The new Acadia interior is well done. I really enjoyed that some of those chiseled lines from the exterior moved inside to make for some bold, blocky styling that is clearly influenced by GMC’s trucks. The materials looked and felt good, with plenty of soft-touch and stitched panels, and the fit and finish was quite good. The one let-down was the terrible fake wood. I found the heated and ventilated seats, upholstered in perforated leather, to be very comfortable around town and on the highway. In terms of aesthetics, I particularly liked the All Terrain trim’s striking two-tone interior.

There’s an 8-inch touchscreen that handles everything from phone, navigation and the Bose sound system to apps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – the latter two allow you to bring part of your digital life into the vehicle without adding distractions while you’re driving. There’s also the new MyGMC app for your smartphone that lets you remotely start your vehicle, lock or unlock your doors, call roadside assistance and other stuff – from anywhere in the world. GMC made a pretty big deal about the Acadia’s connectivity, and it includes their much-hyped OnStar 4G system which allows your vehicle (any GM vehicle actually) to become a wi-fi hotspot for up to seven devices. It works quite well, but I still don’t understand why I’d want to add yet another cellular bill (once my three months or 3 GB free trial runs out) if I have data on my devices. Anyway, maybe that’s just me.

My Denali trim came chock-full of driver assistance technology – low-speed automatic braking, pedestrian detection, surround vision and back-up cameras with front and rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control. A true standout in terms of family safety is the Rear Seat Reminder. An industry first, it notes when you open and close a rear door, and when you come to a stop and get out, it reminds you (with five chimes and a visual warning) to check your rear seat for precious cargo. This could help prevent someone accidentally leaving their children or pets in a hot vehicle, and could easily save lives. That’s my kind of safety tech! There are a couple of nice touches for Canadian winters – a heated steering wheel and remote starter.

The vehicle I was driving was a six-seat configuration with a walk-through second row. You can also opt for a three-seat bench. The heated second-row seats were quite comfortable. They slide and recline, and the curbside SmartSlide seat can be moved forward for easy third-row access – while keeping a child seat in place (without the child in it obviously). Second-row passengers get automatic climate control, USB ports and a 120V household outlet and a very handy large slide-out drawer bin at the bottom.

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