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2014 GMC Acadia Review

The 2014 GMC Acadia has an upscale cabin, plenty of cargo space, and strong safety and reliability ratings. However, it doesn't have great fuel economy, and it can be tough to maneuver in tight quarters.

Pros & Cons

  • First-rate cabin materials
  • Generous cargo capacity
  • Above-average safety and reliability scores
  • Not maneuverable in tight spaces
  • Poor mpg ratings

Rankings & Research

The 2014 GMC Acadia's #7 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the GMC Acadia has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 97 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.8
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2014 GMC Acadia Overview

Is the 2014 GMC Acadia a Good Used SUV?

The Acadia is a good vehicle for families. It seats up to eight, the interior is nice, and it has a lengthy list of tech features. It also has high safety and reliability ratings.

The Acadia features a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 288 horsepower. The engine feels powerful, and it's mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Though generally fine, the transmission occasionally hesitates to downshift when you need more power. The Acadia earns fuel economy ratings of 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Some class rivals get better mpg ratings.

Front-wheel drive is standard in the Acadia, and all-wheel drive is available. The ride is cushioned over most road surfaces. Well-weighted steering aids the composed handling on curvy roads, and strong brakes provide good stopping power. However, the Acadia can be difficult to maneuver in tight quarters.

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The GMC Acadia has an upscale interior that uses top-notch cabin materials. It features three rows of seats, whereas some SUVs in the class only have two. The base Acadia seats eight, but higher trims feature second-row captain's chairs instead of a bench, meaning they only seat seven. The third row of seats is best left for children, but that's not uncommon. The first two rows have plenty of space. There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors.

Standard features in the Acadia include a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth. The vehicle's notable available features include a 10-speaker Bose audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, a dual-panel sunroof, and GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system. That's an impressive array of technology, but you may not love it all. The IntelliLink system in particular draws criticism because it can be unresponsive and slow. Cargo space, on the other hand, is an area where the Acadia excels. It has more than 116 cubic feet of total cargo space, which is an outstanding total for a sport utility vehicle (or any car, really).

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Used 2014 GMC Acadia Prices

The average price of a used 2014 GMC Acadia ranges from about $22,600 for a base model SLE1 trim with front-wheel drive to around $31,200 for the Denali trim with all-wheel drive. Prices vary based on demand and depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 GMC Acadia?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2014 Acadia a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That's an above-average rating (three is considered average) and better than many SUVs in the class, though some class rivals do score higher.

How Safe Is the Acadia?

The Acadia has excellent safety ratings and one of the highest safety scores of any midsize sport utility vehicle. The Acadia received a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it received a rating of Good (the highest rating) in all four tests the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety performed on it.

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are standard in the Acadia. Available driver assistance features include forward collision alert, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning. These features are standard in the high-end Denali trim.

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Should I Consider Another Used Acadia?

The 2014 GMC Acadia is part of a generation that began in 2007 and ran through 2016. The models from this generation share many similarities, like upscale cabins, seating for eight, a V6 engine, and impressive cargo capacity. The main differences are price and feature availability. 2013 models are about $2,000 less than 2014s, and 2012 models are about $4,000 less than 2013s. However, newer models have features – like a USB port, a rear-seat entertainment system, and the IntelliLink infotainment system – that aren't in the 2012 models. Overall, the 2013 and 2014 models are pretty similar, so you should get the 2013 and save yourself some money.

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Which Used Acadia Model Is Right for Me?

The Acadia has five trim levels: SLE1, SLE2, SLT1, SLT2, and Denali. All trims are available with all-wheel drive (front-wheel drive is standard), but higher trims have available features lower trims don't. They also have nicer cabin materials, especially the Denali trim. The added features and overall quality also mean that higher trims are more expensive. The SLT trims provide a nice balance between features and price and should satisfy most buyers.

Like many automakers, GMC has a certified pre-owned vehicle program that may interest some buyers. For all of its certified pre-owned models, GMC extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. GMC CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read GMC’s warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 97 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Why spend your free time poring over car research when you could let the experts at U.S. News do it for you? Our reviews let you head to the dealer with confidence. In putting together our analysis of the 2014 GMC Acadia, we looked at 97 pieces of data, including crash test results, reliability ratings, total cost of ownership, and other professional reviews.

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2014 GMC Acadia and Other SUVS to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 GMC Acadia or 2014 Chevrolet Traverse?

The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse is one of the few sport utility vehicles with more cargo space than its GMC rival. The Traverse's cabin features plenty of soft-touch materials, and it seats up to eight people. It has an intuitive infotainment system and offers several driver assistance features. The Traverse has a V6 engine that is comparable to the Acadia's in terms of power and fuel economy, but the Chevy SUV feels a bit more nimble than the GMC. The Traverse has high safety ratings, but it has below-average reliability. The Traverse's price is about $3,000-$5,000 less than the Acadia's. Overall, the Acadia is a better vehicle, but not by enough to justify the steep price difference.

Which Is Better: 2014 GMC Acadia or 2014 Ford Explorer?

The 2014 Ford Explorer features a modern-looking cabin with quality materials, but it only has seats for seven. The cabin also feels somewhat small considering the vehicle's size. There are plenty of tech features, but many drivers dislike the available MyFord Touch infotainment system. The Explorer also has less cargo space, lower reliability scores, and a worse safety rating than the Acadia. The Explorer comes standard with a V6 engine, but a turbocharged four-cylinder that gets better gas mileage than the Acadia is available. Overall, however, the Explorer isn't anything special in terms of performance. It's also in the same ballpark as the Acadia when it comes to price. In other words, the Acadia is better than the Explorer, and the price difference is minimal. Go with the GMC SUV.

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