By James Bergeron
Day 1:

2007 GMC Acadia SLT
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More and more manufacturers are hitting the market with crossover SUVs these days. The minivan seems to be going the way of the dodo bird, while the crossover attempts to pick up the slack in the seven-to-eight passenger segment. Until recently, SUVs haven’t performed the task very well, with difficult rear access and horrible leg and head room, but GMC is attempting to change this with their latest vehicle.

The 2007 GMC Acadia is GM’s latest entry into the crossover segment. Capable of seating up to eight passengers in certain configurations, with a starting price of $36,495 and some aggressive styling, this new offering looks to be a real competitor in the seven-to-eight seater crossover market. My test model is an SLT model, which comes almost fully loaded, missing only a select few features such as the DVD-Navigation system.

2007 GMC Acadia SLT
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Painted in Red Jewel Tintcoat (a $395 option) and covered on the interior with beautifully contrasting black carpets and light titanium leather seating surfaces, my test model is sure to impress those with even the most discerning tastes. Upon first inspection it seems everything is very well put together and of a quality expected from more luxurious makes.

Powered by a 3.6L V6 engine putting out 275hp and 251lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic with overdrive, the Acadia is capable of towing 2041kg (4500lbs). The Acadia itself, optioned with AWD system as my tester is, comes in at a hefty 2234kg (4925lbs), and you can feel it.

According to GM’s website, the Acadia is capable of a combined fuel economy of 11.5L/100km with a city average of 13.5L/100km and a highway average of 8.5L/100km. I have yet to come anywhere near these advertised figures for large SUVs. With my driving style and typical driving route, my average is typically in the 15-16L/100km range in most mid- to large-sized SUVs. If GMC would like to market the Acadia as a replacement for the minivan, let’s hope it lives up to its advertised fuel consumption ratings, or at least comes close.

2007 GMC Acadia
MSRP as tested: $54,780

For more information on GMC and the Acadia visit GM Canada

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