GMC Acadia Overview
The GMC Acadia was introduced as a 2007 model, along with the Saturn Outlook. The mechanically similar, but more plush, Buick Enclave followed in 2008. A year later the Chevrolet Traverse was introduced, which also shares its platform with the Acadia.
Marketed as a sportier entry among the GM siblings, the Acadia was a first for GMC in offering a car-based SUV. All models have three rows of seats, with space for up to eight passengers in versions with the available second-row bench seat. Acadia models with second-row captain's chairs offer seating for seven. The Acadia's sole engine choice is a 3.6-liter V6 with 275 horsepower mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is an option commonly found on Acadia models.
The base Acadia SLE has a full list of power accessories, air conditioning with separate rear-seat controls, aluminum wheels, remote keyless entry and cloth upholstery. SLT models add leather upholstery, upgraded wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a Bose audio system, power-adjustable front seats and a power liftgate. Common options when the Acadia was new include a panoramic sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system and navigation.
For 2008, a second-row bench became standard, while the captain's chairs remained optional. A backup camera was also introduced as a new option.
Engine output rose to 288 horsepower on the 2009 Acadia. Bluetooth also became available for the 2009 model year, and the Acadia SLT now offered the option of cooled front seats.
New wheels and a USB input for the standard radio were the additions for 2010 GMC Acadia.
For 2011, a new range-topping Denali trim was added. As on other GMC Denali trucks, the Acadia's version gets a special chrome grille, big 20-inch chrome wheels, more interior insulation for a quieter experience, special wood trim, xenon headlights and a panoramic roof.
For 2013, the Acadia received a comprehensive revision, starting with updated front and rear styling. The interior was made more refined, with new controls for the heating and ventilation and upgraded materials. GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system was new, better integrating phone functions. Features such as forward collision warning and lane departure warning also became available.
For 2014, those safety technologies became standard equipment on the Acadia Denali. There were no changes for the 2015 model year. An updated OnStar telematics system with a built in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot became standard on the 2016 Acadia.
In addition to its Buick and Chevrolet siblings, the GMC Acadia can be cross-shopped with three-row SUVs like the Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Large, truck-based SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia might also be considered.