GMC Acadia

The GMC Acadia is a crossover SUV. It is very closely related to the Buick Enclave and the Saturn Outlook. These three vehicles all share the new General Motors Lambda platform. The Acadia officially went on sale in the United States in December 2006, and it is possible that it may hit the Canadian markets in 2007 as a 2008 model. It is scheduled to be a replacement for three of the 7/8-passenger vehicles on the Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealership network. The three models it is replacing include the mid-size GMC Safari van, the long-wheelbase GMC Envoy XL, and the Pontiac Montana SV6 minivan. In the past few months, General Motors has also broadcasted that the Lambda vehicles will replace the Buick Rainier, the GMC Envoy and the Chevrolet Trailblazer. The Acadia is vital to the GM line because it is their prized entry level truck-like SUV and is the first unibody vehicle from the marquee. Additionally, it is also GMC's first front-wheel drive passenger vehicle. To boot, the Acadia features seating for a whopping eight passengers, includes generous interior space and has either front or all-wheel drive. Things get even better given that the Acadia has an amazing 4,500 lb (2,042 kg) towing capacity. This alone places the Acadia between the Yukon and the Envoy. In terms of price, the Acadia is the mid-priced Lambda model and sits between the Outlook and the Enclave. One of the greatest features to be developed was OnStar and the Acadia comes with it standard. OnStar is now it its seventh generation and has proven to be very useful in many instances, the most prevalent being in the case of an accident. The new OnStar system now has a feature that after a crash has been detected, OnStar will be notified so that they can automatically contact necessary emergency services.