GMC Sport Utility Vehicles

An Overview of the GMC SUV and Crossover Family

2015 GMC Yukon Denali. Photo (c) Jason Fogelson

Introduction:

GMC promotes its lineup as "professional grade," yet its sport utility vehicles are accessible to ordinary civilians. Here's a brief rundown on the GMC SUV lineup, along with links to some reviews on About.com:

Terrain

New for the 2010 model year, the GMC Terrain is the newest SUV in the GMC lineup. Riding on the same platform as the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, the Terrain is a five-passenger crossover designed to compete with the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

The GMC Terrain is available with a 2.4 liter inline four-cylinder direct-injection engine (182 hp/174 lb-ft of torque) or a 3.0 liter direct-injection V6 (264 hp/222 lb-ft of torque), each with a six-speed automatic transmission and a choice of front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Fuel economy estimates for the Terrain: 2.4 FWD - 22 city/32 highway; 2.4 4WD - 20 city/29 highway; 3.0 FWD - 17 city/25 highway; 3.0 4WD - 17 city/24 highway, according to the EPA. Base prices start at $24,250 and go to $31,000 plus options.

Acadia

Acadia was GMC's first crossover vehicle when it debuted as a 2007 model. Sharing a platform with the Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and Chevrolet Traverse, Acadia is a seven-passenger crossover, available with just one engine/transmission combination: a 3.6 liter direct-injection V6 that sends 288 hp/270 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

EPA estimates for the FWD models are 17 city/24 highway; for the AWD models, expect to achieve 16 mpg city/23 highway. Prices start at $31,740 and go up to $42,185 plus options.

2010 GMC Acadia Photo Gallery

2007 GMC Acadia Test Drive and Review

Yukon, XL, Denali

GMC's last body-on-frame SUV is the Yukon lineup, which ranges from the Yukon (starting at $47,330) to the Yukon XL (starting at $50,030) to the Yukon Denali and XL Denali (starting at $63,875 - $79,980).

The Hybrid has been discontinued. XL models have a 130" wheelbase and 222.0" total length, as opposed to the standard Yukon's 116" wheelbase and 202.0" total length. Yukons can be ordered with a 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp/385 lb-ft of torque); Yukon Denali arrives with a 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp/460 lb-ft of torque). Fuel economy ranges from 14 city/21 highway for the 6.2-liter V8 to 16 city/23 highway for the 5.3.