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Rankings & Research

The 2015 GMC Acadia ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the GMC Acadia has a score of 7.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 100 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2015 GMC Acadia Review

While it lacks the engine power of its rivals, the 2015 GMC Acadia offers a luxurious cabin outfitted with roomy seating, a supple ride, and ample cargo space. However, the midsize SUV class is highly competitive, especially for a model that hasn’t seen a major redesign since 2007.

Pros & Cons

  • High-end, airy cabin
  • Cushioned ride
  • Loads of cargo space
  • Less powerful than rivals
  • Awkward second-row seating position

2015 GMC Acadia Overview

Is the 2015 GMC Acadia a Good Used SUV?

The Acadia is a good choice if you want a premium, spacious interior. On the other hand, it feels underpowered when carrying a full load, and the rear seats are too low for optimal comfort.

Used 2015 GMC Acadia Performance and Interior

The Acadia’s standard powertrain consists of a 281-horsepower V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Denali trim’s V6 makes 7 horsepower more. Both have decent power and torque, but the Acadia feels taxed with either engine when loaded down with passengers and cargo. Fuel economy is low for the class. The base engine gets 16-17 mpg in the city and 23-24 mpg on the highway, depending on whether it has front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Acadia has comfortable and carlike handling, good steering feel, a calm ride, and strong brakes.

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The Acadia boasts a luxury-grade interior with soft-touch finishes, especially in the top-of-the-line Denali trim. Most trims offer seating for eight in three rows, but upper trims have second-row captain’s chairs that reduce the capacity to seven. Cloth upholstery comes standard. Some models have leather seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated and cooled power-adjustable front seats. All three rows have enough room for adult passengers, much like a full-size SUV. The second-row seats are positioned too low for optimal comfort, however. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat. The Acadia has about 116 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, which is exceptional for the class.

Standard features include Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, satellite radio, and a 6.5-inch touch screen. Some models have GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which has crisp graphics and straightforward controls but occasionally lags. Other available upgrades include tri-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, remote start, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

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Used 2015 GMC Acadia Prices

A used 2015 GMC Acadia can cost anywhere from about $23,000 for a base model SLE-1 to just under $35,200 for a Denali model with all-wheel drive. Prices shift with demand and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 GMC Acadia?

The 2015 Acadia has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is average for a midsize SUV.

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How Safe Is the Acadia?

With top-notch safety scores, the Acadia inspires confidence behind the wheel. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Acadia the highest score of Good in the four crash tests performed. The Acadia also earned a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

The Acadia offers a healthy amount of safety features. A rearview camera with rear parking sensors comes standard. Forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning are available. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Acadia?

The Acadia debuted for 2007 and did not receive a major redesign until the 2017 model year. A Wi-Fi hot spot became standard for 2016. Unless that’s a must-have, you can save some money and get many of the same features with an older Acadia.

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Which Used GMC Acadia Is Right for Me?

The 2015 GMC Acadia comes in five trims: SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2, and Denali. Among them, the SLT-1 trim has the best combination of value and features. It comes with leather upholstery in the first two rows, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, and 19-inch wheels.

You may consider a certified pre-owned vehicle. For all of its CPO 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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2015 GMC Acadia and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 GMC Acadia or 2015 Buick Enclave?

The Buick Enclave shares its platform with the Acadia, meaning it uses the same base engine and has similar road manners, like a smooth ride and carlike handling. While the Acadia’s infotainment system is slow to respond, the Enclave’s is overly sensitive and mounted too low on the dash. You’ll get more standard features with the Buick, like tri-zone automatic climate control and IntelliLink. Because these models are so similar, choosing the right one comes down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: 2015 GMC Acadia or 2015 Dodge Durango?

Like its GMC counterpart, the Dodge Durango has a smooth ride, poised handling, and good seating space. However, the Acadia’s overall cargo space is 31.6 cubic feet larger than the Durango’s. An available V8 engine offers ample power and helps the Durango stand out in the class. However, the Durango has one of the lowest predicted reliability ratings possible, making it difficult to recommend over the Acadia as a used car.

Which Is Better: 2015 GMC Acadia or 2015 Honda Pilot?

The Honda Pilot offers a comfortable ride and spacious seating in all three rows. Both the Acadia and the Pilot have underpowered engines, but the Pilot’s fuel economy is a little better than the Acadia’s. Overall, the Acadia is a better-rounded SUV. The Pilot has noticeable body lean around turns, low-quality interior materials, and a lack of advanced safety features. The Acadia also has more cargo space by about 29 cubic feet.

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