GMC Acadia Interior
The 2007 GMC Acadia receives high praise for its seven-seat (eight-seat-optional) interior, which combines "good looks, versatility, and a bit of luxury," according to Motor Trend.
Several reviewers point out that, as Edmunds says, "The GMC Acadia is one of the roomiest crossover utility vehicles in its class, with seating for up to eight passengers." While many SUVs have come out with a third row option, few are comfortable for adults. The Acadia is an exception, and as the reports, it can "comfortably hold a pair of six-foot adults."
The standard Acadia boasts seating for seven in three rows (a 2-2-3 configuration) with captain's chairs in the second row. Eight-passenger seating (in 2-3-3 configuration) is optional and includes a 60/40 split folding second-row bench. New Car Test Drive says the front seats are "wide and comfortable and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel makes it easy for drivers tall and short to get comfortable. As with an SUV the driver sits high with a good look down the road." Reviewers also like the second-row captain's chairs and optional split bench. New Car Test Drive further notes that with the second-row bench in the rearward-most position, "a six-foot adult can be comfortable in the driver's seat and another six-foot adult can be seated directly behind without being cramped."
Reviewers positively gush about the functionality of the third row, which the Kelley Blue Book similarly notes that "third-row seats in the Acadia are roomy and bolstering on the seat backs makes extended journeys comfortable."calls "one of the most revolutionary automotive innovations since the air bag -- a third-row seat with enough legroom to comfortably accommodate adults." Likewise, the says the third row offers "surprisingly ample head, leg, arm and knee room," and
Reviewers especially like the versatility of the seating configuration. In eight-seat models, a Smart Slide function in the second bench allows easier access to the rear with a simple tug of a handle. The bottom cushion is pulled up and the seat slides forward. "Because the second row slides up to four inches, more legroom is available, making it easy to fit tall riders, which is good, because the backs of the front seats are covered by hard plastic panels," says Motor Trend.
Though the interior receives overall glowing reviews, many complain about the optional leather upholstery (standard on the SLT1 and SLT2's first and second rows), which AutoWeek speaks to overall comfort, noting that "The seats are very comfortable, something I think GM has made major improvements on over the years, and the truck was relatively quiet."says "felt hard, not just stiff or firm. Cloth was easier on the backside."
The Acadia shines for its interior quality, with theoffering praise: "For a truck maker, GMC did a sweet job on the interior. It has a refined look to it, with a good fit and finish -- tight gaps and soft, low-gloss finishes... [The] base SLE is darn well equipped." Standard features include front and rear manual air-conditioning, cruise control, an AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, a tilt and telescope steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, power windows and door locks, manual adjustable driver's seat, and seven-passenger premium cloth seating (2-2-3 configuration).
The SLT1 adds tri-zone automatic climate control, the Preferred Package (six-way power driver's seat and two-way power front passenger seat), a leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant audio controls, heated driver and front passenger seats, leather-appointed seating on the first and second rows, a six-disc in-dash CD changer, rear audio system controls with two headphone jacks, and a Bose premium 10-speaker sound system with subwoofer.
On top of that, the ultra-equipped SLT2 adds the Convenience Package (remote vehicle start, keyless entry, Ultrasonic parking assist), a rear cargo shade, power windows with driver and passenger Express-Up and Down, and XM Satellite Radio with three trial months.
The Chicago Tribune cautions buyers about the Acadia's "High-priced (and profit) options." However, reviewers do recommend shelling out for the optional dual sunroofs, which "add a feeling of spaciousness to the interior," says Kelley Blue Book. "The fixed rear sunroof features a large opening and a power sunshade for when the sunshine gets too intense." The Dual SkyScape two-panel power sunroofs are optional on all models except the base SLE.
The 2007 Acadia boasts a cargo volume that is "largest among midsize SUVs, rivaling that of many large SUVs," according to Consumer Guide Automotive. The Acadia offers 19.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 68.9 with the third row folded down, and 116.9 with both the second and third rows folded. Almost every reviewer notes the Acadia's spaciousness, with the commenting, "Folding both rows flat opens nearly 120 cubic feet of space, a third more cargo capacity than is possible in the Pilot, and nearly 50 percent more than in the Toyota. The Acadia has more cargo room than the larger, heavier Yukon."
Of cabin storage, Kelley Blue Book says, "The interior's usability is enhanced with numerous cup holders, storage spaces and additional storage beneath the rear cargo area." The additional storage space comes in the form of "a small plastic-lined bin below the floor that is perfect for carrying messy stuff," in the words of New Car Test Drive. That reviewer also appreciates the "big cupholders and a deep bin between the front seats" but notes that "storage pockets on the side doors are too narrow for any meaningful storage." The Auto Channel especially likes the small cargo tray on top of the dash with a pop-up cover, which is "so convenient for small objects that you don't want to forget, like sunglasses."