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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 frank on Friday, February 13, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"and panoramic leaking.electrical problem,(radio,ac controls,interior lights)no buy this car,lost to much money"
18 people out of 25 found this review helpful
By Sad Driver on Thursday, February 12, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "It is comfortable to sleep in when broke down"
Cons: "TOO many defects and failures for a $50k vehicle"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Ok the vehicle had several recalls, then the power steering went out, fixed it then out it went again one day later, fixed it again then out it went again. GM did not cover the repairs.. two days after a bath in low trade in value, GM sends letter to cover the cost to fix one time, however I would need to take the vehicle to GM.... a little to late GM... you lost a customer for life! (I traded in three GM vehicles for another brand, one more to go)"
11 people out of 22 found this review helpful
By NONE on Monday, February 02, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,900overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "GOOD PRICE, FUN TO DRIVE AND ROOMY"
Cons: "NO CONS"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I WANT A CAR WITH A FULL WARRANTY, AND A DIFFERENT COLOR, THE CAR RUNS GREAT AND IS BEAUTIFUL. EVERYONE THAT SEES IT THINKS IT IS NEW."
6 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By Darren on Saturday, January 31, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very practical and convenient"
Cons: "Transmission and 2nd row bucket seats"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"The only things i do not like about it are that the 2nd row seats do not lean back very much and that it really has a tendency to roll back on inclines if i take my foot off the brakes. I have owned many GM (and other) brand vehicles in the past and the Acadia is the only one that does this!"
7 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By Momof3boys on Tuesday, January 27, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,865overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Cons: "Replaced shock on liftgate on first 2 Acadias."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The fact that I have owned 3 Acadias in a row really says it all! When purchasing a vehicle, one of the biggest deciding factors for me is safety ratings, and from comparing different suvs online, I was impressed with Acadia. Living through a major accident on the interstate and coming out completely uninjured in my second Acadia proved those high ratings in a very personal way for me. I hit a semi and another car and totaled the vehicle, but the passenger area remained amazingly solid. On top of this, the interior lay-out has been perfect for our family of 5. I have always had the bucket seats in the second row and my three sons, who are now all teenagers, can simply get in without folding and unfolding any seats and all have plenty of personal space. Our other favorite features are the Bose radio, comfortable heated seats, auto start from the key fob, and the heads-up display."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Boomer on Friday, January 23, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Lots of extras and trouble-free to own."
Cons: "Expensive to update GPS maps."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Generally a great car with lots of extras. I love this car but have a couple of suggestions for improvement. Could use better cargo anchors to use to secure items in load space. Even with rear camera and auto mirror reposition, visibility while backing could be improved. Very expensive to update GPS maps which are still out-of-date after you update."
8 people out of 14 found this review helpful