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2011 GMC Acadia

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2011 GMC Acadia Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

Although it is the first crossover SUV ever sold by GMC, the 2011 GMC Acadia actually shares most of its structure and many of its features with the Chevrolet Traverse and 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, Toyota Highlander, Subaru Tribeca and the Ford Flex.

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 2011 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 2011 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 2011

The big news for 2011 is the addition of a Denali model to the Acadia lineup. The Acadia Denali includes a chrome honeycomb grille, monochromatic exterior trim, HID headlamps, unique interior trim and a long list of standard features. Other changes include a new eight-way power driver's seat (which replaces the previous six-way power seat) with power lumbar and recline, heated cloth seats (available on SLE) and a revised SL Preferred Package.

Driving the Acadia

Driving Impressions Thanks to unit-body construction and street-focused suspension, the 2011 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 20-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 SkyScape Sunroof
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.

2011 GMC Acadia Details
Interior

Inside, the 2011 GMC Acadia is roomy, versatile and utilizes high-quality materials. An attractive two-tone look is used throughout the Acadia lineup, and a cashmere-color option brightens an already airy interior. 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 2011 GMC Acadia is a well-equipped vehicle that 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. The Denali trim adds mahogany wood inserts, heated and cooled front seats, dual SkyScape sunroof, perforated leather seating and 20-inch two-tone clad wheels.

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 20-inch wheel package.

Under the Hood

The 2011 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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2011 GMC Acadia Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 483 Ratings for the 2007 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Don't buy this vehicle!

By on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Nice looking car, spacious inside"

Cons: "Too many mechanical and transmission problems"

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

"We've had our Acadia for 7 years and have had so many problems with it. It never drove well, and I took it in several times due to hard shifting. They claimed that's the way they are. At 100,000 miles they repaired the transmission. At 180,000 miles the transmission died completely. I've replaced the struts and shocks 3x's in the last 2 years. Our mechanic does not recommend fixing the transmission or replacing it. He said he sees so many Acadias in his shop, he would just trade it in as is. I love the look of The Acadia and the size, I just can't buy another one and end up like this again. I like my cars to last at least 10 years. We'll be getting a Ford Explorer next."

We like this design

By on Friday, August 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 950

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Smooth power train, lots of space, safety, gas mi"

Cons: "Rear hatch heighth when open, Touch screen instru"

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

"Previously owned a 09 and 12 Chevy Traverse from new. Both were trouble free and had over 55,000 when traded. We purchased a new loaded 15 GMC Acadia SLT after six weeks of driving and pricing other makes. We really liked the lumbar support in the front seats, the double sun roofs and the added power train cooling that came with the towing package. The pearl white color seems to make the car look clean all the time. The turning radius and six speed transmission could not be smoother. The wife loves the cargo area behind the third roll seat. The center dash touch screen takes some time to learn. The top center dash storage bin is used a lot. We would like to have a way to limit the height of the power rear hatch when opened."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Good SUV that would be great if better electronics

By on Monday, August 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable ride and lots of cargo space"

Cons: "Primitive information system and presentation"

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

"I traded a 2011 Ford Explorer XLT for the 2015 Acadia ST1. The Acadia has a more comfortable ride and much more cargo space. These were the deciding factor in my change. However, the new GMC has a much more primitive electronics and a less informative dash than the four year old Explorer. The USB has no memory when playing music always reverting to the first song every time the car starts. The dash does not give you milage, miles to empty and gas tank at the same time. GMC should buy a Ford and replicate the Sync system and the Ford dash. When I get around to replacing my Ford F250, I will buy another Ford."

Great looking vehicle

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I just recently purchased a 2015 GMC Acadia Denali and I love the appearance of these vehicles. The interior as well as the exterior is excellent. It drives incredibly smooth and has all of the technology aspects that I could ever imagine. With my first trip of approximately 200 miles I averaged 26.7 mpg."

26 people out of 36 found this review helpful

Starter and transmission prblems .

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "like the comfort and the power of the engine."

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

"transmission problem started around 99,000 miles. when I would first start the engine it would not shift gears. I would have to pull over shut it off, wait and try again. I also had power steering problems."

16 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Love my Acadia

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Carrying capacity, dependability, looks,"

Cons: "Gas mileage, inconvenient cup holders in 2nd row"

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

"I am so glad I bought my Acadia. My grandsons and I have been all over South Central Texas and have packed with fishing equipment, luggage, and anything else needed for our adventures. I have received many compliments on my Acadia. At times it has been my truck, carrying any and everything. The only negative is the gas mileage. As I'm an older widow this may be my last vehicle. If i decide to trade it in I will get another Acadia. Several people have told me to let them know if I do trade it in."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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