2013 GMC Acadia Preview

Jeff Youngs | May 03, 2012
  • New exterior design
  • Revised interior with new materials
  • Industry-first front center air bag


The 2013 GMC Acadia is a midsize crossover SUV with seating for up to 8 passengers and as much cargo room as traditional large SUVs.

Exterior Features

GMC gives the 2013 Acadia new front styling with a three-bar grille design, standard LED running lights, newly sculpted front and rear bumpers, revised rear glass treatment that wraps around the rear roof pillars, new rear spoiler, and fresh 18-, 19-, and 20-inch aluminum wheel designs.

Interior Features

Inside, the 2013 GMC Acadia retains its SmartSlide second-row seating, which the automaker says makes it easier to load occupants into the third-row seat. The new 2013 Acadia's cabin benefits from new soft-touch materials, new French stitching accents, and ambient cabin lighting. The more expensive trims, the SLT and Denali, get genuine aluminum dash trim. A new Color Touch Radio with a full-color in-dash display screen and capacitive touch controls is standard, and includes HD Radio reception and an iPod/USB connection.

Optional Features

The new Acadia can be equipped with IntelliLink smartphone integration, which includes Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, Internet radio access, and voice control.

Additionally, the 2013 Acadia can be upgraded with a navigation system, rear-seat entertainment system, leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, Dual SkyScape power sunroof, and HID headlights. A Trailering package is also available, which helps Acadia owners take advantage of a 5,200-pound tow rating.

The luxury-oriented 2013 Acadia Denali model, which has historically accounted for 30% of all Acadia sales according to GMC, is equipped with almost everything GMC offers on this crossover SUV.

Under the Hood

A direct-injected, 3.6-liter V-6 engine powers the 2013 GMC Acadia, generating 288 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels, and an all-wheel-drive system is available as an option.

Fuel Economy

As this preview is published, official EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Acadia are unavailable. Because the 2013 model's powertrain is the same as the 2012 model, we provide the 2012 fuel-economy ratings below:
  • Acadia FWD: 17/24/19 mpg (city/hwy/combined)
  • Acadia AWD: 16/23/19 mpg


For 2013, the GMC Acadia is equipped with a new front center air bag that deploys between the front seats and protects both the driver and the front-seat passenger in what GMC calls "far-side impact crashes." In other words, it protects the occupant seated on the side of the SUV that is not struck by another vehicle or object.

The new air bag joins six others that are standard, including side-curtain air bags that protect outboard passengers in all three rows of seats. Traction and stability control systems are also standard, as well as a 4-wheel-disc anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. The Acadia is also equipped with 6 free months of OnStar Automatic Crash Notification service, as well as a reversing camera.

The 2013 GMC Acadia Denali model comes standard with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems. These safety features are optional on other models.

As this preview is published, the restyled 2013 Acadia has not been subjected to government (NHTSA) or IIHS crash tests.

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