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2012 GMC Acadia Denali Crossover into Luxury>

You can call it a crossover…you can call it an SUV, but after driving the 2012 GMC Acadia with the Denali package (Bling – A -Licious), the editors at HerHighway started referring to this stylish family wagon as Luxury Utility Vehicle or “LUV” for short.  As you might have guessed, we LUVed it!

GMC’s top-of-the-line Acadia serves up a sexy list of creature comforts.  You name it…and it’s in here:  navigation, parking proximity warning, rear back-up camera, panoramic glass roof, cabin air filtration and more. We especially enjoyed the Acadia Denali’s premium sound system as we blasted out our favorite tunes via the MP3 connection.

Any time you see the Denali emblem on the outside of a GMC vehicle, you can count on finding BIG luxury on the inside. And that’s certainly the case with the 2012 Acadia Denali.  The supple leather seating feels as comfortable as your favorite, Italian leather boots.  Equipped with second row heated captain’s chairs, the Acadia seats seven, but a bench-style middle row is an option for those who want to be able to shuttle eight passengers or surfboards for a day at San O.

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Cargo capacity is hefty, too. With the third row of seating folded away, the Acadia can swallow up to 68.9 cubic feet of shopping, toys, surf gear or whatever. Plus, there’s a cavernous array of additional storage compartments located underneath the cargo floor. The gals figured it would be a perfect place to stash folding chairs and blankets, so you and your mate are always prepared for a romantic impromptu picnic.

Whether you choose the standard two-wheel drive or 4WD Acadia Denali, you get the same powertrain: a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 288 horsepower and 270 foot pounds of torque. The torque translates into responsive acceleration, as well as towing capacity of up 5200 pounds.  For an “L-U-V”  of this size and stature, the Acadia Denali is still decent on fuel, rated at 17 city and 24 highway MPG. And unlike a lot of luxury crossovers and SUVs, it sips regular, rather than premium gasoline.

The 20-inch chrome wheels and other chrome trim added extra exterior sparkle to this nicely blinged-out vehicle. Speaking of wheels, about the only option you might need to add — depending on your geography, local weather patterns, and your desire for off road adventures — is the optional four-wheel drive system.

There’s a lot to love about the 2012 GMC Acadia Denali edition, including its safety features. It comes with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, brake assist, electronic stability system with traction control and anti-roll technology, six airbags including side curtains for all three rows of seating, plus GMC’s OnStar system — free for the first six months.  It’s no wonder the 2012 Acadia was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.   Click here to shop for an Acadia LUV of your own.

Written by: HerHighway Staff Contributor and Editor Christina Selter