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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 is 1 recall 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 2015 GMC Acadia owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Cross traffic warning system quit”

Jerry W., ME (2015 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Periodically when backing up the rear camera goes dark. It happens at least 2-3 times per week and when it does it will not correct until the next drive”

Michael G., VA (2015 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Screen has frozen in the start up position on two occasions”

Michael G., VA (2015 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Navigation database is dated 2nd quarter 2013. So far I have not been able to update my navigation data. Dealer is helping and has not been successful. Not all 2015 GMC models are affected in this manner”

Per L., NM (2015 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Inaccurate maps, bizarre routing. Unable to operate certain necessary features while moving while unnecessary and more complex features remain available. Slow re-routing. No easy way to turn audio prompts on or off. Too many audio prompts”

James M., NC (2015 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Sometimes the Bluetooth would connect my phone and/or text messages and sometimes it would not. The dealer replaced the computer chip and now it works fine”

Anonymous, IL (2015 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“No way to use Bluetooth features without also requiring hand-free to be on”

James M., NC (2015 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

“This is the second Acadia we owned that had the Compressor or Evaporator go out in 2-3 years”

Anonymous, MO (2015 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“Temperature changes dramatically at the strangest times. For example, after driving a while in the winter with the heater on, the air conditioner goes on causing frost on windows”

Anonymous, IL (2015 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“We had cooling in the front and none in the back. GMC said it was a condenser? in the back and replaced it under warranty”

Anonymous, GA (2015 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

“Merely a minor leak. Could have happened to any car or SUV. They correct it quickly”

Anonymous, FL (2015 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Rear Evaporator went out on last two Acadias we owned. A 2011 and 2015”

Anonymous, MO (2015 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“A/C-compressor and line had to be replaced last May. In August compressor,dryer, and evaporator had to be replaced. Car out of service for 3 weeks due to national backorder of parts”

Richard J., FL (2015 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Seats rock back and forth. Dealer indicated nothing can be done”

Anonymous, NJ (2015 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“There was a loose plastic door panel holder inside the left rear door. It rattled when turning the car. The dealer service department discovered the loose piece of plastic rattling inside the door. It was an extra piece that was thrown loose inside the door during assembly at the factory”

Anonymous, IN (2015 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Overhead rattle toward rear, rattle in left front in dash”

Wes H., IL (2015 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“brake pedal squeeks”

Anonymous, TN (2015 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Way too noisy when traveling 70mph or more. My previous Experience with Lexus was way better in quietness. GMC has Some work to do”

Anonymous, FL (2015 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“high pitched noise at highway speeds, sound comes through the sun roof, no fix ever identified”

Ben B., IL (2015 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“A rubber trim piece on the roof came loose and flew off when driving. The dealer replaced it under warranty the first time. Within a year it came off again. The dealer reluctantly replaced it was warranty again. I understand in the midwest there is temp fluctuations, but the vehicles should be designed to compensate for that”

Katie O., WI (2015 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“The trim on the top of the Car will come out when you go threw a car wash, they tried to fix it 3 times the last time the replaced it”

Robert D., MI (2015 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Clip that holds chrome hitch cover was defective so hitch cover fell off. Bought new cover for $187. Dealer suggested I superglue clip to put in on when lease is up. Meanwhile, I drive around without one a chrome hitch cover”

Wayne C., MI (2015 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“There was a missing small plastic part behind the second row captains chair. It must have been missing from the beginning as I never found it laying around the car. At first they balked on replacing it but then agreed. At the end they wanted the old missing part and I told them I had never had it. No charge”

Anonymous, GA (2015 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“on the edge of the hood was a bubble that looked like a rust spot but the dealer said it was a corrosion spot that wasn't properly prepped before painting”

Anonymous, FL (2015 GMC Acadia Unsure 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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“GMC had a recall on the tailgate mechanism. It was repaired at the dealer”

Anonymous, NJ (2015 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Leaky rear hatch seal needed adjustment”

Wayne C., MI (2015 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Doors or sliding doors

“door hinge needed adjusting”

Anonymous, MN (2015 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission had to be rebuilt at 60000 miles”

Shannon C., MT (2015 GMC Acadia Denali 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

“Condensation inside the tail lights”

Werner W., SC (2015 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

Brakes

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

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.

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.

Transmission Minor

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

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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