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Feb 13, 2012 1:41AM
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"When GMC released the Acadia six years ago, it marked the rise of the domestic 3-row crossover. Ford and Dodge have since followed suit with the Explorer and Durango, ..."

 

The GMC Acadia is only six years old, the Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango have been out and available for decades... So explain to me just how Ford and Dodge "followed suit".

 

"and their higher-quality interiors have surpassed the Acadia", actually it's more like the Acadia has been  following Ford and Dodge around.

Feb 13, 2012 10:34AM
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Where the (insert you favorite curse word here) is the MODERATOR?!?!

 

I don't care about dating. I don't care about how much money you have (or how much you want mine), or how old you are (or aren't compared to myself).

 

I thought this article was about cars!

 

Then I get this - Your post was blocked because it has a hyperlink or appears similar to spam. Please revise your post and try again. -

 

So the spam can spam, but I can't complain about it? because ... wait for it ... it thinks that I am spamming the article?

Feb 14, 2012 3:26PM
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Arizona owtlaw is my HERO. God bless America and her great corps. FORD, DODGE and CHEVROLET
Feb 13, 2012 10:19AM
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Sorry ordy9, But you are WRONG. I OWN a 1st gen Durango with FACTORY THIRD ROW SEATING.

 

So yes, I know for a fact that the 1st gen had third row seating. Admittedly, I don't know that much about the Explorer though.

Feb 13, 2012 12:55PM
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Well, maybe I can concede to the point about it being a crossover (at least I was right about the seating arrangement) but... 

 

The only reason the Acadia was designed and produced was because of the popularity of the SUV's.

 

That being stated, I test drove the new Durango and I didn't like it as much a my 2000 4X4. Where I live (in the country and at the top of a steep winding hill, sometimes I NEED a 4X4 just to get into town/work, the new Durango doesn't feel like it could cut it.) I'll keep my older truck over the new ones for several reasons. One, it's paid off, I actually own it. Two, insurance is cheaper on a 12 year old truck (liability only on a 12 year old truck compared to full coverage on a new $42,000 Citadel). Three, taxes and tags on new truck, around here it would run about four grand the first year.

 

If I bought a newer truck I would have a truck payment, higher insurance premiums (not just because of the newer model year, but also because I would have to get full coverage on it since the truck would have a loan on it and banks are kind of picky that way), and taxes and tags would be outrageous the first couple of years, add in the fact that new vehicles depreciate so quick, I can't figure out who would want one. But that is what these shows are about, showcasing new tech, designs, etc. That, and trying to get people fired up for the new models. That's why I like going to these shows. I might not ever come off of the wallet to buy one, but I like looking. If I see something that I like I know that in a couple of years I'll be able to find a good, quality , used vehicle at a decent price.

Feb 13, 2012 12:11PM
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I just sold a 2000 Durango SLT aned it had a third row seat.

 

Feb 13, 2012 5:02AM
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With respect to the claims of the Mustang's motor MSN left out one important word,  "production" (but Ford does include it in their ads).  The more powerful V8's out there are in limited production vehicles so whatever the quantity threshold is for being considered a "production" V8 apparently Ford believes that none of them meet it and they can therefore feel justified in making the claim.  Although an automotive journalist should know better - that without qualifying it as "production" the statement is flat out wrong.
Feb 13, 2012 9:13AM
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Changing to third row seating may be true, but Ford and Dodge did it way before the Acadia was even made. (I know for a fact that the 1st gen Dodge Durango had third row seating. They came out in the late 90's.) So I am correct. 

 

The Durango and Explorer were out first, had nicer interiors, etc. The Acadia is trying to play catch up and is being refreshed so it can be competitive, and this guy states that Ford and Dodge "followed suit". I still can't figure out in what though.

 

I have always preferred hardtops. Buddy of mine has always liked convertibles. 

 

We have been to a lot of shows, mostly SEMA. It would be nice if I could travel more. lol, maybe then I could take my own pics and write my own articles. I guess overall the article wasn't bad, just some nitpicky stuff, like the Acadia thing and mistakenly stating that Ford claims to have they most powerful V8. (Like another poster has pointed out, Ford itself doesn't even claim that they have the most powerful V8's. The most powerful production V8's, maybe.)

Apr 21, 2012 5:53PM
Feb 14, 2012 4:15AM
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Think the windy city better start showing some 56-60 mpg vehicles as  5 dollar gas is around the corner. Hemi's may be great to tool around in but 125 dollar fill ups twice a week ain't gonna cut it for JOE the PLUMBER !  The marketing has been pushing it into our brains that 20 mpg is so good, well we will see when the sales start going in the tank this summer !
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