Driving With Dan: 2013 GMC Denali

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(KTVI) - Want a sweet ride with a dependable name? Automotive writer Dan Wiese shows off the new GMC Denali in this week's "Driving with Dan" . 

Check out the specs: 

1. Denali is a new trim level for 2013. It is, far and away, the most luxurious Terrain, a crossover SUV also available in SLE and SLT trim.

2. The Denali trim level is distinguished with unique exterior and interior appointments, exclusive wheels and radar-based safety technologies like Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

3. Optional on SLE and SLT and standard on Denali is GMC`s new infotainment technology, IntelliLink. This new infotainment system features a reconfigurable home screen, voice commands, Bluetooth smartphone integration, control of streaming internet radio apps such as Pandora and Stitcher, as well as iPod controls with Gracenote music database technology.

4. Also new for 2013 is a direct-injection, 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 301 hp. The old 3.0-liter made 264. Yet, despite a 14-percent increase in power, the new engine rates the same 20-mpg combined rating (in front-drive models) as did the engine it replaces.

5. The Terrain is on track for its best sales year ever in 2012. Year to date through August, sales are up more than 10 percent versus the same period a year ago.

2013 GMC Terrain vital statistics

TYPE: Five-passenger crossover SUV

DRIVE FORMAT: Front- or all-wheel drive

BASE PRICE: SLE: $26,660/; SLT: $31,460;
Denali: $35,350

PRICE AS DRIVEN: $40,425; an AWD Denali, based at $37,100, with $1,750 V-6 (includes 19-inch chrome-clad wheels), $795 navigation; $350 trailering pkg.; $235 cargo net pkg.; $195 metallic paint

ENGINES: 2.4-liter I-4; 3.6-liter V-8

HORSEPOWER: I-4: 182 at 6700 rpm; V-6: 301 at 6500 rpm

TORQUE: I-4: 172 lb.-ft. at 4900 rpm; V-6: 272 lb.-ft. at 4800 rpm

TRANSMISSION: Six-speed automatic

SUSPENSION: Fully independent

AIR BAGS: Front, front side, front/rear side curtain

BRAKES: Four-wheel disc with ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution

EPA MPG: I-4 FWD: 22 city/32 hwy/26 combined; I-4 AWD:

CARGO (rear seat up/down): 31 cu. ft./64 cu. ft.

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