- Full-size crossover SUV with a 286-hp V-6
- Shares a platform with the Chevrolet Traverse
- Adds new optional safety features, including forward collision alert and lane departure warning
The 2014 GMC Acadia returns mostly unchanged from 2013, adding only a pair of optional safety technology features (forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
The Acadia is positioned for those car buyers who would like the convenience of a third-row of seats and seating for seven or eight passengers, but aren’t really looking for a traditional full-size SUV like GMC’s Yukon. It competes with other three-row full-size crossovers like the Mazda CX-9, Volkswagen Touareg, and Volvo XC90.
Last year, the Acadia got styling updates which made the full-size crossover an attractive way to carry around an active family. Additions included a three-bar grille and added creases to the hood which give the Acadia a more rugged appearance. The back of the Acadia gets its own distinctive feature, including blacked out D-pillars which blend into the rear glass and make the rear part of the roof appear to be floating. GMC’s Denali trim also makes an appearance, bringing extra trim pieces, a brash, chrome grille, and a panoramic sunroof.
Under the hood, a 286-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 270 pounds-feet of torque is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but those looking for more traction can opt for an all-wheel drive setup. Fuel economy figures check in at 17/24 mpg city/highway for FWD models (16/23 mpg for AWD models).
In the past, GM models have been accused of being too similar across different brands, sharing plenty of interior components. While there are still some similarities between the Acadia and its Chevrolet sibling, the Traverse, there is actually plenty of distinction and it really benefits the more upscale Acadia’s cabin. Materials have been upgraded and the dash/center console was redesigned last year. There are two second row seating configuration options: a pair of captain’s chairs or a second row bench which expands capacity to eight. With 24.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row as well as a covered storage well, the Acadia also offers plenty of luggage space for trips and other excursions. Standard interior features include front/rear air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, stereo with 6.5-inch touch screen, USB/iPod port, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. GM’s new IntelliLink system is optional, as are leather upholstery, heated/cooled front seats, navigation system, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
The 2014 Acadia performed extremely well on crash tests, earning a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. A backup camera is standard, as are blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic systems which are especially helpful when driving a large crossover such as this. The Acadia was also the first vehicle to get a front center air bag option, which deploys between the front passengers to keep them from colliding in an accident.