2014 GMC Acadia SLT (Denali interior)

Pros: Good driving dynamics for a largish midsize SUV; availability of classy Denali model; smooth, strong V6 powertrain; better passenger- cargo room than most midsize SUVs

Cons: Pricier than comparable Chevrolet Traverse; 3rd-row seats are rather cramped; middling fuel economy

CG Says: One year after its first substantial freshening, Acadia sees few changes for 2014. Forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning are newly available to this vehicle. The Denali gets both features as standard equipment, and they are optional on the SLT-1 and SLT-2. Acadia’s 2nd-row passengers now get two charging-only USB ports, which are on the rear of the center console. With its high-for-the-class starting price and mediocre fuel-economy numbers, Acadia might seem like a tough sell. But shoppers who are willing to pay this premium are rewarded with an impressive vehicle. Acadia’s rugged good looks are a nice match for its capabilities: smooth, strong, refined powertrain; composed, comfortable ride; attractive interior; and outstanding passenger and cargo accommodations. However, don’t commit to Acadia until you test drive the more affordable Chevrolet Traverse.

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2014 GMC Acadia Denali