The 2011 Acadia is available in three trims: the base SL, the mid-range SLE, the uplevel SLT and the luxury Denali. Each is available with either front- or all-wheel drive.
All trims are powered by a 3.6L V6 engine with direct fuel injection, which delivers 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque at 3400 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission available.
The 2011 Acadia comes with variable-effort rack-and-pinion steering and a low center of mass for stable cornering. The 4-wheel independent suspension allows for a compliant ride and a maximum towing capacity of up to 5,200 pounds, comparable to some truck-based mid-size SUVs.
Safety was given priority in the Acadia's engineering and feature list. Stabilitrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology, is standard, as is anti-lock brakes, panic brake assist and six airbags, including head-curtain side bags that cover all three rows of seating.
An extremely roomy interior is one of the Acadia's strengths. The three rows provide seating for up to seven or eight, depending on whether buyers opt for captain's chairs or 60/40-split bench seat for the second row. The bench slides fore and aft for easier access to the third row or added seating space. There are plenty of bins and cubbies all around, as well as ten cup holders.
The Acadia's look is quite different between trims, thanks to a wide range of wheel offerings. SL models get 18-inch wheels, the SLE upgrades to 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, SLT trims receive 19-inch machined aluminum wheels. Denali trims come with chrome 20-inch wheels. Denalis also get trim-specific fender flares, rocker moldings, sill plates plus a special grille.
The base SL models are well-appointed and include keyless entry, cruise control, front and rear air conditioning and MP3-compatible CD audio. The SLE trim adds fog lamps, an upgraded 6-speaker stereo, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a rearview camera system. The SLT trim adds climate control, 3-zone air conditioning, premium Bose sound system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable and heated side mirrors and a power liftgate. The top-of-the-line Denali adds a heavy-duty cooling system and trailering equipment, dual panoramic sunroofs, quiet sound insulation, heads-up display and automatic up/down power windows.
Noteworthy options include a DVD entertainment system, leather upholstery and a navigation system.
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible CD player seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-compensated volume, TheftLock, auxiliary input jack and (UQF) 6-speaker audio system
Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
XM Radio is standard on nearly all 2011 GM models and includes 3 months of trial service. Get over 170 channels, including: commercial-free music, sports, news, talk, entertainment, comedy, family and kids' channels, and much more. With XM's incredible range of programming, everything worth listening to is on XM (Requires a subscription sold separately by XM after the first 90 days. Available only in the 48 contiguous United States and District Columbia. Visit gm.xmradio.com for details.)
Seat, 4-way manual driver with manual lumbar control
Seat, 2-way manual front passenger
Console, front center with 2 cup holders and storage
Cup holders, 2 front on the floor console
Cup holders, 2 in the second row
Floor mats, carpeted front, second and third row, removable
Insulation, acoustical package
Steering wheel, vinyl
Steering column, tilt and telescopic with brake/transmission shift interlock
Instrumentation, 5-gauge with outside temperature indicator
Windows, power with driver Express-Down
Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
Remote Keyless Entry, programmable with 2 transmitters, panic button and extended range, no remote start provisions
Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III, engine immobilizer
Air conditioning, single-zone manual front climate control
Air conditioning, rear manual
Defogger, rear-window electric
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
Visors, driver and front passenger, padded with cloth trim, color-keyed and illuminated vanity mirrors
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
StabiliTrak, stability control system with traction control
Daytime Running Lamps
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 outboard occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Air bags, front passenger air bag suppression (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's 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 in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance including Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Destination Download (requires navigation radio) and OnStar eNav (where available), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, and Hands Free Calling. (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
Automatic Crash Response (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
Stolen Vehicle Assistance (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
Door locks, rear child security
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (Does not monitor spare.)