Kelley Blue Book Value®
$12,706 - $41,965
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
16 City / 23 HWY
Horsepower
288
Seats
7-8
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$12,706 - $41,965
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
16 City / 23 HWY
Horsepower
288
Seats
7-8

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.2 Overall Score
Performance 3.9 Comfort 3.7 Styling 4.0 Value 3.6

Editor's Overview

The GMC Acadia effectively combines the appearance and capabilities of an SUV with an added degree of practicality and efficiency. The Acadia comfortably accommodates up to eight passeng...

GMC Acadia Models & Trims

2012 GMC Acadia Owner Reviews

4.24

205 Reviews

44% 39% 13% 3% 1 star 0%

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The 2012 GMC acadia slt 4-wheel drive is a comfortable and adaptable vehicle.

The 2012 GMC acadia is the family vehicle. My wife and brother-in-law purchased the vehicle pre-owned. I was unavailable because of my disability. At first, everything went well. After perhaps three thousand miles a strange knocking noise came intermittently from the drivers side front. We immediately informed the selling dealer. The dealer had the vehicle on several occasions to rectify several small complaints and the before mentioned front end noise. In the end, the vehicle left. In worse condition than that when it had arrived. We spent an extraordinary amount of money trying a few highly recommended mechanics to no avail. The noise remains to this day. To make matters worse, GMC called and informed us the vehicle still had the remainder of the factory warranty still active. We could not receive a refund of work that we had paid for because the repairs were not authorized by the warranty company. Our model arcadia is the slt with the v6 power plant. It appears to have a desert sand like tan color. It is very unique and has to be seen. My spouse tells me that a limited number were produced at this trim level, in this color. Several people have commented positively on the arcadia's appearance. It is quite tall. Getting snow off the roof and hood can be interesting. The rear hatch is powered and there are several 'easy access' features. It has had a few issues. On occasion, the rear hatch will not remain in open (up) position and when the hatch comes down in this scenario, it comes down like a hammer. It has drawn blood. Plan on replacing the rear hatch air/oil assist struts. Currently the replacement cost is approximately one hundred fifty dollars. I reside in central Massachusetts and had my struts replaced today at that price. The interior is very comfortable and generally well thought out. I find the front passenger very uncomfortable on trips of more then approximately one half hour. And there is a significant lack of cupholders. All in all, not a bad vehicle.

- Allan S

WAS AN EXCELLENT SUV, BUT THEN..

Purchased our 2012 Acadia SLT used with 18,000 miles on it in 2013. Was dependable and comfortable. We pampered it and got it serviced regularly... No real issues until about 80,000 miles, other than replacing each tirod.. both headlights had to be replaced on two separate occasions within 6 months, the driver's door pwr lock stopped working, then the front passenger pwr lock stopped working, followed by each being fixed and then the power windows each took a turn to stop functioning. My mechanic explained there was excessive corrosion in the links in the doors. I paid well over $1,300 for those repairs followed by a $450.00 dealer only electrical part they had to remove the center console to get to... With the labor that was over $700.00.. I was advised that in order to correct these persistent electrical issues we would need to replace the front electrical harness $1,500.00 and the rear electrical harness for $1,000.00 plus labor... We had our mechanic get the driver's door lock working one last time and we are now trading it in.... It only has 92,000 miles on it and over all it drives great and the interior is holding up well.. Just cannot keep putting money into it... Too expensive to maintain...

- Joel C.

Excellent room and luxury but lacking in performance and reliability.

The Acadia has plenty of room for our family with even enough room in the 3rd room for me to sit in and I am 6'2". The interior feels nicer than other vehicles and is big enough that it feels like not much sun comes in. On the other hand, there have been performance issues that have made us regret our purchase at times. We have had to get the brake booster, bearings, speakers, and fuel pump replaced. One of the rear ac vent covers falls out if turned too much. The rear controls (knobs) for the ac get hot to where sometimes you cannot even touch them. We have had to get the ac checked a few times as well as had sludge build-up in the engine. Also, the advertised mpg is 17 city/23 highway, meaning full tank of gas on the highway should get you well above 400 miles. In our experience, and we travel often, we struggle to get over 300 miles on a highway trip to any destination. In short, when you purchase and Acadia, really work the whole car and take it for a full tank trip to make sure it is not a lemon.

- Michael G

Ranked #21 Midsize SUVs by Owners

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Compare Models & Key Features

2012 GMC Acadia Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Key Specs

Category Name: Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$12,706 - $14,479
$13,949 - $16,234

Horsepower

Horsepower
288 hp
288 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.6L SIDI V6 (288 hp [214.7 kW] @ 6300 rpm 270 lb
3.6L SIDI V6
3.6L SIDI V6 (288 hp [214.7 kW] @ 6300 rpm 270 lb
3.6L SIDI V6
Interior Features

Category Name: Convenience & Comfort

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Optional

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Category Name: Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.3 in.
41.3 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.4 in.
38.5 - 40.4 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.9 in.
36.9 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.3 in.
38.3 - 39.3 in.

Category Name: Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional

Category Name: Seats

Passengers

Passengers
8
7 - 8

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
Optional
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Optional
Optional

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Exterior Features

Category Name: Accessories

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
118.9 in.
118.9 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
40.4 ft.
40.4 ft.

Length

Length
200.7 in.
200.7 in.

Width

Width
78.2 in.
78.2 in.
Mechanical Specs

Category Name: Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4656 - 4857 .lbs
4656 - 4857 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
288 hp
288 hp

Torque

Torque
270 ft. lbs.
270 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
500 .lbs
500 .lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Category Name: Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
22 gal.
22 gal.

Combined

Combined
17 - 24 mpg
17 - 24 mpg

City

City
16 - 17 mpg
16 - 17 mpg

Highway

Highway
23 - 24 mpg
23 - 24 mpg
Safety Features

Category Name: Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors

Category Name: Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety