2013 GMC Acadia

For 2013, the GMC Acadia gets a more standard features and a hefty price increase. The base Acadia now starts at $34,040, a price that’s $1,215 more than last year’s model, according to a press release. The top-of-the-line Acadia Denali now starts at $45,945, which is $1,135 more than the 2012 model. Both models will be available in dealerships this fall, reports Car and Driver.

The 2013 GMC Acadia now comes standard with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lamps, a USB port, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and a touch-screen audio system. The Acadia Denali adds features like a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, blind-spot monitoring, a heads-up display and cross-traffic alert.

It’s common for new car prices to grow every year, but usually the price increase is only a few hundred dollars. Some reviewers think that the Acadia’s price increase will give it a more distinct position when compared with the similar Chevrolet Traverse and the Buick Enclave. These three SUVs share related powertrains and comparable interior layouts, but offer different levels of interior equipment. The GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave both have more standard and optional features than the Chevrolet Traverse, which comes with a lower base price than its corporate cousins. “While a noticeable price bump isn’t usually a good change, it might just help the 2013 GMC Acadia stand out from the redone 2013 Chevrolet Traverse from below and allow the 2013 Buick Enclave to move further upmarket,” writes Automobile Magazine.

However, the base Acadia gains enough new standard features that even with this year’s price increase, it could be a better deal than similarly-equipped competitors. Equipped to the same level, a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse 1LT with the optional rearview camera costs $34,035. That’s just $5 less than the 2013 Acadia. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet for the 2013 Traverse, but if it sees a bump of even a few hundred dollars, the Acadia will be the better deal.

By the same token, the Acadia Denali can be a better value than some similarly-equipped competitors. A three-row 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class starts at $47,270, which is $1,325 more than the Denali. However, when equipped with blind spot assist and lane departure warning, the M-Class’ price jumps to $52,725, which is $6,780 more than the Acadia Denali. The Acadia Denali also comes standard with cross-traffic alert, leather upholstery and a heads-up display, none of which come with the base Mercedes ML 350.

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