The GMC Acadia SLE and the Toyota Highlander L are two mid-sized crossover SUVs, ideal for larger families who enjoy a tad of comfort, all while being priced at a reasonable $37,500 MSRP, so let’s compare them.
When talking powertrain, the Toyota Highlander L has a single option, a 3.5L V6 with 295 hp and 267 lb*ft of torque coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission. For the hybrid platform, you have to pay extra. The GMC Acadia SLE has a few options: front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, a 2.0L 230 hp and 258 ft*lb of torque used only on the AWD option, a 2.5L 194 hp and 190 ft*lb of torque only on the FWD option, and a 3.6L V6 with 310 hp and 271 lb*ft of torque on both FWD and AWD, all of them coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Along with these, you get a clever bit of technology, using only 4 cylinders instead of all 6 when you don’t need them, giving you improved gas mileage. Also, you get fully independent suspension on both axles for improved comfort, drive mode selector, and other goodies.
On the interior you find an adequately sized infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, along with Bluetooth and voice recognition. Other notable features are active noise cancellation to eliminate unwanted sounds and vibrations from inside the cabin. The GMC Acadia SLE also has 3 rows of seats, either 6 seats in total or 7. Each row has at the very least 1 USB-A port, with the front and middle seats also getting 1 USB-C port
The buyers are pleased with their purchase. Most of them praise the GMC Acadia’s leg room, the overall comfort and quietness, and the very soft and plush ride.
If you have a bigger family and make road trips often, the GMC Acadia SLE is a fine choice for you due to the overall comfort that the car has. Test Drive the all-new 2021 GMC Acadia at York, where “we’re not #1, you are!”
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