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2015 GMC Acadia Review

The 2015 GMC Acadia ranks in the top half of the midsize SUV class. The Acadia boasts a roomy, well-trimmed interior and a plush ride. It also earns great safety reliability ratings. However, it feels underpowered on the highway.

Pros & Cons

  • Cushioned ride
  • Upscale, roomy cabin
  • Huge cargo area
  • Great safety scores
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Underwhelming highway power

Rankings & Research

The 2015 GMC Acadia's #10 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.




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.8
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2015 GMC Acadia Overview

Is the 2015 GMC Acadia a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Acadia is a good option if you’re shopping for a used midsize SUV. The Acadia rates well for reliability and crash safety. It provides a smooth ride and a roomy cabin with seating for up to eight passengers. The Acadia can also accommodate a huge amount of cargo, making trips to hardware and big-box stores a breeze. As long as you can accept its mediocre fuel economy, there’s a lot to like about the Acadia and its siblings – the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse and 2015 Buick Enclave.

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How Much Is the 2015 GMC Acadia?

Based on listings for the 2015 GMC Acadia on our site, the average price is $25,900. Prices range from $20,000 to $32,000, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 GMC Acadia Cost to Own?

The Acadia’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $27,100, or about $5,400 per year. That’s slightly above average for a midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Acadia?

The 2019 Acadia starts at $29,000 and can top $47,000 in its highest trim level. This Acadia model was introduced as part of a new generation for 2017. It has crisper styling inside and out, nicer materials, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a longer list of active safety features than the previous-generation models. That said, it doesn’t offer as much seating or cargo space as the older models. The new Acadia is the clear choice if you want all the latest refinements and features. Just keep in mind that the older used models are slightly bigger and often much less expensive to buy.

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There are several good choices if you’d prefer to buy a new SUV in this price range, but in most cases, you’ll need to opt for a smaller model. The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan (starting at $24,295) is a fine option and one of the few compact SUVs to offer third-row seating. The 2019 Hyundai Tucson has a base price of $23,200, and the 2019 Subaru Forester retails for $24,295. Although these highly rated two-row SUVs may only seat five, their roomy cabins, great safety scores, and low price points make them worthy of consideration for smaller families.

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Which Model Year of the GMC Acadia Is Best?

The 2015 Acadia is part of a generation that spans the 2007 through 2016 model years. The SUV saw its only major updates for the 2013 and 2014 model years. The 2013 Acadia gained revised exterior styling, an updated infotainment system, and available blind spot monitoring. Forward collision warning became available in the 2014 Acadia. Since there were no major changes for 2015 or 2016, you can save money with a used 2013 or 2014 Acadia while still finding comparable features and performance.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 GMC Acadia?

The 2015 Acadia has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 GMC Acadia Recalls

The 2015 Acadia is affected by one recall. GMC is recalling models because of defects with the SUV’s tires. Make sure this issue has been addressed before buying a used Acadia.

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Which Used GMC Acadia Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Acadia is available in five trim levels: SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2, and Denali. The base Acadia SLE-1 model comes standard with a 6.5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, satellite radio, a CD player, USB ports, remote keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, and alloy wheels. That’s a generous list of standard features, and we recommend this model for most shoppers.

The GMC Acadia SLE-2 trim adds a power liftgate and remote start. The SLT-1 trim adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a Bose stereo. The SLT-2 trim adds blind spot monitoring. Lastly, the GMC Acadia Denali trim builds on the lower trims with navigation, a head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. Available features include a sunroof, towing package, and a rear-seat DVD player.

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What Does GMC's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

GMC offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned models, GMC extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date. CPO models also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Qualifying vehicles also get free maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles. 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.

According to our analysis, GMC has a decent CPO program compared with other affordable car manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the Acadia?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Acadia a top score of Good in all crash tests conducted, but this GMC received the lowest rating of Basic for front crash prevention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Acadia an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and four stars in rollover test.

The 2015 Acadia comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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2015 GMC Acadia Versus the Competition

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

Along with the Acadia, the 2015 Honda Pilot is one of the few SUVs in the midsize SUV class with an adult-friendly third row. It also yields a smooth, comfortable ride like the Acadia, but that’s where its positives begin to fade. The Pilot’s V6 engine feels underpowered compared to the Acadia’s V6. The Honda has fewer active safety features, its cabin materials look and feel cheaper, and it offers less cargo space than the Acadia. Stick with the GMC.

Which Is Better: 2015 GMC Acadia or 2015 Ford Explorer?

The 2015 Ford Explorer easily tops the Acadia in terms of fuel economy, but that isn’t enough to make it a good buy. The Explorer rates poorly for reliability, it has less passenger and cargo space than the Acadia, and its touch-screen infotainment system is clunky to use. The Acadia is the better pick.

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2015 Acadia Performance

How Does the 2015 GMC Acadia Drive?

The 2015 GMC Acadia has a 281-horsepower V6 engine. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. The V6 delivers strong acceleration around town, but it feels a bit underpowered when merging or passing at highway speeds. This is especially apparent when carrying passengers or hauling hefty cargo. The six-speed automatic transmission changes gear smoothly, though it’s occasionally reluctant to downshift when needed.

The Acadia’s well-tuned suspension keeps the SUV stable around turns, and it does a great job of soaking up bumps and dips in the road. It’s a comfortable vehicle to drive, but its large size can make it tricky to maneuver in tight parking lots and on busy city streets.

Does the 2015 GMC Acadia Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Acadia gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway (16/23 mpg city/highway with AWD). Most midsize SUV competitors return better fuel economy ratings.

2015 GMC Acadia Towing Capacity

The Acadia can tow up to 5,200 pounds when properly equipped with its available towing package.

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2015 Acadia Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Acadia Seat?

The 2015 GMC Acadia is a three-row SUV, and it can seat seven or eight passengers, depending on whether the second row is a three-person bench seat or two captain’s chairs. The Acadia has a relaxing driving position and well-cushioned front seats. All three rows have generous head- and legroom, and even the third row can comfortably seat adults on shorter trips, which is unusual in this class. Cloth upholstery is standard; heated, ventilated, and leather seats are available.

The Acadia’s cabin looks upscale, with numerous padded surfaces and soft-touch plastics. The only real drawback is that the rear windows are fairly slim, which can make it hard to see smaller vehicles in blind spot areas.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 GMC Acadia?

The Acadia has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system a Marginal rating for ease of use because some of the anchors are set too deep within the seat cushions and require too much force to attach.

2015 GMC Acadia Features

The Acadia comes standard with a 6.5-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a CD player, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, OnStar telematics, USB ports, and remote keyless entry. Available features include a Bose stereo, navigation, an overhead DVD screen, and a head-up display that projects pertinent driving information onto the windshield.

Most controls are simple to use, consisting of a few buttons and knobs. However, the IntelliLink touch screen gets mixed reviews. While the menus are easy to understand, the screen has a tendency to lag.

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2015 GMC Acadia Dimensions

GMC Acadia Cargo Space

The Acadia boasts a huge cargo area for the midsize SUV class. It has 24.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 70.1 cubic feet with these seats folded, and 116.1 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded.

2015 Acadia Length and Weight

The 2015 Acadia is 16.7 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 4,656 to 4,850 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 GMC Acadia Built?

GMC built the 2015 Acadia in Michigan.

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