Although not yet due for a complete redesign, the trio of General Motors full-size crossovers, the 2013 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, do receive modest facelifts and freshening.
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2013 Buick Enclave
Our editors find the 2013 Buick Enclave “one of the most distinctive and comfortable full-size crossovers,” and hail the “substantially upgraded interior” while giving it an overall 8.2 (out of 10) rating. Exterior changes include a new front fascia, new headlamp design and new hood. But it’s the interior that boasts the most change: new trim, materials, more soft-touch surfaces and ‘live stitching.’ The eight-passenger Enclave, along with its siblings, the Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia, features the industry-first front-center airbag and, for the first time, available side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert systems.
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2013 Chevrolet Traverse
The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse receives an updated exterior and interior, along with more infotainment options that our editors note are “the better to take on the Ford Flex and Explorer.” With an overall 8.0 (out of 10 rating), the three-row, seven-passenger Traverse, boasting 12 cupholders, innovative SmartSlide second-row feature, and 24.4 cubic feet of space behind the third row, is definitely a family hauler. The new front-center airbag will be standard on LT and LTZ, while the side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert systems will be standard on LTZ.
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2013 GMC Acadia
Going on sale later this year, the 2013 GMC Acadia and Acadia Denali eight-passenger crossovers sport some new exterior design elements and technology and safety updates. On the exterior, the Acadia has a new three-bar grille, LED daytime running lamps, new taillight design, wraparound rear glass and a new rear spoiler. On the inside, the Acadia has upgraded soft-touch materials, French stitching, red ambient dashboard lighting, and the SmartSlide seating system standard. Also standard is the GMC Color Touch Radio, an infotainment system with capacitative touch controls and available IntelliLink and HD Radio. All GMC Acadia models feature the front-center airbag, while the side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert systems are standard on Acadia Denali and available on Acadia. A rear vision camera and six months of OnStar service are standard on all models.
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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
Designed for families seeking a three-row full-size SUV with the utmost in luxury, the all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class offers more of just about everything: more room, power, safety and amenities.
Exterior styling, while subtle, is most apparent in the front end and is crisper and more angular than the 2012 model. Available in GL350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, GL450 and range-topping GL550 models, the GL Class is powered by a revised 240-horsepower, gasoline-fueled 3.0-liter turbodiesel, a 362-horsepower 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8, and a 429-horsepower version of the same twin-turbo V-8, respectively.
A new seven-speed transmission, electric power steering and intelligent alternator management help increase fuel efficiency. Standard safety features include Collision Prevention Assist, Brake Assist, Attention Assist and Crosswind Stabilization.
On the inside, the new GL Class boasts increased shoulder, elbow and headroom in all three rows, and a third row power seat is now standard across the line. While the two upper models can be equipped with an On and Off Road package, the GL Class, in general, is ideally suited for long-distance highway cruising.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class goes on sale this fall.
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