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The glovebox doors are actually damped, instead of whanging you in the knees when you open them.
New York Times
The optional head-up display projects vehicle speed and other readings on the windshield.
OnStar 8.0—which is now capable of providing turn-by-turn driving directions
Car and Driver
Another must is the power liftgate
A family wagon above all its off-road feinting, the GMC Acadia also offers up heavy doses of standard equipment--in lockstep with its "professional-grade" tagline. There's so much in the way of luxury and infotainment, it's practically the brand's minivan.
Same as last year, the Acadia comes in SLE, SLT, and Denali versions, with the lower trim levels taking a half-step into SLE2 and SLT2 territory. All Acadias come with standard cloth seating; power windows, locks, and mirrors; cruise control; air conditioning; and a Color Touch Radio with touch-screen control, a USB port, a rearview camera, and a few months of satellite radio service. For 2014, GMC has added a pair of USB charge-only ports to the back of the center console, acknowledging the game-happy passengers sure to hop into its back seats.
Among the Acadia's options are a navigation that interfaces with the system. GMC IntelliLink is available or standard on all models: it's a smartphone-connectivity package that integrates Pandora and Stitcher internet radio capability, plus Bluetooth-driven voice controls.
Moving into the SLT, the Acadia gains leather upholstery and heated front seats. SLT2 and Denali models step up to perforated leather with heated and cooled front seats, and the top Denali model includes a Dual SkyScape sunroof. A tri-zone climate control system is included with SLT and Denali models, while a rear-seat entertainment system is available throughout the model line--including surround sound, ten speakers, and two sets of wireless headphones.
Connectivity and luxury are well-handled by the Acadia's standard-equipment list; fully optioned, it's close to Caddy standards.