2014 GMC Acadia Overview

Tamara Warren
Automotive Editor - March 10, 2014

The Acadia delivers a brawny spirit in a family-oriented package, and shares its DNA with the closely related Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. Of particular note, the Acadia can be configured for up to eight passengers.

What's New for 2014

Dual USB ports have been added to the rear console. Forward collision and lane departure warning systems are now standard on the Denali and optional in other trim packages.

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Choosing Your GMC Acadia

A 288-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine powers all Acadia models, and each trim level offers the option of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. With front-wheel drive, the Acadia earns 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway; mileage takes a slight ding, to 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, with all-wheel drive. The Acadia can tow up to 5,200 pounds—those with major towing needs will need to step up to a Tahoe or Suburban.

GMC offer five trim levels—from the spartan SLE-1 to the lavish Denali—with MSRPs that range from the mid-30s to the upper-40s.

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Like equivalent Chevrolet models, entry-level GMCs come with few extras. A center console with sliding armrest, a rearview camera, cloth seating, chrome door handles, two charging-only USB ports, and remote keyless entry are standard features. The SLE-1 is only configured for eight passengers. We suggest skipping at least to the SLE-2.


Stepping up to the SLE-2 costs around $3,500, but adds the sort of features most families expect in an upscale crossover. Remote vehicle start, an eight-way power driver's seat, and a power liftgate are standard. The SLE-2 also gains access to an optional rear-seat entertainment system with a DVD player, wireless headphones, remote control, an overhead display, Bose 5.1 surround sound, and 10 speakers. The SLE-2 is configured for seven passengers, but an eight-passenger layout is optional, as it is on the SLT-1 and SLT-2.

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Another $3,500 jump to the SLT takes the SLT-1 into near-luxury territory with aluminum accents on the center console, doors and dashboard, an eight-way power passenger's seat, leather upholstery and heated front seats. Also standard are tri-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, and 19-inch aluminum wheels.

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Only slightly more expensive than the SLT-1, the SLT-2 adds heated power-adjustable and power-folding mirrors, memory seats, an express up/down feature on the driver's window, side blind zone alert and cross traffic alert.

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The range-topping Denali will have a window sticker near $50,000, which is appropriate for this luxury sedan in disguise. Look for standard features like a dual two-panel sunroof, HID headlights, a head-up display, leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, and automatic climate control.

Choosing Your GMC Acadia >>

CarsDirect Tip

While budget-oriented buyers should look at the SLE-2, most buyers will probably be happiest with an SLT-1 or SLT-2. The Denali is pricey, but has the content to back it up.

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