TheCarConnection.com team did not see a great deal of strong opinions expressed regarding the exterior styling of the 2008 GMC Acadia.
“Mechanically, it's very similar to the Saturn Outlook and Buick Enclave,” Edmunds notes (and to the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse, TheCarConnection.com adds). On the outside, though, the 2008 GMC Acadia is less rounded and streamlined than many newer SUVs and its GM cousins. It's a more traditional design that Kelley Blue Book considers "handsome," "masculine," and "upscale." With the Acadia, GMC has a “masculine” vehicle, the New York Times says, as well as "tailored." Car and Driver says it has a “handsome interior and exterior,” while Automedia reports that the “Acadia's styling lands somewhere south of SUV and north of station wagon; more masculine than a minivan, but not so macho as to polarize.” Cars.com sums up the rear end, saying it “hints that someone with fashion sense resides inside GM's design studio.”
The Orlando Sentinel is more concerned with the interior of the GMC; 2008’s Acadia is "well-appointed." Cars.com says it has “clear gauges and easy-to-use buttons.” Kelley Blue Book was enchanted with the interior: "An attractive two-tone look is used throughout the Acadia lineup, with an available 'brick interior' adding striking red surfaces for those with adventurous tastes."