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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Subpar interior trim
Drives more like a car than an SUV
Kelley Blue Book
Notably space-efficient interior
New York Times
The 2008 GMC Acadia pleases reviewers with good interior room and clever seating options, but some materials and interior trim are less rich than the Acadia’s price would suggest.
The 2008 GMC Acadia, USAToday says, has only “almost immeasurable 1% less passenger room than you get inside [Chevrolet] Tahoe and [GMC] Yukon”—both of which are traditional full-size, truck-based SUVs. Inside the Acadia, GMC has “easy-to-configure second- and third-row seats,” according to Cars.com. The third row can be folded into the floor, they note, while “the second-row captain's chairs also fold flat and slide to create a larger cargo area for hauling long items.”
Edmunds bestows its stamp of approval on the 2008 GMC Acadia’s interior layout and roominess: "Thanks to its space-efficient design, the GMC Acadia provides sedanlike comfort for all passengers," they write. Kelley Blue Book agrees that the interior is "roomy, versatile and utilizes high-quality material."
However, the New York Times, which is highly complimentary of the GMC 2008 Acadia's "tailored" outward appearance, was more critical of the inside. This source mentions that "the company's secret contract with Cheap Plastic Inc. may not be over yet: the Acadia's interior driver door handle, that critical hands-on interface between man and machine, was unpleasantly sharp and finished in bogus chrome."
In terms of quietness, ConsumerGuide says: "[There is] little road rumble, though the 19-inch tires thump slightly over bumps. Wind noise is low, with only a muted whistle from the outside mirrors at highway speeds. Acadia's quiet, refined engine growls pleasantly under brisk acceleration."
TheCarConnection.com believes that what makes the 2008 GMC Acadia particularly swell is the plus-size accommodations. It's huge inside, with a standard third row and room for seven to eight people (depending on the configuration). The third row's a real third row, too, not there only for advertising purposes. There's almost 20 cubic feet of additional storage space behind the third row, plus maximum towing capacity is 4,500 pounds.
The 2008 GMC Acadia has a flexible and roomy interior, but some finishes aren’t the greatest.