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2009 GMC Acadia

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$3,204 — $13,852 USED
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Sport Utility
7-8 Seats
19-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Cabin quality
  • Carlike ride and handling
  • Cargo space
  • Relatively decent gas mileage
  • Roomy second row

The Bad

  • Price, even for base model
  • Somewhat grabby brakes
  • Smallish front storage console
  • Cramped third row
  • Small screen for navigation system
  • Wide turning circle

What to Know

about the 2009 GMC Acadia
  • Seats seven or eight
  • V-6 now makes 288 hp
  • Additional luxury features
  • FWD or AWD
  • Six airbags and stability system standard
  • Available rearview camera

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2009 GMC Acadia Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 60/4...

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
61 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(3.9)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

Read reviews that mention:

(2.0)

Nothing but problems

by PolisPM from Houston, TX on October 29, 2019

Needs constant, expensive repairs. So for I’ve dumped over $5,000 into this lemon. Timing chain issue appeared a few months after warranty expired. Save yourself some money and get something reliable.... Read full review

(3.0)

Only had a yr before check engine light came on

by GLORYGOD from Louisburg on September 26, 2019

Very disappointed thought I would at least not have to worry about check engine light for more than a yr so very disappointed with this can't pay high cost repairs and make the payments 😥 Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 GMC Acadia currently has 7 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Acadia received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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