The Acadia has a spacious and quiet interior, with a very roomy third-row seat. Its smooth and refined 3.6-liter V6 returned 16 mpg overall in tests of the similar Chevrolet Traverse. The automatic sometimes hesitates to downshift when needed. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available. In our tests of the Traverse we found the ride comfortable and handling responsive. Fit and finish is very good.
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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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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Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Model Summary
The Acadia has a spacious and quiet interior, with a very roomy third-row seat. Its smooth and refined 3.6-liter V6 returned 16 mpg overall in tests of the similar Chevrolet Traverse. The automatic sometimes hesitates to downshift when needed. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available. In our tests of the Traverse we found the ride comfortable and handling responsive. Fit and finish is very good. Rear visibility isn't great because of the small rear window.
Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 2012 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 leaks

"power steering hose was leaking. It was covered under warranty"

Andrew R., NY (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering hose and actuator leaked oil"

Anonymous, OH (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering system was replaced. Total cost for heating , air conditioning, and power steering was $4,500. I paid 1,500 GM paid 3,000"

Anonymous, CA (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Pressure on hose had caused leak. Had to be replaced at unexpected $650 cost"

Anonymous, NC (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"A leak in a power steering line was exceedingly difficult to reach. The dealer replaced it for over $700 (for a $70 part.)"

Lee E., SK (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"vibration in steering wheel when turning at slow speed"

Anonymous, FL (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Power steering pump failed entirely and had to be replaced"

Morris G., NC (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Broken struts on both front wheels at different times. Sounds like another one is broken again"

Anonymous, TX (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"leaking"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Started leaking oil. Had to replace both."

Anonymous, LA (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Found our 2009 had strut / suspension problems. When we had our 2012 checked, found the same problem - wears out prematurely, then you face a $1400 bill for what should be easily less than $1000 if you change out struts."

Ken M., MI (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"coil spring broke"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"cracked struts"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"See previous comments. This was all the same repair"

Anonymous, PA (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Since day one when outside temperature drops below -10 degrees celsius whenever car hits even a minor bump in the road there is a very loud bang in back of vehicle like frame being hit with a sledge hammer. Dealer refused to fix under warranty claiming it was normal. No chance it is normal. Frightens anyone sitting in back row seats."

Richard Y., ON (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"The front struts were completely worn out, no damping at all. They cost over $2K to have replaced."

Lee E., SK (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"We bought the car certified pre owned, struts had to be replaced less than a year after we bought it. Would have been a few thousand dollars but was luckily under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"steering wheel would wobble when braking"

Dzemal K., IL (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"This vehicle has an issue with a steering klunk noise when turning the steering wheel all the way to the right. The dealer has replaced the steering rack twice but the noise continues"

Anonymous, CA (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"makes noises when you turn the wheel fully"

Anonymous, OH (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Rack and pinion failed covered by extended warranty"

Dwain G., TX (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"It needed to be entirely replaced."

Anonymous, (2012 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"The steering linkage gears were worn and had to be replaced which cost $3000. Power steering fluid was also leaking"

Anonymous, WI (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"fluid leakage, and had to replace entire unit"

James R., FL (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"The rack was bad, and even thought it was out of warranty, GMC agreed to pick up some of the cost due to prior steering issues while under warranty"

Matthew F., NY (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Rack and pinion replaced under extended warranty at dealership. Not done properly and had to be repaired again at private shop. Bolts not properly fastened."

Dwain G., TX (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"steering wheel was jerking a bit especially when turning. they replaced a sensor and something else. happened at at 37000 miles. annoyig. cost was significant"

Anonymous, NY (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Tie rods

"Heard a clunk when we turned and they needed to be replaced. Our biggest problem was the rod that holds the fuel tank in place and the Chev Dealership Dueck on Marine Vancouver BC failed to see it because they didn't want to have to pay. Took it to an independent repair shop and they noticed it right away and said this is an old break. When we wanted to talk to dealership somehow the manager is away or maybe walked out the back door. ? Haven't been back since and cost us $2,000. to fix as fuel tank suspension is important especially with a rear ender."

Lyle D., BC (2012 GMC Acadia 3.6-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"made a lout noise when traveling over 35 mph"

Dzemal K., IL (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 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

A/C compressor

"AC was not blowing cold. Had it in twice to replace a hose. Not impressed with the HVAC"

Anonymous, CA (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"A/c just doesn't work at all. The defroster also doesn't work"

Anonymous, GA (2012 GMC Acadia 3.6-L V6)

"AC was a problem. In the dealer twice within two months. Total repairs over $ 2400"

Anonymous, NY (2012 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

"Total replacement of heating and air conditioning system"

Anonymous, CA (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"thermostat malfunctioned"

Steven R., WA (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"I just paid $617 to have AC fixed and half of that was labor to replace a outside temp sensor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is second major problem with AC unit in past 18 months"

Anonymous, IN (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Tied to the blower motor problem"

Anonymous, SC (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Air flow actuator needed to be replaced"

Larry R., KS (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"The climate control blowers come and go in the front of the car constantly, and online forums reveal that this is a well known and understood design flaw on Gmc vehicles years before my 2012 model year. When the air stops moving in the heat of summer, the car is actually dangerous to drive because the temps go over 100 F very quickly! We don’t they fix it??"

Mary L., CA (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Blower motor was working intermittently making the automatic climate control worthless."

Anonymous, SC (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"The HVAC blend actuator on the passenger side failed. Five hour repair."

Anonymous, (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"The car was blowing cold air into passenger footwell and hot air into driver footwell when heat was selected. It was diagnosed that the temperature blender which combines and regulates air temperature before sending into passenger compartment was not working properly and had to be replaced."

Mascha F., AZ (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"The blower went out making both the AC (when it was even working) and the heat virtually ineffective."

Laura B., WI (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

"Lost AC fluid, leaks fixed 6 months later evaporator replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Evaporator freon leak.....cost over $1500 to repair."

Carl P., CA (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Rear evaporator coil developed pin hole leaks and had to be replaced. Lost vehicle for 2 days, and cost around $750 for parts and labor"

Anonymous, NC (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Heater system

"The heater will not turn off which was not a problem until it got warm out. Now I will have get it fixed."

Anonymous, IA (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"passenger side only blowing cold air"

Robert P., NY (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"It was a very slow leaks, for which it took months to detect"

Anonymous, NY (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Coolant lines half way along car under rocker panel s where a joint normal occurs was improperly crimped/clamped by a previous party. There was a repair done pervious to my ownership and the fix was done incorrectly causing leaking of coolant at thos"

Anonymous, AB (2012 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

"Air conditioning started to fail after owning this vehicle for approximately two years. Technicians found that an unidentified valve had failed and was replaced. All is working well at this time."

Gary M., LA (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Happened twice. Approx 3 years ago and again last month"

Anonymous, MN (2012 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

"A/c quit working and needed refill twice"

Anonymous, VA (2012 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

"Refrigerant hose leak near radiator"

John G., IL (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"System constantly leaks refrigerant from different locations. First was the low pressure schrader valve, then leaking rear evaporator coil. GMC dealer attempted to fix the leaks twice before I took it to a competing brand dealer who was willing to troubleshoot the ac system. They found the leaks quickly and offered a repair solution. This wasn't until I already had paid over $700 to keep refilling the refrigerant after the GMC dealer "fixed" the issues"

Anonymous, NC (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"It was a high pressure line. It was expensive to replace in my opinion."

Anonymous, KS (2012 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Replace bulb in both daytime running lights"

Anonymous, UT (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"LED tail light quit working. Entire module had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WY (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Daytime running light failed. When I brought it in for service they told us the other one was out as well. After they fixed "both" of them, the daytime running light went out again. This all happened around 51k miles. My BMW DRL's have never blown"

Anonymous, CT (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"I replaced a burnt out tail light bulb."

Mario M., (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

"right running light"

Anonymous, SC (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Headines have burned out 3 times and are almost impossible to replace. Cost $125"

Jeffrey C., GA (2012 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

"Very time consuming and expensive to replace a single head light bulb"

Anonymous, IL (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"The headlights don't come on when the engine starts, and therefore, aren't on when the vehicle is driven, unless the headlight button is pushed. they are supposed to be automatic. Warranty repair coming next week"

Anonymous, CA (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Thank you for this opportunity to tell my melting headlight SAGA!! About one and a half years ago, or @ 77,000 miles, my right headlamp MELTED in the housing!! Took it to my local guys, who have taken care of most of my car maintenance for over 45 years. They ordered the ENTIRE HEADLIGHT UNIT, and installed it for @ $950.00. About a year ago, the left t headlamp MELTED! Same story, different side! This time I took it to my local dealership, and on the way out to the car, I passed the old right"

Anonymous, FL (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"One of the driving lights went out, I took it in to have it replaced. The service writer told me there was a recall on the headlights, so both were replaced under warrantee."

David M., IN (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"The housing around the headlights melted from the heat. As search of the secondary market indicated that many other vehicles have the same problem. GM has no warranty extension on this problem and the cost of the housing around the lights was first called a dad $1800 plus labor. I was able to get the dealer to reduce the cost to $1200 plus labour which is still a non-believable charge."

George V., MB (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Light burnt out required dealer to replace because of complexity of the job."

Mario M., (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Display PSI does not match actual pressure often setting off warning light OFTEN! System also confuses left and right and more annoying, front and rear tires. And no it's not just weather changes that understandably effect PSI."

Anonymous, MI (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Window washer quit working because of a problem in the turn signal switch."

Anonymous, PA (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The camera keeps causing warnings when it won't turn off. I get parking assist is malfunctioning"

Vivianne C., ON (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Back up camera is too dark during the day so is useless. Okay at night"

Anonymous, TX (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
CD player

"The loading mechanism for the GPS CD and other CDs broke after 3 years and we didn't even use it very much. We only used GPS for long trips and never played CDs. Fortunately the radio still works or we would have had to have the entire system replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Failure to connect with iPod fixed under warranty with new radio"

Anonymous, PA (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Getting "Disc Read Error" messages and won't load map or nav options"

Anonymous, GA (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Keeps on having difficulty reading the disc. Dealer cleaned the system but said if it did not work again it would have to be replaced at great cost. It worked well for a few months after cleaning."

George V., MB (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Electronics that turn off the radio when you exit the car did not work. The radio would occasionally stay on after locking the car"

Anonymous, SC (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"The radio would change stations randomly on its own. It was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, NE (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Omg - the satellite radio was supposed to be this huge value-add safety feature, but it works only about 33% of the time - ha for years now. The dealership will forward you to some local car stereo shyster, start down a list of component replacements they HOPE will fix the problem, or just beg off from fixing it. Most likely, th3 issue is a corrodes antenna wire under the car trying m, but we don’t want to invest any money in this car."

Mary L., CA (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"The Sirius/XM radio stopped working. The antenna cable for the SiriusXM radio runs under the roof. Apparently due to the heat and sun, the antenna cable dried out and cracked. The entire system had to be replaced and it was VERY expensive"

Anonymous, NV (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Speakers

"loud "popping" and "static noises" come from speakers during very cold weather and last for about 10 minutes after start up"

Anonymous, TN (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Rear speakers cut in and out which is incredibly annoying for anyone riding in the car, but especially passangers in the back, but it is too costly to repair to make it work it."

Anonymous, WI (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"The speakers fade in and out. You turn it up so you can hear it, then it pops back in and blasts your ears. It is incredibly annoying on longer trips... it's a similar experience to having someone continually turning the volume up/down/up/down."

Laura B., WI (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 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 brakes squeak and the steering squeaks"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

"driver seat squeaks"

Anonymous, TX (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"drivers seat squeaks when turning or going over bumps"

Paul C., OR (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"The dashboard rattles over bumps"

Anonymous, WI (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Had vehicle in twice to try to find the rattling noise. Not resolved. Really hurting our enjoyment of this vehicle. This source of noise is why I am taking the time to do this survey"

Anonymous, ON (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Steering wheel squeaks when it's turned"

Anonymous, GA (2012 GMC Acadia 3.6-L V6)

"squeaks/creak around drivers door"

Steve C., IL (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"the dash rattles whenever you go over bumps"

Anonymous, OH (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"unusually noisy with windows down"

Dennis G., OH (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Windows leaking air causing the sound, but there is no water leak occurring. Just distracting air leaking"

Anonymous, ON (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Recently developed a wind noise that is annoying but no one can pinpoint where it is coming from"

Anonymous, WI (2012 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

"I'm not sure what the problem was. The engine just quite and it needed to be towed to the repair shop. This was within 48 hours after spending more the $4,000.00 in repairs some of which were computer related. It was not noticed when we drove out of the repair shop that there was any problem but within 10 miles we noticed that several computer systems were not functioning. The rear view cameras system and backup alarm was not working, and the air conditioning was not working even though the system was working prior to taking it in and that the system had major repairs to the system months prior to this. Also when brought to the original dealer for some body work they informed me that the computer was loaded with error problems."

Anonymous, WV (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Engine light and alternator lights came on. Had to replace engine sensor and alternator"

Anonymous, NY (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"had to have throttle body cleaned to correct"

Richard L., NJ (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Engine hesitates, runs rough, stumbles"

Jeffrey C., GA (2012 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

"For several year each time the vehicle was brought in for service such as oil change and or other reasons which was several time a year we reported that the engine had a miss, and that it was very noticeable under a load and going up hills. They could never find any problems. It is my opinion that this ended up causing one piston rod to break. The car was never raced or treated harshly. The road broke while driving 50 mph."

Anonymous, WV (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Engine mounts

"In 2017, just 3 months after having my routine maintenance, we returned fir an oil Change to be advised that the engine mount needed to be replaced and tga5 w3 had an oil leak that was not apparent during the previous maintenance."

Rhonda R., TX (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"I had an extended warranty that covered the cost with a $100 deductible. However, had I not had the warranty my cost would have been approx. $350.00."

Gary S., TX (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Fuel leaks

"The engine oil has consistently had high levels of gasoline in the oil. This has been verified by oil sampling at oil changes. GM says that they are not aware of any problem with the engine and there are no recalls"

Charles B., OH (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Front seal on engine"

Anonymous, FL (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"The sensor malfunctioned, and would limit the speed to less than 40 MPH, even on the highway. The same sensor turned off the stability and traction control"

Matthew F., NY (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Calipers

"Left rear outside pad was stuck in engaged position causing noise, heat and a lot of concern"

Anonymous, WI (2012 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Normal wear / tear...the problem was resolved."

Anonymous, OH (2012 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"One caliper wouldn't fully release all the time"

Anonymous, WI (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"at 45000 miles needed to replace front brake pads and rotors"

Anonymous, CA (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Front brakes worn out at 41000 km ,even though vehicle had annual brake maintenance."

Anonymous, ON (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Front brakes and rotors Needed replacement at low kms even though they received regular service."

Anonymous, ON (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"Brake system needed a lot of work on all part, $ 1000 plus. Brakes don't seem to last long."

Anonymous, NY (2012 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

"I had the brakes replaced and the rotors needed replacing. The dealer said that you automatically do this every brake job. That they cannot be turned. This was not the case in previous cars. Have the manufacturers cheapened the calipers?"

Alan H., MI (2012 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"door trim was loose was replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, IL (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"The horizontal trim piece on the driver's side rear door was loose in front, and when the door was opened it impacted the front door and bent the trim. It was replaced at no cost by the dealer"

Anonymous, NV (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"weather stripping around the rear hatch, swelling, doesn't seem constant seal, however dos not leak"

Richard H., ON (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Rubber molding above passenger side of vehicle came loose. Adhesive or glue failed"

Norman D., KY (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Within the first year of ownership, we had to replace the interior plug covers (21012/2013). In 2014, the floor guard inside the passenger seating area, had to be replaced. In 2017, we again replaced many broken latches, covers etc. and the exterior, plastic cover on the middle passenger row seat."

Rhonda R., TX (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"seat adjuster housing trim broken in 2015 was replaced and broke again about a year later"

Anonymous, NY (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint chips easily"

Anonymous, TX (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Paint is fading near the top of the drivers side front door. Black rubber trim and the GMC pinstriping are cracking and fading as well"

Todd H., LA (2012 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"It was a purged cylinder valve. Covered by warranty I had purchased. If I did not have a warranty the total cost would have been $288.00. Took the shop about an hour to fix"

Gary S., TX (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Very disappointed this weird failure was not a manufacturing defect. The fuel gauge floating sensor is not something that should get worn out"

Anonymous, TX (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"gas gauge always read full, fuel gauge sender in gas tank had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Over the past two years this vehicle has had a problem with an intermittent misfire making the cause difficult to pin point. Recently the misfire became permanent and was diagnosed as a faulty fuel injector (it was stuck open). I had all the injectors replace at a cost of $2800."

Anonymous, CA (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump failed. Did not stall the vehicle, but wife saw message stating power reduction. Brought straight to the dealer. Was told the fuel pump was defective, replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, LA (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"took awhile to figure it out"

Anonymous, MD (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Fuel sensor was bad It showed no fuel on guage and check engine light warning was on"

Anonymous, NY (2012 GMC Acadia 3.6-L V6)

"A fuel sensor malfunctioned. This evidently was a monitoring device in the fuel line."

Anonymous, FL (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 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

Mirrors

"The mirrors would rotate outward, but the motor kept trying to push them out further, even though they had reached the maximum outward position. This problem was the subject of 4 visits to the Service Department"

Sharon J., MS (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Drivers side mirror (actual reflective plate piece) has fallen out a few times for no apparent reason. Thought it was car wash first time, but after having it replaced it happened again twice!"

Anonymous, MI (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Motors quit in both mirrors"

Todd H., LA (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Seat belts

"the second row center seat seat belt would not latch had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"second row captains chairs, the buckle gets caught not allowing the seat to go down property. when returning the chair to original position after folding forward, buckle must be set/positioned by hand and carefully push seat back into original posi"

Richard H., ON (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"the plastic trim that the seat control panel mounts in is very flimsy and cracked and broke allowing the control panel to fall out"

Anonymous, NY (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tailgate failed to latch and was fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Hydraulic needed to be replaced. Made terrible noise when closing"

Anonymous, MI (2012 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

4WD/AWD components

"The "Service AWD System" warning started coming on intermittently. The dealership implemented a fit sp0ecified in a GM service bulletin to resolve the issue"

Anonymous, CO (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"worn bearing in rear wheel"

Samuel W., MD (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"At about 90,000 service, the service rep noticed grease leaking from the right front axle joint. After a full inspection, he advised that axle needed replacement. However, because it was a part of the drive train (FWD), the repair was covered under the factory warranty,"

Anonymous, NV (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Electrical failure

"There was a recall on the rear hatch lifting. when repaired, the battery was disconnected. This caused an actuator failure which caused the A/C to malfunction. I had to pay for the repair!"

Anonymous, FL (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Transfer case

"The transfer case vent is located near the cabin air intake, and has resulted in a propane-like smell in the cabin. The dealership had to modify the vent to partially resolve this problem (per GM service bulletin)"

Anonymous, CO (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"No Mechanic could identify what the cause of the problem was. I had to go onto GMC Arcadia forms to identify the converter issue. Unfortunately you have to remove the transmission In order to get to the converter. Very costly and time-consuming."

Anonymous, MA (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"transmission began getting rough, like it was stuttering when under strain around 40 and 70 mph. GMC accepted responsibility for this and rebuilt/repaired problem last month. So far it is running ok"

Anonymous, VA (2012 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission seemed to buck all the time while driving. Took it back to the dealer several times and they said it was normal. Finally failed completely and couldn't drive, but was out of warranty by that time and had to pay $5,000 to rebuild the transmission. Terribly frustrating - will never buy a GMC again. Ever. not just because of the faulty transmission, but also the run-around we got from their so-called transmission experts."

John S., NH (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Late last year this vehicle was having a problem with shuddering and hesitation on acceleration. At first I thought it was an engine issue but it turned out to the transmission torque converter failing according to the repair shop. We had the transmission replaced at a cost of over $5500."

Anonymous, CA (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Engine overheated 3 times on vacation trip to Colorado"

Anonymous, LA (2012 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

"Couldn't drive more than a couple miles without overheatjing. Also nhad to refill a/c coolent twice"

Anonymous, VA (2012 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)
Water pump

"Since the water pump was replaced I've had an random issue with the throttle not responding, GM is currently looking into the cause and cure.......scary in the midst of heavy traffic"

Rod C., KS (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"The water pump failed at 60k miles (leaking coolant), seems a bit premature to me"

Anonymous, CA (2012 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

"The alternator has been replaced twice. The labor was almost four hours because of the difficulty in getting to and changing the part. Everything we've had to do to this vehicle has been a convaluted hassle."

Anonymous, (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery has continuously discharged and can not be explained. Brought into shop at least five times (including this week). Problem is still a mystery...they keep replacing batteries"

Anonymous, TX (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Battery was not charging properly during cold weather conditions. Due to the placement of the battery compartment and the type of battery required I was not able to replace the battery on my own"

Anonymous, QC (2012 GMC Acadia 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"We took this vehicle in several time for maintenance and service. Each time we informed them that we were experiencing an engine miss. I feel that this engine miss caused a piston rod to fracture causing a engine replacement. Note also that before the engine replacement we had the AC worked on costing over a thousand dollars. After the engine replacement we again had to have the AC worked on due to a damaged AC line which I feel was a result of the engine replacement which they claimed was no fault of theirs."

Anonymous, WV (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"just blew up"

Anonymous, VA (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Was replaced under warranty due to wear"

Anonymous, NC (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 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

"Under part throttle at moderate speeds less than 50 mph car lurches intermittently instead of maintaining smooth speed. GMC dealer ran computer diagnostics on drive train and said everything is fine. Technically, it pulled no error codes. However after doing research, we found this is a known problem, and it is unnerving to say the least, since it feels like the car is probably running out of gas and is unsettling to all passengers in the car."

Mascha F., AZ (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"The slip didn't happen all the time. It was small and took me a long time to realize what was happening. My dealership fixed it under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Three weeks after a major transmission rebuild that cost $5,000 - the car again would not drive. Dealer took it back and fixed a faulty sensor - said it was normal after rebuilding the transmission that the sensors might fail. Are you kidding me??? Pay $5k to rebuild transmission and get stranded on the side of the road 3 weeks later? They fixed the sensor for free, but we have no trust in this vehicle anymore. Transmission could fail at any minute without warning."

John S., NH (2012 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Airbag warning light comes on sometimes. Not all the time. Still does it."

Anonymous, PA (2012 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Just a repetitive recurrence of the warning light. About once a year. Seems to be pressure sensor under front passenger seat. Replaced and/or rewired several times."

Richard Y., ON (2012 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
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