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2009 GMC Acadia

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2009 GMC Acadia Review

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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.

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 2009 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 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.

What's New for 2009

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 the Acadia

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.

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 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.

2009 GMC Acadia Details
2009 GMC Acadia photo Interior

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

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, 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.

Under the Hood

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.

3.6-liter V6
288 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
270 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (FWD), 16/23 (AWD)

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2009 GMC Acadia Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 490 Ratings for the 2007 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Really like this SUV

By on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good value for money"

Cons: "none"

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

"A really great SUV to take a long trip with. Rides really nice at high speed on the freeway. I get 24 to 26 on the highway but only about 13 in town. Car has had a number of recalls but no other problems so I guess the recalls have fixed known issues I would buy another one in a minute. I had an Enclave and they are like twins. The Enclave was quieter on the freeway at high speeds but that is the only difference I have noticed."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Don't get the dual sunroof

By on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Nice high ride. Decent highway mileage."

Cons: "Rattles and Wind Noise."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"There are too many rattles, from the sunroof and doors, for a vehicle that has an M.S.R.P. of $44,000.00. The ride is nice but the transmission seems to stick when going over speed bumps. Wind noise starts occurring at 50+ MPH. Seating is not the most comfortable especially the passenger front and middle seats. Rear camera gets very spotty in the rain, poor positioning. I was expecting a lot more from this vehicle."

10 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Would never own anything else!

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,900

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, reliable, comfortable, roomy"

Cons: "Wish back seats reclined more"

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

"I absolutely love this car! My husband got it for me last year as our family vehicle. WE needed something roomy, comfortable and reliable. I have not had a single issue with this car. Not mechanical or electrical in the entire year I've owned it. My son threw up on my cloth seats right after I got it and it wiped right up. I love the pilot seats in the center row, keeps kids from climbing all over the place. My only complaint is that the seats in the back don't recline. We have some horrible icy roads here and my car has handled them like a pro! I literally can take this car any where!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

decent car, get a warrantee

By on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "best looking SUV, lots of options"

Cons: "breaks down a LOT"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"we really like the design, it's the only SUV of it's size that has a rugged off road style, not that I recommend taking it off road :-) . Lots of interior room, pretty well put together and it holds 7 people comfortably with room to spare behind the back seat. It handles well and is a smooth ride. My complaint and recommendation of a warrantee comes in play with my having 11 repairs in 5 years of light, well maintained use. It kind of fell apart beginning around 30K miles and went on and on until our most recent visit for a transmission replacement @ 105K miles. Several of the repairs were known problems which they addressed if you knew enough to research it. I had to fight with GMC to get my tranny changed out. There are page after page of complaints on this tranny issue and the manufacturer was aware of the problem. Same with the power steering, it just quit working one day... another known issue I looked up and made them handle. blah, blah, blah... all this and we still enjoy driving it, fortunately, almost all engine related components have been replaced so we will keep it for a while longer"

37 people out of 49 found this review helpful

LOTS OF ISSUES!

By on Wednesday, November 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,200

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
4/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Comfortable interior, 3rd Row and DVD player."

Cons: "Poor quality build"

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

"My experience has been terrible. GMC has to many recalls on this model, if feels every other month since purchasing this vehicle in 2012 there has been a safety recall issued for some minor or major component. When driving the car it always sounds as if its in the wrong gear. Currently there is a gas smell coming from the car when the A/C is vented out, the dealership is saying nothing is wrong with the car and suggest I cycle the A/C only in the interior....!"

18 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle I ever owned

By on Thursday, September 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "omfortable, stylish and dependable"

Cons: "Goodyear Tires"

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

"I am a car nut. I buy and sell often but since I purchased this 2013 Acadia Denali I have not even considered trading it. It is comfortable, stylish and dependable (except for the Goodyear original tires, can you spell JUNK???). During the time I have owned this GMC, the 2nd vehicle we own has changed 3xs, but not even considering changing this car. There will come a day when I have to buy something else but it is not even on the horizon yet."

16 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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