Tuesday, November 18, 2014


The 2015 GMC Acadia has gone through some changes. The Acadia is part of a group of vehicles that includes the Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse--and has included the Saturn Outlook in the past.

The Acadia has alot of room and can seat up to eight passengers, but it's more accurately described as a crossovervehicle, since it offers all-wheel-drive as an option (which most drivers prefer), and doesn't have sliding side doors. As such, it's a rival for vehicles that also come this close to being minivans--vehicles like the Ford Flex, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota Highlander.
MORE: Read our full review of the 2015 GMC Acadia

Back in 2007 GMC introduced the Acadia. It shares its Lambda platform with several other current and past GM crossovers, and was originally intended to take up where three GMC and Pontiac vehicles—the Pontiac Montana SV6 minivan, the GMC Envoy and Envoy XL SUVs—left off. The Acadia is notable as being the first front-drive model in a GMC showroom and the brand's first unibody vehicle.

The 2015 Acadia crossover still gets power from a 288-horsepower, direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 and a six-speed automatic transmission. Most of its rivals, such as the Mazda CX-9, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, start several thousand dollars below this price point, but are less powerful and can't match the Acadia's 5,200-pound towing capacity. The EPA rates the most efficient model, the front-wheel-drive Acadia, at 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

The Acadia can be ordered with all-wheel drive, but since there’s no two-speed transfer case or four-wheel-drive low range, there really isn't much off-road capability. Which of course is not feasable for off road enthusiasts or people who require off road capabilities.

The Acadia has a an easy layout that sits somewhere between a minivan and a GMC Yukon. It can fit either seven or eight passengers in three rows of seats, depending on whether a bench or a pair of captain's chairs are selected for the second row. The third row is actually useful, and even when it's being used the Acadia offers 20 cubic feet of storage space behind. With all of the seats folded, the space expands to 115 cubic feet. 

The Acadia offers four trim levels: SL, SLE, SLT and Denali. Standard features for all models include cruise control, full power accessories, front and rear air conditioning, and a full array of airbags. Options include 20-inch chrome wheels, unique roof racks and an iPod/USB port located in the bin atop the center air vents. The Denali doesn't get a distinct drivetrain, but it does receive new grille and bumpers, HID headlamps, 20-inch wheels, tri-zone climate control, DVD navigation with real-time traffic, Bluetooth connectivity, leather trim and heated and ventilated front seats.

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