2016 Acadia New Car Test Drive
Even though GMC cemented its reputation with the production of pickup trucks, in recent years the division has also become known for crossover vehicles and SUVs. Interior space is the dominant feature of the GMC Acadia midsize crossover SUV. It can seat up to eight. In fact, passenger/cargo space is comparable to that of a minivan.
Closely related to the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, the GMC Acadia has no tie to the brand's trucks, or to its full-size, truck-based SUVs. Available with either front- or all-wheel drive, each trim level is powered by a 288-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 that teams with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
For 2016, GMC Acadia adds 4G LTE connectivity to its OnStar telematics, which come standard. It can create a moving wi-fi hotspot. A new 2016 GMC Acadia SL base model joins the lineup, and a heated steering wheel goes into 2016 GMC Acadia Denali.
Acadia has scored well in crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives Acadia an overall rating of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety issued Good scores in all tests, including roof strength. GM's midsize crossovers stand out for offering a front-center airbag; which deploys forward from the right side of the driver's seat.
Upper-trim models offer active safety systems, including blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision alert, and lane-departure warning. Poshest Acadia of the lot, the Denali model includes a Dual SkyScape sunroof, as well as heated/ventilated seats and leather-trimmed upholstery. IntelliLink is available or standard, allowing the driver to integrate such online radio services as Pandora and Stitcher, using voice and touch-screen controls via Bluetooth-enabled phones.
Not only is the Acadia interior spacious, but the overall design makes good use of all that room. With the third row up, there's 24 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold down both the second- and third-row seats, and you wind up with a virtually cavernous total of 116 cubic feet.
A Color Touch Radio with touch-screen control is standard. In some Acadia versions, the screen is encircled by capacitive controls for audio and climate systems. Navigation is available as an option, as is rear-seat DVD entertainment. Available for the full model line, the entertainment system includes surround sound and ten speakers.
Acadias are available with either seven- or eight-passenger seating.
Acadia SL ($30,975) comes with cloth upholstery, front/rear air conditioning, a rearview camera, roof rack, remote keyless entry, center console, two USB ports, six-speaker radio, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear park assist, and 18-inch wheels.
Acadia SLE ($34,175) has SiriusXM satellite radio and IntelliLink smartphone integration. SLE-2 trim adds a power liftgate, eight-way power driver's seat, remote start, auto-dimming mirror, and driver's knee air bag.
Acadia SLT ($41,020) includes automatic tri-zone climate control, foglamps, aluminum accents, heated power front seats, leather-trimmed upholstery, Bose 10-speaker audio, heated mirrors, and 19-inch wheels. Priced slightly higher, SLT-2 adds a memory driver's seat with power recline, heated steering wheel, power-folding mirrors, and blind-spot/rear cross-traffic alerts.
Acadia Denali ($47,890) gets an exclusive chrome grille, noise-reducing acoustics package, Denali-specific aluminum interior trim and accent lighting, a two-panel sunroof, and 20-inch machined aluminum wheels. Also standard: HID headlights, power tilt/telescoping steering column, navigation, head-up display, heated/cooled seats, and perforated leather seating.