GMC’s Lineup of SUVs and Crossovers Hits the Mark

A black 2019 GMC Acadia All Terrain in front of a modern mansion

GMC SUVs are a common sight on America’s roads and highways. And there’s a reason for that. It’s because GMC SUVs are unrivaled in terms of usability, performance, and class. You’ll be able to fit your entire family in and battle even the toughest road conditions with these great SUVs. The whole family will stay comfortable and entertained on even the longest road trips as well. GMC’s lineup of SUVs and crossovers include the Terrain, the Acadia, and the Yukon. Each of which gets progressively larger, respectively.

Here’s a closer look at each of these GMC SUVs:

The GMC Terrain

This compact SUV was completely redesigned in model year 2018 and drivers everywhere are impressed. It features some outstanding luxury features, but without the luxury vehicle price tags. For the remodel and continuing into 2019, the GMC Terrain “hit the gym” and lost 400 pounds total weight to make it more agile and fuel efficient. The Terrain comes in four different trim options which include the SL, SLE, SLT, and the top-shelf Denali trim. No matter which trim of the GMC Terrain you choose, you’d be impressed with its upscale interior featuring top-notch materials, spacious seats, and smooth ride quality.

Performance is a big part of what makes an SUV or crossover different from a traditional sedan-style vehicle. The Terrain provides 137 – 252 horsepower depending on which of three available turbocharged engine options you go with. You can expect to get between 21 – 28 miles per gallon in the city and 26 – 39 miles per gallon on the highway based on the engine and whether FWD or AWD drivetrain is equipped. Both of these fuel estimates are outstanding for its class.

In terms of cargo space, the Terrain is a little more modest than other SUVs because of its streamlined design, but still delivers the goods. You’ll get 29.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which should be plenty for a family’s worth of few large suitcases. If you take advantage of the Terrain’s fold-down rear seats, you can expand your cargo space to 63.3 cubic feet.

There are plenty of fun and convenient features in the GMC Terrain as well. This vehicle comes standard with GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system and features a 7-inch touch screen. You’ll also find voice recognition, four USB ports (including one charge-only port), Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Perhaps best of all, the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integrations are now standard on the Terrain, something many rivals lack.

With an upgrade, you can equip your Terrain with navigation, an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, HD radio, satellite radio, a seven-speaker Bose premium sound system, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, two additional USB ports, and wireless device charging.

The GMC Acadia

A red 2019 GMC Terrain Denali in front of a stone building

The GMC Acadia is a mid-size SUV built to accommodate the whole family and get them around without a worry. This popular SUV seats between 6 and 7 passengers and has an upscale interior that will make you feel right at home. With its user-friendly technology and good gas mileage, the GMC Acadia meets the mark all the way around.

The GMC Acadia is a powerful family vehicle that is customizable with two engine options. These include the 193-horsepower four-cylinder base engine and the 310-horsepower V6. For most circumstances, the base engine is perfectly serviceable, but the more powerful V6 will get you up to speed in a hurry and feels very strong on the highway. Depending on whether you equip FWD or AWD drivetrain on your new Acadia, you can expect to get between 17 – 21 miles per gallon in the city and 25 – 26 miles per gallon on the highway. These are all good estimates compared with other competitors in its class.

Some other SUVs offer slightly more cargo space, but the GMC Acadia still provides plenty of cargo space and utility. There are nearly 13 cubic feet of cargo space in the back of the Acadia which expands to a maximum of 79 total cubic feet with the back seats folded down! For reference, 13 cubic feet is enough to hold about 10 grocery bags.

The GMC Acadia doesn’t lack for technological features. GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, five USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto all come standard with the GMC Acadia. If you want still more features, you can upgrade to get a sunroof, navigation, an eight-speaker Bose surround-sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and an upgraded IntelliLink system with an 8-inch touch screen. These features make the GMC Acadia one of the most convenient and fun SUVs on the market.

The GMC Yukon

The GMC Yukon is a big, powerful example of what a full-size SUV should be. It has a classy cabin, bold stance on the road, and plenty of power to get you and between 7 – 9 total people where they need to go. The Yukon comes in either standard or XL and in different model types including the Yukon SLT, Yukon STE, Yukon Denali. When you’re in the GMC Yukon, you can’t help but make a statement wherever you go.

This SUV is powerful. It needs to be because it’s just that big. You can choose from two different powertrains with the GMC Yukon. The first features a 5.3-liter V8 engine that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. With this one you’ll get a six-speed automatic transmission. If you go with an upgraded trim like the SLT or Denali, you can get a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This one’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. With these powerful engines and depending on whether you go with RWD or 4WD, you can expect between 14 – 15 miles per gallon in the city and 20 – 23 miles per gallon on the highway. These are pretty good by market standards when considering just how big this SUV is!

The GMC Yukon has 15.3 cubic feet of space set behind the rear seats and expands to 51.7 cubic feet when you fold the rear seats down. If that isn’t enough for you or you want to transport something huge, you can choose to fold the rear and second-row seats down. This makes a total of 94.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the GMC Yukon. If you get the long-wheelbase body style of the GMC Yukon, these numbers go up even more. With 39.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats, 76.7 with the rear seats folded down, and 121.7 with the rear and middle seats folded flat! An available hands-free, power liftgate makes it easy to load cargo into the Yukon’s cavernous depths.

You won’t lack for entertainment options when you’re on the road. This may be especially important if you want to load up your whole family and head out on a road trip. The GMC Infotainment system features five USB ports, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker Bose premium sound system, voice recognition, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. That’s a whole lot of standard features!

In terms of optional features, you can upgrade to get a navigation system, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, and wireless device charging. If you’ve got kids, you may want to get the rear-seat DVD system or an overhead rear-seat entertainment system too.

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