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By Cars.com Staff
June 20, 2008
Vehicle Overview The Acadia is GMC's first crossover and is part of a growing family of large crossover vehicles at General Motors. To distinguish itself from its kin (i.e. Buick Enclave/Chevy Traverse/Saturn Outlook), the Acadia shares design cues with GMC's full-size SUVs, the Yukon and Yukon XL. Available with front- or all-wheel drive, the Acadia can seat seven or eight. The Acadia competes with the likes of the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9.
New for 2009 The 2009 GMC Acadia gets an updated 288-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with direct-injection technology.
Exterior The Acadia is the boxiest of GM's full-size crossover quartet. The roofline is tapered, with a standard spoiler at the rear.
The Acadia also features wide rear doors and a low step-in height. Measuring in at 201.1 inches long and 78.9 inches wide, this crossover is larger than all its competitors -- in fact, it's about as large as the GMC Yukon.
Standard LED taillights
Polished aluminum roof rails
Dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips
Eighteen-inch cast-aluminum wheels
Available 19-inch machined aluminum wheels
Optional high-intensity-discharge headlamps
Optional two-panel power sunroof with tilt-sliding front and fixed rear, plus a power sunscreen
Interior The Acadia features a two-tone interior with metal-finished trim accents on the vents, door handles and cupholders. With two captain's chairs in the second row, maximum seating capacity is seven, but with a 60/40-split bench there's room for eight. The second- and third-row seats fold flat, and items can be stored beneath the rear cargo floor. The second row slides forward to increase legroom for third-row passengers and makes it easier to get to the third row.
There is 154.4 cubic feet of passenger space in the three rows, and with the second- and third-row seats folded, there is 116.9 cubic feet of cargo space; cargo space shrinks to about 24 cubic feet with all seats up. This eclipses the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9. The Acadia even has more cargo volume with the seats down than a Yukon.
Standard remote keyless entry and cruise control
Optional leather seats
Optional ultrasonic parking assist and rearview camera
Optional DVD-based navigation system
Optional heated and cooled seats
Under the Hood All Acadias come standard with a 288-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 270 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 5 percent increase in horsepower over last year's model is due to the addition of direct-injection technology that improves power and reduces cold-start emissions by up to 25 percent.
Power steering with variable effort reduces power assist at speed
Available intelligent all-wheel drive manages the torque split between the front and rear axles, putting more power to different axles as needed
Linked 'H' rear suspension design reduces noise and vibration in the cabin
Safety The Acadia includes many common safety features and a few rarities for this price range. Side curtain airbags are designed to preemptively engage if there is imminent threat of a rollover and stay inflated longer during a rollover.
Two dual-stage front airbags, two front-seat side-thorax airbags and two side curtain airbags
Electronic stability system and traction control
Four-disc antilock braking system
Panic Brake Assist, a supplemental emergency braking system
OnStar comes standard, including one free year of Safe and Sound service, which alerts authorities in the event of a collision
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