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2014 GMC Acadia

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2014 GMC Acadia Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2014

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 the Acadia

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.

3RD-ROW SEATS
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.

2014 GMC Acadia Details
Interior

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

3.6-liter V6
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)

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2014 GMC Acadia Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 490 Ratings for the 2007 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • 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."

10 people out of 10 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 4 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"

37 people out of 49 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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