2008 GMC Acadia

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2008 GMC Acadia Review

One of the best crossover and family-oriented vehicles available.

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Overview

The 2008 GMC Acadia serves as one of the best crossover SUVs available. It classifies as an SUV that has the smooth ride and sharp handling of a car. It includes a nice array of luxury features and better fuel economy than most comparable SUVs. This vehicle comes in the base SLE-1, SLT-1, and SLT-2. The Acadia comes standard with front drive, but all-wheel drive remains optional. In addition, it offers seven- or eight-passenger configurations.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door SUV
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: GMC Acadia SLE-1, GMC Acadia SLT-1, GMC Acadia SLT-2

What's New

The 2008 GMC Acadia shows only a few minor changes since it’s unveiling in 2007. For example, satellite radio and eight-passenger seating become standard features on the SLE-1. On the SLTs, a second-row console and rear-view camera become available.

Exterior

The 2008 GMC Acadia serves as a full-size crossover SUV. It comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, a roof rack, a fixed liftgate window, and a rear liftgate door. The exterior of the 2008 Acadia measures 78.2 inches wide, 72.8 inches high, and 200.7 inches long. It also has a 7.4-inch ground clearance and a 118.9-inch wheelbase.

Interior

The interior marks one of the best features of the Arcadia. It has the look and feel of a luxury sedan. A third-row seat comes standard and offers both seven- and eight-passenger configurations. Eight-passenger seating becomes available with the split second-row bench seat. The optional second-row captain’s chairs reduce the seating capacity to seven passengers. Wide back doors and a second-row seat that slides forward make for easy access to the third row. The roominess in the third row is better than comparable crossover SUVs. With all of the seats in place, the cargo area totals a respectable 19 cubic feet. With the seats laid down that area increases to an impressive 117 cubic feet.

The many standard convenience features of the base SLE-1 include cruise control and cup holders in all rows. The Acadia offers many storage options, such as a front console with storage, pockets on all doors, and front seatback storage. Other features include power steering, a 12-volt power outlet, and a telescopic/tilt steering wheel.

Additional comfort features of the Arcadia include front and rear air-conditioning, lighting in the cargo area, and reading lights in the front and rear.

The entertainment system includes an AM/FM single-CD stereo with satellite radio and an input jack for auxiliary MP3 audio. The stereo also features a radio data system and six speakers.

The SLT-1 adds some unexpected standard features such as leather seats and power heated front seats. A Bose 10-speaker audio system with a six-disc CD changer also makes a welcome addition. Other features include rear headphone jacks and triple-zone climate control.

The upper-trim SLT-2 adds remote vehicle start, rear park assist, and power lumbar support to the front seats. A rear cargo shade and a 115-volt power outlet also come standard.

Optional features available with all trims include a DVD entertainment system and a heads-up display. A rear-view camera and a navigation system add to the options list, along with Dolby surround sound and audio controls for the third row.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 GMC Acadia uses either front or all-wheel drive. A 3.6-liter V-6 generates 275 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. It has an ample towing capacity of 4500 pounds.

The Acadia may not be suitable for mountain and boulder climbing, but it proves quite capable in inclement weather. The all-wheel-drive system requires no action from the driver. The system automatically varies the torque between the front and rear wheels based on traction demands.

Safety

The 2008 Acadia comes fitted with a wide array of safety features, such as stability control, traction control, anti-lock disc brakes, and electronic brakeforce distribution. Front-seat airbags; full-length side-curtain airbags; front, rear, and third-row head airbags provide added security. The OnStar communication system provides a great added feature.

Additional safety features for the 2008 GMC Acadia include a remote anti-theft alarm system, daytime running lights, and an engine immobilizer. Additional safety features include fog lights, auto delay-off headlights, dusk-sensing headlights, a post-collision safety system, and tire pressure monitoring.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Acadia SLE-1, V-6, two-wheel-drive: 16/24 mpg city/highway
GMC Acadia SLE-1, V-6, all-wheel-drive: 16/22 mpg city/highway
GMC Acadia SLT-1, V-6, two-wheel-drive: 16/24 mpg city/highway
GMC Acadia SLT-2, V-6, two-wheel drive: 16/24 mpg city/highway
GMC Acadia SLT-1, V-6, all-wheel drive: 16/24 mpg city/highway
GMC Acadia SLT-2, V-6, all-wheel-drive: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Abundant passenger and cargo room
  • Smooth and quiet ride
  • Heavy towing capacity for a crossover

You Won't Like

  • Slow downshift of the transmission
  • Subpar interior trim

Sum Up

One of the best crossover and family-oriented vehicles available.

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