2009 GMC Acadia Review

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The 2009 GMC Acadia is better-looking than most minivans, and a whole lot more useful than full-size SUVs for passenger duty.

TheCarConnection.com's editors read the latest reviews on the new 2009 GMC Acadia to write this comprehensive review. Experts from TheCarConnection.com also drove the GMC Acadia and have included opinions and details where they aid you in choosing the perfect new crossover vehicle.

The 2009 GMC Acadia is one of the more carlike "crossover" SUVs, offering a very passenger-friendly interior, carlike handling, and a roomy interior. The Acadia can be specified with front- or all-wheel drive, but there’s no two-speed transfer case or four-wheel-drive low range, and as a result, not much in the way of off-road ability. But that's OK because the Acadia's not meant to tackle rutted backwoods roads. Instead of unused off-road capability, the Acadia offers everyday drivability to buyers.

Interior space and well-configured seating are what make the 2009 GMC Acadia especially appealing. A third-row seat is standard, which yields room for seven to eight people altogether (depending on the configuration). The third row's a real third row, too. There's almost 20 cubic feet of additional storage space behind the third row; plus, maximum towing capacity is 4,500 pounds.

The 2009 GMC Acadia comes with a single powertrain, a healthy 288-horsepower V-6 that gets direct injection for 2009, and standard six-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is good, but the transmission sometimes hunts for the right gear and jostles the Acadia's occupants in the process. EPA estimates give hope for 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for front-wheel-drive models.

The GMC Acadia's optional AWD system (which can transmit as much as 65 percent of engine power to the rear wheels as necessary) is plenty for snow days or muddy back roads on the way to the cabin.

The base models come quite well equipped, with 18-inch rims, front and rear A/C, stability control, full-row curtain airbags, and GM's OnStar concierge system with "turn-by-turn" navigation assistance. Higher-end models can be optioned up with all the niceties, from a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo to three-zone climate control, a power rear liftgate, a head-up display (HUD), GPS, a two-panel sunroof, XM NavTraffic, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and backseat DVD entertainment system.

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Friday, April 8, 2016
2009 GMC Acadia FWD 4-Door SLE1

Great Family Vehicle

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We bought our 2009 Acadia in April of 2009 and driven the wheels off it for the past 92,000 miles. It's comfortable for long road trips whether 350 miles or 1,200 miles. Room for the kids car seats, the dog... + More »
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015
2016 GMC Acadia FWD 4-Door SLE w/SLE-1

Nice car but the most terrible gas milege

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Purchased the 2016 SLE-1 and was shocked the very first week about the gas mileage. Sticker said 17 mpg city (joke!) Only 10 miles per gallon in the city. I called the dealers service department and they told... + More »
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Sunday, July 12, 2015
2015 GMC Acadia FWD 4-Door SLT w/SLT-1

Fantastic family vehicle!

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I was done with cruising around in the cool minivan, and this is the perfect replacement. Smooth ride, luxurious features, amazing sound system, & captain chairs so kids can walk to the back row. Most... + More »
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