GMC Acadia Review
The 2014 GMC Acadia ranks 13 out of 21 Affordable Midsize 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.
Reviewers say the 2014 GMC Acadia has an upscale interior and a refined ride, but lags behind some rivals that have more power and better fuel economy.
The GMC Acadia is powered by a V6 engine that reviewers say provides adequate, though not especially impressive, power. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and most test drivers agree that it shifts smoothly. However, one critic says it is hesitant to downshift when extra power is needed. The Acadia achieves up to an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway, which isn’t bad for the class, but falls behind some rivals with more efficient powertrains. Like the mechanically-similar Buick Enclave, reviewers say the Acadia has a comfortable, refined ride, and that there’s little body roll through turns. However, some auto writers say that the Acadia’s size makes it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces. Test drivers note that the Acadia’s brakes have plenty of stopping power, and that the steering is neither too heavy nor too light.
Reviewers like the Acadia’s well-designed interior, which they say is built with high-quality materials. Most also note that the Acadia has very generous cargo space for the class. Test drivers report that the Acadia’s front seats are comfortable, with adequate head- and legroom. One reviewer says that the second row is comfortable and spacious, but another writes that the middle row seat cushions are mounted too low for comfort. Reviewers also give mixed opinions on the optional infotainment system. They note that while they like the buttons and easy-to-read screen, the system is sometimes confusing and slow to respond to user inputs. The Acadia’s standard features include a backup camera, six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth and a USB port. Optional features include a 10-speaker Bose stereo, GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system, a dual-pane sunroof and a rear-seat entertainment system.
- "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
- "A vehicular jack-of-all-trades, the 2014 GMC Acadia can handle it all. GMC's family hauler is ideal for transporting your big brood to the lake or hauling a full load of provisions away from your local big box store. Large crossovers are good like that, combining much of the passenger- and cargo-hauling abilities of a minivan with the rugged good looks and (when equipped with all-wheel drive) the foul-weather capability of a traditional SUV. In this highly competitive segment, the Acadia stands as one of the best picks." -- Edmunds
- "For families who need eight-passenger seating above all else, though, it's hard to go wrong with the 2014 GMC Acadia." -- Edmunds
Other SUVs to Consider
If you like the Acadia but are willing to forego some interior luxury trimmings for a lower price, the Chevrolet Traverse may fit the bill. The Traverse and Acadia are very similar, and like the Acadia, the Traverse earns reviewer praise for its high-quality interior, spacious seats and ample cargo space.
The Toyota Highlander earns reviewer praise for its well-made interior and comfortable ride. With its base four-cylinder engine, the Highlander earns a higher EPA fuel economy estimate than the Acadia, and its optional V6 is praised by test drivers for its abundance of power.
Details: 2014 GMC Acadia
The 2014 GMC Acadia seats up to eight and comes standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. A 3.6-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard on all trims. The Acadia comes in five trims: SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2 and Denali. The Acadia received some updates last year, and this year, it gains new safety options such as lane departure warning, forward collision alert and blind spot warning systems. Aside from these updates, the Acadia hasn’t changed much since its 2007 debut. As a result, this review uses applicable research and reviews from 2007 through 2014.