When one thinks of a full-size crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV), they don’t usually think of fuel efficiency and reasonable price. The 2009 GMC Acadia bucks that trend. Solid mechanics, room for eight passengers, decent fuel economy, and a decent amount of performance from the engine ranks the Acadia with the best of the best in SUV land; a difficult task considering the number of models flooding the market.
The Acadia, like many other SUV models, employs a unibody frame that makes it handle well, sustain crashes better, and allows for a better interior (the Acadia feels uniquely spacious). The V-6 engine makes this one exciting.
Body Styles: Full-size crossover SUV
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Acadia SLE-1, Acadia SLT-1, Acadia SLT-2
The 2009 GMC Acadia receives an upgraded engine, Bluetooth connectivity, real-time traffic updates for the navigation system available through packages, heated and cooled seats, and new option packages that offer a bit more bang for your buck.
The exterior of the vehicle looks large but very efficient. The GMC Acadia’s width measures 78.2 inches and the height reaches 72.8 inches. This makes it a bit difficult for some to get in and out of the vehicle. Overall, the Acadia looks like most other SUVs on the road.
The 2009 GMC Acadia comes in three different trim lines: the SLE-1 base model, the SLT-1, and the SLT-2.
The SLE base model comes with 18-inch alloy wheels. The SLT-1 adds extra heated mirrors and integrated turn signals. The SLT-2 marks the top of the line. It adds remote start, keyless entry, and a power liftgate at the back of the vehicle. Optional on the SLT models are a two-panel sunroof and 19-inch wheels.
The interior of the Acadia really shines. Unlike other SUV models in its class, space seems well divided throughout the cabin, with seating available for up to eight passengers. Even the third row seats offer a lot of extra legroom. Most of the interior has a solid build and uses decent materials, but there are a few cheap plastic materials that downgrade the appearance a bit.
The third row comes standard in all vehicles but you can decide whether you want a seven- or eight-passenger orientation. The third row bench provides room for eight and has a 60/40-split for greater cargo capacity. The seven-seat model uses captain chairs instead. The Acadia also boasts privacy glass as a standard feature.
No matter the seating choice you still get a gracious 117 cubic feet of storage space.
Performance & Handling
The Acadia uses front-drive or all-wheel drive. The 2009 Acadia employs a new engine, a 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 288 horsepower with 270 lb-ft of torque. The engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Safety is very important in a full-size crossover SUV, and GMC has not cut any corners. The Acadia gets anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, and an OnStar communications system for emergency situations. The Acadia scores top marks in all the government crash tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Acadia front drive: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Acadia all-wheel drive: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Good gas mileage for an SUV
- Massive interior with seven- or eight-passenger seating
- Towing capacity that rates better than most
- Powerful V-6
You Won't Like
- Cheap plastic on the interior
- Transmission downshifts a bit slow
- Labored towing
One of the best SUV models on the market; a big vehicle for a big family.
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