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Changes to the GMC Acadia for 2014 are minor. The Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning are standard on the Denali and available on SLT1 and SLT2 trim levels, and there are two charging-only USB ports on the rear of the center console, for use by passengers in the second row of seats.
The 2013 GMC Acadia gets a new front-end design, with a larger grille and LED daytime running lights. Inside, revisions are made to trim and fabric, while a new first-row center airbag is added. Also new are a color touch-screen radio and the IntelliLink infotainment system.
For 2012, the GMC Acadia gains some new exterior colors, as well as an additional console-mounted power outlet. The top-of-the-line Acadia Denali trim comes standard with hill-hold assist. The mid-grade Acadia SLT and Acadia Denali trim levels gain an integrated side blind spot mirror. All GMC Acadias get fog lamps and body colored side moldings.
The big news for 2011 is the addition of a Denali model to the Acadia lineup. The Acadia Denali includes a chrome honeycomb grille, monochromatic exterior trim, HID headlamps, unique interior trim and a long list of standard features. Other changes include a new eight-way power driver's seat (which replaces the previous six-way power seat) with power lumbar and recline, heated cloth seats (available on SLE) and a revised SL Preferred Package.
GMC adds gasoline direct injection technology to the Acadia's 3.6-liter engine resulting in more power and better fuel economy. Available new features include Bluetooth, Turn-by-Turn navigation download, XM Satellite Radio with NavTraffic and two new exterior colors.
Sharing the same platform as the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, the 2015 GMC Acadia 8-passenger SUV diverges from its cousins with a more rugged exterior appearance and near-Cadillac-like luxury, especially in Denali trim. Inside, the Acadia offers plenty of room for adults, including in the rear-most seat. Moreover, unlike competitors such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander, the Acadia provides a good deal of cargo space with the 3rd-row in place. The Acadia offers better technology and more luxury than a Honda Pilot, and more ground clearance and towing ability than the Ford Flex. Available all-wheel drive allows the Acadia to tackle winter's worst and, although not designed for off-road use, GMC's midsize SUV is capable of towing up to 5,200 pounds.
By Sergeant B. on Friday, August 17, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Smooth Ride, Great Power, Comfortable Seating"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The 2011 GMC Acadia SLT-2 AWD is an overall outstanding vehicle. I am 6'02" and 200lbs and have four teenaged daughters. All four of my captains chairs are extremely comfortable and roomy and while I cannot say the same for the third row, my children have no complaints. The 288hp engine provides excellent power for towing either our camp trailer or boat. We added the optional tow package which boosted our towing capacity to 5200lbs. There is plenty of interior room for our suitcases behind the third row which was a huge bonus over our Pilot. We love the improved comfort, convenience of controls, mechanical reliability, and heavier hauling of our GMC Acadia. While our Pilot was a good car, our Acadia is a great car. I would highly recommend it to those that can afford it."
36 people out of 36 found this review helpful
By Acadia Lover on Thursday, June 11, 2009
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
"I fell in LOVE when a co-worker purchased hers and I saw the styling, leg room, and found out it was a V6 with decent gas mileage. Researched for 3 months comparing it to similar vehicles in it's class. Always came back to the Acadia. Purchased an SLT1 in 4/08 and I am still in love. Luxurious functionality. We purchased new, and i think the gas mileage is finally evening out. 16 city, up to 29 highway. PROS: Remote start, rear sensors, smooth ride, quiet interior, leg room, buttons (feel like I'm in a cockpit!), rear a/c, captain's chairs (kids fight), wide, stable wheelbase, I feel SAFE!, Bose factory stereo, GREAT ROAD TRIP VEHICLE. CONS: Driving home from purchase and discovered the horrible noise it makes with windows down (airplane landing and causes pressure to eardrums). Tranny hesitation stinks. A bit jerky too, and it doesn't like hills. Dealer "reprogrammed" the tranny and it went back to old ways after a month or so. Then I kept hearing a "clunk" at low speed turns & backing up. 3 wks @ dealer waiting for new intermediate steering shaft. Not happy. Then 1 month later I noticed paint chipping on bumper facia. GM fixed both problems, but still a pain. Some parts of the interior have cheap, plastic feel. Dashboard chrome is blinding when the sun hits it just right. Drink holders too small. Back window is tiny & doesn't open. Bad traction/wheels spin on wet pavement. I live in AZ with 350 sunny days per yr, so not much rain. When moving seats forward, mats are creased. Noises from dashboard at around 20,000 miles. Wish I had the dual sunroof, but was told it makes the vehicle very hot in AZ. A bit pricy. Overall, I still love it! It sounds like the 2009 has cooled seats - and they fixed the tranny issue - might have to trade up! I highly recommend for families & road trips!"
17 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Not-so-happy on Saturday, October 05, 2013
I owned and sold this car
Reason: poor electronics
Pros: "Comfortable, roomy, lots of storage space."
Cons: "Too many sensor/computer/electrical issues"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I bought this vehicle for the safety/comfort and AWD. I absolutely loved it (it does have blind spots in the front window and rear- the backup camera helped with this). The seats are comfortable, love the recline option in the middle row seats. Able to haul large items. After the first few months, I started having O2 sensor alerts (check engine light)... no biggie. I had one of the rear park assist sensors go out (this costs over $300 to replace, I opted not to). After a year of driving it, we drove it to a restaurant- and it would not start when we were trying to leave. The gauges all worked, but it wouldn't do a thing when the key turned. After about 15 minutes, the car finally started and while driving home the gauges all quit working (didn't know how fast we were driving, no RPMs showing, no fuel gauge, etc.), the AWD quit, cruise would not work, traction control alerts went off- all alerts triggered. -This happened multiple times during the (almost) 4 years I owned it. I would bring it in to the dealer, and there was never a 'code' that showed up, so the dealer was unable to fix it. After $400+, it continued to do this. I finally got fed-up after having it in the shop for almost two weeks and traded it in for a non-GM vehicle. I do not know if I just had a lemon- but would not recommend the Acadia to anyone. If the dealer cannot fix it, why have all the gadgets?"
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful