A new, premium Denali model joins the GMC Acadia lineup for 2011, adding a new dimension of luxury and exclusivity to this popular crossover. It brings the distinctive Denali design elements, including a chrome honeycomb grille and monochromatic exterior color cues, along with exclusive fascias, high-intensity discharge headlamps and unique interior features.
In addition to the new 2011 Acadia Denali, the Acadia is offered in two cloth trims, SL and SLE, and leather trims designated SLT1 and SLT2. All models are available in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive with seven- or eight-passenger seating configurations. A comprehensive safety system includes six standard airbags and standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control and rollover mitigation technology.
New and revised features across the 2011 Acadia lineup include OnStar 9.0 and two new exterior colors: Cyber Gray Metallic and Gray Green Metallic.
Acadia’s body-frame integral structure enables lower entry/exit height for passengers. Despite the vehicle’s SUV-like front-end height, the front door step-in height is only 18.9 inches; the rear door step-in height is 19.8 inches. Entry to the second- and third-row seats is easy with very wide rear doors and GM’s exclusive Smart Slide second-row seat feature.
All models are powered by a 3.6L V-6 VVT engine that uses gasoline direct injection technology to optimize performance and fuel economy. The engine is paired with Acadia’s fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission. The Acadia also is capable of towing up to 5,200 pounds.
Base model estimated mpg: 17/24
Estimated starting price: $31,840
Compiled by Motor Matters

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