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The Acadia is the first crossover SUV sold by GMC and shares its structure and many of its features with the Saturn Outlook and the Buick Enclave. The Acadia attempts to take the appearance and capabilities of an SUV and add a measure of practicality and efficiency. It seats up to eight people, has ample room for luggage or cargo and offers good fuel economy. Considering that most SUVs never leave paved roads, GMC expects the Acadia's street-focused ride, handling and available all-wheel drive to make up for its lack of off-road capability. Competitors of the Acadia include the Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer.
If you need lots of room to haul people and cargo but hate the look of a minivan, you'll like the Acadia. It combines a large, usable interior and good gas mileage with attractive SUV-like exterior styling.
If you are one of the few drivers who travel off-road in your SUV, the Acadia may not be for you. Its available all-wheel-drive system is designed to enhance traction during on-road driving, not during off-highway adventures.
As concerns about the environment and fuel costs drive consumers to look for alternatives to SUVs, the Acadia fills an important role for GMC. It allows the brand to establish a presence in the rapidly expanding category of crossover SUVs, where smart packaging and efficiency are more important than sheer size.
Driving Impressions Thanks to a body-on-frame design and street-focused suspension, the Acadia drives more like a car than an SUV. Handling is good with precise steering response, controlled body lean and plenty...of traction during cornering. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard, with an optional 19-inch wheel and tire package available, which sharpens handling without sacrificing a comfortable ride. The GMC Acadia accelerates swiftly but front-wheel-drive models suffer from noticeable torque steer. Many drivers will appreciate the raised seating position which gives a clear view of the road. However, a high belt line limits rearward visibility, making parking lot maneuvers more difficult.
The third-row seats in the Acadia are roomy and bolstering on the seat backs makes extended journeys comfortable. Access to the rear seats is extremely easy thanks to a clever mechanism that slides the second-row seats out of the way.
The optional dual sunroofs add a feeling of spaciousness to the interior. The fixed rear sunroof features a large opening and a power sunshade for when the sunshine gets too intense.
Inside, the GMC Acadia is roomy, versatile and utilizes high-quality materials. An attractive two-tone look is used throughout the Acadia lineup, with an available "brick interior" adding striking red surfaces for those with adventurous tastes. The Acadia can accommodate up to eight people in three rows, with ample head- and legroom for all. Wide rear-door openings and second-row seats that slide forward make getting into and out of the third row easy. Behind the third-row seats is an impressive 19.7 cubic feet of cargo space and, with second and third-row seats folded flat, cargo room expands to 116.9 cubic feet. The interior's usability is enhanced with numerous cup holders, storage spaces and additional storage beneath the rear cargo area.Exterior
With the Acadia, GMC smartly avoids the excessive body cladding that plagued some of General Motors' previous SUVs. The result is a handsome package that looks masculine and up-scale. Bulging fenders and standard 18-inch wheels give the Acadia a strong stance, with tasteful chrome accents and LED tail lamps adding a touch of class. A rear spoiler looks sporty and contributes to the Acadia's low aerodynamic drag. Other nice details include dual exhaust outlets with two chrome tips per side, chrome accents on the roof rails and beautifully-shaped headlamps.
The GMC Acadia is well-equipped and includes, as standard, GM's OnStar system with one year of complimentary service, AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers and MP3 capability, seven-passenger seating, dual exhaust with chrome tips, rear spoiler, sliding second-row seats, fog lamps and 18-inch wheels. Safety features include StabiliTrak with rollover mitigation, anti-lock brakes (ABS), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and six airbags.
GMC offers a variety of convenience and luxury features for the Acadia. Dual sunroofs and a rear entertainment system make the drive more enjoyable and, unlike with some vehicles, can be ordered together. The interior can be outfitted with a touch-screen DVD-based navigation system, tri-zone automatic air conditioning, premium audio with surround sound, XM Satellite Radio, a Head-Up Display, cargo area audio controls, rear park assist and eight-passenger seating. Exterior options include a power liftgate, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and an attractive 19-inch wheel package.
The Acadia's strong 3.6-liter V6 uses variable valve timing and an electronic throttle to enhance responsiveness, delivers good engine power and provides a maximum tow rating of 4,500 pounds. The six-speed automatic transmission maximizes engine performance and helps the Acadia achieve excellent fuel economy for a vehicle of its size. However, the transmission can be slow to react to throttle inputs, resulting in delayed downshifts when trying to pass other vehicles.
275 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
251 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (FWD), 17/24 (AWD)
By Sam on Thursday, August 14, 2014
I don't own this caroverall rating 4 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"Where do I begin? Very disappointed in many respects. I leased this SUV in Feb. and have put on 3,000+ miles. I assumed that getting heated & cooled leather seat would give us the most comfort. WRONG!! Seats are hard & uncomfortable, cooling feature is a waste. It starts working as you arrive at your destination. Engine is noisy on acceleration. Gas mileage absolutely stinks (18 on Interstate). Roomy? Yes, and A/C works well, but that's about it. It's Overpriced for what you get. I turned in a 2011 Chrysler T&C for this and wish I hadn't. We are seniors and looked for more comfort but got less. Glad I didn't buy it."
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By errol on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "great looking,excellant handling and fuel savings,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Before the Acadia i drove GMC Yukon Denali,s,sold the big boat and now drive the Acadia.Great SUV,comfortable,plenty of power,and lots of room."
7 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Headhound on Monday, August 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Space, ride comfort, ruggedness, styling"
Cons: "OnStar is primitive, entertainment system limited"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Wanted a vehicle to replace our 2003 AWD Pontiac Montana. Needed lots of interior room with a flat floor for when we go to dog shows and general hauling. We live in the country and need serious AWD and ground clearance. Looked at the all competition and found that the Acadia had the features, performance, handling, and ride comfort that we wanted for the best overall cost."
4 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By D in Virginia on Thursday, July 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,800overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Big vehicle that drives like a sedan"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This is a big vehicle but the drive is like a sedan. Interior comfort is terrific. Great on long drives. Cargo space surpassed my expectations. Rear camera is a must on this vehicle. Sightlines are very good. Vehicle has more than adequate pickup. Gas mileage no better than other SUVs. I've had 4 recalls for various items including a defective water pump. Interior finishing work is fair to good but starting to note some cracks and wear on dash buttons. Still, though, I believe GMC builds a very good SUV."
By i<3asmoothride on Sunday, July 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000overall rating 2 of 10rating details
Pros: "Reverse camera"
Cons: "horrible road noise"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"If you are looking for a smooth riding, noise free vehicle, this is definitely not the one. I sold a Yukon SLE for the Acadia SLE and am greatly disappointed. The Yukon is very well insulated and you could not hear the outside noise plus it is a smooth riding vehicle. One can hear outside noise in the Acadia (not well insulated) and you have to put the radio very loud to hear it because of all the road noise. I rode in a Ford Explorer and it did not have this noise. I am going this week to trade in my 2012 Acadia. I am so disappointed."
10 people out of 20 found this review helpful
By Saddam on Friday, July 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Best drive ever!"
Cons: "gas mileage not good."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"great vehicle - need better mileage - otherwise,best I've ever had. just want better gas mileage with same style and power as v6."
6 people out of 9 found this review helpful