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2013 GMC Acadia Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 GMC Acadia was new.


Interior: 7.6

Reviewers like the 2013 GMC Acadia’s eight-person seating capacity, its massive total cargo space and its adult-friendly third row, but also note that it doesn’t have the strongest build quality in the class.

  • "With seating for up to eight people, including a 3rd-row seat that can accommodate two adults, the 2013 GMC Acadia SUV is about as people-friendly as a standard-size vehicle can get." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "I'm hard-pressed to think of many negatives when it comes to the Acadia Denali's interior. The SUVs versatility and functionality won me over despite a few aesthetic issues." -- Cars.com (2012)
  • "Though there are few padded surfaces, bright accents and richly grained plastics give the interior an inviting look. … Build quality has been good, but one test model suffered from a rattle in the rear seating area." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Inside the spacious cabin, the … Acadia has an attractive layout, with a two-tone color scheme highlighted by accents of chrome trim (the Denali also includes wood-grain accents). Unfortunately, this trim is prone to reflect the sun into the eyes of the driver and front-seat passenger." -- Edmunds (2012)


The 2013 Acadia can seat up to eight, although optional second-row captain’s chairs reduce seating to seven. Cloth upholstery and manually-adjustable front seats are standard, and leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are available. Front seats are comfortable, according to test drivers, but they say rear visibility is limited, which makes parking harder. The standard rearview camera may help in these situations, though. Reviewers say that second- and third-row seats are spacious. Critics love that access to the third row is eased by a folding and sliding second row. Test drivers also think the third row is adult-friendly, which can’t be said of all midsize crossovers.  

  • "As before, the Acadia's sliding second row eases access to the third row, which is actually roomy enough for adults." -- Edmunds
  • "If there was one major gripe regarding our time in the Acadia, it pertained to the high beltline that limits rearward views and makes parking maneuvers more difficult." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "And while the Acadia Denali looks big, it remains very easy to enter and exit, even if you're climbing into the third row; the second-row captain's chairs fold up smartly with a simple pull of a lever." -- The Detroit News (2012)
  • "Everybody had a lot of legroom in the Acadia." -- Cars.com (2012)
  • "Plenty of headroom and legroom. The seats are generally supportive and comfortable, though shorter drivers may find the seat cushions too long. …" -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 GMC Acadia comes with a rearview camera, a six-speaker audio system with a USB port, rear parking sensors and satellite radio. A 6.5-inch touch-screen display is also standard on all models, but can be equipped with GMC’s IntelliLink, which includes voice control, smartphone integration and streaming audio functions. Opting for a higher trim will get you tri-zone automatic climate control, a heads-up display, leather upholstery and heated front seats. Notable stand-alone options include navigation, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a sunroof.

For the most part, test drivers say that the Acadia’s interior is appealing, but critics are divided on how easy the audio and climate controls are to use. One says they are easy to read and operate, while another thinks they are small and illegible. Reviewers haven’t tested the touch screen or IntelliLink yet, so there is little opinion on those systems.

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  • "Day or night, Acadia's luminous gauges are easy to read. The optional head-up display projects vehicle speed and other readings on the windshield. The audio controls are easy to reach. …" -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Two other downsides include small and indistinct buttons for the audio and climate controls, and outward visibility that's more compromised than that of other competing vehicles." -- Edmunds (2012)


The 2013 Acadia is one of the leaders in overall cargo space in the class. It can store 116.1 cubic feet of total cargo with all the seats folded, which beats some large SUVs. With the third-row seats stowed, the Acadia has 70.1 cubic feet of space and even with them in use, there is still 24.1 cubic feet. Reviewers say the cargo space is functional and easy to access, plus they say there are plenty of interior compartments to stash small items.

  • "The Acadia's trump card, however, is the roomy cargo hold that remains functional even with the 3rd-row seat in place. Fold both rows flat and the Acadia offers up a whopping 116.9 cubic feet of cargo-hauling space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Underneath the cargo floor is additional storage compartments that I loved. I could stow my reusable shopping bags, picnic blanket and first-aid kit without sacrificing valuable cargo space." -- Cars.com (2012)
  • "Acadia's cargo volume is the largest among midsize SUVs, rivaling that of many large SUVs. … Several bins and cubbies provide good interior storage." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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