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$30,400
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$32,000
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Although GMC might be work-oriented in image, the 2011 Acadia Denali feels every bit a high-end luxury vehicle.
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The glovebox doors are actually damped, instead of whanging you in the knees when you open them.
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The optional head-up display projects vehicle speed and other readings on the windshield.
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OnStar 8.0—which is now capable of providing turn-by-turn driving directions
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Another must is the power liftgate
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While the GMC Acadia lineup is mostly carried over unchanged to 2011, an all-new, top-of-the-line GMC Acadia Denali trim joins the model line this year.

In addition to significant cosmetic distinctions from the standard Acadia—including a new grille, front and rear bumpers, high-intensity discharge headlamps, and 20-inch wheels—drivers will get tri-zone cliamte control; DVD navigation with real-time traffic; satellite radio; USB connectivity; Bluetooth connectivity; a power driver seat; remote start; leather upholstery; and heated and ventilated front seats.

Otherwise, the 2011 GMC Acadia comes in SL, SLE, SLT1, and SLT2 trim levels. Each comes with the aforementioned 3.6-liter V-6 engine, but interior appointments are quite different between trims. Acadia SL and SLE models come with a basic-looking but comfortable cloth upholstery, while SLT1 and SLT2 trims (and of course the Denali) get full leather. In the Denali, it's perforated leather, complemented by mahogany-wood inserts and leather steering-wheel and door trim.

Standard features for all models include cruise control, full power accessories, front and rear air conditioning, and a full array of airbags. The SLT1 and SLT2 trims get a premium 10-speaker Bose system with a six-CD in-dash changer. Features like leather upholstery, heated front seats, power seats, a power rear liftgate, a head-up display (HUD), GPS, a two-panel sunroof, XM NavTraffic, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, backseat DVD entertainment system, and tri-zone automatic climate control are also available as options in the higher trims. XM Satellite Radio is now standard on all models of the Acadia, and a USB port in the center console can play audio files through the Acadia's sound system, as well as charge certain devices—specifically, it works with your iPod. Other new options include a Cashmere Interior, as well as GMC Yukon Denali-style roof racks.

Conclusion

Although GMC might be work-oriented in image, the 2011 Acadia Denali feels every bit a high-end luxury vehicle.

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