GMC taps the crossover segment with its Acadia, which is designed to offer the utility of an SUV and the comfort of a sedan.

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Although a crossover, GMC keeps a lot of its SUV styling cues, such as the truck-like grille. The nose is stubby compared to a full-size SUV, though, as it only needs to accommodate a V-6.

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With its large side windows and big wheel arches, the Acadia looks a lot like an SUV.

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LED tail lights are a nice, modern touch. The dual exhaust pipes are probably less necessary, given the size of the engine.

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We found the Acadia can easily hold large pieces of furniture. It also has a powered tailgate.

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The mirrors can be folded in at the touch of a button, a nice feature for a big vehicle.

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Three rows of seating isn't common in a crossover. But the middle-row captain's chairs mean seating is still limited to six.

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We like the interior design, with its two-tone dashboard, a look that extends to the doors.

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The navigation module has a convenient split-screen mode, so you can see audio information and the map at the same time.

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The navigation system lets you choose from multiple routes to your destination.

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We particularly like that you can add new destinations to your route either before or after previously entered destinations.

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The Acadia's stereo plays MP3 and WMA CDs and offers a useful screen for selecting music.

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The XM radio screen is also nicely laid out for choosing categories or individual stations.

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Applying categories to FM radio stations is a particularly nice touch.

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The auxiliary input is easily accessible right on the faceplate of the navigation/stereo module.

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Optional cargo area audio controls make the Acadia good for tailgate parties.

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The steering wheel gets a load of buttons between each spoke.

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Although we felt its look is dated, the heads-up display on the Acadia is a very useful option.

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The Acadia's six-speed automatic transmission is good for freeway speeds, but we found its shifts very noticeable.

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Appropriate for a crossover, the Acadia uses a V-6 instead of a V-8. But, at 3.6-liters, this V-6 has fairly large displacement.

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