2013 GMC Acadia Review: Family SUV

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Last week, I was given a week with the GMC Acadia. If you are an anti-minivan mom like myself, no offense to minivan moms, of course – this is a SUV to check out. Let’s dive into why it’s so great.

Digital Mom Reviews the 2013 GMC Acadia SUV

When GMC reached out to see if I would be interested in reviewing the 2013 GMC Acadia, I jumped at the chance. As a mom to 4 kids, my perspective comes from that of using for functionality and hauling children (as well as all of their things!)

2013 gmc acadia review

Here are my thoughts and things I love about the 2013 GMC Acadia.

gmc acadia

1. It’s Roomy!

The GMC Acadia offers seating for 7. For a family of 6, seating for 7 means we all fit and there is wiggle room! Wiggle room means less fighting. With 2 captain chairs and a bench in the back, getting in and out is fairly easy.

7 passenger suv

We used 1 car seat in a captain chair and another in the back seat to allow 1 of the seats to fold down easily. It’s roomy without being a huge SUV!

2. Low Fuel Indicator

I am jumping over to low fuel indicator because this thing is greatness. I have a similar vehicle to the GMC Acadia, a Buick Enclave. While I LOVE my Enclave, the biggest downfall is when you are out of gas – YOU ARE OUT OF GAS.

low fuel

I’ll never forget my husband, who has asthma pushing our car 1/4 a mile to a gas station the second week we had it while it was 100 degrees outside, I was pregnant crying. ALL that to say, the low fuel indicator on this particular model comes up on the radio screen panel and will guide you to a nearby gas station. BRILLIANT!

3. Dual Temperature Controls

My husband likes cold, I like it HOT. With dual temperature controls, you can vary the temperatures for the driver and passenger. BRILLIANT. This could save a marriage.

dual controls

Sunroof and Moonroof

An added option on the 2013 GMC Acadia is a dual sunroof / moonroof. The moonroof hovers over the rear seats and lets in a large amount of sunlight.

2013 acadia sunroof

There is an option to cover it with the manual sunshade.

Rear Entertainment System

Last year we tested out the Chevrolet Traverse and it had the rear entertainment system in it. My husband was so impressed with how it quieted the kids, he spent his birthday money and bought one for our Buick Enclave.  Needless to say, kids quiet in the car makes the rear entertainment system one of our favorite features and reasons we love this GMC Acadia.

rear entertainment system is worth it

Those are my top 5, but have to admit things like connecting to Pandora via the radio – super sweet! The remote start and power lift gate are great handy mom features. The fact that the chairs all fold forward giving you massive amounts of hauling space – gotta love it. The awesome rear view camera allowing me to parallel park is a fave.

Buick Enclave Alternative

My everyday ride is the Buick Enclave. I really love my car and how it is not a mini-van. This is a nearly identical vehicle to the Buick Enclave, as far as functionality goes. I will say the Enclave’s features are more sophisticated, while the GMC Acadia is more sporty and truck-like.

Great Family Vehicle

It’s a great toddler friendly car – plus big kid friendly. We hauled pumpkins, went to the Texas State Fair, made countless trips to the grocery store. Needless to say it was a fun ride.

The one thing I can say that I didn’t like, is they picked it up last Friday. Womp.

the boys

Thanks GMC for the fun week driving around the Acadia!