2007 GMC Acadia Performance
Road testers approve of the Acadia's predictable handling and useful all-wheel drive, but also describe occasionally lagging engine power and towing capacity. But that's not enough to dissuadereviewers from recommending the Acadia. They found "the engine seemed potent enough to haul this thing around without too much complaining."
However, a vocal minority has a different view. Thesays "Where Acadia could disappoint some is in its oomph. Some say pulling this nearly 5,000-pound creature around requires more than the designated 3.6-liter V6 engine."
Acceleration and Power
Under the hood, all 2007 GMC Acadia models pack a 3.6-liter Vortec V6 engine with variable valve timing (VVT) that puts out 275 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. Most reviewers find the V6 adequate, though many wished it was more powerful. AutoWeek reviewers "occasionally longed for more power and torque" during their test drive. The however, praises the engine, noting that it is "not only smooth and quiet, but it also provides good acceleration and plenty of reserve power for passing."
TheEPA, the front-wheel drive model is rated at 16 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway, while the all-wheel-drive model gets 16 in the city and 22 on the highway--numbers that the says "equals or improves on ratings for smaller competitors like the [Honda] Pilot and [Toyota] Highlander" and New Car Test Drive says "clobbers the [Honda] Pilot and [Ford] Explorer." Another plus is that the Acadia takes regular-grade gasoline.found that the SUV could go from 0 to 60 mph in about 8.1 seconds-- "a bit slower than some competitors, but your consolation is solid fuel economy." According to the
The V6 is paired with a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with overdrive that brings out mixed opinions. Edmunds notes that "the Acadia's transmission can occasionally be hesitant to downshift, blunting passing performance somewhat." Kelley Blue Book sums up the mixed consensus, commenting that the 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."says the engine's low-speed torque is "unimpressive" but notes it is "well-leveraged by the jump-and-run first-gear ratio in the six-speed automatic transmission."
Handling and Braking
Reviewers like the Acadia's respectable handling, even if it's not as sporty or fun as performance lovers might desire. AutoWeek says, "The Acadia was safe and predictable throughout the day." A big plus is that, "Thanks to a body-on-frame design and street-focused suspension, the Acadia drives more like a car than an SUV," according to Kelley Blue Book. "Handling is good with precise steering response, controlled body lean and plenty of traction during cornering."
All models come with an independent suspension in the front and rear that New Car Test Drive feels "provides a well-rounded blend of ride and handling." The Auto Channel found the Acadia's ride "surprisingly car-like and smooth. Most SUVs are crippled with harsh ride qualities, but not the Acadia."
The base SLE model comes with standard power steering, while the SLT1 and SLT2 models come with variable effort power steering (which provides fingertip control for parking and other low speed maneuvers, and improves stability at higher speeds). TheMotor Trend says that the SUV "drives like a smaller vehicle, one that's easy to maneuver through rush-hour traffic." New Car Test Drive also appreciates steering in tight situations, noting it "isn't so heavy that any serious effort is required, even in a parking lot, but it offers enough weight that it doesn't feel disconnected either." The Acadia has a turning diameter of 40.4 feet.reviewer describes mixed opinions about steering: "Several of my peers in the automotive media complained that the Acadia's steering was 'too light.' There was passionate argument over this, with opponents of the 'too light' charge, including me, countering that the Acadia essentially is a car and not a truck."
Experts are impressed with the Acadia's braking abilities, for a vehicle of its size. Car and Driver calls the Acadia's braking "just this side of phenomenal," besting the tested braking distance of the BMW X5. According to New Car Test Drive, "In the past many GM trucks had a soft, squishy feel to the brake pedal. That is not the case with the Acadia. It feels firm makes it equally easy to shave off a lot or a little speed."
The Acadia comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available as an option on all models. As explained by Motor Trend, the AWD "keeps nearly all (99 percent) of the power at the front wheels under normal conditions, but can redirect up to 99 percent of the torque to the rears when needed." Reviewers find it a huge help in slippery conditions. The raves that "On a winter drive in the horse country north of New York City, the Acadia breezed down rutted, icy dirt roads. Detouring into some snow banks, the GMC easily kept its wheels churning through deep drifts." However, reviewers are quick to note that the Acadia offers no low-range gearing, meaning its all-wheel-drive system is not for off-highway adventures. Kelley Blue Book cautions that "If you are one of the few drivers who travel off-road in your SUV, the Acadia may not be for you."
When properly equipped, the 2007 GMC Acadia can tow up to 4,500 pounds. Trailering provisions, including a heavy-duty cooling and trailer hitch, are optional on all models. New Car Test Drive notes that "Where [the Acadia] falls behind a classic SUV is in towing capacity." The points out that "the 4,500-pound towing capacity is well shy of the Yukon's rating (7,500 pounds to 8,200 pounds)" but adds that the "GMC can outpull [its] rivals, which are typically limited to 3,500 pounds or less." However, notes that if buyers "absolutely, positively need towing prowess or off-road capabilities," they are "still likely to favor GM's Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, full-size, truck-based SUVs."