By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 8.2
The 2014 GMC Acadia is built on the same platform as the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave, but GMC's iteration of this 8-passenger SUV has an edge to it. The styling is more ruggedly truck-like, reminiscent of the GMC trucks. Inside, the Acadia in Denali trim is every bit the match of Buick's Enclave, which is often thought of as a high-water mark in crossover SUVs. Compared to other offerings, including the Honda Pilot and Ford Flex, the Acadia has ample room for cargo, a 3rd-row seat that accommodates real adults, a plush interior finished with upscale materials, and build quality that's equal to anything in the category. Add in the choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and the Acadia represents an extremely capable, and enjoyable, modern version of the family station wagon.
Need room for eight, space for lots of cargo – or some mix of both – but don't want the gas consumption or heft of a full-size SUV? Definitely don't want a minivan? Give the 2014 GMC Acadia your attention.
Spend much time going off-road, hitting rock and boulder-filled terrain, chasing down muddy trails? Have to tow more than 5,200 pounds? You probably need a GMC Yukon or something of a similar size and capability.
Changes to the GMC Acadia for 2014 are minor. The Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning are standard on the Denali and available on SLT1 and SLT2 trim levels, and there are two charging-only USB ports on the rear of the center console, for use by passengers in the second row of seats.
Driving Impressions Those who have spent most of their time driving cars rather than trucks will find nothing of concern in the 2014 GMC Acadia. It drives like a car, rides like...a car, steers and handles like a car, and has all the comfort and luxury one would expect in a high-end car. It is also extremely quiet inside the well-insulated cabin. Going down the road the Acadia is smooth and comfortable. Going around corners, if not as nimble as a sports car, it's responsive and predictable and takes the curves with certainty. Drivers should appreciate the strong and smooth 3.6-liter 288-horsepower V6 engine for most driving but, if fully loaded and/or dealing with steep hills, some might want just a bit more power. Our only significant complaint was the somewhat high beltline (the lower edge of the window openings) that limits views to the rear, thus making parking in tight spots more difficult.
The 3rd-row seat in the 2014 GMC Acadia is roomy and the bolstering on the seatbacks makes extended journeys more comfortable. Access to the rear seats is easy thanks to a clever 1-touch mechanism that slides the 2nd-row seats out of the way.
3.6-LITER V6 ENGINE
The 2014 Acadia's 3.6-liter V6 is a model of smoothness, response and power. While some might want a little more in heavily-loaded conditions, for most drivers, most of the time, the engine is just right.
With seating for up to eight people, including a 3rd-row seat that can accommodate adults, the 2014 GMC Acadia SUV is about as people-friendly as a standard-size vehicle can get. A clever sliding 2nd-row seat permits easy access to the third row, as do the long rear-door openings. An unexpected benefit is the Acadia's surprisingly spacious cargo area. Even with the 3rd-row seat in place it really will hold eight people and a good percentage of their gear. Fold both rows flat and the Acadia offers up a whopping 116.9 cubic feet of cargo-hauling capacity.Exterior
We like the conservative yet rugged and purposeful styling of the 2014 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 grille and larger-diameter wheels, resists the temptation to go overboard. Riding on standard 18-inch wheels, the Acadia has a purposeful, wide stance, while chrome and LED lighting add noticeable yet tasteful elegance. A subtle rear spoiler helps reduce aerodynamic drag and looks sharp, while the chrome exhaust tips and roof-rail accents help the Acadia shine.
The GMC Acadia for 2014 is a well-equipped vehicle that includes as standard GM's OnStar system with one year of complimentary service, color touch-screen stereo with six speakers and MP3 capability, satellite radio, 7-passenger seating, dual exhaust with chrome tips, rear spoiler, sliding 2nd-row seats, fog lights, rearview camera, rear park assist 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 seven airbags. The Denali trim adds mahogany wood inserts, heated and cooled front seats, dual SkyScape sunroof, perforated leather seating surfaces, 20-inch wheels and more.
GMC offers a variety of convenience and luxury features for the 2014 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 color touch-screen navigation system (standard on Denali), IntelliLink Bluetooth streaming of apps, tri-zone automatic air conditioning, heated and cooled front seats, premium audio with Surround Sound, a head-up display, cargo-area audio controls and 8-passenger seating. Exterior options include a power liftgate, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and an attractive 20-inch wheel package. Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning are standard on the Denali and optional on SLT1 and SLT2 trim levels.
The 2014 GMC Acadia SUV's capable 3.6-liter V6 has variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, both of which contribute to enhanced responsiveness and an appreciated output of 288 horsepower. The maximum rating of 5,200 pounds will allow the Acadia to deal with modest-sized trailers. The 6-speed automatic transmission maximizes engine performance and helps the Acadia achieve excellent fuel economy for a vehicle of its size. However, at times the transmission can be slow to react to quick throttle inputs, resulting in delayed downshifts when trying to accelerate to pass other vehicles. On balance, we think it's an entirely commendable and pleasurable drivetrain.
288 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (front-wheel drive), 16/23 mpg (all-wheel drive)
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2014 GMC Acadia SUV starts at just a little over $35,000 for the front-wheel-drive base model. That's more than the entry prices of the Ford Flex, Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot. A loaded GMC Acadia Denali with all-wheel drive can reach close to $55,000. While priced at the high end of the segment, the Acadia's generous standard equipment list must be taken into consideration. To compare the actual transaction prices that consumers are paying in your area, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price. Though higher priced than its competitors, the Acadia is expected to have excellent resale value, remaining slightly above the Ford Flex but not as high as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.
By Missey on Saturday, March 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Great, comfortable, convenient vehicle. Many nice features like the shape of the side mirrors for best visibility,climate control system including rear air. Would like better gas mileage."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By George on Sunday, February 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Ride, room, value, & lot of standard features"
Cons: "Middle row seat supports (sides/btm) scuffs easily"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We have piled 15K miles on our 2013 GMC Acadia in about 9 months, and it's been a pleasure thus far. The only issue we had was a "check airbag" alarm came on, which was handled under warranty (while we had the vehicle in for an oil change anyhow). The ride is very comfortable, and the space is wonderful for transporting both people, and stuff (very versitle, with many configurations to meet your space needs... can easily swallow up 6 people, plus loads of stuff like for a road trip, without needing to use the roof... or 8 people plus their stuff for short rides.... like to school/work). Ride is very smooth, and it handles well (more like a sedan than an SUV). Gas mileage hasn't been exactly as advertised, but I'm a fairly aggressive driver, and 18-19 MPG (combined driving) is a lot better than the 13-14 MPG (combined driving) we were getting in our Yukon (which had more hip room, but less overall cargo space, especially with the back row being used). Overall very happy with our purchase. Not sure I'd be as excited if we broke the bank for the higher models, but our base model has all of the amenities we need (and a few we'd never had before, like back-up camera). Well worth it for the right deal (got ours on special for under $30K... which I consider a bargain for such a large/comfortable vehicle)."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By MF on Thursday, February 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Powerhouse - fun to drive."
Cons: "gear syncro a little rough at low speed pickups an"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Bought this approx December 2014. The exterior style has gown on me a lot. Interior is terrific. Dual roof (if only they both opened). Captain seating makes it very flexible for all my needs from haul photo gear to hunting and holidays to the beach long distance. On the highway this is terrific. The ride is a bit sporty with a lot of road feel much like a performance car which might not be for everyone. I'd like it to be a little softer - just a tad. Lane warning is greta for highway and collision system works but makes little sense. Saved me once so far from clipping another truck. Took it to Florida and the seats configuration was brilliant. we had a whole entertainment system going 3rd row with the captains folded. very fun. The roof opens only 80% because of the dual glass and is too noisy in my opinion. iPhone app reports it at 90 db. That's loud! Gas is as expected. Needs a light in the glove box. Don't know how they missed that. Power tail gate makes an unpolished clonk at the top of the rise - could be better. Trailering bumper cover very nice and keeps the car looking very seamless. Heated cooled seats - oh yea! InteilliLink iffy with iPhone - needs to be fixed for texting fetters but good on bluetooth and general features. Designers it would be great to have a USB that stays powered for charging when the key is out (A must). Buttons radio take a little getting use to but pretty well planned after. My biggest beef is the low speed and rolling stop syncro of the gearbox. Makes the ride a little jerky. Probably the worst in a car I"ve yet owned. Check it out when test driving. rolling stop transitions etc. Anything else perfect. all in all I love it for my family and business."
By momma7 on Thursday, February 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,561overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "love to drive"
Cons: "hard middle seat"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love my GMC ACADIA. I have the basic model and would recommend it to anybody. I have 7 kids 3 who are hockey players and the back seats lay forward easily to allow us to fit all of our gear. It feels like a truck because you are able to see above most cars. but it also feels like a car because of its comfort. I gave it a 9/10 on the interior design because the middle seat is uncomfortable...kind of hard. but I put the car-seat there and no one complains."
By KC on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfort, Roomy, Great for family, SAFE"
Cons: "Handling in snow"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased my '08 Acadia at 1 year old with 36,000 miles. It required a bit of warranty work in the beginning, but beyond that I didn't have any trouble with it mechanically. It was FWD (2WD) and didn't handle the best in snow, but that is my only complaint. I was in an accident with it just yesterday. While I'm sad that my Acadia is a total loss, it saved my life. I was hit by a car, twice by a semi, then a concrete interstate barrier. This vehicle took the hits like a champ, and I managed to walk away with just some sore muscles. I will miss my Acadia. LOVED this vehicle!"
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Mari on Friday, January 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000overall rating 2 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"The car has very bad pick up and it's a gas guzzler. It dose not get close it 16 miles around town like the sticker said. I'm very disappointed in the car! The value of the car drop so much I can't get rid of it."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful