2009 GMC Acadia

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$31,890

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2009 GMC Acadia

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

5 trims

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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 review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 3.8
  • Value for the money 3.8
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 3.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Excellent Highway miles

It was a fantastic family vehicle - everyone was comfortable in it. The DVD player keep the kids entertained. Very good for long trips. It is also a very safe vehicle.

4.4

Solid Car

We owned our 2009 GMC Acadia FWD for 7 years. It was a solidly built car that rode well and had no significant mechanical issues. AWD would have been nice but overall it was a great car that we replaced in order to get a smaller car for my wife to drive.

3.6

I love the style and handling of the vehicle but

Issues with the electrical system has to be jumped constantly. Repairs are hard due to accessibility. Are there any recalls not publicly posted on the website

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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