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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 476 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 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

Acadia is in great shape. has onluy18200 mi

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Has all the toys ecept sunroof."

Cons: "None, gas mileage is great for a SU"

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

"This SUV has almost all the top of the line gizmos. Like the 4 bucket seats and 3rd row. I only put maybe 3000 miles on it for a total of 18100. I just want to try to get into a Challenger again. Bought one in 2011 off the lot w/ 7 miles on it. Didn't even care about payments or credit. . Traded 0r flipped 4 muscle cars since buying the Acadia. I owned a GMC envoy a few years back and that never gave me any trouble either. I owe about 20, 400 on the Acadia wan would sell it for a gain of 1000.00"

10 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Do not buy an Acadia

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

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
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "interior space"

Cons: "recalls recalls recalls"

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

"The reason I am on this site is to look at the trade in value so we can get rid of this car as fast as we can and get something else. We had to bring it into the shop AGAIN for ANOTHER RECALL (third one within a years time)!! This time it's the Power Steering, it's leaking fluid and making a noise when turning and this matches the recall "bulletin" sent to us. It has been in the shop another time for an airbag sensor recall to be replaced, it has also been in the shop for a seatbelt anchor recall. I do like the amount of space in the car but the nicely designed interior is not going to get me and my family from point A to point B safely. I would stay away from this car and get something better."

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

mechanical problems after dealership serviced vehi

By on Sunday, June 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "nice handling and plenty of room"

Cons: "too many recalls"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Problems existed after dealership serviced it at 114000 put in new timing chain pkg. Nothing but problems with engine and lots of money thereafter since then at 144000 new timing chain pkg again. Which I don't think was the problem in the first place."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

I wish I could love this car

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Design and interior are comfortable and roomy"

Cons: "Constant repair work and recalls"

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

"I fell in love with this car for my large family, but it has been nothing but a money pit. It's never a good sign when the service manager closes the door and tells you that he wouldn't let his daughter by an Acadia and that I should unload the car as fast as possible before it costs me any more money. There are three main issues with the Acadias: transmission, the evaporator for the air conditioner, and the timing chain. This was told to me by two different mechanic shops independently. These are all very pricey fixes. Luckily for me the first two happened under warranty. The third evaporator is a costly fix due to how the car was designed and requires the front seats and dash to be pulled out of the car. Oftentimes the evaporator can be changed out in an hour, but because of the design it takes significantly longer. Long story short, I would avoid this car at all costs. It's a shame because design and comfort-wise it is awesome. The problem is that the time you will lose being out of work and sitting at the mechanic's shop will impact your cost of ownership and those kinds of things aren't reflected on any car site."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

quality fit and finish, quiet, great features,

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "quality, comfort, great sound, lots of storage,"

Cons: "floor mats"

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

"a great crossover. tons of room. doesn't look or ride like a mini van. perfect ride height. easy to get in and out of. loading and unloading is at the perfect height. Quality and style is very good."

poor mechanical function

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"have always had honda,nissan, or toyota. can't beat the mechanical reliability and durability of these brands. decided to buy american, and although looks good, lots of comfort andconvenience, have had quite a lot of mechanical problems. I seem to get a recall notice at least once a month for something needing to be repaired or replaced. lots of inconvenience, who has time to constantly go to the dealership. would not buy again."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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