As GMC pulled the sheet off the 2013 Acadia during the Chicago Auto Show, everyone seemed to take notice of the refined interior, which will bring soft-touch material, quality metals and wood — areas in which the current model falls short. However, the more observant seemed to notice that the entire rear fascia is a carbon copy of the bygone Saturn Outlook.
Yes, GMC has officially gone on record in saying that this is in fact the case — confirming that we weren’t just making it up. It’s hard to diss them for it, though, as the discontinued Outlook’s rear design is arguably better-looking than today’s Acadia. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if the front fascia of the updated Acadia was bound for the Outlook at one point, either. But even though the Saturn crossover is discontinued, GM still makes replacement parts for it. So if GM’s product planners can find a solution to improve the looks of the GMC Acadia while saving money by not fabricating an all-new design, it seems to be a win for all parties involved. That is unless you were expecting something a little more angular.