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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.
The 2013 GMC Acadia gets a new front-end design, with a larger grille and LED daytime running lights. Inside, revisions are made to trim and fabric, while a new first-row center airbag is added. Also new are a color touch-screen radio and the IntelliLink infotainment system.
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.
The big news for 2011 is the addition of a Denali model to the Acadia lineup. The Acadia Denali includes a chrome honeycomb grille, monochromatic exterior trim, HID headlamps, unique interior trim and a long list of standard features. Other changes include a new eight-way power driver's seat (which replaces the previous six-way power seat) with power lumbar and recline, heated cloth seats (available on SLE) and a revised SL Preferred Package.
GMC adds gasoline direct injection technology to the Acadia's 3.6-liter engine resulting in more power and better fuel economy. Available new features include Bluetooth, Turn-by-Turn navigation download, XM Satellite Radio with NavTraffic and two new exterior colors.
As concerns about the environment and fuel costs drive consumers to look for alternatives to SUVs, the Acadia fills an important role for GMC. It allows the brand to establish a presence in the rapidly expanding category of crossover SUVs, where smart packaging and efficiency are more important than sheer size.
Sharing the same platform as the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, the 2015 GMC Acadia 8-passenger SUV diverges from its cousins with a more rugged exterior appearance and near-Cadillac-like luxury, especially in Denali trim. Inside, the Acadia offers plenty of room for adults, including in the rear-most seat. Moreover, unlike competitors such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander, the Acadia provides a good deal of cargo space with the 3rd-row in place. The Acadia offers better technology and more luxury than a Honda Pilot, and more ground clearance and towing ability than the Ford Flex. Available all-wheel drive allows the Acadia to tackle winter's worst and, although not designed for off-road use, GMC's midsize SUV is capable of towing up to 5,200 pounds.
By Danarone on Monday, December 19, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Spacious, Functional, Has all the amenities"
Cons: "Pricey, cheap construction, lazy shifting"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Buy this vehicle if you need to haul cargo and people and you don't want a minivan. There is no better solution I know of if you want to haul 8 passengers. (We opted for the sliding bench in 2nd row). We upgraded from an MDX so we could haul 8 passengers, and we loaded it up with every conceivable option. Do not buy this vehicle if you are a driving enthusiast. The tranny is lazy shifting, and the steering is fairly numb. It's acceptable for a big truckster, but it's not "fun" to drive. Interior quality is extremely average, plasticky, and covered with lots of sun glaring chrome bezels. I actually painted the center console HVAC bezels black because of this issue. Avoid the bench seat option. It is poorly executed with sliding tracks in the floor. They are a magnet for crayons, dirt and Nintendo games. They are packed with grease as well, making them impossible to keep clean. The rear cargo area has a cheap fuzzy carpet that is already showing wear. The exterior styling is the best part; this baby looks good on the road. Muscular, sure-footed and prestigious compared to others in its class. Ground clearance is terrible for an AWD vehicle though. We installed the optional mudflaps and they are always dragging when entering driveways. We got 20" chrome wheels with the SLT2 package. Not my first choice. Too 'blingy'. I looked closely at the way they are made. They are actually regular steel rims with a chrome hubcap glued onto the outside. Really disappointing. I think the 19" would offer a better ride and handling and look better as well. And that's a theme with this vehicle and other GM products. Make it look good on the surface. But when you look closer, you realize that they cheaped out. Cargo area is exactly 48" wide (great for hauling building materials) and about 6' deep. You can pack some stuff in there. The Enclave, and traverse are essentially the same vehicles, but this is where the Acadia outshines them both. OnStar is awesome. Love it. Call and ask a human being rather than twiddle with the on screen interface. Navi interface is clunky and low res, but pretty much what you'd expect. So, overall it's a decent vehicle. I am satisfied, but not delighted. After years of owning Hondas and Acuras, I am worried about the longevity of this vehicle. Its average construction and uninspired driving dynamics make me miss my MDX."
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Jessica on Sunday, December 18, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "looks nice, fairly comfy for an SUV"
Cons: "gas mileage is terrible, many blind spots"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I really wanted to love my new Acadia. I had two Grand Cherokees prior to this, and I loved everything about them. Unfortunately my third child outgrew his booster seat so we needed a car with three shoulder belt seatbelts. I really liked the look of the Acadia. It's pretty comfy for an SUV. The cargo space seemed pretty big (when it was empty). It supposedly got an avg of 19 miles to the gallon. Better than the 16 my Grand Cherokee got. After two years of owning the Acadia, I get about 12 miles to the gallon, and I'm not a lead-foot driver. That's a pretty big disappointment when gas is almost $4 a gallon. The pillars in the front are so wide that they cause blind spots, for example when stopped at an intersection I don't always see the cars to the right. The blind spots in the back are worse. I've almost hit several people/cars when backing up that I just didn't see, even with the rear camera. It seems like they come out of nowhere. The cargo space in the back is actually quite small. I always have to put at least one of the seats down when I go grocery shopping. When we go camping, we always have to use the big bubble on top of the car, which we didn't need with the Grand Cherokee. I wouldn't purchase another Acadia. We are considering trading it in."
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By MomOfThree on Saturday, September 25, 2010
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"This is a GREAT vehicle for families. I have had the Acadia for 3 years and am looking at the newest model so I can get the color I want. MECHANICS:We have not had any problems at all. NONE. DRIVING - The Acadia drives great, smooth ride, very little road noise -(only on the highway); fabulous turning radius. It feels bigger than it really is, which is nice for parking. EASE OF USE: I have 3 kids, two of them in car seats. I have the bucket seats/captains chairs in the first row for the twins, and this is great for my eldest child to climb into the 3rd row with ease. I dont have to worry about flipping down part of a bench. We have also had adults in the back ( over 6 ft tall) and there is plenty of room. SPACE: We have taken road trips in this vehicle, held luggage for 5 ppl and still had room to spare. I cannot say enough good things about the Acadia."
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful