2011 Gmc Acadia
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Beats the heck out of a minivan

by from Portland, OR on May 31, 2011

We just purchased the Acadia SLT-2 after I sold our minivan. Needed a vehicle with 3 rows of seats to accommodate family of 5 w/2 teen-agers. Looked at Explorer, Highlander, Dodge Journey, even BMW X5...
We just purchased the Acadia SLT-2 after I sold our minivan. Needed a vehicle with 3 rows of seats to accommodate family of 5 w/2 teen-agers. Looked at Explorer, Highlander, Dodge Journey, even BMW X5. All nice vehicles but went for the Acadia because we got an excellent deal on the vehicle from the GMC dealership. My wife loved the interior and styling and appointments. Kids love the leather captain chairs and the third row seats and Bose sound system (which is impressive). I like the handling and AWD, particularly compared to our minivan. I would compare the styling to a GMC version of the Lexus, although the Acadia is a lot cheaper and has a third row. I personally preferred the new Explorer but was unable to find a deal on one in May (maybe September) as Ford dealers aren't offering any incentives because of the demand. The Highlander was also a top choice for about the same money, but we wanted to get a domestic vehicle, and there is more interior room with the Acadia. The Journey is less expensive and has the third row, but it is a station wagon, and there is no comparison in styling with the Acadia or the others SUVs/crossovers on my list. Mileage is an issue, as noted here, but it's about the same as our minivan. It's heavy at 5,000 pounds, and it's long with the third row (a comfortable third row unlike the Highlander). Will see how it performs in snow and ice. If you are in the market, look for incentives and deals because they are out there with the advent of summer, and the clearance deals will crank up in July and August...
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Love it

by from Parsippany, NJ on December 4, 2010

I had shopped for this car for months before deciding (SLT1). We decided to size down from a Ford Expedition but still needed the room. I love everything about the car except the gas mileage. I had re...
I had shopped for this car for months before deciding (SLT1). We decided to size down from a Ford Expedition but still needed the room. I love everything about the car except the gas mileage. I had read about that in all the other reviews but really loved this car compared to others in its class for everything else so that outweighed it. But yes the gas mileage is unfortunately terrible. Part of the reason was to go from an 8 cylinder to a 6 was to save on gas. Sadly this truck is not much different on gas than my 8 cylinder! And that is very disappointing. But the truck drives like a dream and fits my needs and I love all the bells and whistles I didn't have before. Rearview camera, power liftgate, heated seats, dvd, tri-zone climate, ipod campatability and much more.
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Glorified Minivan

by from Hudson WI on August 24, 2013

Refuse to drive a minivan like me but also don't want a full sized SUV? This is the vehicle for you. It rides like a dream,, the engine is very powerful and does very well in in all weather conditions...
Refuse to drive a minivan like me but also don't want a full sized SUV? This is the vehicle for you. It rides like a dream,, the engine is very powerful and does very well in in all weather conditions with AWD and is extremely quiet. We drove the Traverse, Acadia and Enclave, all are based on the same chasis/platform. The Traverse had the most pronounced road noise, followed by the Acadia and most quiet was the Enclave. My wife lobbied for the Enclave because of how unbelievably quiet it was and I admit it was awesome but I also still have the "Buicks are for old people complex" and am not quite ready for one at age 32. We have a 2011 SLT with AWD and drove it through a couple hard MN winters and it kicks ars In the snow. If you are considering a full sized SUV and thinking this vehicle is the way to go because it gets better gas mileage, that is not really so. My wife works in downtown and likes driving this much better when she's going into the office vs. our full sized SUV because it's easier to park in the ramp. "Regular" things I used to do myself on our older vehicles like change the head lights or change the air filter, forget about it, they've made this vehicle virtually impossible to maintain on your own without an arsenal of specialty tools. You need to remove the TIRES to get at the headlights. And the air filter, you'll need a 12" long screwdriver to get at the fasteners against the firewall. Those are the 2 things I tried to do by myself so I imagine changing the oil could be like trying to change out lenses on the Hubble Telescope. . I must be wrong, I thought the purpose of Engineering was to simplify and make things more efficient, not more complicated and more costly but that seems to be the way the auto industry is going in the interest of achieving their cosmetic design goals. If/when you buy an Acadia and if you have more than 2 kids, do not compromise on the quad seats, the accessibility to the 3rd row is invaluable. GMC (smartly) took a popular interior layout of a minivan and sculpted an "SUV" around it. If you detest minivans, and want a good crossover, I highly recommend this vehicle. We bought this was 30k miles on it and now have 60k miles with no major issues.
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Worth Every Penny!!!

by from Las Vegas, NV on November 14, 2011

This is our second SUV that we have owned and we could not be happier!!! The GMC Acadia drives like a dream! I'm 6'5" and I have a ton of space in the drivers seat even while an adult sits behind me. ...
This is our second SUV that we have owned and we could not be happier!!! The GMC Acadia drives like a dream! I'm 6'5" and I have a ton of space in the drivers seat even while an adult sits behind me. We love the heated and cooled seats as well as the memory seating!!! We are just so happy with our new purchase!!! I did think that the Gas milage was a bit to be desired so I decided to change out the air filter with a K&N air filter and since then I have noticed that our milage has imporved by 4 mpg. I also noticed a bit more power after dropping in that new air filter.
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Nightmare

by from Montreal, Canada on August 18, 2014

From all the cars i had, this is by far the worst i ever owned. Battery replaced, starter replaced, rack and pinion replaced, power steering replaced, evaporator replaced, rear shock absorber replaced...
From all the cars i had, this is by far the worst i ever owned. Battery replaced, starter replaced, rack and pinion replaced, power steering replaced, evaporator replaced, rear shock absorber replaced and to top it all, engine replaced (under GMC warranty) Need i say more Wish you the best of luck for all of you owner's of a GMC Acadia
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Does not recommend this car

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Answer to the minivan

by from PA on December 17, 2013

Have three kids so needed the captain chairs. Plenty of room for a big family without having to go the minivan route. Only complaint is that I was hoping for it to be great in the snow and it was just...
Have three kids so needed the captain chairs. Plenty of room for a big family without having to go the minivan route. Only complaint is that I was hoping for it to be great in the snow and it was just average. Perhaps the salesman got it in my head. Overall great car for the money and I plan to have it for many years.
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Systemic AC and Heater Issues

by from Louisiana on June 10, 2016

I purchased a 2011 Acadia and was quite pleased with the vehicle at first... then the problems started. My major problems are the AC and the heater door. GMC knows there is a problem with them failing...
I purchased a 2011 Acadia and was quite pleased with the vehicle at first... then the problems started. My major problems are the AC and the heater door. GMC knows there is a problem with them failing and have yet to address it. Even GMC technicians have said there is a systemic problem with the AC and the heater door. So if you live in an area that always has perfect temperature and no rain then this is the vehicle for you. Nice ride, attractive, horrible reliability, and problems GMC won't address all for a reasonably expensive vehicle. If you don't mind shelling out 2,000.00 to fix a known problem with no guarantee that it will work... have at it. Your money would be better spent on another vehicle.
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Hoping for the best

by from Chicago, IL on June 8, 2012

I have had this car for a couple of months and have been very satisfied with it. It has a smooth ride and all the features my family needs. Very concerned about previous model years problems (Water le...
I have had this car for a couple of months and have been very satisfied with it. It has a smooth ride and all the features my family needs. Very concerned about previous model years problems (Water leaks, transmission). Hoping GM finally resolved these issues. Previously owned Envoy XL Denali which had a softer feel, but the Acadia handles way better.
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Super crossover SUV

by from Nc on February 27, 2013

I love the size of this car. Much more fun to drive than a big SUV. Love the backup camera and auto lift gate.
I love the size of this car. Much more fun to drive than a big SUV. Love the backup camera and auto lift gate.
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All the toys and comfort too.

by from Wisconsin on November 26, 2012

Just bought a used 2011 Acadia Denali and I love the car. Comfortable, lots of options, and it handles well. A little sluggish but then I traded it for a BMW 325 so it's definitely not a sports car. B...
Just bought a used 2011 Acadia Denali and I love the car. Comfortable, lots of options, and it handles well. A little sluggish but then I traded it for a BMW 325 so it's definitely not a sports car. But it has lots of room and good towing capacity, looks great, and is very comfortable to drive. Could get a little better mileage but I guess averaging around 20 mpg isn't too bad for an SUV.
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