2016 GMC Acadia Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on January 14, 2016 11:41 AM

Tough on the Outside

The GMC Acadia is a 3-row SUV with available room for eight. As a crossover, its role is to meld the size and usefulness of an SUV with the usability and comfort of a car, and it succeeds. Built on the same GM platform as the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, the Acadia follows through on the GMC mentality of being the workhorse of the corporate family, and as such, it features an attractively rugged, truck-like design inside and out -- despite its tame, easy-to-live-with crossover demeanor.

While we're fond of the Acadia, the competition is stiff -- particularly from perennial heavy-hitters like the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot and updated 2016 Ford Explorer, which offer superior manners, specs and features in many instances.

Driving it

Like its corporate sibling, the Chevy Traverse, the Acadia handles itself admirably on the road -- especially given its ample size. During our time with it we remarked, "If you prefer the driving feel of a car to a truck, you'll feel completely at ease behind the wheel of the 2016 GMC Acadia crossover SUV. The Acadia's suspension is firm enough to allow it excellent stability in turns, yet compliant enough to deliver a smooth, comfortable ride." Read the rest of our 2016 GMC Acadia full review.

Denali Difference

Although GMC markets its Denali variants as separate entities from the standard models, they're really little more than fancifully named top trim levels. In the Acadia's case, the loaded Denali packs a serious roster of standard features, albeit with a hit to the starting price of nearly $17,000.

Coming Soon

The GMC Acadia has been redesigned for 2017 with new sheetmetal and an all-new interior. Read more about the lighter, more efficient Acadia.



Weighing the Cost

Pricing for the 2016 Acadia starts at a hair under $32,000 and can stretch all the way up to $53,000 for a loaded Acadia Denali. Build and price your own 2016 GMC Acadia to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Feedback from Owners

KBB.com reader Rita was disappointed with her Acadia's fuel economy, but also notes, "I am so glad I bought my Acadia. My grandsons and I have been all over South Central Texas and have packed with fishing equipment, luggage, and anything else needed for our adventures. I have received many compliments on my Acadia." Read more consumer reviews of the GMC Acadia.

Acadia Alternatives

There are a lot of SUVs and crossovers out there, and the GMC Acadia may or may not be the best one for you. Check out our Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide to see all your alternatives.