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The Acadia is the first crossover SUV sold by GMC and shares its structure and many of its features with the Saturn Outlook and the Buick Enclave. The Acadia attempts to take the appearance and capabilities of an SUV and add a measure of practicality and efficiency. It seats up to eight people, has ample room for luggage or cargo and offers good fuel economy. Considering that most SUVs never leave paved roads, GMC expects the Acadia's street-focused ride, handling and available all-wheel drive to make up for its lack of off-road capability. Competitors of the Acadia include the Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer.
If you need lots of room to haul people and cargo but hate the look of a minivan, you'll like the Acadia. It combines a large, usable interior and good gas mileage with attractive SUV-like exterior styling.
If you are one of the few drivers who travel off-road in your SUV, the Acadia may not be for you. Its available all-wheel-drive system is designed to enhance traction during on-road driving, not during off-highway adventures.
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.
Driving Impressions Thanks to a body-on-frame design and street-focused suspension, the Acadia drives more like a car than an SUV. Handling is good with precise steering response, controlled body lean and plenty...of traction during cornering. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard, with an optional 19-inch wheel and tire package available, which sharpens handling without sacrificing a comfortable ride. The GMC Acadia accelerates swiftly but front-wheel-drive models suffer from noticeable torque steer. Many drivers will appreciate the raised seating position which gives a clear view of the road. However, a high belt line limits rearward visibility, making parking lot maneuvers more difficult.
The third-row seats in the Acadia are roomy and bolstering on the seat backs makes extended journeys comfortable. Access to the rear seats is extremely easy thanks to a clever mechanism that slides the second-row seats out of the way.
The optional dual sunroofs add a feeling of spaciousness to the interior. The fixed rear sunroof features a large opening and a power sunshade for when the sunshine gets too intense.
Inside, the GMC Acadia is roomy, versatile and utilizes high-quality materials. An attractive two-tone look is used throughout the Acadia lineup, with an available "brick interior" adding striking red surfaces for those with adventurous tastes. The Acadia can accommodate up to eight people in three rows, with ample head- and legroom for all. Wide rear-door openings and second-row seats that slide forward make getting into and out of the third row easy. Behind the third-row seats is an impressive 19.7 cubic feet of cargo space and, with second and third-row seats folded flat, cargo room expands to 116.9 cubic feet. The interior's usability is enhanced with numerous cup holders, storage spaces and additional storage beneath the rear cargo area.Exterior
With the Acadia, GMC smartly avoids the excessive body cladding that plagued some of General Motors' previous SUVs. The result is a handsome package that looks masculine and up-scale. Bulging fenders and standard 18-inch wheels give the Acadia a strong stance, with tasteful chrome accents and LED tail lamps adding a touch of class. A rear spoiler looks sporty and contributes to the Acadia's low aerodynamic drag. Other nice details include dual exhaust outlets with two chrome tips per side, chrome accents on the roof rails and beautifully-shaped headlamps.
The GMC Acadia is well-equipped and includes, as standard, GM's OnStar system with one year of complimentary service, AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers and MP3 capability, seven-passenger seating, dual exhaust with chrome tips, rear spoiler, sliding second-row seats, fog lamps and 18-inch wheels. Safety features include StabiliTrak with rollover mitigation, anti-lock brakes (ABS), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and six airbags.
GMC offers a variety of convenience and luxury features for the 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, tri-zone automatic air conditioning, premium audio with surround sound, XM Satellite Radio, a Head-Up Display, cargo area audio controls, rear park assist and eight-passenger seating. Exterior options include a power liftgate, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and an attractive 19-inch wheel package.
The Acadia's strong 3.6-liter V6 uses variable valve timing and an electronic throttle to enhance responsiveness, delivers good engine power and provides a maximum tow rating of 4,500 pounds. The six-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 pass other vehicles.
275 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
251 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (FWD), 17/24 (AWD)
By Lorenzo on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great looks, spacious, flexible"
Cons: "Mechanically horrible, totally unreliable"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I bought my SLE Acadia new in 2008. It is a great car for comfort and looks, and I cannot think of an equivalent vehicle out there in terms of spaciousness and flexibility. We truly love everything about it, with the exception that the mechanical parts of it are horribly unreliable and of the poorest quality. Since 2008 we averaged at least 2 major repairs per year. The list of things we had to deal with is enormous: 3 times in to replace steering unit, water pump failed and left us stranded after 20k miles, clock radio always behaved weird, power mirrors and windows work if they feel like it, occasionally car would not start, lift gate pistons gave out, airbag sensor in seat gave out, headlights would burn every 4 months (and they ae impossible to replace, you have to bring the car in) until they were finally replaced some electrical components, engine had to be removed for timing chain cover leak, but is still leaking and will have to be done again (possibly with me paying this time), AC gave out was fixed and gave out again, now one of the rods is ticking, possibly a time chain related issue or poor lubrication, battery dead at 55k. Really a piece of junk mechanically. I could not honestly recommend it to anyone and most likely will stay clear of GMC forever."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By BSmith on Saturday, April 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks good"
Cons: "Piece of JUNK"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Please do not ever buy this car. At 100 k miles the trans went out, sun roof leaks, rack and pinion has also gone out. I've heard of SEVERAL other people I know personally that have had the same problems I have. This vehicle is a piece of junk!"
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By sanderdog on Thursday, April 03, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great carrying capacity. 7 people and stuff."
Cons: "Transmission unreliable."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Great car for family. Good in bad weather. Transmission failure at 61,000. Had a previous recall on transmission too. Over $2k to fix. Poor quality."
2 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Toymover on Tuesday, April 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Nice ride"
Cons: "bad build...bad engneering...engine issues"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"We purchased the Acadia Denali to replace a GMC Yukon Denali XL because it was so big and a real gas hog. We had purchased a 2010 Acadia for our Daughter and Son-in-Law and loved the way it handled...plus the gas mileage was better and the third row seats were built-in so we did not have to lug the huge Yukon seats around. Immediately after purchase we had a leak in the roof and water sloshing around everywhere and even through the vents and down into the dash. They had it for several days and did fix that issue. There were many other issues with small plastic parts that came loose or just were never installed. For instance the lock pull on the drivers side door was never installed and was just sitting in the slot. If you pulled it just came right out. We have an intermittent problem with acceleration...the car sometimes almost stalls when in a situation where you need quick acceleration...and I have almost been hit 3 different times because of this. We noticed that the acceleration is not nearly as good as the earlier Acadia models. Mileage is not much better than the Yukon XL (about 2 mile/gal better. Of course the acceleration issue is nothing that the dealer can find. I will be trading this vehicle this year and may go back to the Yukon since they now have the 3rd row seats built-in like all other large brands. The quality of the engineering and the build from the factory are very disappointing. It looks good since they have figured out a way to make cheap plastic seem luxurious."
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful
By vb on Friday, March 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good size, nice option packages, lots of cubbies"
Cons: "Poor gas mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is the second Acadia I have owned. Actually traded in one to buy a newer one of the same color, but more options. Since the second one was a demo model, it had more options than I would have liked, like the entertainment system, but I got a good deal. I like the size - not too big, not too small. Love the head-up display. It has just okay get-up-and-go but that's fine by me. Biggest issue is the less-than-stellar gas mileage (I average about 17 mpg). Also, on both Acadias I have owned, the DRL bulbs tend to burn out every six months or so and are very inconvenient to replace."
10 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By Ikeman on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great vehicle overall"
Cons: "Rough start but then all good"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great vehicle with amazing versatility and functionality. We love this Acadia. One of best vehicles I have ever owned in over 30 years of car ownership."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful