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2009 GMC Acadia Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 GMC Acadia was new.


Interior: 8.6

The 2009 GMC Acadia's cabin is spacious and upscale, though still not quite as luxurious as its competitor, the Buick Enclave. However, its major advantage is a third row that is comfortable enough for adults.

  • "Inside, the ... GMC Acadia is roomy, versatile and utilizes high-quality materials." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside, everyone rests on well-cushioned seats, and the interior of the test Acadia was as quiet as a car. There wasn't even much wind noise at highway speeds." -- MSN
  • "The seats are very comfortable, something I think GM has made major improvements on over the years, and the truck was relatively quiet." -- AutoWeek
  • "Standard and optional features meet or beat those offered on other vehicles in the segment. The Acadia has the strongest looks and one of the more attractive interiors among the Lambda siblings." -- Car and Driver


The Acadia's three rows of seating accommodate seven with two captain's chairs in the second row, or eight with a three-person bench. The third row is especially spacious for the class.

  • "Whether buckets or bench, the 2nd-row seats slide fore-aft about 3 inches to benefit either 2nd- or 3rd-row legroom. With the 2nd row slid forward, the 3rd row can accommodate six footers -- though they'll ride knees-up. Foot space can be tight in either row." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Width of the Acadia is 78.9 inches, wide for this class, which helps to explain the ample elbow room." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "The third-row seats in the Acadia are roomy and bolstering on the seat backs makes extended journeys comfortable. Access to the rear seats is extremely easy thanks to a clever mechanism that slides the second-row seats out of the way." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Acadia can seat up to eight people and its third-row seat can accommodate adults with ease." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The Acadia is well-regarded for its interior features and materials quality. The dashboard controls also get few complaints. New for 2009 are Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, heated and cooled front seats and satellite radio with real-time traffic updates. OnStar is also available, which includes turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation services.

  • "Day or night, Acadia's luminous gauges are easy to read. The optional head-up display projects vehicle speed and other readings on the windshield. The audio controls are easy to reach. The optional navigation system absorbs most audio functions but doesn't complicate their use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The upgraded Bose sound system is excellent." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "GMC offers a variety of convenience and luxury features for the Acadia. Dual sunroofs and a rear entertainment system make the drive more enjoyable and, unlike with some vehicles, can be ordered together." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The attractive cabin boasts logical controls and mostly solid materials and build quality, though a few lower-grade plastic pieces can still be found." -- Edmunds


The Acadia offers more cargo space than most other affordable midsize SUVs. Plenty of storage spaces for small items are the icing on the cake.

  • "Acadia's cargo volume is the largest among midsize SUVs, rivaling that of many large SUVs. There's more usable space behind the raised 3rd-row seat than in most midsize SUVs, plus an underfloor bin. Both the 2nd- and 3rd-row seats fold forward easily to form a flat, nearly level surface." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There are plenty of storage areas -- including a large center bin that can swallow just about anything... ." -- Cars.com
  • "The interior's usability is enhanced with numerous cup holders, storage spaces and additional storage beneath the rear cargo area." -- Kelley Blue Book

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