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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 and Chevrolet Traverse, 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 when needed. The Acadia is available with front- or all-wheel drive.
Alerts
There are 4 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 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 and Chevrolet Traverse, 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 when needed. 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 2010 GMC Acadia owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Power steering pumps and hoses

“needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“replaced 2x”

Anonymous, OH (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“power steering pump weak & harder to steer at times at low rpms. I noted that my car had this problem about 3 mo. after G.M. sent me a letter saying they were covering the power steering unit for 10 yrs, or 150,000 miles.I took it in, they fixed it”

Wayne D., IN (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“leaks”

Chris M., NY (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“power steering pump was hard to turn”

Anonymous, AR (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“I had it replaced and several months after replacing pump got a notice that it was a recall item but I did not get pump replaced at GM dealer so because of lack of proper documents I did not get a refund”

Peter D., ON (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“strut became loose and needed replacement”

Anonymous, MI (2010 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

“Had to replace all 4 shocks/struts at 150,000 miles”

Anonymous, OH (2010 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

“front struts were completely shot. mechanic said all Acadia have this issue”

Tiffany B., KS (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“I had to have most of the front end suspension and drive train components replaced when I heard a clicking noise with vibration when accelerating making turns. Repairs totaled over $4,000”

Anonymous, ON (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“noisy and worn torsion bars”

Anonymous, NH (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Rack and pinion seal damage - entire assembly needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2010 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

“Leaking power steering fluid in rack & pinion system”

Anonymous, TX (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Steering wheel vibration was evident since the day it was purchased”

Liz S., FL (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Wheel nuts would become loose causing wheel vibration”

John R., AB (2010 GMC Acadia SL 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

“Passenger side vents do not blow cold air from the AC. Possibly a temperature mixture baffle failure”

Michael S., CT (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“master controller failed. also two air deflector motors failed”

Anonymous, AR (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The climate system would not be consistent. In the winter the air conditioner would come on”

John R., AB (2010 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“You cannot control the air flowing from the upper vents or the lower vents. It blows the same no matter which setting the control knob is set on”

Anonymous, IA (2010 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

“Motor operating vents broken - needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2010 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

“Had several vent actuators in the climate system replaced under extended warranty”

Anonymous, MA (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Climate control seems to have a mind of its own. It can be 55 degrees outside and the system blows AC. It can be 70 degrees outside and the system blows heat”

Dale J., IL (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Refrigerant leaked out after owning the car for less than a year”

Larry K., GA (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Not sure. Can't remember the details. Just a leak and the dealer fixed it”

William J., LA (2010 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

“The AC system is not working properly. Made noise and smelled. Dealer has been unable to fix so far. I'm about ready to contact GMC”

Anonymous, SC (2010 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“AC refrigerant all leaked out in October from an inaccessible area”

Anonymous, NE (2010 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

“Also had evaporators replaced 2 years ago”

Anonymous, PA (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

“Evaporator started to leak. Smelled like old band-aid. Due to the design of the car, the front seats, center console and entire dash must be removed”

Eric J., UT (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

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

“Headlight sockets but the dealer covered the complete cost as GM had a recall for the problem. Otherwise no problems”

Anonymous, AL (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“burned out running daylights (overheated and melted)”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“Had headlight replaced by the GMC dealer. Cost $108. A couple of months later same light went out. Repaired for free because they said it was a loose fitting socket rather than a bad bulb. My opinion is that they should have discovered that the first time”

Mel S., NC (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“electrical problems with the headlights. Unable to drive at night. Not a fuse or light issue”

Liz S., FL (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Cost $108 to replace a headlight bulb due to being very inaccessible. Normally would have changed it myself”

Mel S., NC (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“headlights blew without warning, short/burned out”

Anonymous, NY (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The difficult nature of changing the bulb required me to take to a repair shop; Labor for bulb replacement was $150”

Anonymous, IN (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Both low beam bulbs blew. To change a bulb involves removing a good portion of the wheel well, the upper bumper bracket. About $185.00 to change a bulb”

Dale J., IL (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Tire monitoring system has broken 3 times. Repeatedly says a tire is low, but when checked with gauge pressure is ok. Has been looked at in the shop multiple times but problem persist”

Brett W., MI (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Interior lights

“Radio doesn't turn off when vehicle is turned off and door opened. Gauges may or may not stay illuminated after the car is turned off. Dash and gauge lights work intermittently, cruise control works intermittently”

Mark P., CO (2010 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

“interior approach lighting stopped working”

Anonymous, KS (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

“It was leaking onto floor when parked”

Anonymous, MO (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“replaced 2x”

Anonymous, OH (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Recall letter said to check water pump for leak. Initially OK, however 9 months later water pump started leaking and making noise. Recall provided for water pump replacement”

Per L., NM (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Changed under extended warranty. Was leaking”

Mel S., NC (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“water pump failed at 52000 miles but was covered under warranty”

Gerard W., MI (2010 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“water pump replaced twice”

Anonymous, TX (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Last fall engine temp shot up to around 250 when idling. Found no coolent in overflow tank. Added about 1 pint”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Intermittent, inconsistent antifreeze leak from water pump seal”

Anonymous, NE (2010 GMC Acadia SL 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

Air or water leaks

“condensate and water that leaked in built up in the heater box and sloshed onto the passenger side carpet when making sharp corners. There is a tiny drain tube (according to GMC forums) that runs behind dash, under carpet and through floor to the drivers side of the transmission. Always plugs up and is not mentioned by GMC in the owners manual. They said it is the owners responsibility to crawl under vehicle and unplug the tube”

Anonymous, CA (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“upper right front windshield cracked, brake alarm/light going off, popping sound in speakers - found to be due to rear sun roof leaking”

Anonymous, NY (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Same as previous”

Anonymous, NY (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Almost from day 1 had wind noise from the front passenger side door and the window behind the driver”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Rear drivers door and front passenger door bot had water on the sills even after a light rain”

Anonymous, NY (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 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

“Heavy buildup of carbon”

Gerard W., MI (2010 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“at 50000miles timing belt failed which caused us to have the engine replaced then at about 50000 miles again timing belt failed again and this time they rebuilt the engine because of damage caused by this problem. When going to buy new vehicle the dealership admitted to us that this was a bad year for this vehicle and the trade in value was not very good”

Anonymous, OH (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Timing belt has failed twice. Otherwise car is great. Both times fixed under warranty”

Cornelius C., LA (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“engine leaking oil. warranty coverage. warranty cost $2500”

Anonymous, WI (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 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.

What Owners Say

“Both axles (front left and right) have had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“windows”

Anonymous, MA (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Transfer case

“annoying noise”

Michael Y., PA (2010 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

“lights have gone out”

Anonymous, NH (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Amplifier died, no turn signal sound”

Brenden B., KS (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Backup or other camera/sensors

“The camera does not always work. The problem is intermittent and the dealer cannot locate a problem with it. It is very frustrating to only have a camera some of the time”

Anonymous, TX (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

“Brakes locked up while not being used in garage and had to have towed with $400 to replace brakes, calipers and rotors”

Anonymous, ID (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Even with premium pads, I've had to replace them at least once per year. Much more frequently than with any other vehicle I've ever owned”

Brett W., MI (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Leaks”

Anonymous, TX (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“paint bubbled up on front of hood”

Harvey C., TX (2010 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

“Paint on the rails of the storage peeled off. Not repaired as of yet”

Anonymous, GA (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Trim fell off”

Anonymous, TX (2010 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

Engine computer

“The engine shut down on a very dangerous bridge. It was diagnosed as a computer failure”

Anonymous, CT (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Was getting a cylinder misfire code during the colder winter months, possibly from winter gas mixtures”

Michael S., CT (2010 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

Engine harness

“the harness failed”

Anonymous, CT (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Had to replace at 75000 miles, before the 100000 miles suggested. Required manifold to be removed and total cost of $800”

Anonymous, ID (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“All of the catalytic converters failed and had to be replaced”

Tim O., IL (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Exhaust going in ok leaving catalytic converter not burning total gases for clean air”

Liz B., CA (2010 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

“codes”

Chris M., NY (2010 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Check engine light persistently came on; code was a generic "fuel mix too rich." Dealership recommended replacing all 6 injectors. Did so. Problem not resolved. Replaced both up and downstream O2 sensors; problem solved. I am seriously displeased with the quality of the local dealership service departments and have now found reliable non-affiliated mechanic”

Anonymous, PA (2010 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

Rough shifting

“This car has had shifting problems from the very beginning (was told by dealer noises were "normal"). Car has down-shifted gears while driving at highway speeds and entered "power save mode."”

Anonymous, CA (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Transmission repeatedly slips when shifting from 2nd to 3rd, and from 3rd to 4th”

Dan S., FL (2010 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Metal in transmission oil”

Anonymous, TX (2010 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.

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