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MSRP: $34,485 - $48,825
Invoice: $32,761 - $46,384
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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GMC Acadia Interior

The 2014 GMC Acadia is praised for its high-quality interior materials and solid construction. One test driver says the Acadia Denali’s interior is just as nice as the Buick Enclave’s, which he considers the benchmark of the segment in terms of interior refinement.

  • "Inside, the Acadia in Denali trim is every bit the match of Buick's Enclave, which is often thought of as a high-water mark in crossover SUVs." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Build quality is impressive, and soft materials feel nice to the touch. French stitching and red ambient lighting add a bit of class. SLT and Denali models get aluminum accents on the center console, doors, and dash. Denali adds perforated leather seating and a leather/wood steering wheel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2014 GMC Acadia features an attractive interior, as most of the surfaces you're likely to touch or lean an elbow on are padded and of solid quality." -- Edmunds

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Seating

The Acadia comes standard with seating for eight people in three rows. Upper trims have second-row captain's chairs in lieu of a bench seat, which reduces seating capacity to seven. Cloth upholstery is standard, while upper trims get leather upholstery. Power-adjustable front seats and heated and cooled front seats are optional. One reviewer is pleased with the seats in all rows, noting that the Acadia offers ample space in most seats. Another critic says the third row is best suited for children, and that the seats in the middle row can be uncomfortable because they’re mounted too low. An additional reviewer is glad to have the backup camera since rearward visibility isn’t as good as he would like.

  • "Front occupants will enjoy abundant head- and legroom, as will second-row occupants, but the middle row seat cushions are mounted low, reducing comfort for adults. Sliding those seats all the way back alleviates this issue, but effectively kills third-row legroom. The slide release is also difficult to access. The narrow, flat-cushioned third-row seats are easily deployed and stowed, but are best suited to kids and smaller adults." -- Edmunds
  • "With seating for up to eight people, including a 3rd-row seat that can accommodate adults, the 2014 GMC Acadia SUV is about as people-friendly as a standard-size vehicle can get. A clever sliding 2nd-row seat permits easy access to the third row, as do the long rear-door openings." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "This large rig offers lots of space up front, and seats are large, comfortable, and supportive. Entry and exit are easy, and thick pillars don't restrict over-the-shoulder visibility as much as one might expect. The rearview camera is a welcome standard feature. We wish that blind-spot alert, standard on the top two trims, were at least available on the others." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2014 GMC Acadia comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors and a backup camera. Optional equipment includes a 10-speaker Bose stereo, GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, remote start, a dual-panel sunroof and tri-zone automatic climate control. Optional safety equipment includes forward collision alert, blind zone alert and lane departure warning. These optional tech and safety features are standard equipment on the Denali trim.  

Critics who comment on the Acadia’s features focus most of their attention on IntelliLink. For the most part, this system doesn’t particularly impress reviewers, who say that while the system features large, legible buttons, it can also be finicky and slow to respond to user inputs. One critic says that the climate control knobs are easy to use, but that it’s hard to select a climate mode, which is done through small buttons.

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  • "In most models, entertainment, phone and navigation functions are controlled by a touchscreen interface in the dash called Intellilink. It provides smartphone radio app integration and features a clean layout and intuitive menu structure. Intellilink is sometimes slow to process touch inputs (and in a few instances, wholly unresponsive), however, which can make it frustrating to use." -- Edmunds
  • "The available IntelliLink radio combines a colorful touchscreen and capacitive-touch ‘buttons’ with traditional volume and tuning knobs to govern its many functions. The touchscreen's icons are clear and large, but learning how to fully operate this system will likely take a while. Climate control knobs are large and easy to reach, but mode selection is left to small push buttons set around the fan dial." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The Acadia offers 24.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 70.1 cubic feet with the third row folded and 116.1 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. That’s more space than what most SUVs in the class have, as well as what some larger SUVs like the GMC Yukon have. Reviewers say that the space behind the third row is more useful than expected, and one test driver is also happy that the rear rows are easy to fold.

  • "Among vehicles in our midsize-SUV class, Acadia and Traverse are head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to cargo volume, offering a maximum of 116 cubic feet of space. The 2nd and 3rd rows easily fold to create a flat load floor. Even with the 3rd-row seats raised, there's sufficient room for a lot of groceries or passenger luggage." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Acadia scores points for generous cargo capacity. Even with the third-row seats in place, it can carry up to 24 cubic feet of luggage. That figure jumps to 70 cubes with the third-row seats folded flat and a cavernous 116 cubes with the second row stowed." -- Edmunds
  • "An unexpected benefit is the Acadia's surprisingly spacious cargo area. Even with the 3rd-row seat in place it really will hold eight people and a good percentage of their gear. Fold both rows flat and the Acadia offers up a whopping 116.9 cubic feet of cargo-hauling capacity." -- Kelley Blue Book
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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