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Editor's Overview

GMC’s Acadia SUV for 2015 remains a family favorite. Big enough to hold eight passengers yet still reasonably proportioned, the Acadia makes a superb family shuttle, although with all its luxury trappings it might feel more like the family limo. Despite its aging platform, the Acadia remains near the top of its class in comfort, style, safety and technology.

You'll Like The 2015 GMC Acadia If...

If you need a vehicle that can haul loads of cargo or carry up to eight passengers (or some combination of the two), but you don’t want to sacrifice comfort, safety or economy, the 2015 GMC Acadia SUV makes an excellent choice.

You May Not Like The 2015 GMC Acadia If...

If you need an SUV cable of towing more than 5,200-pounds or venturing off-road, a GMC Yukon might be a better choice. Those seeking maximum fuel economy should look to the hybrid versions of the Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder.

What's New

For 2015, the GMC Acadia gains a heated steering wheel on SLT-2 and Denali trims, a new 20-inch wheel design, and a revised color palate.

Interior Features

With seating for up to eight people, including a 3rd-row seat that can accommodate adults, the 2015 GMC Acadia crossover SUV is about as people-friendly as a standard-size vehicle can get. A clever sliding 2nd-row seat permits easy access to the third row, as do the long rear-door openings. An unexpected benefit is the Acadia’s surprisingly spacious cargo area. Even with the 3rd-row seat in place it really will hold eight people and a good percentage of their gear. Fold both rows flat and the Acadia offers up a whopping 116.9 cubic feet of cargo-hauling capacity.

Exterior Features

We like the conservative yet rugged and purposeful styling of the 2015 GMC Acadia SUV. You won’t find any tacked-on body cladding or garish add-ons. Even the Acadia Denali, with its big chrome mesh grille and larger-diameter wheels, resists the temptation to go overboard. Riding on standard 18-inch wheels, the Acadia has a purposeful, wide stance, while chrome and LED lighting add noticeable yet tasteful elegance. A subtle rear spoiler helps reduce aerodynamic drag and looks sharp, while the chrome exhaust tips and roof-rail accents help the Acadia shine.

Driving Impressions

If you’re more comfortable behind the wheel of a car than a big truck, you’ll find yourself feeling right at home inside the 2015 GMC Acadia. When it comes to ride, handling, steering and braking, the Acadia feels very car-like and demonstrates good stability in turns. GMC’s engineers have gone out of their way to quiet the Acadia’s cabin, and the effort has paid off in spades. The Acadia’s luxurious cabin coddles every occupant, and even those in the 3rd-row will find the seats supportive and comfortable. The standard 3.6-liter V6 engine offers plenty of pep when needed, but can feel a bit dragged down with more than four passengers on board. If we have one gripe, it has to do with the Acadia’s poor rearward visibility. Although the standard rear backup camera helps, the SUV’s high beltline limits vision on either side of the rear quarter panels.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2015 GMC Acadia SUV starts at around $35,000 for the front-wheel-drive SLE-1. That’s more than the entry prices of the Ford Flex, Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot, although the price gap narrows when comparing similarly equipped models. A loaded GMC Acadia Denali with all-wheel drive can reach close to $55,000. While priced at the high end of the segment, the Acadia’s generous standard equipment list must be taken into consideration. To compare the actual transaction prices that consumers are paying in your area, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price. Though higher priced than its competitors, the Acadia is expected to have excellent resale value, remaining slightly above the Ford Flex but not as high as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.

Notable Equipment

The GMC Acadia SUV for 2015 is a well-equipped vehicle that includes GM’s OnStar system with one year of complimentary service, color touch-screen stereo with six speakers and MP3 capability, satellite radio, 7-passenger seating, dual exhaust with chrome tips, rear spoiler, sliding 2nd-row seats, fog lights, rearview camera, rear park assist and 18-inch wheels. Government-required safety features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, anti-lock brakes (ABS), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and seven airbags. The Denali trim adds a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, dual SkyScape sunroof, perforated leather seating surfaces, 20-inch wheels and more.

Notable Options

GMC offers a variety of convenience and luxury features for the 2015 Acadia. Dual sunroofs and a rear-entertainment system make the drive more enjoyable and, unlike with some vehicles, can be ordered together. The interior can be outfitted with a color touch-screen navigation system (standard on Denali), IntelliLink Bluetooth streaming of apps, tri-zone automatic air conditioning, heated and cooled front seats, premium audio with Surround Sound, a head-up display, cargo-area audio controls and 8-passenger seating. Exterior options include a power liftgate, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and an attractive 20-inch wheel package. Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning are standard on the Denali and optional on SLT1 and SLT2 trim levels.

Favorite Features

3RD-ROW SEATSMost 3rd-row seats feel like little more than an afterthought, but not in the 2015 GMC Acadia SUV. Roomy and comfortable, the Acadia’s 3rd-row seat can actually fit two adults with easy access provided by the one-touch slide and fold 2nd-row seating.3.6-LITER V6 ENGINEThe 2015 Acadia’s 3.6-liter V6 is one of the best 6-cylinder engines on the market. Smooth, powerful and efficient, only those towing or hauling maximum loads will find it lacking.

Under the Hood

The 2015 GMC Acadia SUV’s capable 3.6-liter V6 has variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, both of which contribute to enhanced responsiveness and an appreciated output of 281 horsepower (288 in the Denali). The maximum rating of 5,200 pounds will allow the Acadia to deal with modest-sized trailers. The 6-speed automatic transmission maximizes engine performance and helps the Acadia achieve excellent fuel economy for a vehicle of its size. However, at times the transmission can be slow to react to quick throttle inputs, resulting in delayed downshifts when trying to accelerate to pass other vehicles. On balance, we think it’s an entirely commendable and pleasurable drivetrain.3.6-liter V6288 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm (Denali)270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm281 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm (SLE, SLT)266 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (front-wheel drive), 16/23 mpg (all-wheel drive)

Editors' Notes

Sharing the same platform as the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, the 2015 GMC Acadia 8-passenger SUV diverges from its cousins with a more rugged exterior appearance and near-Cadillac-like luxury, especially in Denali trim. Inside, the Acadia offers plenty of room for adults, including in the rear-most seat. Moreover, unlike competitors such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander, the Acadia provides a good deal of cargo space with the 3rd-row in place. The Acadia offers better technology and more luxury than a Honda Pilot, and more ground clearance and towing ability than the Ford Flex. Available all-wheel drive allows the Acadia to tackle winter’s worst and, although not designed for off-road use, GMC’s midsize SUV is capable of towing up to 5,200 pounds.

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Cocoa Denali Acadia Love!

2015 GMC Acadia Denali

We have the Denali package with Cocoa trim option, we love the color combination, it really stands out. We love the captain seats in the middle for ease of getting in and out of the third row. We upgraded the mats in all sections, as we have dogs & gardening; so glad we did, they have saved our upholstery a number of times. We love the amount of storage space the Acadia allows for. Whether I have 2 dogs, husband & 2 kids, everyone is comfortable in their space. The tri zone heating/cooling area leaves no room for complaint about cold or hot SUV. I adore the cooled & heated seat options, very nice extra to splurge on! I love the heated steering wheel option, I use it much more than I thought I would. The only issue we have run into is the side detection sensor has gone out & is rather expensive to get replaced; $800 for the sensor module alone, not including labor & we cannot use a used module, as they are coded specifically for each vehicle. As of now, we have decided to not replace the module & it's rather annoying as side detection lights are constantly on.

- Tala G

Something I feel comfortable driving around in with a good piece of mind.

2015 GMC Acadia Base

I keep my vehicle well maintained so no major issues have come about. Only issue I've run into on a few different occasions has been when the temperature reaches higher numbers (100+) the a.c. will blow out hot air. I had this issue looked at, but nothing out of the ordinary and nothing was wrong. It will just go out on it's own. Another issue I've run into has been with the tires, I don't run my vehicle hard but I've already had a few pop and had to replace. Luckily I purchase the insurance so it's not been a full $200 replacement for me. Lastly, not sure on who's end this fault lays, but the XM radio stopped working and I ended up cancelling that. It was only when I was paying for it that it doesn't work, on the free trials they offer I've had no issues. So on that end I'm not sure who's issue that is.

- James D

2015 Acadia Denali: Worth the switch from Cadillac for middle age consumers!

2015 GMC Acadia Denali

The size of the GMC Acadia is ideal with the 3rd row seating and ample storage space. Gas mileage averages about 21 mpg. It is a comfortable car and with the Denali package is extremely well-equipped. I have had problems with the air condition in the front and the back. Both were covered by the warranty and replaced. The only other issue was that the vinyl seat panel on the side of the driver's seat split allowing the electrical panel cover to fall to the side. The dealer ordered the replacement part and the total for repair labor and part was about $200. This happened after four years of use. The dealer's representative said it was the first time he had seen this issue in the Acadia although it is not an uncommon problem with the smaller vehicles.

- Carolyn M

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