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.

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

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

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