• (4.3) 38 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $5,820–$16,428
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19-20
  • Engine: 288-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7-8
2009 GMC Acadia

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 GMC Acadia

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 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

2009 GMC Acadia Reviews

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

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 38 reviews

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Best car I ever liked.

by RPWifey from Georgetown, SC on November 25, 2017

This vehicle has everything I was looking for. It has large space room. The dark color is great. All the upgraded features are nice as well.

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6 Trims Available

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2009 GMC Acadia Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on GMC Acadia SLE-1

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on GMC Acadia SLE-1

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on GMC Acadia SLE-1

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on GMC Acadia SLE-1

Overall Rollover Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 7 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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