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 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave corporate trio demonstrates. The test results for our Traverse test vehicle also apply to the Acadia, which differs only in styling details.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 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

A/C compressor

"Freon line was rubbing against the radiator causing line to rupture. I had extended warranty covered the $900.00 repair."

Anonymous, (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"A/C stopped blowing cold air on one side of the vehicle, added coolant, problem stopped. Happened again, repeated coolant addition, problem stopped. Problem was resolved the 3rd time by replacing the A/C system. This occurred over a period of around 18 months"

Anonymous, FL (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Driving one day, and I heard a loud pop under the hood. Took it to the dealer because it was still under warranty. They discovered that it was the AC compressor in the back of the vehicle. The technician told me that the replacement part that he used broke when testing it. It had to be replaced again, before it was finally released to me. Vehicle was in the shop for a day."

Anonymous, TX (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

"Air conditioning system failed at 35,000 miles. Spent $1500 to repair. Out of warranty by 5 months."

Tom A., MI (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Rear area evaporator developed small leak causing AC to not be cooling properly"

Joseph L., CA (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Rear evaporator failed, wasn’t covered by warranty, and needed to be replaced. Symptoms of the problem made it impossible to control climate in rear cabin of the vehicle."

Anonymous, OH (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Rear ac evaporator starting to leak & didn't cool properly took to dealer and had it repaired under warranty at no cost to us."

Anonymous, CA (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Heater system

"extra hot air comes out of vents when turning t right or left then it returns to normal"

Gary N., WA (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Busted a/c line"

Anonymous, AR (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Poor design - one of the refrigerant lines rubbed against power steering pump, causing the leak. The replacement hoses have a foam sleeve to prevent the leak due to the friction."

Fred F., MD (2016 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"rear compartment evaporator leak. evap needed replacement."

Anonymous, (2016 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"A/c would blow air, but warm air. Upon taking in for repair, they could not find the leak but adding more Freon solved the problem. I've had to do this twice (It's been to two repair shops and neither time could the repair folks find the leak even with putting dye Into the system)"

Anonymous, (2016 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

Display screen goes blank

"Display screen goes blank while driving and then comes back on after a short period of time 1-2minutes or seconds"

Anonymous, MI (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"When using navigation maps if I get a phone call the screen changes to a phone screen and remains there after the call is completed - it should go back to the nav screen. If I plug in my phone to the in-dash USB port, the satellite or radio station I'm listening to changes to my music on the phone. Also, the nav screen changes to the music screen. Both of these issues are resolved by making multiple touches on the screen to get back to where I was, but that requires distracted driving."

Jon S., NC (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Hardware replacement

"Twice the head unit has to have been replaced. Once was under warranty but once was at my extremely high expense. There simply is no excuse for these Systems Failing chronically. It's still not right and blinks out completely. Bad vehicle manufactured by a bad manufacturer. Stay away."

Anonymous, MD (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Only get 2 route options and you have to select 1 of them before you can see what it is. On the other 6 vehicles with NAV that I've had (3 different manufacturers), 3 route options were available and could be seen before selecting which route I wanted. Traffic was included in the NAV purchase price of the other vehicles, and the purchase prices were similar to GM's, but GM requires a monthly subscription payment for traffic. You lose the NAV screen if you get a phone call on your synced phone, and you lose it when you plug your phone into the in-dash USB port. Can't set drive time to destination as your default; you always get arrival time unless you reset to drive time for that trip only. Destination distances over 1 mile are give in whole miles, not miles and 10ths under 10 miles as they were in the other 6 vehicles have and had. As a result, for example, 2.2 miles is displayed as 3 miles until the distrance drops below 2, then it remains 2 until the distance becomes less than 1 so, for example, 1.1 miles shows as 2 miles. Recently the maps screen somehow changes itself to a different map, then changes itself back to the previous map."

Jon S., NC (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Doesn't always maintain connection"

Christopher A., ID (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Bluetooth unpairs constantly."

Anonymous, NY (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Car will not retrieve contact list from my new (Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phone). GM and Samsung both say this is a known problem."

Mark E., MD (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Radio signal weak for AM/FM stations. Also, FM not HD as in 2013 Acadia"

Anonymous, IL (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"X-M Radio Receiver fades and sometimes dies with message to check receiver. GMC will not support dealers in diagnosing and repairing/replacing this component."

Anonymous, OK (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Voice control commands

"The Bluetooth microphone does not work properly. The vehicle has been in the shop several times to fix and/or replace the microphone"

Anonymous, AK (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 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

"Weather stripping around top of windshield had a leak and was letting in water when going through a car wash"

Anonymous, MI (2016 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

"long weatherstripping running the length of the roof has repeatedly come loose. Dealer has glued it down 3 times"

Anonymous, OK (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Loud whistling noise near right lower windshield at 70mph. Recorded on iPhone and took to dealer. They couldn't replicate so "nothing wrong". We get on the road and there it goes"

Anonymous, (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"metal lines running from rear of engine to front top compartment of engine. I used rubber hose material to cover touching hoses and stopped contact, problem solved"

Edward C., TX (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"a clicking sound comes from the right front wheel when turning left; have not yet been to the dealer about it"

Anonymous, VA (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Problems with several surface interfaces. Between the driver door and jamb, there's a constant rattle. Sunroof has also rattled"

Anonymous, OK (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Front wheels rattle and almost sound like they are going to fall off. Dealer inspected and found no issues."

Anonymous, NV (2016 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Door trim moldings on passenger side were warped and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"The trim on the roof is loose"

Anonymous, IA (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"rubber trim piece on driver side roof loose"

Michael H., NC (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Exterior door bumper moldings were coming off on fronts and backs. I took in while under warranty and they were replaced at no cost."

Anonymous, NE (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"Roof molding came off at highway speeds"

K B., NJ (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Many pieces of molding pop out at random times esp. when temperature changes.. rugs don’t fit right under seat in corners.. just random fit and finish that gmc just doesn’t care about."

Anonymous, NC (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Car was shaking a bit. I brought it to a new dealer because my dealer was sold then went out of business. Car was out of warranty but it is a known problem and GMC Won't issue a recall"

Anonymous, (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The entire transmission and torque converter needs to be replaced at only 76,000 Mi despite the vehicle having been operated very gently through its entire life. This is the latest in a series of transmission problems that have never been properly diagnosed and repaired until now. I am not repairing it but I am trading it in. I would never buy another GM product and caution no one else to either"

Anonymous, MD (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"The vehicle stopped shifting in to 2nd gear. Engine would rev high and then it would clunk into 3rd gear. Drove it home then straight to the dealer. By the time we got there check engine light was on and more gears were not working. Fortunately, it was fixed under 5year powertrain warranty."

Anonymous, MI (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Lost reverse and mid to upper range forward gears. Problem occurred without warning. Transmission was repaired under warranty but it took a week for the repairs."

Anonymous, ON (2016 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.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

"Sunroof was not sealing properly, water was leaking from rear seal"

Michael H., NC (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The tailgate stop mechanism when it contacts an object such as the open garage door has failed twice resulting in serious paint scratches"

Randy B., FL (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Tailgate shakes violently if stopped mid stroke. Does not stop if it encounters an object while opening."

Anonymous, NC (2016 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)

"Faulty blind spot indicator"

James M., NY (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Smoke started coming out of the dashboard"

Anonymous, TN (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

"The side collision detection system stopped working. Apparently this is an issue in the Northeast as the units corrode."

Anonymous, NY (2016 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

Slipping transmission

"Noticed when purchased when going up hills which is an everyday occurrence for us. Dealer said it was computer and normal for that vehicle. Had it rechecked. Told same thing. Very rough"

Anonymous, (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Seal needed to be reinstalled."

Anonymous, TX (2016 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

Master cylinder

"Brake pedal was pulsating I took it to the dealership for service and was told that it was repaired. Same problem continued to happen. Took it back to the dealership service department and was told that there was another problem and that there was a leak. I had to pay to resolve this problem in addition to the previous problem."

Anonymous, (2016 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"I had to take the vehicle to the dealership service department twice for the same problem. If they had listened to my problem the first time it would have save me time and inconvenience."

Anonymous, (2016 GMC Acadia Unsure 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

"Power steering hose or connection started leaking; repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Car failed state inspection because of this leak. Cost almost $3,000 to repair."

Mark E., MD (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Sensors on both sides failed. Was supposed to be a $1,100 repair. GMC decided to cover it at no cost. I believe it was moisture in the sensors that froze that caused them to fail"

Anonymous, IL (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

"both sensors malfunctioned (right and left side) and needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, MI (2016 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.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"The cylinder had to be replaced this year and also last year. This led to transmission issues and shifting problems. Unsure if it is fixed but am hoping it is"

Anonymous, CT (2016 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"They started with the transmission and then moved to fixing the engine. All work done at the dealer and only partially under warrantee as it expired the month before the problems happened"

Anonymous, CT (2016 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Within 1000 miles, battery failed completely, had to be towed to dealer to be repaired."

Ryan H., IL (2016 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

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.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
SEATS
Dec 11, 2015
If the seat frame is not welded in the correct places, the seat may not perform as intended, and in the event of a crash, the seat occupant could be at an increased risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured November 6, 2015, to November 12, 2015. The affected vehicles have a the third row left lower seat frame that may have welds that are not in the correction location.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the third row left side lower seat frame, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on January 29, 2016. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782 or Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. GM's number for this recall is 21930.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V833000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2633
VISIBILITY
Sep 29, 2015
A wiper motor that overheats increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured August 18, 2015 to September 24, 2015. Due to a manufacturing defect, the windshield wiper motor may overheat when used.
What should you do:
GM has notified owners, and dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor cover assembly, free of charge. Owners are advised not to use their front windshield wipers until the wiper cover has been replaced. If weather conditions prevent operation of the vehicle without using the windshield wipers, GM will make arrangements to pick up the vehicle for servicing. The recall began on September 30, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 15780.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V609000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 29295
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