The Acadia has a spacious and quiet interior, with a very roomy third-row seat. It uses a smooth and refined 3.6-liter, V6 engine that returned 16 mpg overall in our test of the similar Chevrolet Traverse. The six-speed automatic sometimes hesitates to downshift when needed. The Acadia is available with front- or all-wheel drive.
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say


Anonymous, TX (2011 GMC Acadia)

"The Acadia is very comfortable with the front and second row bucket type seats"

Bob M., WI (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Very underpowered and fuel economy is terrible"

DALE P., NE (2011 GMC Acadia)

"good acceleration, not best fuel mileage"

Anonymous, TX (2011 GMC Acadia)

"I live in the mountains and it is a little under powered."

PAUL S., NC (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Front wheel traction poor"

GARY H., OH (2011 GMC Acadia)

"accelerates smoothing and handles turns well."

Anonymous, CA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Drives well n also handles well in snow n ice"

WILLIAM F., WV (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Poor throttle response. Difficult to keep at speed without excessive acceleration."

MICHAEL T., MA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"It doesn't have all the radar in front and large screen camera and blind spot. It does have the backup camera in the rear view mirror and beeper, but the new stuff is very very satisfying to an old 71 retired engineer."

Anonymous, MO (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Drives easily for a large SUV. Smooth and quiet in city andd highway driving. Gas mileage could be better but this is a large wind grabber."

Louis R., VA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Very smooth transmission, powerful and responsive, vehicle handles very well for a large SUV"

Anonymous, PA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Drives very well, quiet ride and steady. For a large vehicle it gets good fuel usage and has spacious seats for our family of 6 with room for the dog and some baggage."

Anonymous, ON (2011 GMC Acadia)

"the v6 engine is very responsive and accelerates quickly. the handling is what one would expect with a large SUV; some understeer and slight body roll around severe corners."

Bruce W., NH (2011 GMC Acadia)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very smooth and quiet ride with larger, comfortable seats."

Craig H., IA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Average ride in terms of comfort. I can definitely feel the road. Not a lot of cushion or sway like with some luxury ride vehicles."

Thomas B., NC (2011 GMC Acadia)

"I find the Accord to be a very comfortable car with the ability to customize the seat and steering wheel positions to meet my needs."

Bob M., WI (2011 GMC Acadia)

"It's a great car, very comfortable. Our family makes a 5+ hour road trips and nobody is complaining. That says a lot."

Zoran K., CA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"The height of the window in this vehicle seems to be shorter and shorter with each new model year. This makes it difficult to use the tube system at the bank, a drive through teller or fast food restaurant, toll both etc. We need less metal and more window space on this vehicle"

Anonymous, WI (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Noise level and ride. Hear and feel all road noise and smallest bumps."

Anonymous, LA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"seat headrest is uncomfortable"

Anonymous, LA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"The interior is very luxurious with ventilated and heated seats, prodigious legroom in front and rear seats, and front and rear sunroof."

Anonymous, PA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"The acceleration is "very sluggest", and the gas milage is not even close to what was listed. Very over priced suv. If rear door passenger windows are down, the is a very annoying thumping sound that developes. Also, there are no ways to hang-up a jacket or coat in the rear passenger door areas- no hooks. There is not a "usable handle" to help driver or front passanger to step-up into the front cab. I have had to replace 3 different solinoids for the a/c system at a cost of $350.0 each !!! The"

WALT Y., MI (2011 GMC Acadia)

"The drivers seat is uncomfortable because of the padding lopsided. Wind noise at speed makes conversation difficult. Lots of noise like everything under the car is banging around."

Anonymous, FL (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Vehicle has the heated/cooled seats and they are not comfortable nor stylish as they should be for the cost"

Anonymous, TX (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Air conditioning doesn't keep up when it is very hot 100 degrees or more"

Anonymous, CA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Comfortable on long drive. Good radio. Good AC. handles well. Big Fat American ride"

SEAN M., NY (2011 GMC Acadia)

"While it is quiet, the car does not feel as steady and stable around town driving."

ASHUTOSH T., NY (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Vehicle is very quiet, smooth comfortable ride, well functioning climate controls."

Anonymous, CA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"The driver and passenger seat should have more settings"

Anonymous, TN (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Very comfortable "command of the road" ride and visibility. Easy to handle for a vehicle this size, and never lacking needed power, as long as I'm not towing something."

Anonymous, OR (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Very quiet and comfortable for a large SUV."

Anonymous, MI (2011 GMC Acadia)

"As the car has aged the noise of outside has increased with wind noise for example"

Anonymous, KY (2011 GMC Acadia)

"seats 8 comfortably"

Anonymous, TX (2011 GMC Acadia)

"the leather seats are very comfortable and have many ways to be adjusted to my liking. this is a very quiet vehicle. the ride is firm but not too jarring."

Bruce W., NH (2011 GMC Acadia)

"The seats are the most comfortable of any we tried before buying this vehicle. We already had a Chevy Silverado with the same style seats, so we knew what we wanted."

Anonymous, MA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"The GMC Acadia Denali is the best vehicle that I have ever owned. The comfort and roominess of this vehicle can’t be beat."

Anonymous, NC (2011 GMC Acadia)

"The seats are the most comfortable in the 30+ years I have owned vehicles"

Anonymous, OR (2011 GMC Acadia)

"This car provides the most comfortable ride I have ever experienced. Others riding in my car have said the same."

Anonymous, CA (2011 GMC Acadia)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Good - spent $28,000 for a brand new 2011 - we have had no major problems. AC had to be re-charged once, just replaced factory tires after 55,000 miles."

Anonymous, IA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"The car new was in the low $40,000 range. Not including regular maintenance and wear and tear (brakes, tires, etc.) I've put in $13,000 plus on a/c problems (3 major repairs), power steering leaks, sensors going out every 30,000 miles plus numerous recalls that required taking my vehicle in to the shop. Would never buy another Acadia. May never buy another GMC."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 GMC Acadia)

"The Acadia has been holding its value much more than standard GM vehicles."

CHRISTINE A., ON (2011 GMC Acadia)

"The GMC Acadia Denali has it all. Style, comfort, usefulness transporting people / cargo over long distances. After traveling all day, a person isn't beat up. The comfort of having both heated and cooled seats are nice when traveling to Arizona in the summer and Utah in the winter."

OLWYN W., CO (2011 GMC Acadia)

"It is overpriced for the features. Newer models have upgraded many of the items, but the 2011 is cheaply built and priced similar to the upgraded models of today. Plastic dash, uncomfortable seats, tire noise and poor handling along with numerous recalls that got botched by the dealer. We just got the airbag recall properly repaired after almost 5 years of problems with it."

DALE P., NE (2011 GMC Acadia)

"There's a number of features this car has that are very user-unfriendly. The vents on the dash do not move enough to provide adequate cooling. The outlet for the phone plug is directly in front of the cup holder making it almost impossible to use them simultaneously. The driver seat does not raise up high enough for adequate visibility, necessitating the use of a cushion to see. The rear window is so small that visibility is impossible & the image from the rear camera is so distorted that it is"

Anonymous, GA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"Engine had to replaced at 5.5 years and 87,000 miles. Also front and rear suspension systems."

Anonymous, MI (2011 GMC Acadia)

"It drives and feels like a luxury vehicle but it was extremely affordable for an eight person SUV. The best car I've owned so far, American or import"

RENEE M., MI (2011 GMC Acadia)

"It hauls a lot of people very comfortably, handles snow and other hazardous driving conditions very well. It came with a lot of features at what we found to be a good price."

P L., VA (2011 GMC Acadia)

"I purchased this vehicle in 2011, have put 133k miles on it and it has never given me issues. Cannot beat the quality of this SUV"

Anonymous, NC (2011 GMC Acadia)

"decent value for large seat capacity vehicle"

Anonymous, TX (2011 GMC Acadia)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The chrome interior trim reflects the sunlight and can be blinding at times which is dangerous."

Anonymous, MI (2011 GMC Acadia)

"This style is very good, best styling for SUV on market. Newer models not so much. Wold not purchase a newer model. Maybe 2017 forward will not look like a stretched out and oversized Terrain."

JIM V., IN (2011 GMC Acadia)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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