I downsized from an Expedition to the Acadia. I still needed a third row, but didn't want to drive a tank any longer. The Acadia actually has more cargo space than the Expedition. It's easy for passengers to access the third row. And the third row easily flips down flat to extend the already spacious cargo area. My kids love the MP3 jack. I love the on-steering control of volume. The only negatives thus far: it's hard for me to park, as I drove an Expedition for 11 years; it's a little harder to see rear and rear side views when backing up, but there is a signal when something is directly behind you; and sometimes the windows fog up, but the defrost does work quickly.
I have wanted an Acadia for years. I had a Tahoe for 7 years and it did well for my family but I wanted something with more passenger room and a narrower wheel base, the Tahoe was just too big. The Acadia fit all my needs and looks great. We shopped for many weeks and tried many different models and brands until we decided that the Acadia was what we needed. While we could have spent less on the Traverse, I didn't like the styling; and The Mazda CX-9 was just not comfortable; the other options didn't have the passenger space and luxury options I was looking for. The Acadia fit all my requirements. Going from a V8 to a V6 has been a big adjustment for me, I am still wanting more power, but I am sure that as time goes on i will get used to it. With winter approaching I will see how it is to transition from 4WD to FWD, I did not get the AWD option, we have 4WD truck, so we felt that AWD was not needed. The navigation is not very user friendly, you can only use controls when the vehicle is not moving. I understand that this is a safety feature, but maybe if it was updated so that if there was someone in the passenger seat then the controls could be used, that would be better. The car is smart enough to know to turn the airbag on when someone is in the passenger seat, so this is not an unrealistic request. All in all, I highly recommend the Acadia for the family looking for comfort, luxury and passenger space.
The Acadia is a little more then I wanted to spend on a used car but the one I got seemed to have been well cared for. The car is comfortable and feels luxurious. The DVD player is great for when waiting on kids, or long trips. Storage is OK but not what I had in my pickup truck. Also when you put down the back seat for additional room the items you put in the back can slide up to the front. The gas mileage is poor but I don't drive much. Very common appearance so I often can't find it in a parking lot. If you want to blend in, this is the car for you.