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The Acadia is one of GM's three-row SUVs that can seat seven or eight passengers. It uses the same 3.6-liter, V6 engine as the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and Saturn Outlook, which makes 288 hp. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic, combining to make a smooth and refined powertrain, although it sometimes hesitates to downshift. The Acadia is available with front- or all-wheel drive.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
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Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Model Summary
The Acadia is one of GM's three-row SUVs that can seat seven or eight passengers. It uses the same 3.6-liter, V6 engine as the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and Saturn Outlook, which makes 288 hp. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic, combining to make a smooth and refined powertrain, although it sometimes hesitates to downshift. The Acadia is available with front- or all-wheel drive. In our tests of the Traverse we found the ride comfortable, handling responsive, and the interior quiet. Fit and finish is very good. The third-row seats are roomy enough to accommodate adults.
Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (288 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 GMC Acadia owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“Bad connectors”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Daytime driving light on driver's side failed about 6 months ago. Dealer wanted over $80 to repair which requires removal of wheel well cover to access. This is a DIY project”

B S., PA (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“One burnt out headlamp and one burnt out fog lamp”

Anonymous, ON (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“had to replace dim light in right headlight package. have observed three or four other Acadias with same problem during the past year or two”

Anonymous, AL (2009 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“Heated seat quit working”

Anonymous, TX (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Passenger seat heating just stopped working. Had been replaced about a year prior under warrenty ... dealer indicated it would cost about$300 to repair ... wife said no”

Anonymous, NH (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Passenger seat heater stopped working and then was followed by driver's seat failure within last 12 months. Dealer charged about $100 to diagnose and wanted over $400 each to repair”

B S., PA (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Interior lights

“Lights stay on long after keys removed from ignition. Radio continues playing long after keys removed from ignition and door opened and closed”

Anonymous, MI (2009 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“In the cold climate the measurement reading on tire pressure was not accurate and gave miss diagnoses of which tires were needed attention”

Anonymous, ON (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

“defects in side mirror blind spot warnings - my model may be 2010 not 2009”

Robert J., PA (2009 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

“it took about 6 visits to service to find and correct the problem”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Steering Gear leaking - replaced”

Anonymous, OR (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Power steering leak. Suppose to be something with power steering pump which will cost $1500”

Leroy A., MN (2009 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“The power steering would go out when making sharp slow speed turns. Had to replace the power steering pump”

Benjamin S., GA (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Power steering would stop intermittently. Dealer had a difficult time diagnosing problem but it appears to be a common problem with this vehicle”

Anonymous, NH (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Intermittant hard steering. GMC repaired under a recall”

Daniel M., MI (2009 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“It was in the shop for 3 WEEKS for mechanic to find the source of steering issues. He repaced the entire steering mechanism, and the pump again before it was right. Bought new tires i couldnt get it aligned because the rear control arms are worn.Ug”

Anonymous, WI (2009 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“The power steering would go out when making sharp slow speed turns. Had to replace the rack and pinion”

Benjamin S., GA (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Had to be replaced. Known Gmc defect. It not a recall”

Anonymous, OH (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

“Alternator went out at 95K? Really? After all I have gone through with this thing, I spent a week using other peoples vehicles to get to work, then jumped the battery enough to get to the car dealer and traded the darn thing”

Anonymous, WI (2009 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Coil

“4 of 6 ignition coils have failed in the last 12 months”

Anonymous, LA (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“We have had to replace the plug wires, plugs and coils on 6 of the 8 cylinders over the period of ownership”

Anonymous, TN (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Replaced 2 coils”

Helen B., TN (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“had to replace at about 28000 mi. can expect to replace other in the future”

Anonymous, AL (2009 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Ignition switch

“Warranty fixed before any problems”

Donald D., CA (2009 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“A known problem with coil failure on one or more injectors and plugs generally near cylinder 5 and 6. Repair covered by GM service bulletin”

Anonymous, TN (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The ignitors had to be replaced, so the engine has to be taken apart to replace them”

Howard I., CA (2009 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“The car was shifting late and rough. A repair facility tried to convince me to replace the entire transmission due to the high miles (over 140,000 at the time), but I chose instead to replace the torque converter only”

Anonymous, OH (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“After transmission replacement, torque converter failed again”

Anonymous, WI (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“At 54000 miles my car died in 5pm rush hour traffic the Friday before Christmas. The engine light came on 2 days earlier, but the apt with the dealer was not til Monday. Three weeks later I finally got my car back. AT the time thought it was importan”

Anonymous, CT (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Needed complete rebuild at 102,000 miles, on top of the other rising leakages and chronic issues we've had. I will say GM paid a large portion of the cost because it was just out of warranty, but come on--shouldn't happen in an SUV or crossover”

Anonymous, VA (2009 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Transmission had a massive failure requiring a full overhaul”

Anonymous, WI (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“GM covered the expenses to replace the transmission and provided a rental”

Christopher S., PA (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“while at dealer for another issue, transmission went out”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“All of a sudden had problems shifting. You could tell the vehicle was laboring”

Anonymous, WI (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“My car has been at the dealer twice for this problem in the past 12 months”

Anonymous, CT (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Five of six cylinder heads defective”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Vehicle was operating fine, then after oil change, service warnings came on. Ended up problem with fuel pump, and pressure. Said they had to take apart to find problem, never really identified, wound up replacing engine. Said they had not seen it”

Anonymous, WI (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

“recall - total rebuild of engine and transmission”

Anonymous, LA (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Timing belt needed to be replaced shortly after purchasing. Also needed engine rebuilt two days before 5yr drivetrain expired”

Leroy A., MN (2009 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Timing chain stretched and need to replace all three chains”

Anonymous, IL (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The engine was performing poorly. It turns out that there was a hidden warranty that covered the issue even though there was over 100000 miles on the vehicle. We had no out of pocket expenses and the dealer provided a rental”

Anonymous, WI (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“Replaced leaky radiater”

Robert D., NM (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Water pump failed at 30000 miles”

David P., IN (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Warranty fixed before any problems”

Donald D., CA (2009 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Water pump gasket failed and disabled engine by spraying water on drive belt and disabeling it too. Repair was accomplished under GM extended warranty for water pump failure”

Anonymous, FL (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Water pump started to leak”

Anonymous, IL (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Water pump had a leak. 2nd time in 4 years”

Anonymous, FL (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“AC didn't cool car. Had to have it recharged and tested for leaks. Still works okay 1o months later. Cost 250”

Edward O., MN (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Refrigerant leak due to heater coil leak. took 2 days to repair with costs of over $1200”

Anonymous, FL (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“it was leaking”

Anonymous, PA (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The aluminum refrigerant line that runs under the vehicle to the rear of the vehicle, exposed to the elements, rotted away causing the loss of refrigerant. The lines are not protected in any way. $ 1300.00”

Robert K., PA (2009 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Oil was rapidly depleting. Couldn't find the leak. Took 2 separate shop appointments to narrow down and replace”

Roz E., WV (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Engine again has to be removed to fix the oil leaks”

Howard I., CA (2009 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“when driving at freeway speed of 70 mph, transmission would downshift hard when passing or climbing a hill”

David O., TX (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Transmission computer

“Have been told rough shifting is due to automatic transmission control that can be replaced for $800. There is an additional transmission part known to fail that was suggested to be replaced for additional $400”

David P., IN (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“the vehicle has had serious steering wheel noise that they never seem to fix, and the transmission makes noises that are concerning”

Anonymous, TN (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

“Concerned about amount of wind noise and questioned how good the door seals were and/or whether windows were seating properly. Was told that this model "just has lots of noise."”

Roz E., WV (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“Engine ignition coils went bad (2 of 6)”

Jeffrey B., KS (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“I have had to replace one of the converters twice and the other once”

Anonymous, TX (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Stopped working and wouldn't read navigation dvd”

Anonymous, WY (2009 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Mirror is too rigid Needs break-away”

Phil S., MI (2009 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

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