2021 GMC Acadia

2021 GMC Acadia Review: A Near-Miss Luxury Crossover

The GMC Acadia is up against some seriously impressive models in the midsize crossover segment and tries to stand out by combining luxury and affordability. It's a bit smaller in size than its direct rivals, yet it still attempts to comfortably fit in three rows of seats. Combined with a choice of three engines, ranging from a barely adequate four-cylinder to a potent V6, its focus seems a bit blurred. Luckily this 'jack of all trades but master of none' approach is supplemented with lots of comfort and safety tech, which helps the Acadia shore up some of its weak points, like a cramped third row and small cargo hold. With the competition updating at a faster pace, we will have to see if the Acadia continues to earn its place in the market for another year.

New 2021 GMC Acadia Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Acadia?

There has been some shuffling around of features for the 2021 GMC Acadia, along with a few alterations to the color palette and the available packages. The Pro Safety Package, which comprises blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, collision avoidance, front and rear parking sensors, and lane management assist, now comes standard on the SLT, all-wheel-drive SLE, AT4, and Denali. The SLE and SLT get access to the new Elevation Edition, which adds 20-inch wheels and all-season tires, along with blacked-out exterior accents. The Premium Package for the SLT and AT4 has been updated, and the same trims get access to the Technology Package. A pretty significant change is that every model aside from the base SL now seats six with standard second-row captain's chairs. A more minor change is the deletion and addition of several exterior color choices. Finally, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now offer wireless convenience.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful available V6 engine
  • Comfortable, poised riding experience
  • Easy-to-navigate infotainment suite
  • Plenty of available safety tech
  • Various seating configurations
  • Subpar cargo capacity
  • Limited space in the third row
  • Doesn't deliver the cabin quality you'd expect for the price

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2021 GMC Acadia Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive

Acadia SUV Exterior

Thanks to its recent facelift, the Acadia is still a handsome and modern-looking crossover. It sports the traditional blocky GMC grille, bordered by LED headlights and C-shaped signature lighting. The upper trims step it up a notch with LED fog lights in the lower bumper. In base SL guise, the Acadia rides on modest 17-inch alloys, but the SLE and SLT upgrade to 18-inch items, and the top-tier Denali boasts bold 20-inch Ultra Bright machined alloys. A hands-free power liftgate is installed from the SLT upwards as standard. If the SLE and SLT are a little too tame for you, several appearance packages are available, which helps them to compete with the more aggressive black-accented AT4, which tries to create images of a more rugged off-road vehicle than the Acadia actually is.

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The Acadia isn't the largest SUV offered by GMC, but it's far from small. All of its dimensions are shared across the range, starting with the 112.5-inch wheelbase. Overall length measures in at 193.4 inches, while width without the mirrors is set at 75.4 inches. As with most high-riders, the Acadia stands quite tall at 66.7 inches, though its ground clearance of 7.2 inches isn't really conducive to venturing off-road. With several engine and drivetrain combinations available, weight varies from 3,923 pounds for the base FWD versions to 4,390 lbs for the Denali AWD.

  • Length 193.4 in
  • Wheelbase 112.5 in
  • Height 66.7 in
  • Max Width 75.4 in
  • Front Width 64.5 in
  • Rear Width 64.5 in
  • Curb Weight 3,923.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

The Acadia has lost some of the colors from its palette for 2021, but there are some new options, too. The entry-level SL is still limited to Summit White, which is the standard color for the rest of the range, too. However, the SLE adds a few extra-cost options. For $495, you can opt for one of the four metallics, including Satin Steel, Ebony Twilight, Red Mahogany, and Midnight Blue, while Cayenne Red Tintcoat will cost you $645. If you like White Frost Tricoat, you'll need to upgrade to at least the SLT or AT4 then pay an extra $1,095, while the Denali gets exclusive access to Hunter Metallic for $495.

Acadia Performance

Since there are three different powertrain options, you can expect varying levels of performance from the Acadia SUV. The old-school four-cylinder engine that comes standard on the SL and SLE is the least impressive, supplying less than 200 hp, which can only be sent to the front wheels. This may be for the best, since splitting the power four ways would probably spread it too thin.

The turbocharged four-cylinder is far more versatile, allowing for either front- or all-wheel-drive. It develops way more power and torque, delivering quicker acceleration and improving towing capacity from 1,000 pounds up to 1,500 lbs. Most buyers should be happy with the performance of this turbo firecracker.

However, for those that still want a little more oomph when they put their foot down, the 3.6-liter V6 is available to all trims but the base SL. Whether you opt for FWD or AWD, there is more than enough power to go around with 310 hp and 271 lb-ft on tap. From a cold stop, the VT moves the Acadia from 0 to 60 mph in under 6.5 seconds. It also maxes out towing capacity at 4,000 lbs, which is pretty impressive for the segment.

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Engine and Transmission

You get a choice of three engines when you purchase a GMC Acadia, but you will need to select a trim that suits your power needs. The weakest engine is the standard one on the entry-tier SL and SLE in front-wheel-drive guise. This 2.5-liter four-pot develops a meager 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque, which is only just enough to move the bulky SUV around town. However, it struggles to accelerate on the highway, so merging and passing is an arduous task.

The most fuel-efficient motor is the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, which is available to the all-wheel-drive SLE and both variants of the SLT. It develops 230 hp and an impressive 258 lb-ft, which helps the crossover feel zippier on the road. You may still need to plan some of your overtaking maneuvers, but you should have enough power to pull them off when you're ready.

The SLE and SLT also get access to the potent 3.6-liter V6 that comes standard on the AT4 and Denali. You get to choose the drivetrain that suits your needs on all but the AT4, which gets AWD only. The top powertrain develops 310 hp and 271 lb-ft, giving the Acadia all the power it could ever need to get you where you're going in a flash. It sounds pretty good, too.

No matter which engine and drivetrain combination you select, a nine-speed automatic transmission rows the gears for you. It is well-refined and doesn't struggle to find the right gear for the situation.

  • Engines
    2.0L Inline-4 Gas, 2.5L Inline-4 Gas, 3.6L V6, 3.6L V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Acadia doesn't have as high a ride height as many of its larger SUV rivals or those that are lifted, so it drives more like a car than they do. This means that it can get by with the piddling output of the standard four-cylinder engine, but you will want to aim a little higher to get the most out of the Acadia. However, even with the top-tier V6, you shouldn't expect the driving experience to be fun. This is a comfortable cruiser first and foremost.

To that end, the steering is light, but offers little to no feedback. Combined with a lack of dexterity, this can lead to some unexpected understeer. Luckily, plenty of driver-assistance features come standard to help counteract these issues. The brakes are strong and easy to modulate, too, so you won't have to worry on that front.

Where the crossover really shines, though, is ride comfort. The suspension does a good job of absorbing most road abrasions, while also keeping the vehicle composed over slippery roads. Naturally, you'll want the all-wheel drivetrain if that's going to be a common issue. However, don't mistake this for 4x4 capability. Even the AT4 trim isn't especially suited to going off-road.

Acadia Gas Mileage

Three engines and two drivetrains result in a bit of variance in the fuel economy ratings. The base 2.5L four-cylinder pairs with the front-wheel drivetrain to return an EPA-estimated 21/27/23 mpg city/highway combined. However, it is the mid-tier four-cylinder engine that gets the best gas mileage. This is thanks to its lower displacement and turbocharger. In this setup, you can expect 22/29/25 mpg with FWD and 22/27/24 mpg with AWD. The V6 engine is the most powerful, but also the thirstiest, returning just 19/27/22 with FWD and even less with AWD - 19/26/21 mpg. To make up for the lower figures attributed to the all-wheel drivetrain, models equipped with it get a 22-gallon fuel tank, while FWD setups can only carry 19 gallons of fuel. This means that the Acadia can cover up to 528 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    19.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 21/27 mpg
* 2021 GMC Acadia SL FWD

Acadia Interior

While the new GMC Acadia is still a handsome crossover, at least from the outside, the interior has not received the same degree of attention from the designers, so it's starting to look somewhat outdated. However, good-quality materials are used throughout and the simpler styling may appeal to buyers who like no-frills class. You will need to upgrade to get access to some of the more desirable features like power-adjustable seats or leather upholstery, but the controls for all the standard tech, of which there is plenty, are laid out for ease of access. Part of the reason for this is that the infotainment screen is moderately sized, and the console isn't overly cluttered. More tech-savvy buyers may not be impressed by this, though.

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Seating and Interior Space

With three rows of seats within the cabin, there is space for a maximum of seven passengers in the base SL. Or at least, there is seating for seven; space is another matter. The first two rows are where you want to be if you're any bigger than a pre-teen. Adults should preferably be seated up front, but they can fit in the second row if they aren't too tall. But once you reach the third row, legroom is reduced to around 30 or so inches - varying slightly by trim - and the roof slopes down, too. This means that only small children should ever be placed back there. However, since standard cargo capacity is quite meager, it may be best to leave the rear-most seats folded down. All the remaining trims trade out the second-row bench for a pair of captain's chairs, reducing overall seating capacity to six. However, you are given the option to stick with seven seats or lower it all the way down to five, depending on your needs. This makes the cabin feel a lot more spacious, but those in the rearmost seats still aren't going to be rejoicing. Four-way manual front seats are the norm on the lower-tier trims, but these upgrade to eight-way power front seats with heating and a driver's memory function on the upper trims.

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.0 in
  • Front Head Room 40.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 39.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.6 in

Interior Colors and Materials

The lower trim levels of the new Acadia don't quite live up to the expectations that its price tag engenders. The SL and SLE are dressed up in premium cloth upholstery, offered in Jet Black on the base model, while the SLE offers the choice of Cocoa/Light Ash Gray, too. The more rugged AT4 sticks with the same base upholstery and color options, but it allows you to upgrade to perforated leather for $1,000, offered in Jet Black/Kalahari. The SLT and Denali get this premium material right off the bat, but while the SLT gets the same color palette as the SLE, the Denali trades Cocoa/Light Ash Gray for Dark Galvanized/Light Shale. Even the lower-tier trims sport classy wooden veneer inlays with chrome, justifying the Acadia classification as more than just a budget family hauler. The SUV also boasts higher-quality construction with fewer hard plastics than we are used to seeing from the brand, but again, it's not the most upscale cabin for the price.

Acadia Trunk and Cargo Space

Crossovers are prized for their practicality, combining plenty of passenger room with loads of cargo space. However, those with three rows of seats often sacrifice the latter in favor of the former. Thus, the Acadia presents buyers with only 12.8 cubic feet of trunk space behind the rear-most seats. This might be enough for a few grocery bags, but there'll never be enough room for much luggage, and definitely not for seven occupants. Whenever you aren't hauling around a soccer team, it would make more sense to keep the third row folded down, which gives you access to a more practical 41.7 cubic feet. This should be enough for a camping trip for the whole family. On the rare occasion that you need to do some real heavy lifting, folding both the second and third rows grants access to 79 cubic feet. In any configuration, the GMC SUV falls quite far behind its chief competitors in the USA, such as the Kia Telluride or Chevrolet Traverse.

At least it's less disappointing in terms of in-cabin storage. Each row of seats gets its own set of cupholders, which is good because the unusually shaped door pockets may not be able to store enough water bottles to keep everyone hydrated. If you have anything larger than some keys or a small mobile device, you would better off using the glovebox or center armrest cubby for storage. The center console includes a rear storage drawer but this isn't offered when the AT4 is specced in the available five-seater configuration.

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Acadia Infotainment and Features


The 2021 Acadia is starting to look a little dated inside, and that extends to its list of features. Nevertheless, GMC has done a pretty good job of keeping it modern, especially in terms of safety features. Along with cloth upholstery, the SL is outfitted with four-way manual front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, and a 4.2-inch driver information display. As mentioned, the safety suite is comprehensive, with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, a rearview camera, rear park assist, and teen driver system all standard on the base model. When equipped with the all-wheel drivetrain, the SLE gets many of the same upgraded features as the SLT, which includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, front park assist, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. The SLT also upgrades to perforated leather upholstery and adds an eight-way power driver's seat, along with heating for the front seats, remote engine start, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The top-of-the-range Denali adds heating to the rear outboard seats, too, along with a heated steering wheel, driver's seat memory functions, a larger eight-inch driver display, and a head-up display.


The Acadia makes use of a slightly smaller infotainment touchscreen than most of its competition. However, the eight-inch display comes programmed with plenty of features, including AM/FM Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot. The lower-spec trims come with a six-speaker sound system. The SLE expands this list with SiriusXM, while the SLT adds HD Radio, navigation, and a premium eight-speaker Bose audio setup. From the get-go, five USB ports are spread around the cabin, but the SLT adds a 120-volt outlet, and the Denali a wireless charging pad. If you want to spoil your back-seat passengers, you can opt for the rear-seat entertainment setup which equips two eight-inch screens at the back, two sets of wireless headphones, and more.

Acadia Problems and Reliability

In J.D. Power's review of the Acadia for 2021, the crossover managed an overall score of 82 out of 100, which rates it above the likes of the Honda Pilot but below the Kia Telluride. But it is still quite far from perfect. While the 2021 Acadia has not been subject to any recalls thus far, four were issued last year. Reasons for these included overcured tires, deployment failure of the roof rail airbag, an insufficient fuel supply, and missing bolts on the stop/start accumulator.

Despite its above-average dependability score, the GMC crossover comes with a rather average warranty plan. This includes three years/36,000 miles of limited coverage, and five years/60,000 miles of powertrain cover with roadside assistance. A single visit for complimentary maintenance is allotted within the first year after purchase.


  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2021 Warranty \ 
  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

Acadia Safety

In every safety review of the GMC Acadia by US authorities, the crossover rates highly. The NHTSA gave it a rating of five stars out of five, with only the rollover and passenger-side frontal tests receiving a lower four-star ranking. The IIHS was just as generous with its 2021 review, giving the GMC Acadia a rating of Good in each of the five crashworthiness categories tested.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

The Acadia's safety rating is well earned, with even the entry-level model equipped with a fair number of standard features. These comprise an HD rearview camera, lane change alert, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, and a teen driver system. There are all the expected mechanical safety measures, too, including ABS/EBD brakes, stability and traction control, and eight airbags: dual front, driver knee, front side with a driver in-board side-impact bag, and side curtain. From the SLT or all-wheel-drive SLE upwards, the safety suite is expanded with a following distance indicator, forward collision avoidance, front park assist, front pedestrian braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. The top-tier trims add a safety alert seat and can option on an HD surround-view camera.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 GMC Acadia a good car?

Due to their enormous popularity, there is no shortage of crossovers on the US market. That doesn't mean they're all successful, though, and competition is fierce. But, if you're searching for a comfortable and practical family car, the Acadia might be worth a closer look.

If you skip over the base engine, it has enough power to get you around town in a timely fashion, but it never handles particularly well and it definitely isn't fun to drive. But since it is designed to be a comfortable family hauler, this can be overlooked as a weakness. What we can't ignore is the fact that the third-row seats are barely usable and the trunk is far too small with all the seats in place. Slightly larger rivals like the Hyundai Palisade or Kia Telluride are much more capable in this regard without being all that much more expensive.

The Acadia's smaller size does make it a bit easier to live with if you often deal with heavy traffic or crowded parking lots, but it simply isn't enough of a pro to outweigh the cons. Even all the standard comfort, infotainment, and safety features aren't enough of a value proposition, since most of these are now included on many modern economy crossovers.

The GMC Acadia SUV may once have been competent and competitive, but it just hasn't done enough to move with the time. Nowadays, it is easy to find half a dozen alternatives that do what it does, only better and for less money.

🚘What's the Price of the GMC Acadia?

GMC is known for creating upscale automobiles, but it doesn't quite break into the luxury segment. While the price of the GMC Acadia is a bit higher than that of the more budget-friendly crossovers, it isn't exorbitant. The base-model SL will cost you $29,800, while the FWD version of the SLE and SLT, equipped with the least expensive engine choice in each case, will set you back $33,600 and $38,800, respectively. Switching to AWD adds the turbocharged four-cylinder, increasing the price of the SLE to $36,800 and the SLT to $40,800. The AT4 is available with the all-wheel drivetrain and the V6 engine only, with a starting price of $41,100. The V6 Denali asks for an investment of $46,300 if you want FWD, while the cost of the GMC Acadia in top-tier form with AWD is close to $50k at $48,300. These are MSRP prices and do not include tax, registration, licensing, and the $1,195 destination charge.

2021 GMC Acadia Models

The 2021 GMC Acadia is offered in the same five trims that have populated the range for the past few years: SL, SLE, SLT, AT4, and Denali. The standard powertrain for the first two trims is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which can only be paired with front-wheel drive and delivers 193 hp and 188 lb-ft. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is standard for the AWD SLE, and both the FWD/AWD versions of the SLT. It develops a much healthier 230 hp and 258 lb-ft. The most powerful engine is the V6 available to the SLE or SLT and standard on the AT4 and Denali. Of the four trims, only the AT4 gets AWD standard. Each engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

The entry-level SL houses 17-inch alloys within the wheel arches. Standard exterior equipment includes LED headlights, while the interior gets a four-way manually-adjustable driver's seat, tri-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, and cruise control. It is the only trim to come standard with the second-row bench, and all the seats are upholstered in the cloth. The infotainment system comprises an eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot, paired with a six-speaker sound system. The safety suite includes a rearview camera, lane change alert, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, and a teen driver system.

Larger 18-inch wheels are equipped to the SLE and the second-row bench is replaced with individual captain's chairs. In its standard FWD setup, one of the few additional standard features is SiriusXM, but it can be specified with far more options and with AWD, and it receives some of the tech from the SLT. This includes lane departure warning, lane keep assist, front park assist, forward collision avoidance, a following distance indicator, and pedestrian detection.

For the mid-tier SLT, LED fog lights, a hands-free power liftgate, perforated leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver's seat, and remote engine start are all added. As for the infotainment system, it receives HD Radio, navigation, and an eight-speaker Bose audio setup.

No new features are added to the AT4, but it does make several cosmetic changes. These include 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, and blacked-out exterior accents. It does get a custom leather-wrapped steering wheel, though.

The Denali tops off the range with 20-inch alloy wheels and heated auto-dimming exterior mirrors on the outside. Inside, the steering wheel and rear outboard seats are heated, and the front passenger seat gets eight-way power-adjustability. It also gets a larger eight-inch driver-info display, a head-up display, a wireless phone charger, front-seat memory, and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column.

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Additional Packages

While the entry-level SL is as good as it's going to be with no significant upgrades on offer, each other trim offers several customization options in the form of packages. For $1,750, the Driver Convenience Package equips the SLE with an eight-way power driver's seat, remote engine start, heated front seats, and a hands-free power liftgate. New for 2021, the Elevation Edition gives the SLE or SLT larger 20-inch alloy wheels and blacked-out exterior accents for the wheels, grille, and roof rails - this upgrade costs $1,495. The SLT and AT4 can get some of the Denali's features when you option on the Technology Package. This adds the HD surround-view camera and head-up display - on the base SLT, this upgrade totals $1,995. But, the top-tier Denali doesn't have it all. The Denali Technology Package ($1,795) adds the HD surround-view camera, as well as adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera mirror, and enhanced automatic emergency braking.

🚗What GMC Acadia Model Should I Buy?

Thanks to some shuffling of the tech, several desirable features are now standard on the lower-tier trims. The SLT has always been an excellent value-for-money offering that balances comfort, power, and safety without asking for a huge cash investment. Now, the mid-tier trim is safer than ever with lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert all included without the need to pay extra. Equipped with the turbocharged four-pot, it also offers the best mileage figures and pretty lively acceleration around town. If you need to tow heavy trailers regularly, you may need to aim for some higher specs, such as the V6 engine and all-wheel drivetrain.

2021 GMC Acadia Comparisons

GMC Terrain GMC
Chevrolet Traverse Chevrolet
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
GMC Acadia193 hp21/27 mpg$29,800
GMC Terrain 170 hp26/30 mpg$25,000
Chevrolet Traverse 310 hp18/27 mpg$29,800

2021 GMC Acadia vs GMC Terrain

Slotting in beneath the Acadia in the GMC crossover lineup, the Terrain has many of the same priorities. Much like the larger SUV, it has a lackluster starter engine, which will require you to upgrade to the available 2.0-liter four-pot if you want to get anywhere in a hurry. Even with the extra power, though, it isn't fun to drive. However, it is comfortable, just like the Acadia. Since it is smaller, it doesn't try to squeeze in a third row of seats, but this also means that it has more space to spare for cargo - 29.6 cubic feet, to be exact. Since the third row in the larger SUV is barely usable, this actually makes the Terrain more practical. But, if you fold down the rear-most seats and treat the Acadia as a five-seater, it offers more space for both passengers and cargo. Honestly, neither are great choices, but we'd opt for the larger GMC if we had to choose.

See GMC Terrain Review

2021 GMC Acadia vs Chevrolet Traverse

Although the pricing of the Acadia matches the Traverse exactly at entry-level, the two SUVs are quite different. The Chevrolet doesn't even bother with weak four-cylinder engines, instead opting for a V6 right from the get-go. With 310 hp on tap, it gets around quite easily, despite being larger and heavier than the Acadia. However, this extra size also means extra practicality, with more passenger space and a standard 23-cubic-foot cargo hold on offer behind the third row. Tech-wise, their list of features is pretty similar, but if you look at the top-tier trims, the Chevy will cost you a little more. However, the best value for money is not found on the most expensive model for either vehicle. Aim a little lower, and the Traverse proves itself to be the smarter choice.

See Chevrolet Traverse Review

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