The GMC Acadia pairs carlike driving behavior, including a smooth ride and sharp handling, with SUV hauling capability. Although the Acadia has a lower, sleeker profile, it borrows design cues from GMC's larger Yukon SUV family, including the prominent polished aluminum roof rails and projector-beam headlamps.
All models are powered by a 275-horsepower 3.6L dual-overhead-cam V6 with variable valve timing, running through a six-speed automatic transmission.
Configurations with either front- or all-wheel drive are available. The all-wheel-drive system is oriented toward on-road driving and always delivers a small amount of torque to the rear wheels, applying more when needed for best traction.
Integral body-on-frame construction gives the Acadia more solidity for heavy hauling while maintaining easy entry/exit and the refinement benefits of the uni-body construction that most cars have. With a four-wheel independent suspension--including a space-saving rear-mounting system that helps isolate noise and vibration--the Acadia also has a low center of gravity and sharp handling.
Fuel economy is considerably better than similarly sized traditional truck-based SUVs, at 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with front-wheel drive, and the Acadia can tow up to 4,500 pounds.
GM's StabiliTrak stability control system, with rollover mitigation technology to help prevent dynamic situations that could lead to a rollover, is standard on the Acadia. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard, as are front-occupant side air bags and side-curtain bags for outboard occupants in all three rows.
The Acadia comes in either seven- or eight-passenger interior configurations. Each setup has bucket seats in front and a three-passenger, 60/40-split folding third row; the seven-passenger version has two captain's chairs in the second row, while the eight-passenger version has another three-passenger, 60/40-split bench seat instead. Both versions claim to have a third row large enough for adults, and they both come with a second-row Smart Slide function, where the second-row seat cushion flips up and the seatback slides forward for easier access to the third row.
For cargo and passenger capacity, the Acadia beats many other SUVs its size. Both the second- and third-row seats fold flat for mixes of the two, and there's also a covered cargo area.
Two trim levels of the Acadia are offered: SLE and SLT. SLE models come equipped with the conveniences you might expect in a vehicle in its price class, but SLT models come with a number of features not always found standard, such as heated outside mirrors, heated seats, tri-zone climate control, and a Bose ten-speaker, MP3-compatible sound system with rear headphone jacks.
Top options include high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, a DVD entertainment system, a navigation system, ultrasonic parking assist, a power rear liftgate, a remote starting system, and a large sunroof with rear skylight.
GVWR, 6411 lbs. (2908 kg) (TR14526 FWD models only.)
Suspension, Ride and Handling
Steering, power, variable effort
Exhaust, double dual with chrome tips
Wheels, 4 - 18" x 7.5" (45.7 cm x 19.1 cm) machined aluminum
Tires, P255/65R18 all-season, blackwall
Tire, compact spare
Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) compact aluminum spare
Body, manual rear liftgate
Roof rails, brushed aluminum, longitudinal
Moldings, body-color bodyside
Headlamps, dual halogen projector lamp
Headlamp control, automatic on and off
Fog lamps, front round halogen
Daytime Running Lamps
Glass, Solar-Ray deep-tinted (all windows except light-tinted glass on windshield and driver and front passenger-side glass)
Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators
Door handles, chrome (Black beltline molding.)
Wipers, front intermittent with washers
Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible 6-disc in-dash CD changer seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System, (RDS), speed-compensated volume and TheftLock (Replaced with (UVA) AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible CD/DVD player when (U42) DVD entertainment system is ordered)
Audio system feature, Bose premium 10-speaker system with subwoofer
Antenna, Quad-Band for AM/FM stereo, OnStar and XM Satellite Radio
XM Satellite Radio. With a wide variety of programming, XM has something to excite any driver. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, to laugh, think, or sing, XM has the perfect channel for you - coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound. 3 trial months - no obligation (Available in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3 trial months. All fees and programming subject to change. Subscription subject to customer agreement. For more information, visit gm.xmradio.com. Includes (UUD) XM antenna.)
Seat, 6-way power driver with manual recline and lumbar control
Seat, 2-way power front passenger
Steering wheel, leather-wrapped with redundant audio controls
Audio system controls, rear with 2 headphone jacks (headphones not included) and controls for volume, station selection and media
Air conditioning, tri-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger and second/third row controls for second and third row passengers
Seats, heated driver and front passenger
Console, front center with 2 cup holders and storage
Console, overhead with map lights (Includes (UG1) universal home remote.)
Cup holders, 2 front on the floor console
Cup holders, 2 in the second row
Floor mats, color-keyed carpeted front, second and third row, removable
Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
Insulation, acoustical package
Steering wheel, Tilt-Wheel and telescopic with brake/transmission shift interlock
Instrumentation, 5-gauge with Enhanced Driver Information Center and outside temperature indicator
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Windows, power with driver Express-Down
Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
Remote Keyless Entry, programmable with 2 transmitters and panic button
Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
Universal Home Remote, includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III, engine immobilizer
Air conditioning, rear manual
Defogger, rear-window, electric
Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming with 8-point compass display
Visors, driver and front passenger, padded with cloth trim, color-keyed
Lighting, interior with theater dimming, cargo compartment, reading lights for front seats, second row reading lamps integrated into dome light, door-and tailgate-activated switches and illuminated entry and exit feature
Cargo storage, under rear floor
Air bags, frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger and head curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and correct child restraints for your childs age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front a seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Door locks, rear child security
StabiliTrak, stability control system
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
OnStar, 1-year of Directions and Connections plan. Includes the innovative easy to use Turn-by-Turn Navigation services which provide voice-guided directions (where available). Also includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands- Free Calling, AccidentAssist, Remote Horn and Lights, Information and Convenience Services, and Driving Directions (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostica available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Turn-by-turn Navigation requires ABS and is not available in certain areas. Visit Visit onstar.com or call 1-888-466-7827 for system limitations and details.)
Air bags, front passenger air bag suppression (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)