Posts Tagged ‘GMC’

2017 NAIAS: 2018 GMC Terrain

January 25th, 2017 No comments


When GM axed the Pontiac brand back in 2009 it not only left Buick-GMC dealerships without its sister brand, but it also left them without a small crossover. GMC stepped up to the plate for the 2010 model year and gave the world the Terrain which was based heavily on the Chevrolet Equinox. Though the exterior styling was completely different the two vehicles shared powertrains and interiors. The 2018 Terrain seeks to give the diminutive crossover more independence from its Chevy cousin. The interior is no longer shared with the Equinox and offers a curious button activated transmission not available in the Equinox. Exterior styling is smoothed out compared to the blocky outgoing mode and features a floating roofline that is becoming cliché as well as a dramatically rising beltline. Disgruntled Volkswagen owners should take notice that the Terrain now offers a 1.6L 4-cylinder turbo diesel along with 1.5L and 2.0L turbocharged gas engines. As expected, front-wheel drive models are complimented with available all-wheel drive. Those keeping track will notice a V6 is no longer available. SLE and SLT basic models are topped by the premium Denali trim. Expect to see the new Terrain in dealerships late 2017.

2016 NAIAS: 2017 GMC Acadia

January 12th, 2016 No comments

GMC’s Acadia has been around for ages. To say that the Acadia hasn’t been redesigned since its introduction as a 2007 model (count it, that is a full 10 model years ago) isn’t entirely true. As a mid-cycle update it adopted the body shell from the orphaned Saturn Outlook in 2013. There have been products that have lingered for longer than the Acadia, but not many, and those tend to be legacy fleet models not core products. Even so, GMC claims that 2015 was Acadias best-selling year. So how to follow up on the success of such a vehicle? GMC executives claim that the 2017 Acadia is repositioned to match the way most Acadia customers use their vehicle. The Acadia has been shrunk, losing one seating position and a staggering 700 lbs! Maximum seating is now seven, rather than eight, when equipped with the now optional third seat. The new Acadia seems to be more of a successor to the long discontinued Envoy SUV rather than a more fashionable alternative to a minivan. Denail remains the top offering and an All Terrain trim is added above the familiar SLT. One unique safety feature GMC has developed is a rear seat reminder that intends to help driver’s check to make sure they haven’t accidentally left a child unattended in a locked vehicle. For the first time, a 4-cyldiner is the standard engine and is mated to a 6-speed automatic. This configuration on front wheel drive models achieves 28 mpg highway and 22 mpg in the city due to start/stop technology. An optional 310 horsepower V6 is also available. Expect to see the all-new Acadia on streets in spring 2016.

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2015 GMC Canyon 4WD SLT Crew Cab Short Box

August 11th, 2015 No comments

“All New!  Sensibly Sized!” 

It happens to nearly every automaker. It begins by offering a successful car in a relatively standard package. When it comes time to replace that model in the automaker’s lineup the call goes out to make the next model have more interior space, more cargo room and more power. That newer model becomes more successful than the first. Subsequent generations continue the pursuit of ‘more is better’. Then, gradually and almost without notice, buyers start to wonder “what if there were a vehicle just a bit smaller, more nimble, more compact, and more efficient than this?” The automaker responds with an “All New!  Sensibly Sized!” new model that slots in where the original model was once targeted. This is the story of the 2015 GMC Canyon and its near twin, the Chevrolet Colorado.  Read more…

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2014 NAIAS: 2015 GMC Canyon

January 14th, 2014 No comments

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2014 NAIAS: 2014 GMC Sierra HD

January 14th, 2014 No comments

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2014 NAIAS: 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL

January 14th, 2014 No comments


     As the slightly more upscale brothers to the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the all-new 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL also get the excellent new direct-injection V8 engines and chassis improvements to ride and handling, but they do maintain a couple of exclusives worth noting. The biggest of which is the beautiful and luxurious Denali trim which splits the difference between the lesser trucks and the full zoot Cadillac Escalade. With the additional luxuries and upscale materials of the Denali package also comes the 6.2-liter V8 making 420 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque–both segment leading. With fresh new styling inside and out and fuel efficiency improvements the big SUV twins should be popular as long as gas prices remain low.

What’s Old is New Again

February 10th, 2012 No comments

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

      The grumblings coming out of the Windy City this auto show season have been clear. The GMC Acadia is aged and is barely getting a facelift after 6 model years on the market. But look closer folks. That large crossover you see with the gleaming red GMC badge is hardly an Acadia. No, that my friend, is a facelifted Saturn Outlook. Read more…

Video Review: 2012 GMC Acadia Denali

December 15th, 2011 No comments


      While we have always regarded the GM large crossovers as great vehicles, the fact of the matter is their class-leading days are firmly in the rear view mirror. Editor Dye discusses this while driving the most premium of the GMC grade, the Acadia Denali. It is still a great vehicle, but at the end of the day this crossover was designed in an era of hard interior plastics and, like many Americans, needs to lose a few pounds. Read more…

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain

May 25th, 2010 No comments

Bringing Value and Efficiency to Midsize Crossovers

     Five years ago we reviewed the first-gen Equinox and had mostly good things to report about Chevy’s first crossover. Sure we noted a few ergonomic foibles and suggested that something closer to 250hp would earn more praise than we were willing to lavish on the 185hp mill in all Equinoxs at the time. But the general consensus around here was the Equinox was a nicely sized people mover that looked good and topped out around $30k. That market has proved a popular place among automakers since almost every one of them now offers a vehicle that we could sum up the same way. And as they were introduced they all put the Bow Tie offering a little further behind the curve. But at the 2009 NAIAS GM decided it wanted to lead the crossover pack instead of follow and debuted the 2010 Equinox with the right hardware to get it done. A few months later GMC dropped in as a player in the segment with its mechanically identical Terrain. Sure, the numbers are impressive, but how do they drive? We spent time in several versions to find out. Read more…

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AT’s Photo Spotlight

May 15th, 2010 No comments

      General Motors took an impressive step forward designing and building the GMT900 based 2007 GMC Yukon. The Yukon and Tahoe had some of the best craftsmanship we had seen in a fullsize SUV yet. The body panel gaps were tight and the interiors were exquisitely trimmed. Under the hood of the Yukon was a 5.3L V8 producing 320-hp and 340 lb-ft of torque. This engine featured the Active Fuel Management system that could cut power to 4-cylinders while under light load to reduce fuel consumption. This V8-V4 mode earned this fullsize SUV an impressive 21-mpg EPA highway rating.

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