GMC Acadia

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GMC Acadia
Manufacturer GMC (General Motors)
Production 2006–present
Model years 2007–present
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door CUV
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Transmission 6-speed automatic

The GMC Acadia is a full-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV) from GMC. The GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse, and Buick Enclave share the new GM Lambda platform. The Acadia went on sale in the United States in December 2006, and in Canada in January 2007. The Acadia replaces three of the 7- or 8-seater vehicles on the Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealership network, the mid-size GMC Safari van, the GMC Envoy, and the Pontiac Montana SV6 minivan for the domestic market. As of 2009, the Lambda vehicles have replaced the Buick Rainier, Buick Rendezvous, and the Buick Terraza, and then subsequently the GMC Envoy and the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. A Denali version of the Acadia debuted in 2010 as a 2011 model. In 2016, the second generation Acadia was repositioned as a mid-size crossover utility vehicle (as a 2017 model) in order to compete within the growing mid-size CUV market against the likes of the Ford Edge and Dodge Journey.

First generation[edit]

GMC Acadia
'14 GMC Acadia (MIAS '14).JPG
Production 2006–2016
Model years 2007–2016
Assembly Lansing Delta Township Assembly, Delta Township, Michigan
Body and chassis
Class Full-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV)
Platform GM Lambda platform/GMT968 (Series GMT960)
Transmission 6-speed 6T75 automatic
Wheelbase 118.9 in (3,020 mm)
  • 2007–2008 & 2013–present: 201.1 in (5,108 mm)
  • 2009–2012: 200.7 in (5,098 mm)
  • 2007–2008 & 2013–present: 78.9 in (2,004 mm)
  • 2009–2012: 78.2 in (1,986 mm)
  • 2007–2008 & 2013–present: 72.8 in (1,849 mm)
  • 2009–2012: 69.9 in (1,775 mm)
2007 GMC Acadia

The Acadia represents GMC's entry-level truck-like CUV and is the first unibody vehicle from the marque. It is also GMC's first front-wheel drive passenger vehicle and GMC's first crossover utility vehicle (CUV). GMC's first front wheel drive vehicle was the mid-1970s motorhome, a recreational vehicle that used derivative of the GM E platform from the Cadillac Eldorado and Oldsmobile Toronado.

The Acadia has seating for eight and either front or all-wheel drive. With a 5,200 lb (2,359 kg) towing capacity, the Acadia slots between the Envoy and the Yukon. The Acadia is the mid-priced Lambda model between the Chevrolet Traverse and Enclave. The Acadia had average reliability ratings in Consumer Reports' surveys.

Suspension and chassis[edit]

The 2008 Acadia has a 118.9 in (3,020 mm) wheelbase and 67.28 in (1,709 mm) front/rear tracks. The independent front suspension is a MacPherson strut design, with a direct-acting stabilizer bar and aluminum knuckles. The independent rear suspension uses a "H" Linked design.

Steering is power-assisted rack-and-pinion, with an optional variable-effort system. Standard are 18 inch wheels and tires, with optional 19 inch wheels. Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard.

Engine and transmission[edit]

The Acadia uses GM's High Feature LY7 V6 that was introduced in the Cadillac CTS. In the Acadia, the engine produces 275 hp (205 kW) and 251 lb·ft (340 N·m) of torque. The Acadia also uses the new GM-Ford 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 2009 model year engine was the direct injected LLT, producing 288 hp (215 kW) and 270 lb·ft (366 N·m) of torque.

The 2012 Acadia has a 3.6 L V6 engine producing 288 hp (215 kW) and 270 lb·ft (366 N·m) torque.[citation needed]

Year Engine Power Torque Transmission
2007–2008 3.6 L LY7 V6 275 hp (205 kW) 251 lb·ft (340 N·m) 6-speed 6T75
2009–present 3.6 L LLT V6 288 hp (215 kW) 270 lb·ft (366 N·m)


The Acadia features available 3-row, 7 or 8-seater seating. Inside, the Acadia features more contemporary trim than the Outlook, including chrome and satin nickel textures, and a wider variety of two-toned interior colors such as an Ebony and Light Titanium (grey) cloth upholstery, and a choice of either Ebony, Light Titanium (grey) or Brick (brown) leather upholstery. A heads-up display similar to those found in the Cadillac XLR, Cadillac STS, Pontiac Grand Prix, Pontiac Aztek, Pontiac Bonneville, Buick Park Avenue and Chevrolet Corvette is one of the available options exclusive to the Acadia and standard on the Acadia Denali thus far.

Wheels and tires[edit]

The 2008 Acadia features 19 inch cast aluminum wheels and Goodyear Eagle RS-A M+S P255/60R-19 108H tires with a high-pressure compact spare tire standard on the SLT2 model and optional on the SLT1. The SLE model has 18 inch painted aluminum wheels with P255/65R-18 tires. The SLT1 comes standard with 18 inch machined aluminum wheels.

Acadia Denali[edit]

First generation 2011 GMC Acadia Denali
first generation refresh for 2013 GMC Acadia Denali
Back of the 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

The Denali version of the Acadia arrived at dealerships as a 2011 model in the third quarter of 2010.[1] This upgraded trim is available in FWD and AWD versions in seven- or eight-passenger form and features monotone paint, honeycomb grille, unique front and rear fascias, along with HID headlamps, chrome accents, exhaust tips, and six-spoke 20-inch wheels. Interior upgrades include perforated leather seating and wood trim.

The Acadia Denali joins its SUV siblings, the Terrain Denali, the Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali, and marks GMC's first crossover to take the Denali badge.[2]

Trim levels[edit]

Trim Level Years
SL 2008–2012
SLE 2007–present
SLT 2007–present
Denali 2011–present


A unibody construction helps lower center of gravity, compared to previous truck-based GM SUVs, reduces the risk of rollover accidents. Much of the Acadia's structure is reinforced with high-strength steel, including a steel cross-car beam welded across the floor between the B-pillars.

The Acadia has six different airbags equipped in the vehicle; two dual-stage front air bags for the driver and front passenger, two seat-mounted side-impact air bags in the first row and two head curtain side impact air bags that cover all three seating rows. Similar to the Volvo XC90, the Acadia will have a detection system on board that will deploy various airbags if a rollover is detected.

Additionally, the Acadia has a standard OnStar system, now in its ninth generation.

Model year updates[edit]

2013 facelift[edit]

GM unveiled an updated 2013 GMC Acadia at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, taking the bodyshell of the defunct Saturn Outlook.[3] The 2013 Acadia received a completely redesigned grille and front fascia, a redesigned rear liftgate, and an improved interior with upgrades to interior quality, as with its other two updated siblings, the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse.

2014 model year[edit]

For the 2014 model year, the Acadia added Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning as a standard on Denali and as an optional feature on SLT1 and SLT2 trims, while two charging-only USB ports on the rear of the center console for second-row use were added as a standard for all trims.[4]

2015 model year[edit]

For the 2015 model year, a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel became standard on SLT-2 and Denali models, along with a twenty-inch aluminum wheel design. Crimson Red Tintcoat, Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic, and Midnight Amethyst Metallic are added as new exterior color palettes.[5]

Second generation[edit]

GMC Acadia
Production 2016
Model years 2017
Assembly Spring Hill Assembly, Spring Hill, Tennessee
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV)
Platform C1XX
  • 3.6L V-6 VVT DI (LGX)
  • Ecotec 2.5L DOHC I-4 (LCV)
Transmission 6-speed 6T50/6T70 automatic
Wheelbase 112.5 in (2,857 mm)
Length 193.6 in (4,917 mm)
Width 75.4 in (1,915 mm)
Height 68.7 in (1,745 mm)

The second generation Acadia made its official debut at the North American International Auto Show on January 12, 2016. The redesigned Acadia will go on sale in the Spring of 2016 as a 2017 model.[6] Production of the Acadia will be done in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

This version was reduced from 200.8 inches to 193.6 inches in length and from 78.9 inches to 75.4 inches in width (losing 700 pounds in the process), as it repositions the vehicle to mid-size status but remains above the Terrain, as GM has already announced that the next generation Traverse and Enclave will be the only GM-built full size crossover SUVs in this segment. For the 2017 model year, the Acadia will feature seven seats instead of eight, a choice of either a 2.5L or 3.6L engine, a new All Terrain drivetrain designed for off-road capabilities (joining the FWD and AWD drivetrains), a updated fascia and redesigned lighting.[7] The Acadia will be joined by the Buick Envision and a yet to be named Chevrolet equivalent when GM unveils its 2017 lineup.[8] The Acadia will feature an automotive first feature to remind drivers to check the rear seats for children to help prevent heatstroke of children accidentally left behind in a vehicle.[9]

Yearly U.S. sales[edit]

Year Sales
2006 480
2007 72,765
2008 66,440
2009 53,820[10]
2010 68,295[11]
2011 79,288[12]
2012 79,756
2013 89,793[13]
2014 83,972[14]
2015 96,393[15]


  1. ^ Paukert, Chris (January 11, 2010). "Detroit 2010: GMC Acadia Denali piles on the frosting". Autoblog. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  2. ^ Filipponio, Frank (December 17, 2009). "GMC reveals gussied-up Acadia Denali for 2011". Autoblog. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ Fogelson, Jason. "2013 GMC Acadia Revealed at Chicago Auto Show". Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "GMC Acadia - 2014" (Press release). GM Media. May 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "GMC Acadia/Acadia Denali - 2015" (Press release). GM Media. August 2014. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ "High End Vehicles And Crossovers Will Take Center Stage In Motown" from Automotive News (January 9, 2016)
  7. ^ GMC Introduces All-New 2017 Acadia from GMC (January 12, 2016)
  8. ^ "Chevrolet Clears Space For A New Crossover" from Automotive News (July 20, 2015)
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  10. ^ "General Motors December 2009 - Cheers & Gears Forums". Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  11. ^ "December 2010 Sales: General Motors - Cheers & Gears Forums". Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  12. ^ "GM’s U.S. Sales Increase 5 Percent in December" (Press release). 2012-01-04. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  13. ^ "GM U.S. Deliveries for December 2013" (PDF). Media General Motors. 2014-01-03. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  14. ^ "GM Deliveries Up 19 Percent In Blockbuster December" (Press release). January 5, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  15. ^ "GM, Chevrolet Lead with the Industry’s Largest Retail Market Share Increases of 2015" (Press release). GM Media. January 5, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 


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