2012 GMC Acadia Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The GMC Acadia makes the most of its big crossover wagon body, though it sits a little higher for people and cargo loading than something like the nifty Ford Flex.

Inside the Acadia, the well-configured, flexible seating makes room for seven or eight passengers, depending on whether the second-row seats are a bench or buckets. A third-row seat is standard equipment. It's the closest thing to a GMC minivan you'll find, aside from sliding doors.

For families needing supreme comfort in their SUV-ish wagon, the 2012 GMC Acadia excels.

Up front, the driver and front passenger will find plush but firm seats, with heating and ventilation on the Denali models that's a must if a black interior is specified. The cushions add to the high driving position that makes forward visibility so great. The second-row seats are adult-sized, and whether they're the optional captain's chairs or a bench, they're quite comfortable for larger riders. These seats also slide fore and aft on rails to expand leg room if it's not needed in the third row.

The third-row seat might sit very close to the floor, but it still provides enough head room for adults to ride back there on occasion. They won't have it easy, clambering in back, as they would in a real minivan. With the third row up, the Acadia has 20 cubic feet of room for cargo; fold down the second- and third-row seats, and it reveals 115 cubic feet of space. The Acadia's load floor sits a bit higher than in some other crossovers, but a power tailgate is almost a must, especially if the Acadia's being used more often for cargo than for people.

The Acadia's interior is tight and quiet, with excellent damping of road, wind, and engine noise. Build quality and switchgear is also top-notch, and controls are straightforward and will put the driver at ease compared to the complicated interfaces in some luxury crossovers. The only major disappointment in the Acadia is the abundance of hard, hollow-feeling plastic that panels the dash and center console.

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