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2012 GMC Acadia

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2012 GMC Acadia Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.4

The 2012 GMC Acadia crossover SUV represents the best in GMC styling, engineering and American know-how. Sharing a common platform with the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, the 2012 GMC Acadia bridges the gap between the Traverse's family-oriented packaging and the Enclave's highly stylized luxury image. Of the three, the GMC Acadia's design is the most sophisticated, while its Denali top-of-the-line trim level rivals the Enclave for luxury. The 2012 Acadia competes with crossovers and SUVs such as the Toyota Highlander, Ford Flex and Honda Pilot. However, the 2012 GMC Acadia SUV upstages all of these competition by providing true 8-passenger seating, which means two adults can fit comfortably in its third-row seat. Also there's ample cargo space behind the GMC Acadia's third-row seat. In addition, the 2012 Acadia boasts fuel economy near the top of its class. Available all-wheel drive (AWD) allows the 2012 GMC Acadia can do just about anything a full-size SUV can do, short of venturing off-road.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need the kind of cargo and kid space usually provided by a minivan, the 2012 GMC Acadia SUV will come as a pleasant surprise. The GMC Acadia's styling avoids the dreaded stigma of Minivan Mom (or Dad) without compromising utility.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your automotive needs occasionally require you to venture off prepared roads and onto muddy logging trails or rock-filled paths, or tow more than 5,200 pounds, a GMC Yukon might make a better choice.

What's New for 2012

For 2012, the GMC Acadia gains some new exterior colors, as well as an additional console-mounted power outlet. The top-of-the-line Acadia Denali trim comes standard with hill-hold assist. The mid-grade Acadia SLT and Acadia Denali trim levels gain an integrated side blind spot mirror. All GMC Acadias get fog lamps and body colored side moldings.

Driving the Acadia

Driving Impressions Because it's built from a single unit body (as opposed to riding on a frame like most full-size SUVs), the 2012 GMC Acadia delivers car-like ride and handling characteristics and...

an ultra-quiet cabin. We found the 2012 GMC Acadia's steering to be nicely weighted and very responsive. The vehicle exhibits some body lean under hard cornering maneuvers, but the Acadia's ability to retain its grip on the road surprised even our most seasoned test drivers. The available 20-inch wheel and tire package improves the Acadia's steering feel, but also slightly diminishes its ride quality. The 2012 GMC Acadia's 288-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine offers good acceleration, but with a full load on board, it could do with a bit more power. If there was one major gripe regarding our time in the Acadia, it pertained to the high beltline that limits rearward visibility and makes parking maneuvers more difficult.

Third-Row Seats
The third-row seats in the 2012 GMC Acadia are roomy and bolstering on the seat backs makes extended journeys more comfortable. Access to the rear seats is easy thanks to a clever 1-touch 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, plus a power sunshade for when the sunshine gets too intense.

2012 GMC Acadia Details
2012 GMC Acadia photo Interior

Beyond its handsome, straight-forward design, quality materials and feature-rich options list, the 2012 GMC Acadia SUV's interior is a lesson in comfort and compatibility. The interior's usefulness is enhanced with numerous cup holders, storage spaces and an additional storage space beneath the rear cargo area. With seating for up to eight people, including a third-row seat that can accommodate two adults, the 2012 GMC Acadia SUV is about as people friendly as a standard-size vehicle can get. A clever sliding second-row seat permits easy access to the third row, as do its long rear door openings. The 2012 GMC Acadia's trump card, however, is the roomy cargo hold that remains functional even with the third-row seat in place. Fold both rows flat and the Acadia offers up a whopping 116.9 cubic feet of cargo-hauling space.

Exterior
2012 GMC Acadia photo

We like the conservative yet powerful styling exuded by the 2012 GMC Acadia SUV. You won't find any tacked on body cladding or garish add-ons. Even the Acadia Denali, with its big chrome mesh grill and larger-diameter wheels, resists the temptation to go overboard. Riding on standard 18-inch wheels, the 2012 GMC Acadia has a purposeful wide stance. A slight bulge in its fenders denotes a more masculine side, while chrome and LED lighting demonstrate the Acadia can also be quite elegant. A subtle rear spoiler helps reduce aerodynamic drag, while the chrome exhaust tips and roof rail accents simply make the Acadia shine.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 GMC Acadia crossover SUV 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, satellite radio, 7-passenger seating, dual exhaust with chrome tips, rear spoiler, sliding second-row seats, fog lamps and 18-inch wheels. Government-required safety features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control 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 surfaces and 20-inch wheels.

Optional Equipment

GMC offers a variety of convenience and luxury features for the 2012 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, 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 8-passenger seating. Exterior options include a power liftgate, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and an attractive 20-inch wheel package.

Under the Hood

The 2012 GMC Acadia SUV's capable 3.6-liter V6 uses variable valve timing and direct fuel injection to enhance responsiveness, deliver good engine power and help provide a maximum tow rating of 5,200 pounds. The 6-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 @ 6,300 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (front-wheel drive), 16/23 (AWD)

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2012 GMC Acadia Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 483 Ratings for the 2007 - 2016 models.

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  • 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."

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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