by Mike Tucker, Jr.
Where is the love? These days the love affair with American made cars has dwindled down to a passing fling with rental car or a nostalgic crush. For example, when GMC’s first Denali crossover arrived with its mesh grille and matching 20 inch chrome wheels, I was visually aroused. Though the outward styling was something I could commit to, I conceded to my shallowness and figured it was solely a “looks’ thing; no love.
I would soon change my tune as I was met with opulence as I opened the door to the word “Denali” illuminated the footboard. This metallic black beauty was coated with cashmere colored leather and black wood accents inside. Features included heated and cooled seats for front passengers, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, remote start, rearview camera and power sunroof with sky light for rear passengers. My kids were in backseat heaven with two captain chairs and rear bench giving all the more room to enjoy the DVD screen and not be on top of one another. By the way there is still plenty of room for luggage in the cargo area.
I was able to test its road prowess in a very comfortable four-hour jaunt to New York in a freezing rain storm. It handled the roads very well. It was light and is agile for a vehicle of its size. A great travel feature is the head up display which allows the driver to keep eyes ahead as speed, turn-by-turn directions and stereo are all projected on the windshield and visible day or night.
Needless to say, I was impressed but was I in love?
Love shouldn’t be superficial or about a status symbol; love should fulfill what’s missing. If we got everything we wanted we would miss out on what we need. A status can only take you so far before it runs out of gas. Did I mention this ride is good on gas?
The Acadia Denali is like a minivan in a sharp linen suit; casual but cool and ready to get wrinkled without losing a bit of class. Linen suit never go out of style. I’m in love.
Price Tag: $45,000 base ($49,525 tested)
Power: 3.6L V6 288 horsepower
Transmission: Six-speed automatic with driver shifting control.
Drivetrain: All-Wheel drive
Fuel Economy (mpg): 16-city/23-hwy