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Selected Style FWD 4-Door SLE1
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Drivetrain

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door SLE1 17 24 $30,136 $31,890
FWD 4-Door SLT1 17 24 $34,256 $36,250
FWD 4-Door SLT2 17 24 $36,373 $38,490
AWD 4-Door SLE1 16 23 $32,026 $33,890
AWD 4-Door SLT1 16 23 $36,146 $38,250
AWD 4-Door SLT2 16 23 $38,263 $40,490
FWD 4-Door Base (Natl)
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 18 24 $24,475 $27,500
FWD 4-Door Sport 18 24 $26,833 $30,150
FWD 4-Door Limited 18 24 $29,281 $32,900
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $25,765 $28,950
4WD 4-Door Sport 17 23 $28,124 $31,600
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $30,571 $34,350
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,136
$24,475
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,890
$27,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$532 / month
$458 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 GMC Acadia is better-looking than most minivans, and a whole lot more useful than full-size SUVs for passenger duty. Most Americans prefer mushy white bread, and the 2008 Toyota Highlander is a larger, high-quality "loaf" that will satisfy most every consumer.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in) 38.4 36.3
Front Hip Room (in) 57.8 56.7
Third Shoulder Room (in) 57.8 55.0
Second Leg Room (in) 36.9 38.3
Front Head Room (in) 40.4 40.6
Passenger Capacity 8 7
Second Hip Room (in) 57.9 56.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 61.9 59.7
Third Leg Room (in) 33.2 29.9
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 40.1
Third Hip Room (in) 48.3 42.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 61.1 59.5
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 43.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 154 145.7
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in) 200.7 188.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 69.9 68.1
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 67.1 64.2
Wheelbase (in) 118.9 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.2 75.2
Track Width, Front (in) 67.1 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.4 8.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 21.4 10.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 68.9 42.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 116.9 95.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.8 x 1.1 12.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 0.8 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type Power Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.0 19.2
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.89 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.1 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.4 38.7
Steering Type Power Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P255/65R18 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code QLW NA
Front Tire Size P255/65R18 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size Compact P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code QLW NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4722 3979
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 11.8 9.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 170 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 3.6L/220 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 288 @ 6300 270 @ 6200
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System MPFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 270 @ 3400 249 @ 4700
Engine Order Code LLT NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 19 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 24
Transmission
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.88 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.87 2.36
Trans Order Code MY9 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.16 3.48
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.05
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.48 4.24
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 1.52
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name GMC Acadia Toyota Highlander
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Sport-tuned
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 -
 
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