So our GMC Acadia gets very dirty
I took the BMW X5 off-road because BMW kept pounding the public with evidence that it could, showing it as doing dunes and climbing man-made hills. I got it stuck and had to tow it out. On the other hand, the GMC Acadia was never advertised as being anything more than a road-going vehicle. But Diego, our not-so-bright PR guy, took it off-road anyway when I wasn’t looking.
When he came back, it was caked in mud and sand, both inside and out, that would take a week to clean out. I checked underneath, and nothing was damaged except for a slightly deformed front lip that is mounted so low it could scoop up insects off the tarmac. If that plastic lip wasn’t there, it could do as well as any other soft-roader, since I found the all-wheel-drive system quite impressively-efficient and very quick-responding on loose surfaces indeed.
I guess the lip is an aerodynamic aid to shield its lower-body parts from the wind in an attempt to improve fuel economy. We still got the same fuel consumption numbers as the Infiniti QX56, which is larger, heavier, has a big V8 and comes with low-range gearing too.
But none of this takes away the fact that its ride quality is as extremely comfortable as any luxury car, with space and quietness to back it up. Full review coming soon.