2014 GMC Acadia

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I like the term “Messing with Sasquatch.”  The thought of someone actually getting a kick out of toying with a mythical, beastly creature within close range is humorous to me. Time has offered a few changes to this legendary creature but one thing that will never change is its shear strength and it will choose to stand out when it wants to, even with its lagging response time.

The 2014 GMC Acadia is also not one to mess with because it stands strong and has plenty to offer. It’s also safe and reliable, the Sasquatch, no one will ever know. The Acadia offers a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 288 horsepower and 270 lbs-foot of torque, making it one of the more capable SUV’s in this segment.

It achieves an estimated 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway on two-wheel drive variants. Opting for the all-wheel drive variant will drop fuel economy to an estimated 16 city and 23 highway. The GMC Acadia may not have the best fuel economy but it is carrying around a ton of weight.

The 2014 GMC Acadia is a large crossover SUV that is offered in three basic trims levels- SLE, SLT and Denali. The SLE is subdivided even further into SLE-1 and SLE-2 trims, while the SLT is subdivided into SLT-1 and SLT-2 trims.

The 2014 Acadia SLE-1 has a long list of standard features that includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, rear privacy glass, rear AC controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth®, OnStar, two rear charge-only USB ports and a six-speaker sound system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, satellite  and HD radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.

Stepping up to the SLE-2 will add a remote vehicle start, power liftgate, an eight-way power driver seat, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an Intellilink electronics interface that includes voice activated commands, Bluetooth® and smartphone app integration.

Opting for the SLT-1 will get you 19-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, heated mirrors, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery with heated front seats and an upgraded ten-speaker Bose sound system with rear audio control. A forward collision and lane-departure warning system are also standard on this trim level.

The SLT-2 adds power-folding mirrors, driver seat memory functions and an eight-way
power passenger seat. Add the optional Technology Package and you’ll get ventilated front seats, xenon headlights  and head-up display which helps you keep your eye on the road.

The top-of-the-line Denali offers the SLT-2 optional features as standard plus a nice sleek and refreshing look thanks to its 20-inch chrome-clad wheels. A forward collision alert system, a lane departure warning system, increased sound insulation, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, and a panoramic sunroof are also standard.

Safety features across the board include antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, forward collision alert, a rearview camera, parking sensors, OnStar, traction control and stability control.

The 2014 GMc Acadia serves up a spacious interior. It features over 24 cubic feet of luggage space and three rows of seats. You can also fold the third-row down to allow plenty of space for a Sasquatch. Then you can double that by folding the second-row down for a total of 116 cubic feet of space.

The Acadia is big and heavy. Nevertheless it offers a quiet and smooth ride and plenty of space for passengers and cargo, may even a Sasquatch. It can be a bit sluggish off the line but who’s going to be racing in a large crossover anyway?

Prices for the 2014 GMC Acadia range from $35,000 to $50,000 depending on your chosen trim level and packages. If you’re on the market for a larger Crossover/SUV, you may also want to consider The Chevrolet Traverse or Buick Enclave.

 Plenty of space for passengers and cargo, styling, an all-around capable hauler

 Sluggish throttle response

Stashi is an Editor at Driver Pulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and latest news throughout the automotive industry. From the sight of sleek curves to the sound of a roaring engine, old and new, she has a great love for vehicles of all makes and models. What she finds most exciting is that automakers of iconic muscle cars from the past, such as Ford and Chevrolet, are reproducing them for this generation of gearheads. Her dream car, the 1964 or 1966 Ford Mustang, is the ultimate American pony car and paved the way for her love of growling and rumbling engines of old school muscle cars. She spent her whole life in the Midwest and still finds herself playing the same game she once played with her father when she was a young girl. It’s a game her father liked to call “Name that make and model”. This game has become more challenging as the years pass making it a great way to pass the time on long road trips. She believes that automobiles, old and new, are an art form that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.

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