Cargo space, connectivity and safety technology help ease back-to-school transition
DETROIT – 09.17.2015 – For many families, the mayhem begins when the school day ends. That’s when kids must be driven to sports practices, dance lessons, scout meetings and more. GMC can’t break up fights in the back seat, but its roomy and connected crossovers and SUVs can take the edge off extracurricular chaos for harried parents and caregivers.
Nearly six in 10 children between 6 and 17 years old participate in at least one after-school extracurricular activity, according to a 2014 U.S. Census Bureau report.
“Everything starts all at once after Labor Day,” says Whitney Quijada, a mother from Arizona and owner of a GMC Acadia. “I am a teacher and I have two kids and they’re both involved in three activities – dance, gymnastics and tee-ball practice during the week and tee-ball games on Saturdays. We’re always on the go. We have the captain’s chairs in the second row. Even if we are carpooling to dance or tee-ball practice, it’s so convenient to get the kids in the back and buckled up.”
For those whose spare time is spent transporting children, the GMC lineup offers something for every family – except a minivan. Fair warning: If word gets out, you could be drafted into ferrying the neighbor kids, too.
Room for kids and their stuff
Terrain and Terrain Denali seat up to five with versatility and style. The standard, exclusive MultiFlex sliding rear seat allows families to expand cargo room when needed. The interior offers up to 31.6 cubic feet (894 liters) of cargo space behind the rear seat, enough for four, 40-inch hockey bags.
Acadia and Acadia Denali accommodate seven to eight passengers. The SmartSlide seating system provides easy access to the third row, which can lead to less whining about exile to the third row seats. Storage capacity behind the second row of seats is 70.1 cubic feet – enough for three 36-quart coolers when it’s your turn to bring drinks to soccer practice.
Yukon, Yukon XL and Yukon Denali make up the industry’s most popular family of full-size SUVs. Yukon seats up to eight – a driver, a starting basketball team and two reserves – and offers significant third-row legroom and cargo room behind the third-row seat. An available power-fold feature flattens the second- and third-row seats because… you have enough to do.
Smart and connected
Because there’s no such thing as being off duty when you’re a parent, GMC’s IntelliLink is offered on SLE, SLT and Denali models. With OnStar, it provides access to 4G LTE technology and a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that transforms the vehicle into a mobile hub for remote office check-ins. Up to seven smart devices can be simultaneously paired with the system so kids really can use the Internet to finish their homework after school or on tournament road trips.
Text Messaging Alerts, Siri Eyes Free and wireless charging keep drivers connected to the game and, more importantly, the road.
Safe and secure
When the football game ends, GMC’s crash-avoidance features help drivers safety exit crowded parking lots and tackle the ride home. Standard and available features like Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning are mother’s little helpers. A conversation mirror – located above the overhead console’s sunglass holder in GMC Yukon and Yukon XL – allows parents to keep an eye on their smallest passengers with a wide view of the SUV’s interior, preventing them from having to readjust their rear-view mirrors in traffic.