• The 2017 GMC Acadia Denali mid-size luxury SUV.


Between premium appointments and advanced connectivity technologies to a versatile, flexible interior, Acadia Denali stands out from the mid-size SUV segment, as Jason Fenske from “Engineering Explained” helps illustrate.

The GMC Acadia Denali brings a unique blend of bold design, premium appointments, versatility and advanced connectivity to the mid-size SUV segment. To help highlight some of the ways Acadia stands apart from other mid-size SUVs, we asked Jason Fenske, engineer and star of the “Engineering Explained” YouTube channel, to walk through and explain some of Acadia’s unique features.


GMC designers pride themselves on their attention to detail, and that’s extremely evident in Acadia Denali’s exterior design. Acadia Denali models stand apart from other Acadia models thanks not only to a distinctive Denali-exclusive grille, but also unique chrome bodyside moulding, matching door handle accents, chromed exhaust tips, and standard 20" bright aluminum wheels with midnight silver accents.

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Acadia Denali’s focus on precision-executed details is even more noticeable inside its cabin. Step inside, and you’ll immediately notice Denali’s premium appointments, including perforated leather-appointed seating, burnished aluminum trim, and authentic wood accents. For the utmost in comfort in colder climates, a heated steering wheel is standard, as are heated and ventilated front seats and heated outboard second-row seats.

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Acadia Denali offers versatile seating for up to seven people. Accessing the two positions in the third row of seating can be difficult in some vehicles, but not Acadia. Acadia’s Smart Slide® second-row seating, allows the passenger side seat to easily tilt and slide forward, providing improved access to the third row.

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Traction Select

Located on the all-new Acadia’s centre console, the Traction Select Drive Mode Selector allows the driver to optimize Acadia’s driveline and traction control systems to provide peak performance in any situation. Want a little extra pep off the line? Turn to Sport Mode. Towing a trailer? Tow mode is made for you. Traction Select also allows drivers to manually select two-wheel drive, decoupling the rear axle to optimize efficiency.

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We know smartphones aren’t just phones – they’re your portable entertainment library, navigation system, and communications hub. GMC has made it easier to access those functions while on the go, hands-free, by equipping Acadia Denali with both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility1, which allow select smartphone functions to be displayed within the GMC IntelliLink®2.

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