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By Cars.com Staff
June 29, 2009
Vehicle Overview The Acadia is GMC's first crossover, and it's part of a growing family of large crossover vehicles at General Motors. To distinguish itself from its kin (the Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse), 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 2010 There are no major changes for 2010.
Exterior The Acadia is the boxiest of GM's full-size crossovers. The roofline is tapered, with a standard spoiler at the rear.
The Acadia also features wide rear doors and a low step-in height. It measures 200.7 inches long and 78.2 inches wide.
Standard LED taillights
Polished aluminum roof rails
Dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips
18-inch cast-aluminum wheels
Available 19-inch machined aluminum or 20-inch chrome-clad wheels
Optional xenon headlamps
Optional two-panel power sunroof with tilt-sliding front and fixed rear, with sunshade
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 it makes it easier to get to the third row.
There's 154.0 cubic feet of passenger space in the Acadia, and with the second and third rows folded, there's 116.9 cubic feet of cargo space. That eclipses the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9. The Acadia even has more cargo volume with the seats down than a Yukon. Cargo space shrinks to about 24 cubic feet with all the seats up.
Standard remote keyless entry and cruise control
Optional leather seats
Optional ultrasonic parking assist and rearview camera
Optional backseat entertainment system
Optional 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. They also make use of direct-injection technology that improves efficiency.
Power steering with variable assist reduces power assist at speed
Available intelligent all-wheel drive manages 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 pre-emptively engage if there's imminent threat of a rollover and stay inflated longer during a rollover.
Side-impact and side curtain airbags
Electronic stability system and traction control
Four-disc antilock brakes
OnStar comes standard, including one free year of Safe and Sound service, which alerts authorities in the event of a collision