GMC Acadia - A Well Balanced, Impressive Ride
An Intro to Acadia
With a truck heritage, GMC has always been known for introducing large and dominant vehicles with powerful performance and presence. GMC Acadia started a new phase of evolution for manufacturers by being the very first SUV crossover by General Motors. Based on the Lambda platform, Acadia first showed up in 2006 knocking out three of GM's seven passenger vehicles including Safari van, Envoy and Pontiac Montana.
Acadia claims a lot of 'firsts' for its marquee. Not only it is the first crossover, it is also the first front-wheel drive passenger vehicle and the first uni-body vehicle for GMC.
The New Acadia
The basics of the 2011 and 2015 Acadias remains largely unchanged from the previous versions. With nearly the same mileage, same looks, and roughly the same price tag, the 2015 Acadia promises a lot more in terms of features, comfort and luxury. Like previous two years, a Denali version is offered for the 2015 Acadia as well.
Under the Hood
Five trims are available for the 2015 Acadia. All of the trims are powered by the same 3.6 liter V6 engine mated with a six speed automatic transmission. The engine is able to churn out the power of 288 horses at 6,600 rpm with a torque of 270 lb-ft at 3,200 rpm. The crossover takes 8.2 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60. The smooth handling and steering is worth praise for the new Acadia.
Coming to fuel efficiency, Acadia earns the EPA rating of 17/24 mpg which is actually quite good for a crossover of its size. For an all-wheel drive Acadia, the numbers stand at 16/23. The car's performance is uplifted due to its uni-body architecture which not only makes it light weight but also space-efficient.
A Look Inside the Acadia
While the outside is all impressive, it is inside the cabin that you will find the real beauty of the 2015 GMC Acadia. The layout follows a two-tone color scheme with chrome accents. The quality of build and material is apparent in minute details of the interior. Surprisingly, the car is larger from the inside than it seems from the outside.
The first two rows are large enough for adults with gracious foot and head space. The third and second row seats can be folded in order to fill in more cargo than passengers. The full cargo capacity is around 115 cubic feet.
Features offered for the basic SL trim of 2015 GMC Acadia include:
- remote keyless entry
- MP3 compatible XM Radio
- CD player
- double-dual exhausts with chrome tips
- side impact bags for the driver and the passenger in the front seat
- StabiliTrak with traction control
- OnStar system with six months of connection
While this is already an impressive list of features, other trim levels come with even better standard offerings such as Bluetooth for Phone and parking Assist. Options such as rear-seat entertainment system, ultra bright aluminum and touch screen navigation etc. can also be ordered for all trims.
The 2015 GMC Acadia is a true example of GM's brilliance in manufacturing large sized utility vehicles that offer convenience, performance along with affordability and efficiency.