We previously drove a Buick Enclave for 5 years, so we knew what to expect with the Lambda platform which is shared between the Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave.
The refresh has given this CUV what we consider a more truck like presence which appeals to both the male and female driver in our family. Fit and finish is what one would expect from GM with improvements made to the transmission in the Acadia (no more searching for gears up hills), less flashy wheel offerings and, better integrated telematics (bluetooth, nav, DVD).
Overall one of the best values for the content and quality that GM now offers in this segment.
The look of the GMC with refreshed front and year.
LED headlamps are striking and similar to CUV's costing much more.
The Denali trim is much improved with panels being better integrated with the body, less chrome and better options for 20" wheels with machined alloys that support the GMC brand as advertised.
Interior fit and finish with stitched dash and wood trim detail make for pleasing trips to the mall or a trip to the beach.
The Acadia is large and can accommodate a large amount of gear.
We traded back a 6 month old Durango Citadel to go back to a GM 7/8 passenger CUV (Buick to GMC).
Overall the GMC Acadia is light years better with fit and finish and luxury touches, though there are a handful of items that the Acadia lacks for $50k+ that should be corrected sooner than later.
A digital speedometer and gauge is expected at this price point (appears to be limited to existing gauge cluster). So is keyless ignition and collision avoidance at least as an option.
The other notable difference is realizing how good the Dodge's Mercedes based drivetrain is compared to the aging Lambda platform.
The Acadia is heavy and took a little getting used to after coming out of the Dodge.