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GMC Acadia Review

The 2015 GMC Acadia ranks 10 out of 13 Affordable Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the GMC Acadia, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Reviewers like the 2015 GMC Acadia's comfortable interior and smooth ride, but they say it could be easier to maneuver.

Some test drivers say the V6 engine in the 2015 GMC Acadia provides sufficient power, but others assert it has difficulty accelerating when loaded with passengers and cargo. They add that the standard six-speed automatic transmission downshifts slowly at times. The EPA estimates the 2015 Acadia's fuel economy at 17/24 mpg city/highway. Automotive journalists say the Acadia has a quiet, controlled, car-like ride and secure handling. However, some critics feel that it can be difficult to maneuver the Acadia through small streets and busy parking lots. They add that the Acadia has well-weighted steering and strong brakes.

Critics report the 2015 GMC Acadia's cabin is attractive and well-built. The front seats are spacious and supportive, they add, while the third row is roomy enough for adult passengers. Some reviewers find the second-row seats are mounted too low. Test drivers report the Acadia has outstanding cargo space for the class. While some reviewers think the optional infotainment system is intuitive, others say touch inputs can be slow to respond, and that the system can be complicated to master. Standard features in the 2015 Acadia include a USB port, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and a touch-screen audio system with satellite radio. Available features include leather seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Bose stereo system, navigation, leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, a dual-panel sunroof, GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert and side blind zone alert.

  • "Like its nearly identical siblings, the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, the 2015 GMC Acadia offers an extremely complete package emphasizing passenger comfort, drivability, functionality, fuel economy and spaciousness." -- AutoTrader
  • “If you need a vehicle that can haul loads of cargo or carry up to eight passengers (or some combination of the two), but you don't want to sacrifice comfort, safety or economy, the 2015 GMC Acadia SUV makes an excellent choice." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "If your family has outgrown its standard five-passenger vehicle, and you just can't muster the strength to purchase a minivan, you've likely begun to consider a large crossover SUV. With better fuel economy than a truck-based SUV, three-row passenger utility and respectable towing prowess, the 2015 GMC Acadia is quite capable and appealing." -- Edmunds
  • "With its high-for-the-class starting price and mediocre fuel-economy numbers, Acadia might seem like a tough sell. But shoppers who are willing to pay this premium are rewarded with an impressive vehicle. Acadia's rugged good looks are a nice match for its capabilities: smooth, strong, refined powertrain; composed, comfortable ride; attractive interior; and outstanding passenger and cargo accommodations. However, don't commit to Acadia until you test drive the more affordable Chevrolet Traverse." -- Consumer Guide (2014)

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Chevrolet Traverse has many of the same qualities as the Acadia, and reviewers praise its abundant cargo space, spacious seating and high-quality interior. Additionally, the Traverse carries a lower base price.

Auto critics think the Mazda CX-9 is one of the sportiest and most engaging three-row SUVs in the class, with athletic handling and a strong V6 engine that provides abundant power. The CX-9 also has a lower base price than the Acadia, and it offers an impressive amount of cargo space for the class.

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Details: 2015 GMC Acadia

The 2015 GMC Acadia seats up to eight and has standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available. A 3.6-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard. The Acadia comes in five trims: SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2 and Denali. The Acadia is largely unchanged from last year, and hasn’t been fully redesigned since its debut for the 2007 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2007 to 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 8/20/15

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