Midsize SUV; Built in USA
  • 4-door wagon
  • transverse front-engine/front- or all-wheel drive
Good condition price range: $9,200 – $41,300*


2007 GMC Acadia


2007 GMC Acadia


2007 GMC Acadia


2007 GMC Acadia

Pros:
  • Cargo room
  • Control layout/materials
  • Quietness
  • Seat comfort
Cons:
  • Fuel economy

Acadia is tailor-made for buyers who need a minivan but don’t want to drive one. This Best Buy (2007-12) crossover is dynamically capable, came standard with a host of safety features, and offered several unusual and useful options. Though we consider it a midsize, those shopping large SUVs might find Acadia a sensible alternative.

Overview

This four-door crossover wagon was the first car-type SUV offered by General Motors’ GMC division. Acadia shared its basic design with the Saturn Outlook and the forthcoming, premium midsize Buick Enclave. Seating up to eight, Acadia came in SLE and SLT trim. The sole powertrain consisted of a 275-horsepower V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive without low-range gearing were available. Likely competitors included the Ford Freestyle/Taurus X, Honda Pilot, Nissan Murano, and Toyota Highlander.

Seven-passenger seating was standard, with second-row bucket seats and a third-row bench. A second-row, three-person bench seat was optional. GM’s Smart Slide second-row seats had flip-forward bottom cushions and sliding backrests. Designed to allow easier access to the third row, they were standard equipment. Antilock braking and an antiskid system with rollover sensors also were standard. Traction control was standard on 2WD models. Standard wheels held 18-inch tires, but 19-inchers were available.

Also standard were front side airbags and curtain side airbags that covered all seating rows and included rollover deployment. Heated mirrors were standard. Acadia SLTs had tri-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, mirror-mounted turn signals, and a Bose audio system wit six-CD changer/MP3 player. Rear obstacle detection, remote engine start, and DVD entertainment were optional on SLE and SLT models. A navigation system and a “SkyScape” dual sunroof with a large tilt/slide front panel and a fixed rear glass skylight were exclusive SLT options. So were a power liftgate and head-up instrument display.

Yearly Updates

2008 Acadia
Several new features joined the options list for 2008, including a rearview camera. All Acadias now had XM satellite radio, and second-row seating included a console.
2009 Acadia
The Acadia’s 3.6-liter V6 added 13 hp for a total of 288. Newly available for 2009 were a wireless cell-phone link, heated and cooled front seats, and satellite radio with real-time traffic updates.
2010 Acadia
Acadia gained a base SL trim level for 2010.
2011 Acadia
The 2011 GMC Acadia lineup gained a new trim level, the top-line Denali.
2012 Acadia
There were no changes of note to the 2012 GMC Acadia.
2013 Acadia
Acadia received its first substantial freshening for 2013. Though not an outright redesign, the vehicle had revised front and rear styling and a redesigned dashboard that included GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system.
2014 Acadia
Forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning were newly available on Acadia for 2014.

Engines

transverse front-engine/front- or all-wheel drive

Every Acadia has used the same powertrain: a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produced 275 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower increased to 288 for 2009. Acadias came with front drive or all-wheel drive.

dohc V61
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 3.6/217
Engine HP 275-288
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 251-270
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
6-speed automatic

16/22

17.5

1. EPA Note: Figures shown are for 2008 models with AWD. The Environmental Protection Agency changed its procedure for 2008 to yield more realistic estimates. Therefore, estimated mileage is lower than for prior years.

Road Test

All models offer better-than-expected acceleration both around town and on the highway, but front-drive versions are slightly quicker from a stop. GMC’s transmission shifts smoothly but is often caught in too high a gear, particularly in hilly country. At times, a prod of the throttle results in a slow downshift for more passing power. Towing capacity is 4500 pounds.

Fuel economy runs around midpack. An AWD Acadia averaged 17.5 mpg. GMC recommends regular-grade fuel.

Comfortably composed and controlled with standard 18-inch tires, the Acadia is noticeably stiffer-riding with optional 19s-though not unbearably so.

Front-drive Acadias are impressively stable and agile for a vehicle this size. AWD models-even with optional 19-inch tires-feel a bit less nimble, but benefit from added traction on slick surfaces. A long, wide body makes Acadia difficult to maneuver in tight spaces.

Very little road rumble is noticeable, though 19-inch tires thump slightly over bumps. Wind noise is low, with only a muted whistle from mirrors at highway speeds. The quiet, refined engine growls pleasantly under brisk acceleration.

Luminous gauges are easy to read, day or night. The optional head-up display projects speedometer and other readings onto the windshield. Audio controls are easy to reach. Climate controls are mounted lower, but also within easy reach, though their pushbuttons are less convenient than rotary knobs. The wiper switch on turn-signal stalk also is less convenient than the separate lever used on top rivals. Acadia’s optional navigation system absorbs most audio functions, but does not complicate their use. Few padded surfaces are used, but bright accents and richly grained plastics give the interior an inviting look. Build quality has been good, though one test Acadia suffered a rattle in the rear seating area.

Front occupants get plenty of head- and legroom. Seats are generally supportive and comfortable, though shorter drivers may find seat cushions too long. Thick roof pillars block views to front corners and over the left shoulder. Because of the high beltline in back, rear- obstacle detection and a rearview camera (available in 2008) would be sensible additions, if an Acadia with those options can be found.

Rear seats are entered easily through large doors. Smart Slide second-row seats tilt and slide forward to ease access to the third row. Whether buckets or bench, second-row seats slide fore and aft about 3 inches to benefit either second- or third-row legroom. With the second row slid forward, the third row can accommodate six-footers-though they will ride knees-up. Foot space can be tight in either row.

Acadia’s cargo volume is the largest among midsize SUVs, rivaling that of many large SUVs. There’s more usable space behind the raised third-row seat than in most midsize SUVs, augmented by an under-floor bin. Both the second- and third-row seats fold forward easily to form a flat, nearly level surface. An optional power tailgate might be a handy feature. Several bins and cubbies provide good interior storage.

Ratings

Model Tested: 2008 Acadia SLT w/AWD

Ratings values are on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. With the exception of Value, these numbers reflect how the vehicle compares against the universe of vehicles, not just against rivals in its class.

Performance

Acceleration - 5
50%
Fuel Economy - 4
40%
Ride Quality - 6
60%
Steering/Handling - 5
50%
Quietness - 7
70%

Accommodations

Controls/Materials - 7
70%
Room/Comfort Front - 9
90%
Room/Comfort Rear - 7
70%
Cargo Room - 10
100%

Other

Value - 10
100%

Total: 70

Specifications

4-door wagon
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
118.9 201.1 78.9 72.8
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
117.0 22.0 8
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
40.4 39.3 41.3 36.9
Safety Ratings

Model Tested: 2007 GMC Acadia 4-door wagon

NHTSA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Impact Test

Driver Injury - 5
100%
Front Passenger Injury - 5
100%

Side Impact Test

Driver Injury - 5
100%
Rear Passenger Injury - 5
100%

HLDI

(A score of 100 is average. Lower is better)

Collision N/A
Injury N/A
Theft N/A

Trouble Spots

Doors
Description: The power doors unlock when the transmission is shifted into Park on the SLE model, but this default can be changed through software programming. (2007-10)
Engine fan noise
Description: A chirping or clicking sound from the engine compartment may be due to the fan(s) hitting the fan shroud which becomes distorted. (2008-10)
Keyless entry
Description: The remote keyless entry key fob may quit working and will require relearning between the RKE and the vehicle. (2007-08)
Oil leak
Description: Engine may leak oil from the front cover or oil filter adapter. (2013)
Audio system
Description: When using a portable music player (e.g. iPod) there may be noise in the car’s speakers whenever the vehicle’s power adapter is used and a ground loop isolator (from Radio Shack) is required between the device and the power outlet to prevent the noise. (2007-08)
Seat
Description: The manual seat adjuster had rough operation, binds or sticks or will not adjust requiring improved mooting and filing the seat tracks. (2007-10)
Steering noise
Description: Clunk during turns caused by bad bushings in steering gear for which there are improved components. (2007-10)
Steering problems
Description: During extremely low temperatures, the power steering could leak fluid or make noises. (2012-14)
Steering problems
Description: Power steering pump wear may result in drop or loss of power steering assist. (2007-11)
Suspension noise
Description: Popping and squawking noises from front suspension caused by strut boot interference. (2007)
Water leak
Description: Water may drip from the dome light, especially if the vehicle is parked downhill in the rain, because the sunroof drain hose(s) may have separated. (2007-08)
Water leak
Description: The headliner may get wet or water may drip into the cabin due to a problem with the sunroof gasket. (2007-09)
Water leak
Description: Water pump could leak causing low coolant level. (2009-13)
Windows
Description: Power windows may be misaligned and move slowly or not at all. (2012-14)
None
Description: The DVD monitors in the front seat headrests may quit working because the video feed cable comes loose requiring installation of cable clamps. (2007-08)
None
Description: Accessory drive belt may chirp or squeal and loss of power steering may occur, especially in wet weather, unless both front fender liners are replaced. (2007-08)
Check-engine light
Description: The check engine light comes on, accompanied by numerous trouble codes, due to timing chains stretching on the 3.7L V6 engine. (2007)
Turn signal
Description: The turn signals may intermittently flash faster than normal requiring replacement of the tail lamp assemblies. (2009-10)

Recall History

2007
Description: Sensing and Diagnostic Module (SDM), which controls front airbags, may not operate properly under certain conditions, causing airbags to fail to deploy in a frontal crash; and warning lamp may fail to function.
2007-08
Description: Recall affects vehicles currently or previously registered in the following states: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. If a buildup of snow or ice on the windshield or on the wipers restricts the movement of the wiper arm, the windshield wiper linkage may become detached from the motor shaft and the wipers may become inoperative. If this were to occur, driver visibility could be reduced, which could result in a vehicle crash. Dealers will install a new wiper crank arm, driver’s side link, and a crank arm nut.
2007-09 Acadia equipped with a heated wiper washer fluid system
Description: A short circuit on the printed circuit board for the washer fluid heater may overheat the control-circuit ground wire. This may cause other electrical features to malfunction, create an odor, or cause smoke, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will install a wire harness with an in-line fuse free of charge.
2007-12 Acadia with power liftgate
Description: The gas struts supporting the power liftgate may wear prematurely and an open liftgate might suddenly fall.
2008-13 Acadia
Description: Faulty wiring harness may prevent seat-belt pretensioners and side airbags from deploying in a crash.
2008-14 Acadia
Description: A flexible steel cable connecting seatbelts to front seats may fatigue and separate.
2009
Description: Some vehicles may fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, ‘Seat Belt Assemblies.’ These vehicles may have been built with a safety belt buckle in the second or third row that is missing a rivet, increasing the risk of injury to passengers involved in a crash. Dealers will inspect the safety belt buckles in the second and third rows, and replace them if necessary.
2009
Description: The transmission shift cable adjustment clip may not be fully engaged, so shift lever might not coincide with actual position of transmission gear.
2009
Description: Safety belt buckle in second or third row may be missing a rivet, allowing buckle to separate from mounting strap during a crash.
2009 Acadia
Description: Transmission shift cable adjustment clip may not be fully engaged, so shift lever might not coincide with actual position of transmission gear.
2009-10
Description: The second row seat side trim shield restricts the upward rotation of the safety belt buckle when the seat back is returned to a seating position after being folded flat. The safety belt may not restrain the occupant as intended during a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant. Dealers will modify the second row seat side trim shields. If a safety belt buckle is damaged, dealers will replace it free of charge.
2009-10 Acadia
Description: When folding or raising the second-row seat, the seatbelt buckle cover may be pushed down the belt. This could result in failure of the seatbelt during a crash.
2014 Acadia
Description: A faulty chassis control module could call the engine to close.
2014 Acadia
Description: Fuel gauge may inaccurate. The engine could unexpectedly run out of fuel and stall.
2014 Acadia
Description: The transmission-shift-cable adjuster may disengage from the shift lever. The driver may not be able to shift gear positions. A shift lever in Park may not engage Park for the transmission and the vehicle could roll.

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Pricing

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