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2014 GMC Acadia:Providing everything you need

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The 2014 GMC Acadia is a great family vehicle that provides a number of benefits for its owners without asking them to make many sacrifices.

For example, it provides a third row of seating that is actually usable for average-sized folks. Yet the Acadia isn't so large that it makes you feel like you're driving a tractor trailer.

It is practical, with ample space for hauling people and goods, but it's also stylish. You don't necessarily look at it and think "soccer mom" or "soccer dad" vehicle.

For this model year, it adds a couple of safety features - lane departure warning and forward collision alert.

The Acadia is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that makes 286 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque. It is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional.

Front-wheel models are rated at 17 mpg city, 24 highway and all-wheel models get 16 and 23.

Thanks to a redesign last year, the Acadia is good looking on the inside and out.

The interior fit and finish got a nice upgrade, and the center console is neater and more modern looking. The second row of seats comes as either captain's chairs or a bench (which allows the Acadia to seat eight). There is good size in the rear cargo area, 24.1 cubic feet, which comes in handy for road trips or when you're loading up at the grocery store.

Interior options include leather seating, heated and cooled front seats, rear-seat entertainment system and a navigation system.

On the outside, last year's redesign brought a creased hood and three-bar grille to the front fascia and reshaped windows at the rear that create better visibility.

If you opt for the Denali trim level, which the tester was, you also get a chrome grille and panoramic sunroof.

In addition to the two new safety features mentioned above, the Acadia has a standard backup camera, blind spot monitoring and cross traffic systems. These offer better visibility, a key factor with a vehicle of this size.

The Acadia starts at around $35,000 and ranges to about $52,000.

If you seek an attractive, functional and comfortable family vehicle, the Acadia is a very good choice.

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