We just had a baby and with two dogs, needed more room for our frequent trips down to the Bay Area. The GMC is excellent as the quad seats allow my large elderly dog to access the back seat easily and there is enough room in the second row for him to jump up on the floor, instead of onto the seat like my previous vehicle. The front seats are very comfortable, the 2nd row seats are relatively comfortable, and we added a seating pad for the 3rd row seats. Some of the materials inside the vehicle are cheap plastic- the bottom of the 2nd row seats is cheap and breaks easily- also they do not slide back and forth without a little elbow grease. Quite a few of the buttons on the dashboard are also worn down, which I haven't ever had happen on any other vehicle. We also had to have the power liftgate motor replaced upon purchase. Besides that, it drives well and is very comfortable with lots of space. We have only had it for a week, but we are enjoying it quite a bit so far.
too many little things that need to be repaired for a car with less than 100K/6yrs old. My Toyota Matrix is 11 yrs old and all I've done is change the oil, tires and put gas in it. I've had the 2009 Acadia 6 months and see that the DVD player is "picky" about what it plays, the rear hatch won't stay open without propping it up with a stick, and I just fixed a massive hole in the air conditioner line that was cause by 2 lines vibrating/rattling on each other until a hole was gauged. The more I work on this car, the more I see evidence of it being worked on by other people as well, like little plastic rivets missing here, a new bolt and nut there, etc. Thank goodness for YouTube and all the mechanics posting how to work on Acadias!
We were looking for a vehicle capable of taking trips with four adults, more room than our Subaru Outback and at a reasonable price. The 2009 Acadia with less than 40K miles fit the bill as it was within our budgit, bigger, had third row rear seat and individual seats in the front and second row. This makes for individual comfort on trips. With the 3rd row seat folded down, there is a large cargo area. Cargo capacity with 3rd row up is reduced but still enough for several suitcases. Very roomy interior. The rear A/C system gives back seat passangers comfort control. My wife likes the higher seaating position, although you do feel like you are climbing into a pick-up truck when entering. Controls are easy to reach and operate. Six speed auto trans is very smooth and offers some manual control in manual mode. 3.5 V6 has plenty of power (rated @ 288 hp.) for intended use Ride is firm but not harsh. Overall, it will be a pleasure on trips, especially with 4 adults, which was the intended purpose. Downside: Low gas mileage, averaging about 16 around town. Haven't got to track highway milage yet. The Acadia weighs about 5000 lb. It takes fuel to get that much mass rolling from a stop. It has the typical GM "driver isolation" feel. Not a lot of stearing feedback. Lots of torque steer under hard acceleration. Wheels easily break loose when starting up from stop on wet roads (2 wheel drive model) but this could be the fault of the tires, 39K miles on OEM tires. Slight lag in throtle response (common to new electronically controlled vehicles). Auto door locks that lock all doors when you shift out of park.