AWDReport.com - A Buyer's Guide to All Wheel Drive Cars, Wagons and Crossovers

Under $20,000 | $19 - $21,000 | $20 - $23,000 | $22 - $25,000 | $24 - $27,000 | $26 - $29,000 |
      $28 - $30,000 | $29 - $31,000 | $30 - $33,000 | $31 - $34,000 | $32 - $35,000 | $34 - $38,000 |
           $36 - $40,000 | $39 - $42,000 | $41 - $44,000 | $42 - $45,000 | $44 - $47,000 | $45 - $48,000 |
               $46 - $51,000 | $49 - $53,000 | $51 - $57,000 | $55 - $60,000 | $60 - $69,000 |
                        $66 - $73,000 | $69 - $79,000 | $78 - $92,000 | $88 - $125,000 | More than $120,000 |

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2009 GMC Acadia

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Initially, I wanted the General Motors page to be a summary of the corporate AWD platforms, with links to individual variations for the GM nameplates. But since I didn't do that with any other manufacturer, I thought it unfair to single out GM. For 2009, I have added Chevrolet, Pontiac, Saturn and Buick pages to the site. I always had a Cadillac page. That was because it seemed to me that Caddy had learned its lesson in the 80's and has been turning out unique product built on variations of the SIGMA platform, which is basically a rear drive chassis adapted for AWD. Most of the rest of GM is still "badge-ineering" platforms across brand lines. That's one of the reasons Oldsmobile is no longer with us. Saturn was supposed to be a new way of doing business, with unique vehicles and has now become simply, "Youngmobile". ( Look for Saturn to be spun off from GM in the near future.) Saab, the small Swedish nameplate owned by GM, will probably cease operations in 2009, as GM has been unable to find a buyer for it, and the Swedish government is not interested in propping it up. Hummer may also be history, but with gas prices back in line with 2007 levels, the Chinese would be crazy NOT to buy it from GM. (China has been looking to enter the US market for years, but has been working to upgrade quality and product to suit the US market. Hummer gives them a mature product, with a built-in dealer network to fast track whatever other cars they may want to introduce here.)

GMC AWD Choices

2009 GMC Acadia The GMC Acadia has a long 118.9 inch wheelbase, and is powered by a 275hp 3.6 liter V6. AWD is optional on both the SLE and SLT trim levels. No engine options are available. The GMC Acadia SLE w/AWD trips the scales at more than 4,900 lbs. That's a lot of mass for unibody construction. As GMC's first try at a crossover, they are late to the party, and have a lot of competition to contend with. Most accounts agree GMC got it right. (The GMC Envoy, though similar in overall size, is based on a full frame chassis.)
The Acadia SLE with the optional AWD system start at $33,890
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