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The GMC Acadia is a mid-size crossover SUV from GMC. The first generation GMC Acadia shared the GM Lambda platform with the Chevrolet Traverse, and Buick Enclave. The Acadia went on sale in 2006 as a 2007 model in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Acadia replaces three of the 7- or 8-seater vehicles on the PontiacBuick–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, Buick Terraza, and the GMC Envoy XL and then subsequently the GMC Envoy, Chevrolet TrailBlazer and the Isuzu Ascender 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 Explorer and Dodge Durango.

GMC Acadia
2020 GMC Acadia AT4 front NYIAS 2019.jpg
ManufacturerGMC (General Motors)
Model years2007–present
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size crossover SUV (2007–2017)
Mid-size crossover SUV (2017–)
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFF / AWD layout
Transmission6-speed automatic
PredecessorGMC Envoy XL
Isuzu Ascender (7-passenger version)
Pontiac Montana SV6
Saturn Outlook
Hummer H3 (SUV version)


First generation (2007–2017)Edit

GMC Acadia
Pre facelift GMC Acadia
Model years2007–2016
2017 (Acadia Limited)
Body and chassis
PlatformGM Lambda platform/GMT968 (Series GMT960)
Transmission6-speed 6T75 automatic
Wheelbase118.9 in (3,020 mm)
  • 2007–2008 & 2013–2016: 201.1 in (5,108 mm)
  • 2009–2012: 200.7 in (5,098 mm)
  • 2007–2008 & 2013–2016: 78.9 in (2,004 mm)
  • 2009–2012: 78.2 in (1,986 mm)
  • 2007–2008 & 2013–2016: 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.

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 GMC Terrain and the Yukon. The Acadia is the mid-priced Lambda model between the Chevrolet Traverse and Enclave.

In December 2006, all production and sales of the Acadia (and the Saturn Outlook) were temporarily stopped due to the engine mounts not having holes drilled to release accumulated water, as well as an issue with potentially faulty rivets in the load floor just forward of the vehicle's rear hatch. The assembly process was quickly adjusted, and dealership sales of the vehicles had resumed within days of the notice.

The first-generation Acadia will continue to be sold alongside its second-generation replacement as the Acadia Limited. For more information, please see below.

Suspension and chassisEdit

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 transmissionEdit

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 258 lb⋅ft (350 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) at 6,300 rpm and 270 lb⋅ft (366 N⋅m) of torque at 3,400 rpm.[1]

The 2017 Acadia Limited has a 3.6 L V6 engine producing 310 hp (231 kW) and 271 lb ft (367 Nm) of torque[2]

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
2009–2016 3.6 L LLT V6 288 hp (215 kW) 270 lb⋅ft (366 N⋅m)
2017 3.6 L LGX V6 310 hp (231 kW) 271 lb·ft (367 N·m) 6-speed 6T70


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 tiresEdit

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 DenaliEdit

First generation 2011 GMC Acadia Denali
first generation refresh for 2013 GMC Acadia Denali

The Denali version of the Acadia arrived at dealerships in 2010 as 2011 model. 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.[3]

Trim levelsEdit

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 comes standard with the OnStar system.

Model year updatesEdit

2013 faceliftEdit

GM unveiled an updated 2013 GMC Acadia at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, taking the bodyshell of the discontinued Saturn Outlook.[4] 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 yearEdit

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.[5]

2015 model yearEdit

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. In addition, dual exhaust became available only on Denali versions, while all other trim levels received single exhaust.[6]

Second generation (2017–present)Edit

GMC Acadia
Also calledHolden Acadia (AU/NZ)
Model years2017–present
Body and chassis
Transmission6-speed 6T50/6T70 automatic
Wheelbase112.5 in (2,857 mm)
Length193.6 in (4,917 mm)
Width75.4 in (1,915 mm)
Height68.7 in (1,745 mm)
PredecessorHolden Captiva (Australia and New Zealand)

The second generation Acadia made its official debut at the North American International Auto Show on January 12, 2016. The redesigned Acadia went on sale in May 2016 as a 2017 model.[7] The second generation Acadia is built in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Rear view

The second generation Acadia 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 GM repositioned the vehicle to mid-size status while remaining above the Terrain in size (the Terrain itself would relinquish its midsize status after it was repositioned as a second generation smaller compact crossover with the 2018 model), 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. With the reduction from full-size to mid-size, the Acadia's MSRP was reduced to $29,995 (US).[8] The GMC Acadia now has 5, 6, and 7 passenger configurations arranged respectively like either two front bucket seats and one rear bench seat; two bucket seats up front, two buckets in the second row, and two seats in the rear row; or two front bucket seats, one second row bench seat, and two rear seats in the third row.

The second generation Acadia features seven seats instead of eight, a choice of either a 2.5L or 3.6L engine, a new advanced twin-clutch AWD system (available only with All-Terrain package) by GKN Driveline designed for off-road environment (joining the FWD and AWD drivetrains available on all other models), an updated fascia and redesigned lighting.[9][10][11] The Acadia is built on the same platform as the Cadillac XT5 and will be joined by the Chinese-built Buick Envision and the Chevrolet Blazer (built on the C1XX platform) when GM unveils its lineup for its mid-size CUVs for 2018 and beyond.[12][13]

With the decrease in size, fuel economy with the 3.6L increases to 18 city, 25 hwy (AWD and FWD) from 17 city 24 hwy (FWD).[14][15] The 2017 Acadia will offer the newly launched AppShop feature.[16]

Trim levels for the second generation Acadia were carried over from the previous generation; SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2, as well as a Denali trim level, though an All-Terrain Package is available on Acadia SLE and SLT trim levels that will be more rugged in its appearance. The second generation Acadia is also available with Third Row Seat Delete option on SLE and SLT trim levels as part of the All-Terrain Package.

The second generation Acadia introduced a feature to remind drivers to check the rear seats for children to help prevent heatstroke of children accidentally left behind in a vehicle.[17]

Holden AcadiaEdit

Holden Acadia

The Acadia is sold in Australia and New Zealand as a Holden badged vehicle. It went on sale November 12, 2018. The Holden Acadia is built in Tennessee with RHD specifications, and is marketed as a full-size CUV.[18] Australia and New Zealand will be the only markets in the world where a right-hand drive version of the Acadia will be sold.

Acadia LimitedEdit

Starting with the 2017 model year, the first-generation Acadia is sold alongside its second-generation replacement, but was renamed the Acadia Limited, much like the Chevrolet Cruze Limited, Chevrolet Malibu Limited, and Chevrolet Impala Limited were also sold alongside their replacements, at least for a single model year, as rental and fleet vehicles. However, production remained in Lansing, Michigan as the second generation Acadia moved to Spring Hill, Tennessee, the site of the original Saturn plant. With the second-generation Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse making their debuts in 2017 as 2018 models, GMC ended production on the Acadia Limited on March 31, 2017 in order to start production on the Traverse and Enclave.[19] The Acadia Limited carried a base price tag of $44,775 and continued to offer the same features from the 2016 model.[20]

Model year updatesEdit

2020 faceliftEdit

The GMC Acadia received a facelift for 2020. The facelift introduced new exterior styling (including a new front grille inspired by the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, a revised infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, new alloy wheel options, an all-new AT4 trim level (which replaces the All-Terrain Package on select trim levels), a new 2.0L turbocharged EcoTec Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine (both the 2.5L EcoTec Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) and 3.6L VVT V6 engine options remain available for 2020), and the Electronic Precision Shift pushbutton automatic transmission that was first introduced on the 2018 GMC Terrain, among other changes. The all-new 2020 GMC Acadia will go on sale in the Fall of 2019. Pricing has not yet been announced.[21]

Yearly US salesEdit

Year Sales
2006 480[22]
2007 72,765[22]
2008 66,440[22]
2009 53,820[23]
2010 68,295[24]
2011 79,288[25]
2012 78,280[26]
2013 89,793[26]
2014 83,972[27]
2015 96,393[28]
2016 88,466[29]
2017 111,276[30]
2018 88,621[31]


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