2008 GMC Acadia

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2008 GMC Acadia Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 GMC Acadia was new.

The Acadia's high ranking is based on its class-leading seating capacity, cargo space, and ride quality, although it's not as powerful as some may expect.

8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.6
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Seating for seven (optional for eight) with enough room in the third row to comfortably fit six-foot adults
  • Class-leading cargo space
  • Respectable fuel economy for its class
  • Car-like handling
  • Sluggish V6 engine
  • Less towing capability than GM's truck-based SUVs
  • Limited off-road capabilities

2008 GMC Acadia Overview

Built on the same platform as General Motors siblings Buick Enclave and Saturn Outlook, the 2008 GMC Acadia is ranked near the top of its class thanks to its affordable combination of functionality and luxury. It also ranks near the top of the Affordable Crossover SUV class. "The Acadia is a sign that GMC has a good handle on what makes a crossover utility vehicle competitive with the best in the segment," says the Kansas City Star. New in 2007, GMC's first crossover vehicle features three rows of usable seats, competitive cargo capacity, and practical all-wheel drive. For 2008, it gets a few new features and options, including standard satellite radio. Motor Week named the new model its "Best Crossover Utility." 

The Acadia comes in three trims -- SLE-1, SLT-1 and SLT-2 -- which come with varying degrees of features and a 3.6-liter engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional.  

  • "It is no small trick to combine functionality, polish and a good load of safety equipment at a reasonable starting price. But that's precisely what GM has done with the all-new GMC Acadia." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "A week spent in each model showed the Acadia and Outlook to be competitive in virtually every respect with a pair of benchmarks, the Pilot and Toyota Highlander. And since the G.M. siblings performed as well - and in some areas, better - buyers who put a premium on passenger and cargo space may give them the edge." -- New York Times
  • "While the Buick Enclave is undeniably the most deluxe of the trio, the Saturn Outlook and the GMC Acadia, tested here, are similar." -- Orlando Sentinel, in a comparison test drive
  • "My Bottom Line -- The Acadia is a very capable mid-size SUV with a great engine and plenty of room. Similarly equipped, it's about $10,000 less than the almost identical Cadillac SRX, but more than the almost-identical Saturn Outlook, which has less content." -- The Auto Channel
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