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2008 GMC Acadia

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2008 GMC Acadia Review

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As the first crossover SUV sold by GMC, the 2008 GMC Acadia shares its structure and many of its features with the Saturn Outlook and the Buick Enclave. The Acadia successfully combines the appearance and capabilities of an SUV with an added 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. The Acadia's competitors 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 2008 GMC 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 2008 GMC 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. A maximum tow rating of 4,500 pounds may also be a deterrent.

What's New for 2008

New features include an available rear backup camera, standard XM Satellite Radio, second-row seating console and enhanced traction control. Panic Brake Assist, which quickens brake response during panic stopping situation, is also new.

Driving the Acadia

Driving Impressions Thanks to unit-body construction and street-focused suspension, the 2008 GMC 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 under harder acceleration. Many drivers will appreciate the raised seating position, which gives a clear view of the road. However, a high beltline limits rearward visibility, making parking lot maneuvers more difficult.
Favorite Features

Third-Row Seats
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.

Dual Sunroofs
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.

2008 GMC Acadia Details
2008 GMC Acadia photo Interior

Inside, the 2008 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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2008 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, XM Satellite Radio, 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.

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, rearview camera system, tri-zone automatic air conditioning, premium audio with surround sound, 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 2008 GMC Acadia's strong 3.6-liter V6 uses variable valve timing and an electronic throttle to enhance responsiveness, deliver good engine power and provide 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 accelerate to pass other vehicles.

3.6-liter V6
275 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
251 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 (FWD), 16/22 (AWD)

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2008 GMC Acadia Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 419 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Worst Vehicle EVER

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Looks good"

Cons: "Piece of JUNK"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Please do not ever buy this car. At 100 k miles the trans went out, sun roof leaks, rack and pinion has also gone out. I've heard of SEVERAL other people I know personally that have had the same problems I have. This vehicle is a piece of junk!"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great car until the tansmission failed at 61,000

By on Thursday, April 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great carrying capacity. 7 people and stuff."

Cons: "Transmission unreliable."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Great car for family. Good in bad weather. Transmission failure at 61,000. Had a previous recall on transmission too. Over $2k to fix. Poor quality."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Problems out of the gate

By on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Nice ride"

Cons: "bad build...bad engneering...engine issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"We purchased the Acadia Denali to replace a GMC Yukon Denali XL because it was so big and a real gas hog. We had purchased a 2010 Acadia for our Daughter and Son-in-Law and loved the way it handled...plus the gas mileage was better and the third row seats were built-in so we did not have to lug the huge Yukon seats around. Immediately after purchase we had a leak in the roof and water sloshing around everywhere and even through the vents and down into the dash. They had it for several days and did fix that issue. There were many other issues with small plastic parts that came loose or just were never installed. For instance the lock pull on the drivers side door was never installed and was just sitting in the slot. If you pulled it just came right out. We have an intermittent problem with acceleration...the car sometimes almost stalls when in a situation where you need quick acceleration...and I have almost been hit 3 different times because of this. We noticed that the acceleration is not nearly as good as the earlier Acadia models. Mileage is not much better than the Yukon XL (about 2 mile/gal better. Of course the acceleration issue is nothing that the dealer can find. I will be trading this vehicle this year and may go back to the Yukon since they now have the 3rd row seats built-in like all other large brands. The quality of the engineering and the build from the factory are very disappointing. It looks good since they have figured out a way to make cheap plastic seem luxurious."

Fits well for me!

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good size, nice option packages, lots of cubbies"

Cons: "Poor gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is the second Acadia I have owned. Actually traded in one to buy a newer one of the same color, but more options. Since the second one was a demo model, it had more options than I would have liked, like the entertainment system, but I got a good deal. I like the size - not too big, not too small. Love the head-up display. It has just okay get-up-and-go but that's fine by me. Biggest issue is the less-than-stellar gas mileage (I average about 17 mpg). Also, on both Acadias I have owned, the DRL bulbs tend to burn out every six months or so and are very inconvenient to replace."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

This has been an outstanding vehicle for us.

By on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great vehicle overall"

Cons: "Rough start but then all good"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great vehicle with amazing versatility and functionality. We love this Acadia. One of best vehicles I have ever owned in over 30 years of car ownership."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I love this vehicle and would buy another one.

By on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Easy to drive - love the back up camera feature."

Cons: "Doesn't clean itself"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"What a sweet car - easy to drive, easy to pack for traveling (we do a lot of that) and not too bad on gasoline for the size of the car."

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