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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Well-rounded nature and handsome design
A handsome package that looks masculine and up-scale
Kelley Blue Book
A bit more tailored and masculine
New York Times
The 2009 GMC Acadia boasts some of the most attractive exterior styling in the crossover class, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the stylish touches carry over into the interior.
The GMC Acadia, "along with its corporate cousins, the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and Saturn Outlook ... has a unibody architecture," according to Edmunds, and is "offered in three trims: base SLE-1 and uplevel SLT-1 and SLT-2." The external differences are few, and all GMC Acadias come with "18-inch alloy wheels," states Edmunds, which also says that it was "hands-down the handsomest vehicle" in a recent test. MyRide.com reviewers agree, claiming that "the GMC Acadia may be the best looking of the Lambda triplets," and is "one of the sharpest looking vehicles in its class, period." Kelley Blue Book finds a few other adjectives to describe the GMC Acadia, calling it "handsome," "masculine," and "upscale." Cars.com is impressed enough to conjecture that "someone with fashion sense resides inside GM's design studio."
The interior styling is a hit as well, and MyRide.com kicks things off by claiming that the interior is "very tasteful," thanks to its "dual tone look, with satin-finish and chrome accents." Cars.com appreciates the "clear gauges and easy-to-use buttons," while Kelley Blue Book raves about the "attractive two-tone look [that] is used throughout the Acadia lineup, with an available 'brick interior' adding striking red surfaces for those with adventurous tastes." On a more practical note, ConsumerGuide says that, "day or night, Acadia's luminous gauges are easy to read," while "the optional head-up display projects vehicle speed and other readings on the windshield."
The 2009 GMC Acadia is a stunning entry from GM both inside and out.