2013 GMC Acadia Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The 2013 GMC Acadia makes good use of the potential space under its rather boxy profile, with excellent seating comfort and a tight, quiet cabin--although the floor sits a little higher than in some other crossover vehicles.

The Acadia continues to offer very well-configured, flexible seating, with room for seven or eight passengers. A third-row seat is included in all Acadia models, and it offers some of the most useful space outside of minivan designs. And if you choose the buckets instead of the bench for the second row, access is especially easy to the third row.

Ride quality and cabin materials have been improved for 2013, and the Acadia has three rows of useful seating.

Front seats are plush, with heating and ventilation on the Denali models. Altogether, they offer an excellent high seating position and good outward visibility. Whether you go for the captain's chairs or the bench in back you get adult-sized accommodations (they're also heated and cooled in the Denali), and they slide fore and aft for more space in the third row.

Kids (or parents) might find the third-row seat a little easier to access with the captain's chair layout in the second row--with what GMC calls aisle seating--but in any case it's a little harder than in a minivan due to the somewhat higher floor. A Smart Slide feature does flip up the rear seat cushion and flip the seat forward, though, for easier access back there. The third row looks low to the floor, but it's actually not bad for adults, if it's just a short stint out to dinner.

Cargo space is superb--provided you're not using the third-row seat. With the third row up, the Acadia has 24 cubic feet of room for cargo; fold down the second- and third-row seats, and it reveals 116 cubic feet of space. GMC also boasts that you can carry 48-inch-wide drywall and plywood. The only catch is that the Acadia's load floor sits a bit higher than in some other crossovers, so pieces of furniture might not fit as well. And for shorter drivers, the power tailgate might be a necessity.

The Acadia's interior is tight and quiet, with excellent damping of road, wind, and engine noise, and for 2013 new dual-flow damper shocks and struts offer an even better ride-and-handling balance. The Acadia keeps its straightforward layout, although Denali models gain new capacitive controls audio and climate functions, with much of the lineup gaining so-called Color Touch infotainment systems.

GMC has also improved interior materials throughout the 2013 Acadia lineup, including more soft-touch materials, French stitching, and red ambient lighting. SLT and Denali models also get aluminum accents, with additional satin-chrome accents, perforated leather, and mahogany inserts in the Denali. The Denali also gets even quieter with an exclusive interior acoustic package.

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