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General Motors might not build minivans anymore, but that doesn't mean they're out of the big family-vehicle market, as three-row SUVs such as the GMC Acadia demonstrates. The large SUV is very spacious inside, comfortably seating up to eight adults, while leaving some cargo space behind the third row. Drivers and passengers should appreciate the quiet cabin, comfortable seats, and well-finished interior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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.

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.
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
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.
Road Test

General Motors might not build minivans anymore, but that doesn't mean they're out of the big family-vehicle market, as three-row SUVs such as the GMC Acadia demonstrates.

The large SUV is very spacious inside, comfortably seating up to eight adults, while leaving some cargo space behind the third row. Drivers and passengers should appreciate the quiet cabin, comfortable seats, and well-finished interior.

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.

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 2014 GMC Acadia owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

“The cooling system stopped working. Apparently the problem was in the controls and vents (not the compressor). Took almost a month to get the parts and fix the problem”

Anonymous, MD (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“cold air constantly flows into vehicle”

Cynthia D., NY (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Failed but was replaced on warranty. No issues since”

Anonymous, WA (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Condenser

“Failed and replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, TX (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

“Leak in evaporator caused by fan blowing metal shavings. There was a service bulletin on this. Repaired under warranty. Would have cost over$1000 to repair”

Robert S., NC (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Contaminated evaporator came apart, damaged the blower, and leak refrigerant. These were replaced under the 7-year extended warranty that I bought when I bought the car”

Ron H., FL (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Had to be replaced twice because of freon leaks”

Anonymous, TX (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“I have owned the car for3 years and have had to replace the rear evaporator three times and the front one once. Only one of the failures was covered by warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Evaporator had a leak in it causing AC not to cool correctly when outside temperature was 90 or above”

William P., GA (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“The car quit cooling (as if there was no freeon). The fan worked but the car wasn't cooling. I took it in and the dealership said it was a rear evaporator (whatever that is), replaced it and it is now cooling”

Claudia C., MS (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“Caused by leak in evaporator”

Robert S., NC (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Wasn't maintaining cold air”

Anonymous, TX (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Rear evap coil replaced 2 years ago. Now leaking freon again, somewhere”

Anonymous, AL (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“I had a leak in 2015, and refrigerant added. When I had another leak in 2016, it was no longer under warranty even though they never fixed the original leak”

Rodney B., DE (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Not blowing cold air”

Anonymous, AR (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Air condition stopped cooling....needed to be recharged with Freon....tech was unable to find leak....this will probably be an ongoing problem because Freon leak was not found”

Anonymous, IL (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“leak in evaporator which caused no cooling”

Jack H., SC (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 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

“Display screen seems blurred when backing up into sun”

Anonymous, MN (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Back up camera stays dark for about 8 seconds when it';s sunny and I'm in the shade. I have to just sit and wait until it brightens so it is visible. None of the adjustments (day, night, automatic) have any effect at all”

Anonymous, ON (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“The radio / backup Camera screen cracked internally and the touch screen wouldn't work”

D T., IL (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“The GPS froze up and was completely replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“not always working, takes long way time wise even though set to fastest route, and unable to change destination on activate while moving, even by passenger”

Anonymous, NC (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Radio and screen would make loud noise and blank out--was told it was due to release level of Android OS on my cell phone”

Anonymous, MN (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Phone un-pairs when engine turned off. And when re-paired, can only dial while driving. For safety reasons, this is opposite of the way it should be. i.e. Contacts or Previous lists do not work while driving”

Anonymous, ON (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“2013 Sierra pairs with my apple 4 phone BUT 2014 Acadia will pair but speech not understandable speech”

Anonymous, NC (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“On star completely quit”

Cynthia D., NY (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“the radio would shut down, I would restart it and it would shut down again. This has occurred around 50 times. I've had it in a couple of times but they would find nothing. Last week it occurred 4 times in a mile and a half and I could not get it”

Anonymous, WI (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Doesn't take simple name voice commands well and freezes up screen and locks bluetooth and remote phone so you have to stop and turn off engine, open the door and wait say 5+ minutes before starting again. Very annoying!”

Anonymous, VA (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

“DVD won't load. Just gives a read error. Never worked we'll anyway. Remote doesn't work and had to be paused and restarted when it was working to get the movie to come on back screen”

Anonymous, IL (2014 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

“A sensor was replaced we only had a warning light but no drive ability problems”

Anonymous, UT (2014 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“The mirror trim is loose and rattles”

Anonymous, MI (2014 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“The chrome moldings along the doors had to be replaced three times”

Anonymous, TX (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“The Acadia has body mouldingson the roof next to the luggage rails which blow off when I wash the SUV, I have tried several car washs to no avail”

Tim C., IL (2014 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“The moulding on the top where the rain gutter is located became loose during a car wash and came out of the moulding slot. Dealer is to fix”

Anonymous, AB (2014 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Rubber strip on roof on driver's side came loose. Dealer said plants used to install with glue and now install with clips. Dealers are fixing with glue”

Anonymous, MI (2014 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“Cowling molding at bottom of windshield warped”

Anonymous, CA (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“very minor issue”

Anonymous, MI (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Trim moulding son rooftop come loose in car wash”

Anonymous, IL (2014 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Rust

“PAINT BUBBLED ON EDGE OF HOOD. DEALER SAID IT WASN'T PROPERLY SEALED AT MFG. WHERE ALUMINUM MEETS METAL. REPAIRED UNDER WARRANTY”

Anonymous, WI (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“The rubber molding on the car body that seals the bottom of the driver door keeps coming off . The clips that hold it on are not robust enough to keep it on . I believe when feet brush by it it comes off much too easily”

Anonymous, MD (2014 GMC Acadia SL 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

“I have had to replace the entire lighting system first on the right and then on the left at a total cost of $2,000”

James P., AZ (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Premature failure of headlight”

Anonymous, NC (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

“clicker for directional lights may not work”

Thomas M., OK (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“Premature failure of washer system”

Anonymous, NC (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Wipers have failed on more than one occasion. Motor has been replaced two times on one side and once on the passenger side”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
12V power plug

“Loose fit for plug in devices and blown fuses”

Anonymous, MI (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The outlet in the second row of seats failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Moisture in tail lights”

Judy H., SC (2014 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

“Rear taillights fog up every time it rains and are obscured. GM this is normal. But it greatly reduced brake light visability”

Anonymous, BC (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The front sunroof leaks water whenever it rains and I can't take it through a car wash. The wind noise is most annoying as well. GM tells me that there is not a problem”

Guy M., ON (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“noise from rear of car underneath at highway speed that comes and goes. they can't find anything”

Robert M., OH (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“2nd row seat squeak when passengers are seated in those seats”

Anonymous, DE (2014 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Very light rattle as if something was loose around driver's door lock and around the glove compartment”

Anonymous, TX (2014 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“The wind noise id most annoying and GM tells me it's normal road noise. Not true. After paying almost $70K you'd think GM would be more professional. I'll never buy another GM product again”

Guy M., ON (2014 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

Premature brake wear

“just rear breaks wore out bad enough to replace pads and rotors. thought that was odd”

Christopher M., NY (2014 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

“I think brakes at 25000 miles is toooo sooon. Brakes should last longer than 25000 especially when its mostly high way miles”

George F., WI (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

“Vibration on braking”

George F., WI (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“From the service record: "Found the LR caliper is sticking at times. Wearing the pad uneven and overheating the rotor. Needs the LR caliper, rear pads and rotors replaced." Total parts and labor was $777.83, at the time the vehicle had 62,216 miles on it”

Anonymous, MA (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Master cylinder

“Brake booster squeal at low speed. Dealer replaced”

M G., NC (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 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

“Occasionally slips in 3rd gear”

Anonymous, TX (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“up shifting at a intersection cause a grabbing condition which skates the total van”

Gary S., MI (2014 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Transmission: See GM Bulletin #01-07-30-042H: Information on 2-3 Upshift or 3-2 Downshift Clunk Noise-(Jan 14,2014....I was informed this is normal and per GM "no repairs should be attempted" Overall.vary disappointed with this vehicle. Thank you”

Anonymous, IL (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“From the 1st week this vehicle periodically had a rough shift between 17 and 21 MPH. It would clunk on occasion when it shifted. I have had the dealer and GMC check this car 4 times and their explanation is that this hard shift is a characteristic o”

Anonymous, FL (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Rough shifting from 3-4th gear”

Anonymous, TX (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 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

Power steering leaks

“Bought from dealer and power steering stopped working. Took back and they changed line”

Anonymous, NY (2014 GMC Acadia SL 3.6-L V6)

“Noisy right front sound. Brakes unreliable, fluid noted under car. $1500 repair, brakes and steering”

Anonymous, WI (2014 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“passenger strut leaking”

Anonymous, NY (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 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 bad suddenly. Warning system came on and alerted of the issue, was able to drive about 35 miles before it shut down completely”

Todd S., FL (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Engine harness

“Connected to my first problem”

Anonymous, PA (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 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

“All lights came on, engine VERY rough - bucking. Dealer had vehicle for 4 days and could not find anything wrong”

David G., NY (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“While driving the vehicle, the engine would shut off or run erratically. The dealership stated I had a loose computer connection to my engine/transmission. They corrected the problem”

Anonymous, PA (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“When first starting out there is a howl from the transmission for about one quarter to one half mile at 2600 to 3200 RPM, then the howl is reduced to one forth the sound and at lower RPM. We believe it is the converter or the pump”

Anonymous, OK (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“I had leak between trans and engine. Had it fixed at dealer and after driving maybe 20 miles the transmission blew up.GM wants to rebuild but I want new.Still negotiating after almost 3 weeks.Not happy”

Anonymous, ON (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“My radio would turn itself off randomly and then turn back on. There was a recall on some sort of electronics module and I haven't had the problem since”

Claudia C., MS (2014 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“System sometimes turns on of its own, or changes track/station”

Anonymous, TX (2014 GMC Acadia SLE 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

Doors or sliding doors

“same problem as reported to frames back”

Anonymous, MD (2014 GMC Acadia SL 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Filled with gas - replaced cap- tried to start - difficult to start -started - ran rough - limped to repair shop had to leave it there - they replaced a sensor”

Jack H., IL (2014 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.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Drive shaft indicated a problem when you made a full turn to the left, it started ticking loudly”

Richard F., TX (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

“Engine light came on. Car difficult to start. Temp gauge inoperative.whole system replaced including its computer.. Cost over $1200”

Anonymous, CT (2014 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

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

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