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As the first crossover SUV sold by GMC, the 2009 GMC Acadia shares its structure and many of its features with the Saturn Outlook, Chevrolet Traverse 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.
If you need lots of room to haul people and cargo but hate the look of a minivan, you'll like the 2009 GMC 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 2009 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 5,200 pounds may also be a deterrent.
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.
Driving Impressions Thanks to unit-body construction and street-focused suspension, the 2009 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, and the StabiliTrak stability control performs admirably in the most dramatic situations. 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.
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 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 2009 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' earlier SUVs. The result is a handsome package that looks purposeful 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 2009 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.
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, heated and cooled front seats, 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.
The 2009 GMC Acadia's strong 3.6-liter V6 uses variable valve timing and gasoline direct injection technology to enhance responsiveness, deliver good engine power and provide a maximum tow rating of 5,200 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.
288 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
270 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (FWD), 16/23 (AWD)
By Missey on Saturday, March 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Great, comfortable, convenient vehicle. Many nice features like the shape of the side mirrors for best visibility,climate control system including rear air. Would like better gas mileage."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By George on Sunday, February 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Ride, room, value, & lot of standard features"
Cons: "Middle row seat supports (sides/btm) scuffs easily"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We have piled 15K miles on our 2013 GMC Acadia in about 9 months, and it's been a pleasure thus far. The only issue we had was a "check airbag" alarm came on, which was handled under warranty (while we had the vehicle in for an oil change anyhow). The ride is very comfortable, and the space is wonderful for transporting both people, and stuff (very versitle, with many configurations to meet your space needs... can easily swallow up 6 people, plus loads of stuff like for a road trip, without needing to use the roof... or 8 people plus their stuff for short rides.... like to school/work). Ride is very smooth, and it handles well (more like a sedan than an SUV). Gas mileage hasn't been exactly as advertised, but I'm a fairly aggressive driver, and 18-19 MPG (combined driving) is a lot better than the 13-14 MPG (combined driving) we were getting in our Yukon (which had more hip room, but less overall cargo space, especially with the back row being used). Overall very happy with our purchase. Not sure I'd be as excited if we broke the bank for the higher models, but our base model has all of the amenities we need (and a few we'd never had before, like back-up camera). Well worth it for the right deal (got ours on special for under $30K... which I consider a bargain for such a large/comfortable vehicle)."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By MF on Thursday, February 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Powerhouse - fun to drive."
Cons: "gear syncro a little rough at low speed pickups an"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Bought this approx December 2014. The exterior style has gown on me a lot. Interior is terrific. Dual roof (if only they both opened). Captain seating makes it very flexible for all my needs from haul photo gear to hunting and holidays to the beach long distance. On the highway this is terrific. The ride is a bit sporty with a lot of road feel much like a performance car which might not be for everyone. I'd like it to be a little softer - just a tad. Lane warning is greta for highway and collision system works but makes little sense. Saved me once so far from clipping another truck. Took it to Florida and the seats configuration was brilliant. we had a whole entertainment system going 3rd row with the captains folded. very fun. The roof opens only 80% because of the dual glass and is too noisy in my opinion. iPhone app reports it at 90 db. That's loud! Gas is as expected. Needs a light in the glove box. Don't know how they missed that. Power tail gate makes an unpolished clonk at the top of the rise - could be better. Trailering bumper cover very nice and keeps the car looking very seamless. Heated cooled seats - oh yea! InteilliLink iffy with iPhone - needs to be fixed for texting fetters but good on bluetooth and general features. Designers it would be great to have a USB that stays powered for charging when the key is out (A must). Buttons radio take a little getting use to but pretty well planned after. My biggest beef is the low speed and rolling stop syncro of the gearbox. Makes the ride a little jerky. Probably the worst in a car I"ve yet owned. Check it out when test driving. rolling stop transitions etc. Anything else perfect. all in all I love it for my family and business."
By momma7 on Thursday, February 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,561overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "love to drive"
Cons: "hard middle seat"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love my GMC ACADIA. I have the basic model and would recommend it to anybody. I have 7 kids 3 who are hockey players and the back seats lay forward easily to allow us to fit all of our gear. It feels like a truck because you are able to see above most cars. but it also feels like a car because of its comfort. I gave it a 9/10 on the interior design because the middle seat is uncomfortable...kind of hard. but I put the car-seat there and no one complains."
By KC on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfort, Roomy, Great for family, SAFE"
Cons: "Handling in snow"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased my '08 Acadia at 1 year old with 36,000 miles. It required a bit of warranty work in the beginning, but beyond that I didn't have any trouble with it mechanically. It was FWD (2WD) and didn't handle the best in snow, but that is my only complaint. I was in an accident with it just yesterday. While I'm sad that my Acadia is a total loss, it saved my life. I was hit by a car, twice by a semi, then a concrete interstate barrier. This vehicle took the hits like a champ, and I managed to walk away with just some sore muscles. I will miss my Acadia. LOVED this vehicle!"
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Mari on Friday, January 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000overall rating 2 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"The car has very bad pick up and it's a gas guzzler. It dose not get close it 16 miles around town like the sticker said. I'm very disappointed in the car! The value of the car drop so much I can't get rid of it."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful