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2012 GMC Acadia

$7,858 — $22,426 USED
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
  • Wide turning circle
2012 GMC Acadia exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 GMC Acadia
  • Seats seven or eight
  • 288-hp V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available backup camera

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Acadia is GMC's full-size crossover, and it 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 2012
A hill-hold feature is standard on all models, and an accessory power outlet has been added to the center console. SLT and Denali trim levels gain blind spot mirrors integrated into the side mirrors, and SLE and higher trims have fog lights.

Exterior
The Acadia is the boxiest of GM's full-size crossovers. The roofline is tapered, with a standard spoiler at the rear. The Denali comes with a honeycomb grille and a few other exterior trim changes. The Acadia also features wide rear doors and a low step-in height. Exterior features include:

  • Standard LED taillights
  • Polished aluminum roof rails
  • Dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips
  • 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels
  • Available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • Optional two-panel power sunroof with tilt-sliding front and fixed rear panels, with sunshade


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 bene...

Vehicle Overview

The Acadia is GMC's full-size crossover, and it 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 2012
A hill-hold feature is standard on all models, and an accessory power outlet has been added to the center console. SLT and Denali trim levels gain blind spot mirrors integrated into the side mirrors, and SLE and higher trims have fog lights.

Exterior
The Acadia is the boxiest of GM's full-size crossovers. The roofline is tapered, with a standard spoiler at the rear. The Denali comes with a honeycomb grille and a few other exterior trim changes. The Acadia also features wide rear doors and a low step-in height. Exterior features include:

  • Standard LED taillights
  • Polished aluminum roof rails
  • Dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips
  • 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels
  • Available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • Optional two-panel power sunroof with tilt-sliding front and fixed rear panels, with sunshade


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 it makes it easier to get to the third row. Interior features include:

  • Standard remote keyless entry and cruise control
  • Optional leather seats
  • Optional rear ultrasonic parking assist and backup camera
  • Optional backseat entertainment system
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional heated and cooled front seats


Under the Hood
All Acadias come standard with a 288-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 270 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 features direct-injection technology that improves efficiency. Mechanical features include:

  • Power steering with variable assist reduces power assist at speed
  • Available all-wheel drive manages 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 its price range. Side curtain airbags are designed to pre-emptively engage if there's imminent threat of a rollover and stay inflated longer during a rollover. Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control
  • Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard OnStar communication system, including one free year of Safe and Sound service, which alerts authorities in the event of a collision

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
75 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

160,000 miles and still going strong

by Tatumking1017 from Texas on November 12, 2018

Bought with 82,000 miles on it then at 102,000 found out mine had the wave plate issue so had to have the transmission rebuilt. Never an issue after that costly problem. Now has almos 161,000 miles ... Read full review

(3.0)

Great Car For Families

by ebfielder from SC on October 23, 2018

This car met all the needs of our small family. It made it very easy to install car seats and was very reliable. The car has lots of room for growth. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 GMC Acadia currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 GMC Acadia SL

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by GMC

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

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

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker