SUM UP (2 Stars)

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Acadia in 2014

The 2014 GMC Acadia receives minor updates, with the addition of two charging-only USB ports on the rear of the central console. Newly available Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning systems are standard on Denali models...
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Vehicle Overview

The 2014 GMC Acadia is a midsize crossover sold in four trim levels and in front- or all-wheel drive configurations. It is available in seven- or eight-passenger configurations as well as a luxury-oriented Denali trim with unique exterior design elements such as chrome accents and 20-inch wheels.

Summary

The 2014 Acadia is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 producing 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is lackluster despite the V-6’s decent power because of the cars 4850-pound curb weight and a transmission that “doesn’t shift until high in the rev range” during hard acceleration. The unrefined powertrain also detracts from the crossover due to the coarse sound that makes it “sound like the engine is struggling even when it isn’t.” Ride and handling is well balanced with a “pleasantly well-weighted and acceptably precise steering” for a large crossover. Fuel economy is acceptable with EPA ratings at 17/24 mpg city/highway for front-drive models and 16/23 mpg with all-wheel drive.

Interior space in the 2014 GMC Acadia is generous with enough room for adult passengers in all three rows. The collapsible second and third row also increases the cabin’s practicality and makes the crossover ideal for hauling cargo. Available tech and convenience features such as a second-row DVD entertainment system, IntelliLink infotainment system with smartphone integration, a Bose surround sound stereo and navigation makes the interior feel more up-to-date.

The 2014 GMC Acadia has a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and received a good score in the four categories that IIHS tested it in.

What We Think

As a family car, the 2014 GMC Acadia is an excellent choice with its flexible cabin, seating for up to eight passengers, and available tech and convenience features. Despite its generous 5,200-pound towing capacity, its engine is not up to task in powering a crossover that weighs nearly 5,000 pounds, resulting in lackluster acceleration and a strained powertrain during hard acceleration.

In a 2012 Driven review, we noted that the 2014 Acadia’s large size also translates into a roomy interior with a well-appointed cabin and a host of convenience features especially designed for families such as a second set of audio system controls in the rear. The crossover’s IntelliLink system is a shortcoming due to its fussy, unintuitive controls that “eradicated too many buttons,” which detracted from its overall usability.

You’ll Like

  • Roomy and flexible cabin
  • Good handling for a crossover
  • Generous maximum towing capacity

You Won’t Like

  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Fussy infotainment controls
  • 4850-pound curb weight

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Highlander
  • Ford Explorer
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Kia Sorento

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2014 Acadia Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Rear Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Compass
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Trunk Pulldown
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer

Exterior

  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Roof Rail

Interior

  • Cargo Cover
  • Cup Holders
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Parking Distance Control
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Dual Power Seats
  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Compact Disc Player
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter
  • Navigation System
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