2008 GMC Acadia Overview

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2008 GMC Acadia Overview

In its second year, the 2008 GMC Acadia adds more standard features to the already well-equipped three trims. The mid-size crossover comes available in front-wheel drive or AWD, which is revised this year with the Intelligent AWD system. It automatically adjusts torque and yaw according to driver information and road conditions. Adding extra security is a new brake assist feature and revised traction control. These join standard stability control, ABS brakes, dual front-side and side curtain airbags, and 18-inch alloy wheels for five-star safety ratings. Also new in 2008 is an optional rearview camera, bundled with a navigation system.

The 2008 Acadia comes in three trims -- SLE, SLT-1, and SLT-2. The SLE starts fully loaded with power features, a CD player, and cruise control, while the higher-end trims adds power front seats with driver's memory, heated leather upholstery, a CD changer, power liftgate, and rear audio controls. Satellite radio has been added to the equipment list this year. The SLE seats eight with benches in both the second and third row, while the SLT trims seat seven, substituting second row captain's chairs with their own new center storage console. The second row slides three inches forward and back to adjust for legroom, and both rear rows fold flat, expanding the 19.7 cubic foot cargo space to an impressive 117 cubic feet. The Acadia claims to have the largest storage room of any mid-sized SUV. A net is standard, as is an underfloor compartment, and the SLT2 adds a cargo cover.

All trims come with a 3.6-liter DOHC V8 that delivers 275-hp and 251 ft-lbs of torque at a low 3200 RPM. A 6-speed automatic with overdrive is the only transmission. The 2008 Acadia combines SUV versatility and space with car-like handling, but unfortunately retains an SUV's low fuel economy, averaging 16/22 mpg. On the outside, a rear spoiler, alloy wheels and chrome trim, dual exhaust tips, and revised larger dual projector headlights add stylish touches that appeal to owners and distinguish the crossover from its sister vehicles, the Saturn Outlook and Buick Enclave.

The 2008 Acadia seems to earn a host of rave reviews, mostly for its long list of standard features, quiet ride, low step-in height, and its roomy interior and cargo space. Parents like its family-friendly safety record and easily-accesible seats. Negative comments point out the low fuel economy, noticeable hesitation when downshifting, rear visibility issues, and the difficult maneuverability due to its large size.

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