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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 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
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
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."

7 people out of 7 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 3 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"

35 people out of 47 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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