KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
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.
You'll Like This Car If...
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.
You May Not Like This Car If...
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.
What's New for 2007
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.
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.
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.
Notable Standard Equipment
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.
Notable Optional Equipment
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.
Under the Hood
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)
The entry-level Acadia SLE has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $29,990, which is several thousand dollars more than the entry prices of the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango or Honda Pilot. The MSRP for the top-level Acadia SLT starts at $33,960 and, when equipped with options like touch-screen navigation, power liftgate and all-wheel drive, the price can exceed $43,000which is expensive for this segment. To compare the actual transaction prices that consumers are paying, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Prices. Though higher priced than its competitors, the Acadia is expected to have excellent resale value, retaining 51 percent of its value after 36 months compared to the Honda Pilot's already-impressive 46 percent.