2015 GMC Acadia Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - August 8, 2014

GMC already had its large SUV in the Yukon, but for those who wanted a more car-like ride, it released the Acadia crossover SUV in 2007. The Acadia continued unchanged until a major refresh in 2013, and the model continues into 2015 with only minor changes.

What's New For 2015

The GMC Acadia carries over from 2014 with just a few changes. These include an optional heated steering wheel, a set of 20-inch aluminum wheels and three new exterior colors.

2015 GMC Acadia Front

Choosing Your GMC Acadia

With only one engine and transmission available, the Acadia doesn't force buyers to make many powertrain decisions. Its 3.6-liter V6 produces 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque in the lower trim levels; the top-of-the-line Denali milks an extra seven horses and four pound-feet of torque. The key decision you'll make is between front- and all-wheel drive.

The Acadia has no shortage of trim levels and options to choose from, however:


The SLE-1 is the base trim, and it starts at $34,900. For this entry fee, you get a well-equipped crossover that most families would be happy in. Standard features include a rearview camera, rear-park assist, eight passenger seating, keyless entry, roof-mounted luggage rack rails, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a rear spoiler, automatic headlights, tinted windows, power mirrors, premium cloth seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, power windows and door locks, an AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM with six speakers, USB input and a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, and OnStar.


The SLE-2 trim level begins at $37,230 and builds upon the SLE-1's offerings. The SLE-2 adds in a power liftgate, an eight-way power driver's seat and two-way power passenger's seat, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, IntelliLink smartphone integration, and seven air bags. Additionally, the SLE-2 comes in a seven-passenger setup, thanks to a pair of second-row captain's chairs in place of the bench.


The SLT-1 trim level continues injecting more luxury into the Acadia, and with this luxury comes a price hike to $41,495. The SLT-1 adds in leather seating in the first and second rows, an eight-way power passenger's seat, heated front seats, a universal home remote, automatic tri-zone climate control, aluminum accents on the dash and steering wheel, a Bose audio system with 10 speakers and rear audio controls and headphone jacks, 19-inch aluminum wheels, projector-beam headlights, and heated mirrors.


The SLT-2 sees a slight price hike to $42,770, and this hike is attributed to the addition of driver's seat and side-view mirror memory, a heated steering wheel, express up and down front windows, and blind-spot and rear crossing traffic alerts.


The Denali is the trim level that transforms the Acadia from a well-equipped SUV into a luxurious people hauler. This $46,825 SUV features an exclusive chrome grille, an interior acoustics package to reduce noise, satin-chrome accents, unique front fascia design and aluminum interior trim. Other standard features on the Denali include 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, body-color rocker moldings, a two-panel sunroof, HID headlights, illuminated front sill plates, a power liftgate, a 120-volt plug, a Bose 10-speajer audio system, cargo area audio controls and perforated leather seating.

CarsDirect Tip

The Acadia Denali may seem expensive on the surface, but for the features it comes with, it is actually a great deal. Pricing out a similarly equipped SLT-2 puts the price in excess of $49,000, and that does not include the Denali's exclusive items.

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2015 GMC Acadia Rear

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