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The 2011 GMC Acadia performs adequately, but it won't satisfy high-performance wants.
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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

pleasant enough to drive, but it feels big

A prod of the throttle sometimes results in slow downshifts for passing power.
Consumer Guide

the Acadia is among the heaviest in its segment, which results in performance that is nothing to write home about
Car and Driver

The steering is intuitive and rather light, which allows the driver to feel more in command.

nary a whiff of truck-stop mountain-man aggression
New York Times

The 2011 GMC Acadia comes with a single powertrain, a 288-horsepower, direct-injection V-6, and standard six-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is strong enough, but the transmission sometimes hunts around for the right gear, especially at suburban speeds, with some powertrain hesitation in the process.

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, but it won't be suitable for full-on off-road adventuring. Trucklike towing capacity is there, though: up to 5,200 pounds, when properly equipped.

Handling is surprisingly good for such a heavy vehicle; the Acadia has a four-wheel independent suspension and nice hydraulic-assist steering that is quite confidence-inspiring and agile overall.


The 2011 GMC Acadia performs adequately, but it won't satisfy high-performance wants.

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