2016 GMC Acadia

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Key Specs

of the 2016 GMC Acadia. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Carlike ride and handling
  • Cargo space
  • Roomy second row
  • Backup camera standard

The Bad

  • Cramped third row
  • Touch-screen too small
  • Large turning circle
  • Hulking size hurts maneuverability

Notable Features of the 2016 GMC Acadia

  • OnStar 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Seats seven or eight
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Airbag between front seats available
  • Forward collision alert, lane departure warning available

2016 GMC Acadia Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The GMC Acadia is a full-size crossover SUV that is related to the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. It's available with front- or all-wheel drive and can seat seven or eight people. Competitors include the Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot.
New for 2016
The standard OnStar communication system gains 4G LTE connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot that can support up to seven devices (data subscription required). A new SL base trim level has been added to the lineup, which still has SLE, SLT and Denali models.
Significant Standard Features

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hot spot (data subscription required)
  • Touch-screen audio system
  • Backup camera
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 116 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • All-wheel drive
  • 19- or 20-inch aluminum wheels 
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Head-up display
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Navigation system
  • Forward collision alert 
  • Lane departure warning
  • Center airbag between front seats
Vehicle Overview

The GMC Acadia is a full-size crossover SUV that is related to the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. It's available with front- or all-wheel drive and can seat seven or eight people. Competitors include the Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot.
New for 2016
The standard OnStar communication system gains 4G LTE connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot that can support up to seven devices (data subscription required). A new SL base trim level has been added to the lineup, which still has SLE, SLT and Denali models.
Significant Standard Features

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hot spot (data subscription required)
  • Touch-screen audio system
  • Backup camera
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 116 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • All-wheel drive
  • 19- or 20-inch aluminum wheels 
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Head-up display
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Navigation system
  • Forward collision alert 
  • Lane departure warning
  • Center airbag between front seats

Latest 2016 Acadia Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love my Acadia!

by Crystal1098 from Middleboro, MA on October 9, 2018

This SUV is more than I could?ve wished for. Bigger on the inside, than it looks on the outside. Very comfortable, smooth ride. The look and style of this Acadia is just gorgeous! So happy with it! Read full review

(2.0)

Bought it used and already replacing transmission

by Priscilla from rocky face ga on October 1, 2018

I love my car and the power. I bought it used with 60,000 miles on it. The car I had before I had to replace the drum in the transmission so I was already a little nervous when I was driving my Acadia ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 GMC Acadia currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 GMC Acadia SL

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

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.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by GMC
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 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 warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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