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2010 GMC Acadia SLT
Posted By Lonnie Johnson On March 26, 2010 @ 9:47 am In Car Reviews | No Comments
When it comes to moving a family, Crossovers offer the most comfortable stable ride. Look at any of the offerings from any of the manufactures. Almost all of them offer some form of a crossover.
As far as I’m concerned, a crossover is a higher, more flexible vehicle than the standard four-door sedan. For instance, maybe you are a parent who wants to take the family camping. A crossover is great for that. No, they’re not nearly as tough as a truck or even some SUV’s. Fact is, unless you order all-wheel drive, you can’t go anywhere an SUV can. The biggest advantage the crossover has over a car off-road is that you can drive it through a grass field without fear of your catalytic converter starting a fire. The extra ground clearance is also crucial on washed-out dirt roads.
Here’s the charm to the crossover. Most crossovers handle as well as sedans. The interior room is ample and there is more room for storage. Both of these things are extremely important to families.
I meet an old friend in Dallas some time ago and his wife asked what kind of car she should purchase. I asked her about their family’s needs and came to the conclusion that a Crossover was the way to go. So far the only cars to grab her attention have been Crossovers.
Enter the 2010 GMC Acadia. The complete family car, err…crossover. With blockish good looks and an interior that is softer and roomier than a bouncy house, the Acadia is at home in a pasture or pulling up to your favorite chop house, sans the ozone killing bovine waste, of course.
The Acadia that was delivered this week was the “old lady” red that automakers seem to think everyone loves. Truth is, most people do like this color. It’s the most non-offensive color since light blue. It’s not an attention getter, but neither are you in a crossover. Crossovers tend to resemble one another at first glance. That’s why I concentrate on the interior, where my family and I will be spending the lion’s share of our time.
The interior of the Acadia is plush. The SLT1 option offers anything and everything you could want. A perfectly quiet ride, Roger Clements quiet. The seats offer the driver and passenger’s heat and support where you need it most. The audio controls on the steering wheel actually make sense. Bose takes care of the sound system, which makes long trips seem easier and commutes seem less stressful. And speaking of commutes, the power-plant is a 3.6 SIDI V-6 putting down 288HP and 270lbft of torque. That’s enough power to get you from A to B quickly. The only power drawback is the overabundance of torque-steer. That’s one thing that continues to amaze me. Why can’t someone figure out how to improve this problem?
Fuel mileage is a respectable 17/24 for the FWD and 16/23 for the AWD. Here’s my advice, if you can afford it, get the AWD. It feels more stable than a fifty year marriage. And since East Texas now boast the possibility of 6-10 inches of snow, maybe now you could make the argument to the wife that you may need AWD at least once in the lifetime of the car.
That’s it. I loved driving the 2010 GMC Acadia. Not crazy about the styling but, again, no crossover stands out in the crowd if you ask me.
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