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in 2010 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $17,147 - $23,498
Original MSRP: $31,740 - $42,185
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2010 GMC Acadia Interior

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The GMC Acadia's cabin is spacious and upscale, according to reviewers. Its major advantages are a spacious third-row seat and cavernous cargo area.

  • "Inside, everyone rests on well-cushioned seats, and the interior of the test Acadia was as quiet as a car. There wasn't even much wind noise at highway speeds." -- MSN
  • "Though there are few padded surfaces, bright accents and richly grained plastics give the interior an inviting look." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Like any vehicle, the 2010 GMC Acadia has its share of drawbacks. First of all, while the interior is attractively designed, its materials leave something to be desired." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the 2010 GMC Acadia is roomy, versatile and utilizes high-quality materials. An attractive two-tone look is used throughout the Acadia lineup, and a new cashmere color option is now available." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "When all is said and done, the interior of the 2010 Acadia is nice and luxurious, but the material quality is somewhat lacking. Low-grade plastics and unimpressive assembly methods are a drain on the otherwise impeccable quality. Third-row roominess is decent for its class." -- Automobile.com

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Seating

The base Acadia comes with seating for eight with three-seat second and third rows. SLE, SLT1 and SLT2 models come with seating for seven with a two-seat second row. Reviewers found the first and second rows comfortable and even said the third row is large enough to accommodate adults.

The base SL model comes with manually-adjustable driver and passenger seats. The next trim up, the SLE, gets power seats with a manual reclining function. The SLT1 and SLT2 come with all-power front seats, heated front seats and leather upholstery in the first and second rows.

  • “Plenty of headroom and legroom [in the front]. The seats are generally supportive and comfortable, though shorter drivers may find the seat cushions too long. … With the 2nd row slid forward, the 3rd row can accommodate six footers -- though they'll ride knees-up. Foot space can be tight in either row.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Overall third-row roominess is pretty good as large SUVs go, though the Ford Flex does hold an edge on comfort for two adult passengers.” -- Edmunds
  • "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 easy thanks to a clever mechanism that slides the second-row seats out of the way.” -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The GMC Acadia has easy-to-use controls and plenty of standard and available features. A few reviewers, however, said the cabin has some cheap-feeling materials.

The base SL model comes with an outside temperature display, OnStar, remote keyless entry, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, an auxiliary audio jack and an AM/FM stereo with CD player and radio data system. Satellite radio capability is also standard. Trading up to the SLE allowed you to get rear-seat entertainment, navigation, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, a remote vehicle starter system and a dual-panel sunroof. XM NavTraffic, which shows real-time traffic data, is available on SLT1 and SLT2 models only.

  • "Day or night, Acadia's luminous gauges are easy to read. … The audio controls are easy to reach. The optional navigation system absorbs most audio functions but doesn't complicate their use. Climate controls are mounted lower but within easy reach, though their pushbuttons are less convenient than rotary knobs." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Acadia's attractive dashboard layout features sensible controls and decent build quality, though signs of lower-grade plastics and questionable assembly can be found." -- Edmunds
  • "While priced at the high end of the segment, the Acadia's generous standard equipment list must be taken into consideration.” -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The Acadia provides lots of cargo space and more than most SUVs in its class. It has 24.1 cubic feet of space behind its third-row seat, which is excellent for a three-row vehicle. If you fold that down, space increases to 68.9 cubic feet. You can also fold down the second row and get 116.9 total cubic feet. The base Acadia comes with a front center console. A second-row console is available on SLT1 and SLT2 models only. Reviewers loved the underfloor storage in the cargo area, which is standard on all models.

  • "Acadia's cargo volume is the largest among midsize SUVs, rivaling that of many large SUVs. There's more usable space behind the raised 3rd-row seat than in most midsize SUVs, plus an underfloor bin. Both the 2nd- and 3rd-row seats fold forward easily to form a flat, nearly level surface." -- Consumer Guide
  • “Maximum cargo capacity in the Acadia is an enormous 117 cubic feet available with all seats down -- not quite minivan-grade, but more than enough for most consumers." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior's usability is enhanced with numerous cup holders, storage spaces and additional storage beneath the rear cargo area." -- Kelley Blue Book

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