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2012 GMC Acadia vs. Its Competition

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2012 GMC Acadia Denali
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The Acadia’s only direct competitor--other than its Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave stablemates--is the Ford Flex, a crossover vehicle that optimizes passenger comfort and space inside a distinctively boxy body.

But if you're shopping the Acadia, we'd also recommend you take a look at the Mazda CX-9, the curvaceous companion to the Ford crossover and even a better performer, though it lacks some of the Flex's sexy high-tech features.

There's also the Honda Pilot, which gets a revamped cabin and a six-speed automatic for the new model year, and the Toyota Highlander, which has the least appealing handling of the bunch, but a vast interior, a flexible second-row seat with a hideaway cushion, and a companion hybrid model.

2012 GMC Acadia Denali2012 GMC Acadia2012 Ford Flex 4-door SEL FWD Side Exterior View2012 Ford Flex2012 Honda Pilot 2WD 4-door EX-L Angular Front Exterior View2012 Honda Pilot2012 Mazda CX-92012 Mazda CX-92012 Toyota Highlander FWD 4-door V6 (SE) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Toyota Highlander
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The 2012 GMC Acadia: better for people than a big SUV, better looking than a minivan.
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One of our top-rated vehicles, the 2012 Ford Flex has real distinction, along with top-shelf turbo power, great seats and great features.
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Don't let the macho-boxy look intimidate you; the Honda Pilot makes a lot of sense for large families—especially with improved mileage and a most tasteful front-end design for 2012.
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The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a little more enjoyable to drive than most crossovers its size, while it manages three rows of seating, a plush cabin, and decent comfort.
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The 2012 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid to roomy, three-row family crossover wagons what the Camry is to mid-size sedans: comfortable, safe, and full-featured—but more than a little bland.
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Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door SL4-Door SE FWD2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door I4 (Natl)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport Utility4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
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