What is it? For the 2013 model year, the Acadia is updated with new styling and some new features. The more upright front end gets new LED running lamps, in conjunction with either halogen or Xenon HID headlamps, LED tail lights, and a wrap-around rear window.
GM says the new Acadia will get updated soft-touch interior materials and “French stitching” on the upholstery.
The transmission will be upgraded “for better shift response and improved driveability,” one of the gripes we had with the Acadia siblings. Beyond that, and the styling, GMC isn’t messing with its successful formula. The Acadia still comes with seven- or eight-passenger seating, and the uplevel Denali model will continue. Expect the new Acadia to go on sale in the fall, along with updated versions of its siblings, the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse.
What is new or notable? Perhaps the most innovative change for 2013 is the addition of a center front air bag that deploys from the inside edge of the drivers’ seat to protect front occupants from so-called far-side impacts, those on the side of the car away from where they’re sitting.
CR's take: Our reaction to this update is mixed. This refresh probably is short-lived, with more extensive changes on the horizon. For now though, these SUVs are pleasant and well-rounded, so there wasn’t much to really fix. But fresh competition from Dodge, Ford, and now Nissan gives the Acadia (and Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse) the perception of being dated. Given that the Explorer and Durango also get better fuel economy than the GM triplets, we’re surprised there aren’t some improvements there.
When will it be available? Late 2012