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2016 SL Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $30,975
2016 SLE-1 Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,175
2016 SLE-1 All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,175
2016 SLE-2 Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,755
2016 SLE-2 All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,755
2016 SLT-1 Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,020
2016 SLT-2 Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $42,295
2016 SLT-1 All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $43,020
2016 SLT-2 All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,295
2016 Denali Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $47,890
2016 Denali All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $49,890


GMC already had a large SUV with its Yukon; but for shoppers who preferred a more car-like ride, it released the midsize Acadia crossover SUV in 2007. Closely related to the Chevrolet Traverse, with the same powertrain, Acadia comes with three-row seating for either seven or eight occupants, and can tow 5,200 pounds when properly equipped.

What's New for 2016

A new SL base model joins the lineup, and a new heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel goes into SLT-2 and Denali versions.

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Choosing Your GMC Acadia

With only one engine and one six-speed automatic transmission available, the Acadia doesn't require any 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 squeezes out an extra seven horses and four pound-feet of torque. The primary decision to make is between front- and all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is estimated at 17-mpg city/24-mpg highway (16/23 with AWD).

Starting with the new SL, the Acadia has no shortage of trim levels to choose from. Each is available with either seven- or eight-passenger seating. Seven-passenger models substitute two captain’s chairs for the second-row bench.

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Not really “entry-level” at $30,975, the new SL will satisfy families on a budget. Standard equipment includes remote keyless entry, front/rear air conditioning, rearview camera, roof rack, OnStar with 4G LTE, center console with sliding armrest, two charging-only USB ports at rear of console, chrome door handles, and hill-hold braking assist. Also standard: a six-speaker radio, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear park assist, tilt/telescoping steering column, cruise control, and 18-inch wheels. Enhanced electronic pedal override reduces engine power when gas and brake pedals are pressed at the same time.

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The first-level step-up Acadia features SiriusXM satellite radio and IntelliLink smartphone integration.

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Building upon the SLE-1, the SLE-2 trim level adds a power liftgate, eight-way power driver's seat and two-way power passenger's seat, remote start, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a driver’s knee air bag.

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Higher up the price ladder, the more luxurious SLT-1 adds automatic tri-zone climate control; foglamps; aluminum accents on console, doors, and dashboard; eight-way power passenger seat; leather-trimmed seat upholstery for first two rows; a Bose 10-speaker audio system with rear audio controls and headphone jacks; 19-inch aluminum wheels; and heated mirrors. The SLT-1 Equipment Package includes blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and an either-way power driver’s seat with memory.

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Priced only a bit higher, the SLT-2 adds a driver's seat with power recline/lumbar adjustment and memory, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated power-folding mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming, express up/down driver’s windows, and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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With a $47,890 MSRP, Denali is the trim level that transforms the Acadia from a well-equipped crossover SUV into a luxurious people hauler. Topping the line, this SUV features an exclusive chrome grille, an interior acoustics package to reduce noise, satin-chrome accents, and unique front fascia design. Inside is Denali-specific aluminum trim and accent lighting. Other standard features include 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, chrome-insert rocker moldings, a two-panel sunroof, HID headlights, power tilt/telescoping steering column, navigation system, heated/cooled seats, and perforated leather seating. A head-up instrument display and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert also are included.

CarsDirect Tip

The Acadia Denali may seem expensive, and therefore hard to justify; but for so many features, it actually qualifies as a good deal. Further down the price scale, even the new base SL is nicely equipped, and may be the practical choice for the budget-minded. Before deciding, ask yourself just which extras you can do without.

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Expert Review

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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With room for up to eight adults even in the base trim level, the GMC Acadia midsize SUV offers families the "people mover" benefits of a minivan with the bolder styling and increased utility of an SUV.

Pricing and Equipment

All 2016 GMC Acadia trims are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The Acadia is available in five trim levels:

  • The base SL trim seats eight, which is only available with front-wheel drive but offers seating for eight, 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment, and a rearview camera for only $31,900.
  • SLE-1 trims add Sirius XM radio and optional all-wheel drive. Pricing starts at $35,100.*
  • SLE-2 trims add nice convenience features like an 8-way power driver's seat, remote start, rear park assist and a power liftgate. SLE-2 Acadias start at $37,680.*
  • The SLT-1 trim enhances the luxury feel of the Acadia with leather seats, 19-inch wheels, and a Bose 10-speaker audio system. Pricing starts at $41, 835.*
  • The SLT-2 trim adds memory seats and mirrors, safety features like side blind zone and rear cross traffic alert and more. Pricing starts at $43,200.*

*SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2 trims add $2,000 for all-wheel drive.

Performance Pros

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The 281-horsepower V6 gives the portly Acadia enough power to safely navigate its way through traffic. Handling and braking are also up to par, making driving the Acadia is easy and predictable.

Not unlike the Acadia's twin brother, the Buick Enclave, spirited performance is not the primary goal of the midsize SUV. GMC's Acadia fills the gap for families who need the convenience of a minivan but prefer to stay clear of the stigma often attached to the comfortable eight-seaters.

Considering the emphasis on ride comfort, quietness, and utility over acceleration and hairpin cornering, we think the Acadia does quite well. The vehicle's long manufacturing run has only made the Acadia even better with each refresh adding to the comfort and driveability of the SUV.

Fuel economy is decent for the sheer utility that the Acadia offers. Front-wheel drive Acadias earn 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. All-wheel drive models lose a mpg at 16 city and 23 highway. The Acadia can tow up to 5,200 pounds.

Performance Cons

  • A short time in the driver's seat will remind you that the heavyweight Acadia is designed to prioritize utility and comfort over sheer driving performance and economy.
  • Gas mileage is decent considering that you can travel with seven or eight passengers, but drivers who rarely need the extra seats or abundant cargo space that the Acadia offers may want to consider a smaller, more efficient sport utility vehicle or crossover.

Interior Pros

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  • The roomy interior of the 2016 Acadia is full of soft-touch surfaces, nice accent trim work, and comfortable seating.
  • Third-row passengers can easily come and go by using the space between the second-row captain's chairs or taking advantage of Acadia's nifty SmartSlide seating system.
  • Even with eight passengers onboard, the GMC Acadia offers more cargo space behind the third row than any competitor in its class.
  • Just need a vehicle to haul stuff? The GMC Acadia boasts the highest maximum cargo space of any competitor in its class.
  • The new-for-2016 4G LTE WIFI hotspot is always a huge hit with teenagers or anyone who wants to power up a tech device and enjoy some streaming entertainment, connect with friends through social media, or get some work done away from the office.

Interior Cons

Minivan deserters, you can have most -- but not all -- of your cake and eat it too.

While the Acadia is a cargo space class leader that the low floor space that provides all that extra room behind the minivan's third row seat is missing in the Acadia. My suggestion is to take a long hard look at the Acadia's rear cargo area and see if it meets your needs. Can you fit the double stroller with all the seats in use? Will you still have room for the camping gear?

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The price point of the base SL trim is excellent, especially considering that the 2016 Acadia actually provides seating for seven or eight normal-size people. Unfortunately, the price escalates quickly with each available trim level.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The 2016 GMC Acadia is a big vehicle, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that it handles like a really big vehicle. Except that many of the Acadia's rivals are also big and don't feel as massive from behind the wheel.

The Bottom Line

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The 2016 GMC Acadia offers seating for up to eight and class-leading cargo space, even behind the third row. Offering a comfortable ride and predictable driving dynamics, the Acadia may not be an exciting vehicle to drive, but it rarely disappoints in everyday driving situations. Just make sure you really need the abundant interior space and utility because it comes with a justifiable cost to fuel economy, but it may be one compromise that you can avoid if you can make do with a smaller, more efficient and exciting-to-drive crossover.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 281 HP / 266 ft.lbs.
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
15 / 22 / 18 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 281 HP / 266 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
15 / 22 / 18 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
22.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
116.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
152 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
200.8 "
Exterior Width
78.9 "
Exterior Height
70.4 "
Front Headroom
40.3 "
Rear Headroom
39.6 "
Front Legroom
41.3 "
Rear Legroom
36.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
61.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
61.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,656 Lbs.
Wheel Base
119 "
Turning Radius
20.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Convex Spotter
Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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