I purchased a 2015 GMC Acadia Denali (one owner prior to me owned it for 15 months) and the air conditioning went out two weeks after purchase. After repaired, it went out again two weeks later. A GMC dealership replaced the entire unit! Also, the weather stripping on top of the vehicle detaches after each car wash and flaps independently unless I manually press it securely in position. A GMC dealership informed me this is something that happens and provided no solution to make it more secure. The quality of the vehicle is not Denali (in other words, top of the line).
I fought every instinct in my body to purchase this Acadia. I had hoped my mother in law just got a "lemon" with her Acadia but I was wrong. I bought it because my wife and I both like the quad seats that it offers so the children would not have to climb over the second row to get to the third (yes I know the seats fold in the others but no kid will use them.) since I have bought this car I have discovered an oil leak on the front main seal, the sunroof cover "pops" open randomly while driving and the AC vent will not open and close the way it should. I should've spent the extra money and bought the TOYOTA 4Runner!!! Oh well, lesson learned
Love my car!
2013 GMC AcadiaCourtney R - Woodbridge, VA12/01/2016
It feels secure and it's a comfortable ride. I love the middle captain's chairs because it makes the 3rd row easily accessible and it gives the middle row riders more rooms to relax. The leg room can be a little tight if you have a tall driver, but it's not terrible. Love the heated seats!
GMC Acadia Overview
The GMC Acadia is a large crossover SUV available with up to three rows of seating. Thanks to its spacious interior, powerful engine, and affordable price tag, the Acadia is one of the better choices for a family vehicle.
GMC Acadia History
Debuting in 2007, the GMC Acadia was initially introduced with 3 trims: SLE-1, SLT-1, and SLT-2 with an SL trim introduced in 2010. Refreshed in 2013, the Acadia received cosmetic updates to bring it closer to the competition. The GMC Acadia enters the second generation in 2016 with changes to the frame. It's a smaller vehicle in terms of length, wheelbase and width. To coincide with the change, the third-row seat is now no longer standard on all models.
How It Drives
The first generation Acadia's acceleration is a little less than satisfying and off-roading is a bit of a challenge. Its fuel efficiency, though, is respectable and very similar to its competitors. The second generation comes equipped with more power and an optional upgrade to a V6. Inside, the Acadia is spacious and practical.
Used GMC Acadia Value
The Acadia is a quiet vehicle with respectable fuel economy and lots of interior space. For families, this alone is more than worth the price. More recent editions of the GMC Acadia have more powerful engines and more responsive transmissions than its initial 2007 offerings. With a change in seating, the vehicle appeals to a wider variety of family sizes. The Acadia competes with three-row crossovers such as the Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento and the Honda Pilot. The Acadia is a quiet vehicle with respectable fuel economy and lots of interior space. For families this alone is more than worth the price.
GMC Acadia Standard Features
The second-generation base engine is a 2.5L four-cylinder. For those seeking something more powerful for similar fuel efficiency, the four-cylinder swapped out for an upgraded 3.6L V6 engine. All GMC Acadias are built with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. For second-generation vehicles, both versions have a new drive mode selector with different modes for different driving conditions. Additionally, the new All Terrain trim model has the best off-road potential.
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