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Yep FWD 3.6L LGX engine with AFM. We would go to our butcher shop about 15 miles away, there was a stretch of straight flat road no stop signs very little traffic you could run 50 - 55 and watch the instant mpgs get up to 50 - 60+. If you've read some of my posts, my 'city' driving is mostly SC country back road speed limits 45 - 50 mph no real stop and go traffic maybe sitting through 2 red lights while turning left or at lunch/dinner times on one of our 3 main roads. Old Grandma Leadfoot would usually cruise down to Columbia, SC on I-385 & I-26 pushing 75 to 80+.
We rarely used the 3rd row seats and with them down cargo room was bigger than the Equinox but the drawback that Grum.man pointed out is the space between the bucket seats but you could always but a piece of plywood or something to cover it, or live with it and put stuff between them

Thanks for the feedback. Similar driving around here for us as well. We are on the outskirts of a small city and mostly 2 lane back black top roads with some state highway. So a mix of that and around town at 30 to 45 MPH with stops. Wife drives 6 miles each way to work so barley warms up the Equinox especially in winter. She usually gets 17 to 18 in winter and 19 to 20 in summer.
So what MPG did "grandma" get at 75 to 80 MPH on the interstate? We would only get maybe 26 to 27 MPG at those speeds in our Equinox on trips to Florida on I 75 or I 65.

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We've had a 2018 Terrain and a 2019 Acadia and have been much happier with the Acadia. I know many people complained when they downsized, but for our situation, the size is perfect. We've have been very satisfied with the MPG for that size of vehicle.

Since the '19 Acadia still has the older infotainment system, ours has the audio text message via Bluetooth feature, which is convenient. Although, I usually long press the steering wheel button to trigger Google Assistant on my phone for sending texts. Android Auto does work well, but for short trips I don't bother plugging the phone in usually.

I'm sure your aware, but the 2020 Acadia has the new infotainment system, 9 speed transmission, push button shifter, redesigned hood and grille, etc. We debated about waiting for the 2020, but we didn't like the Terrain push button shifter that well and where the heated seat buttons were located vs. the 2019 Acadia.
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Normally 1 - 2 trips from Anderson, SC to Columbia round trip about 260 miles and 1 trip to North Myrtle Beach 275 miles one way. That's where we were getting the 29 - 30 mpg hwy at 75 - 80 mph. The AFM does make a difference. If you get any trim other than a Denali you will see when it drops down to 4 cylinders, at least that was true in MY 2017 not sure if that was updated in later tears.

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Normally 1 - 2 trips from Anderson, SC to Columbia round trip about 260 miles and 1 trip to North Myrtle Beach 275 miles one way. That's where we were getting the 29 - 30 mpg hwy at 75 - 80 mph. The AFM does make a difference. If you get any trim other than a Denali you will see when it drops down to 4 cylinders, at least that was true in MY 2017 not sure if that was updated in later tears.

Thanks .. . impressive. We just took a test drive earlier today in a 2019 Acadia SLT-1 with the V6 and found it felt more roomy and smooth riding than our 2015 Equinox in the front seats. I did see it drop into V4 mode several times during our 15 mile test drive out on a state side road up to 55 MPH. Very nice ride and quiet too.
I am glad to see it did not have the Stop/Start as in some vehicles but did have push button start and keyless entry. We'll see.
Do you lease or trade your vehicles so soon regularly?

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We used to keep our cars for 10-12 years, then I retired and got sick so we only needed 1 car we traded the wife’s 2001 Dodge Stratus for a 2008 Equinox. Got a decent VA disability check, got rear ended so that started the calvacade of new cars. We’re on the leasing cycle for now but we may buy the next one.
The Push Button Start is no big deal, you don’t have a bunch of keys hanging down from the steering column, plus you’ll never forget your a Key FOB because the car won’t start.

If you get a chance to test drive one ask the sales person to set the display to show the ‘Instant mpgs’ and watch the mpgs go up while you’re driving at a steady speed.
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The Push Button Start is no big deal, you don’t have a bunch of keys hanging down from the steering column, plus you’ll never forget your a Key FOB because the car won’t start.
This has always concerned me about these key FOBs. I sometimes take long solo drives. If I’m out with a single FOB and something happens to it electronically (exposed to water, maybe even just a dead battery), I’m dead in the water right where I am, correct? With my 2011 - because it still has a key blade - I can at least open the door and listen to the alarm go off, but with these bladeless FOBs, you wouldn’t even be able to do *that* right? Seems like there should be an override capability for these situations.

Do the vehicles with the keypads on the doors allow you to start the vehicle with just a key blade, or does that just get you in the door?

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This has always concerned me about these key FOBs. I sometimes take long solo drives. If I’m out with a single FOB and something happens to it electronically (exposed to water, maybe even just a dead battery), I’m dead in the water right where I am, correct? With my 2011 - because it still has a key blade - I can at least open the door and listen to the alarm go off, but with these bladeless FOBs, you wouldn’t even be able to do *that* right? Seems like there should be an override capability for these situations.

My '18 Nox is keyless entry/start, but it does have a hidden metal key hidden inside the FOB. Neat set-up.
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Do the vehicles with the keypads on the doors allow you to start the vehicle with just a key blade, or does that just get you in the door?
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My '18 Nox is keyless entry/start, but it does have a hidden metal key hidden inside the FOB. Neat set-up.
Actually, there is a hidden key blade in the FOB that can be removed. In your Owner's Manual RIT333.
I have the same on our 2017 Sonic and the Acadia is the same also.
Make a copy of the laser cut key and the car can be opened and started via a small removable panel usually on the center console.

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We used to keep our cars for 10-12 years, then I retired and got sick so we only needed 1 car we traded the wife’s 2001 Dodge Stratus for a 2008 Equinox. Got a decent VA disability check, got rear ended so that started the calvacade of new cars. We’re on the leasing cycle for now but we may buy the next one.
The Push Button Start is no big deal, you don’t have a bunch of keys hanging down from the steering column, plus you’ll never forget your a Key FOB because the car won’t start.

If you get a chance to test drive one ask the sales person to set the display to show the ‘Instant mpgs’ and watch the mpgs go up while you’re driving at a steady speed.

Thank you for your service. Man. . rear ended. Getting hit like that can cause a series of events alright. Just having it happen would make me watch the rear view mirror nervously for probably the next two years.
We have the keyless entry and push button start on our 2017 Sonic. That little car has more widgets on it and still old school in the engine and transmission. Which is part of what appeals to me on the Acadia this year. Some upgraded features, but still the 6T70 transmission. Also like that it has no Start/Stop. Next year's Acadia witll get the 2.0L turbo and still the 3.6L V6, but also Start/Stop at least with the 2.0L. Not sure about if it will come with the V6 as well.

So we took a test drive again at dealer in the next town and liked it. We will be able to get a little over $10,000 off the MSRP of about $41,000. I would never spend that much on a vehicle like this and it is less than our 2015 cost us after the incentives. We like the bit extra room and the occasional use of the 3rd row seats. Will probably keep that 3rd row folded flat most of the time and on our trips leaving a huge 79 cubic feet cargo area. We like that the rear captains chairs slide fore and aft as well as tilt forward for access. And rear seat heat and air controls. We will probably be in the $15K to $16K range after selling our Equinox for moving into an Acadia.

We will see this Saturday when we look at another dealers offerings.



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Wow. . was that with the FWD ACadia 3.6L V6? I was trying to determine the MPG for a FWD Acadia with 3.6L V6. Seems like Fuelly posters are all over the map on MPG. Hoping for 19 to 20 around town and +26 on the highway at 65 to 70 MPH.
I like that the Acadia still has the 6T70 transmission heavier duty than our V6 Equinox 6T50 and was hoping for similar MPG.
After reading your statement I was wondering what type of transmission I have being it has AWD V6 and according to my Service Parts Identification code I do have the M7U code (6T70 transmission)

Thanks for pointing it out, at least now I know something new on my Equinox
I have to finish the Service Parts Identification code list I started months ago

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