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:
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 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.
Yukon, XL, Hybrid, Denali
GMC's last body-on-frame SUV is the Yukon lineup, which ranges from the Yukon (starting at $37,705) to the Yukon XL (starting at $41,225) to the Yukon Denali and XL Denali (starting at $50,135) to the Yukon Hybrid (starting at $50,920) to the full boat Yukon Denali Hybrid (starting at $58,235). 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 4.8 liter V8 or a 5.3 liter V8; Yukon XLs come with a 5.3 liter V8 or a 6.0 liter V8; Yukon Denali arrives with a 6.2 liter V8; and the Hybrids come with a 6.0 liter V8 gas engine and two-mode gas/electric hybrid system. Fuel economy ranges from 12 city/19 highway for the 6.2 liter V8 to 21 city/22 highway for the hybrid system.
Envoy has been available in one form or another since 1998, and ends its run with the 2009 model year, to be replaced in the lineup by the 2010 GMC Terrain. Available with all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, the 2009 GMC Envoy was available with a 4.2 liter inline six-cylinder engine that's rated for 285 hp/276 lb-ft of torque with a four-speed automatic transmission. The Envoy Denali came with a 5.3 liter V8 that produced 300 hp/321 lb-ft of torque with a four-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimates 14 city/20 highway for the six-cylinder, 15 city/21 highway for the rear-wheel drive V8, and 14 city/19 highway for the four-wheel drive V8. Prices start at $30,625 for the Envoy and $36,535 for the Envoy Denali plus options.