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2011 GMC Acadia Review

Big, beautiful SUV inside and out

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 GMC Acadia is a full-size crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that comes with either front- or all-wheel drive and offers a wide range of configurations accommodating anywhere from seven to eight people comfortably. Propelled by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with direct injection offering 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission, the GMC Acadia can tow 5,200 pounds easily.

A premium Denali configuration is also offered that hosts exterior/interior enhancements, including a honeycomb grille, leather and wood interior, a superb sound system, attractive monochromatic exterior components, and a Skyscape sunroof. The GMC Acadia combines visually appeal, high quality, and outstanding performance. The Acadia also offers top-tier safety and has a fuel economy in the 16 mpg city / 23 mpg highway range.

New for 2011

The GMC's Denali trim level for the 2011 Acadia received a number upgrades, including 20-inch rims, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, unique exterior trim pieces on the outside, and top grade leather and wood furnishings inside. OnStar's Gen 9 package, new Cyber Gray Metallic and Gray Green Metallic colors, and an optional eight-way power driver seat were also added.


Engine: 3.6L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Body Style: Crossover SUV
Trims: SL Sport Utility, SLE Sport Utility, SLT Sport Utility, Denali Sport Utility

On the Outside

Despite its crossover attributes, the GMC Acadia is more of a traditional SUV with respect to its looks, with a wide stance, exaggerated fender flares and a bold, aggressive grille adorned with the iconic GMC badge.

From the Inside

The GMC Acadia offers three rows of seating, with GM's Smart Slide feature, which allows easier access to the third row. Options range from base cloth seating to the Denali's perforated leather. The Acadia boasts an enormous 117 cubic feet of cargo space. Options include a heads up display, the SkyScape sunroof, rear-seat entertainment, and a rear-view camera.

Driving Performance

The 2011 GMC Acadia is equipped with a version of GM's high-feature, 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 engine rated at 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Due to a lower center of gravity as well as an independent front and rear suspension, the Acadia offers a better overall ride than more traditional body-on-frame SUVs

Safety Equipment

Safety equipment options on the GMC Acadia include six standard airbags, which are complemented by GM's rollover sensing system that can deploy the side airbags if a rollover is detected. To prevent rollovers is GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, as well as traction control and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS.

Gas Mileage

SL, SLE, SLT-1, SLT-2, Denali RWD: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
SL, SLE, SLT-1, SLT-2, Denali AWD: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway


  • Plenty of interior amenities
  • Top-notch safety systems
  • Massive cargo area
  • Premium Denali option


  • One power train
  • Compromised visibility
  • Weight


Big, beautiful SUV inside and out

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