GMC Acadia Performance
Most reviewers say the Acadia’s engine is strong and refined, and that the suspension offers a comfortable ride and decent handling. However, some note that the Acadia is big and heavy, which can tax the engine, as well as make parking in tight spaces difficult.
- "It drives like a car, rides like a car, steers and handles like a car, and has all the comfort and luxury one would expect in a high-end car." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Acadia's engine refinement is one of its most impressive features. The engine snarls (in a sporty way) when pushed hard, but it is nicely muted otherwise." -- Consumer Guide
Acceleration and Power
The Acadia is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 288 horsepower, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, a front-wheel drive Acadia averages 17/24 mpg city/highway, while the all-wheel drive model averages 16/23 mpg city/highway. The Acadia’s fuel economy isn’t bad for the class, but it is slightly less than what rivals like the Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer get.
Most reviewers report that the Acadia’s V6 offers plenty of power, and that the transmission generally delivers quick, timely shifts. However, one reviewer notes that the transmission can be reluctant to downshift when more powered is needed.
- "Despite Acadia's heft, the 3.6-liter V6 is more than sufficient. Throttle response is linear, and the engine has enough reserves for highway passing. Transmission shifts are prompt and well timed." -- Consumer Guide
- "The V6 engine provides adequate performance but lacks punch during authoritative passing maneuvers. It can also sound harsh and unrefined under hard acceleration. In addition, the automatic transmission can be slow to react when a quick downshift is needed, though its gearchanges are at least smooth." -- Edmunds
- "The 6-speed automatic transmission maximizes engine performance and helps the Acadia achieve excellent fuel economy for a vehicle of its size. However, at times the transmission can be slow to react to quick throttle inputs, resulting in delayed downshifts when trying to accelerate to pass other vehicles." -- Kelley Blue Book
Handling and Braking
The Acadia comes standard with front-wheel drive and is available with all-wheel drive. Reviewers are pleased with the Acadia’s comfortable ride quality and refined, neutral handling. Well-weighted steering and confidence-inspiring brakes earn reviewer praise as well. However, one reviewer says that the Acadia’s large size can make it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces.
- "Acadia is one of the largest vehicles in its class (201 inches long, weighing more than 4,600 pounds), but for its size it is impressively agile. Body lean is well controlled during cornering. Steering is nicely weighted, and braking is sure and easy to modulate." -- Consumer Guide
- "Going around corners, if not as nimble as a sports car, it's responsive and predictable and takes the curves with certainty." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Like the other large crossovers from General Motors, the 2014 GMC Acadia delivers a nice balance between secure handling and a comfortable ride. Even so, you're always aware that this is a large, heavy vehicle (the Acadia weighs nearly 5,000 pounds with all-wheel drive), and it feels a little more cumbersome in the parking lot than other large crossovers." -- Edmunds