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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
7.6
Out of 10

Based on 500 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

a lot of power for family car

By on Thursday, July 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "power, smooth ride"

Cons: "no access to rear through rear window"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"very smooth ride and comfortable, feels like driving sports car when on freeway, good gas mileage could get 20-21 MPG fully loaded with family and gear. only draw back was no access to rear cargo area through window, makes it tough when rear loaded up"

Lemon

By on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Attractive looking car"

Cons: "too many flaws"

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

"I bought this car with only 32K miles in 01/2015. In july, went on vacation and the air conditioner went out! Went to the dealership and they wanted to charge double for what I actually paid for to get it repaired. Dealership Would not cover the cost, had 56K miles when I had it repaired along with the recall. ONE month later, air conditioner, in the back, went out. Went to go trade it in for a newer car with warranties and found out that I was upside down by 8 thousand. Had a GMC Yukon, 2002, and never had a bit of trouble until after 175K miles and it retained it's value. Very disappointed in the Acadia Denali. Very disappointed in dealerships that raise the price to the point, trade ins are out of the question unless you want to get screwed twice!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Everything I wanted and more

By on Thursday, May 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This was my first foray into a larger SUV and could not be happier. Tons of room, drives and feels like a luxury car and is pleasing on the eyes. Love the dual sun roof."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Worst reliable SUV on the road.

By on Thursday, May 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

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
2/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "it does look good. that is all you can expect."

Cons: "just a rolling ball of problems."

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

"This vehicle is by far the worst reliable SUV I've ever owned. Avoid this vehicle. The only reason I've kept it this long is due to the extended warranty that I bought. I bet this extended warranty company couldn't wait until it expired (within the last two months). Instead of fixing your SUV like they should, GM just sends you a letter extending your warranty, with the hope that your vehicle will make it past their set mark. I bet our warranty company put over $10K in repairs into this thing. Just plain JUNK!"

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Absolute Dream Car Wouldnt own anything else

By on Monday, April 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,200

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"I recently bought an Acadia and absolutely love it. It drives like a luxury car & has plenty of room inside. I have been looking specifically at Acadias for some time & pricing them, as they come in many different options & models. I was determined to have the White TriCoat Frost exterior which I love. I have been surprised to discover that if I use pure 99 octane gas my Acadia gets 31 MPG highway driving. It has made my trips out of state so much easier & more comfortable. Im hooked. Wish I had bought one long ago. Mine is the 2014 Model. I understand the 2017's will be a bit smaller but offer the same options. Don't wait, buy one. They are awesome."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Will never buy again

By on Monday, March 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Drives well in the snow, third row seating"

Cons: "poor gas mileage, breaks down a lot"

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

"My husband and I bought this car new in 2012. Paid a ton of money for what is supposed to be a dream car, it has turned into a big headache. I have the SLT fully loaded, the only thing missing is the sun roof. It has been in the shop for multiple recalls, the navigation system has had to be completely replaced, both front seats have had to be replaced, the alternator went out, the heater has gone out, and just this last weekend it over heated while driving! I am sorry this car is so poorly made that even the paint on the buttons is already falling off and looks tacky. Nothing but problems with this car!!! And of course GMC could care less that my husband and I paid 48,000 for this car and it is paid off already. Never again will I buy this car!!!!!! Think twice before getting. If I could go back in time I would have gotten the Toyota!"

13 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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