2009 GMC Acadia vs. Its Competition

2009 GMC Acadia SLE1
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

In practical terms, the Acadia’s only direct competitor is the Ford Taurus X, a vehicle that also puts the priority on passenger comfort and interior space.

Like the Acadia, the Taurus X has a third-row seat that’s good enough for smaller adults.

The Taurus X styling is a bit more like a tall station wagon, while the Acadia is closer to a sleek SUV.

The Acadia's powertrain outmuscles Honda's eight-passenger crossover, the Pilot.

The Toyota Highlander offers a bit more ruggedness, but it can't match the interior room of the Acadia.

The Mazda CX-9 is also worth putting on your list, as it comes close to matching many of the Acadia's people and cargo capabilities, while offering a more enjoyable driving experience.

2009 GMC Acadia SLE12009 GMC Acadia
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2009 Honda Pilot2009 Honda Pilot
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2008 Mazda CX-9 FWD 4-door Sport Side Exterior View2008 Mazda CX-9
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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2008 Toyota Highlander
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Quick Specs
The 2009 GMC Acadia is better-looking than most minivans, and a whole lot more useful than full-size SUVs for passenger duty.
The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
The 2008 Mazda CX-9 may be the best-driving full-size seven-passenger crossover out there. It is certainly one of the best looking and appointed.
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door SLE12WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door Base (Natl)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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