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8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2009 GMC Acadia Review

Test drivers said the three-row 2009 GMC Acadia is a great crossover for families who need lots of space, but not too much off-roading or towing ability. 

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • Good fuel economy
  • Roomy interior that seats eight
  • Great safety ratings
  • Exceptional cargo capacity
  • Some cheap-feeling interior materials

2009 GMC Acadia Overview

The 2009 GMC Acadia offers exceptional cargo capacity for its class, and critics say the Acadia’s third row is particularly spacious. Since the Acadia is a car-based crossover, it’s also more maneuverable and has a smoother ride than most truck-based SUVs.

Test drivers mentioned that some of the Acadia’s interior materials aren’t as nice as those found in some competing 2009 midsize SUVs. Still, the Acadia gets great safety scores, and most test drivers agreed that shoppers looking for a spacious family SUV will be happy with this crossover.

The GMC Acadia comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and either front- or all-wheel drive. Standard features are fairly basic, but its eight-person seating capacity is more than most midsize crossovers’. The base Acadia comes with features like a four-way manually-adjustable driver’s seat and tilt and telescoping steering wheel, though upgraded trims offer adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, heated driver and front passenger seats and a premium 10-speaker stereo system. Additionally, the Acadia gets above-average fuel economy when compared with a number of three-row SUVs.  

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the 2009 GMC Acadia, you should consider the 2009 Toyota Highlander as well. The Highlander is a great three-row family crossover. The Highlander isn’t quite as spacious inside as the Acadia is, and it can only seat seven instead of eight, but reviewers liked its comfortable ride and car-like handling.

You should also check out the 2009 Honda Pilot. Like the Acadia and Highlander, the Honda Pilot is a crossover, so it’s not ideal for off-roading or heavy towing. Reviewers were impressed with its powerful engine and comfortable interior, plus the Pilot offers good fuel economy and strong safety scores.

Compare the Acadia to the Highlander and Pilot »

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