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2016 GMC Acadia Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 GMC Acadia was new.


Interior: 6.8

While a few critics recognize the similarities between the 2016 GMC Acadia and its siblings, the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, they say the Acadia's cabin is more luxuriously styled, especially higher trims, which some reviewers say rival Cadillac levels of quality. They add that the interior is constructed with lots of soft-touch materials and its contrasting colors reinforce its premium feel.

  • "A well-trained eye can make the connection between the Acadia and the aforementioned Traverse by merely glancing at the dashboard but soft-touch materials, French stitching on the seats and red ambient light work together to create an upmarket feel in the cabin." -- Left Lane News
  • "While it shares the same platform as the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, the 2016 GMC Acadia 8-passenger SUV in either front- or all-wheel-drive form (FWD, AWD) presents a more rugged exterior juxtaposed with a luxurious interior. In Denali trim, it approaches near-Cadillac levels of equipment and refinement." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Acadia features an attractive interior, as most of the surfaces you're likely to touch or lean an elbow on are padded and of solid quality." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Build quality is impressive, and soft materials feel nice to the touch. French stitching and red ambient lighting add a bit of class." -- Consumer Guide (2014)


The base 2016 GMC Acadia has seating for eight occupants, while models equipped with optional captain's chairs can accommodate seven. Heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel are available. Reviewers agree the front seats are supportive and comfortable, and there's good head- and legroom for passengers in the first and second rows. A few think the second-row seats are too low, potentially making them uncomfortable for adults, but sliding them back expands legroom and improves comfort. The third row is spacious enough for a couple of adults, test drivers report, and accessing it is easy thanks to the sliding second row. Some auto critics say the cabin is insulated from exterior noise, and they add visibility to the rear is decent despite the large roof-support pillars.

  • "GMC's engineers have done an excellent job isolating the Acadia's cabin from wind and road noise as well as creating some of the most comfortable seats we've experienced, including the 3rd -row seat." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Front occupants will enjoy abundant head- and legroom, as will most second-row occupants, but the middle row seat cushions are mounted low, reducing comfort for adults. Sliding those seats all the way back alleviates this issue, but effectively kills third-row legroom. Getting to the third row is reasonably easy, even if the second-row slide/release is difficult to access. The third row is actually roomy enough for two adults to fit in comfortably (as long as second-row occupants are generous), though it's realistically best suited for those of smaller stature or children. This is especially true if you want to fit three across." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "This large rig offers lots of space up front, and seats are large, comfortable, and supportive. Entry and exit are easy, and thick pillars don't restrict over-the-shoulder visibility as much as one might expect." -- Consumer Guide (2014)

Interior Features

The 2016 Acadia comes standard with rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, three USB ports, Bluetooth, a 6.5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system and a Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required). Available features including tri-zone automatic climate control, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a dual-panel sunroof, navigation, satellite radio, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system and GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system are optional.

Test drivers report the Acadia's interior features are both useful and entertaining. Most say that the IntelliLink infotainment system has straightforward menus and a simple design, but some think it takes some time to master and add that it can be slow to respond to user inputs. A few reviewers are pleased the Acadia has physical buttons to control climate settings, which are within easy reach of the driver.

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  • "While the Buick Enclave is the most upscale and the Chevrolet Traverse focuses more on utility, the GMC Acadia bridges the two by offering an even mix of practicality and rich user content." -- Autotrader (2015)
  • "IntelliLink controls the entertainment, phone and navigation functions in most Acadia models. It provides smartphone radio app integration and features a clean layout and intuitive menu structure but it is sometimes slow to process touch inputs (and in a few instances, wholly unresponsive), which can make it frustrating to use." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The available IntelliLink radio combines a colorful touchscreen and capacitive-touch 'buttons' with traditional volume and tuning knobs to govern its many functions. The touchscreen's icons are clear and large, but learning how to fully operate this system will likely take a while. Climate control knobs are large and easy to reach, but mode selection is left to small push buttons set around the fan dial." -- Consumer Guide (2014)


Behind its third-row seats, the Acadia has 24.1 cubic feet of cargo room, 70.1 with the third row folded and 116.1 with both the second and third rows folded. The Acadia's overall cargo volume is one of the most spacious in the class. There's plenty of room for luggage even with passengers in all three rows, according to critics. A power liftgate is available.

  • "An unexpected benefit is the Acadia's surprisingly spacious cargo area. Even with the 3rd-row seat in place it really will hold eight people and a good percentage of their gear. Fold both rows flat, and the Acadia offers up a whopping 116.9 cubic feet of cargo-hauling capacity." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "When it comes to cargo space, the Acadia is definitely a leader in its class." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "So spacious is the Acadia, in fact, that it can seat up to eight passengers and still retain a reasonable amount of cargo room." -- Autotrader (2015)
  • "Among vehicles in our midsize-SUV class, Acadia and Traverse are head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to cargo volume. …" -- Consumer Guide (2014)

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