space is 79 cubic feet. Providing eye candy is wood sprinkled on the front center console around cup holders and doors. Other standard goodies are a power lift gate, 8-inch touch screen for audio, nav and phone controls, eight-way power heated/cooled front seats, power tilt/telescopic steering column, 8-speaker Bose sound system, Wi-Fi spot and tri-zone auto a/c.
Available as a front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the hands-on and robust Acadia is a fine blend of performance and style. Last year, GMC sold 96,393 units. We will not be surprised if the overhauled midsize SUV surpasses the 100,000 mark in 2017.

ACADIA DENALI (AWD)
Tires: P235/55R20
Wheelbase: 112.5 inches
Length: 193.6 inches
Width: 75.4 inches
Height: 68.7 inches
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; 5-link rear
Steering: electric variable power
Fuel capacity: 22 gallons
City: 18 mpg
Highway: 25 mpg
Tow capacity: 4,000 pounds
Base price: $46,920
Web site: www.gmc.com

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