2014 GMC Acadia | new car review
Five star safety rating is an important factor in this segment of the market.
Exterior design is a little too bling for most.
Currently in its second generation, the 2014 GMC Acadia is relatively new to the market and having received a makeover in 2013, it flaunts a redesigned grille and front fascia, a reworked rear liftgate and a much nicer interior too. Emitting a strong American vibe, the GMC Acadia possesses a boxy outershell and an abundance of chrome that simply makes it, not very pleasant to look at.
Staying true to its roots, almost everything in the cabin is bigger than it needs to be; it’s followed the American philosophy of ‘upsizing’ quite well, you see. Depending on the variant you opt for, the 2014 GMC Acadia either seats six individuals with captain seats in the second row, or seven individuals when fitted with a bench seat.
Safety is quite an important factor in cars such as the GMC Acadia, which are tailored to transport children and families from one point to another. Scoring a 5-star global safety rating, the Acadia definitely bags points for its seven airbags (including the industry first front centre airbag) and side / curtain airbags.
With just one engine available, you won’t be racking your brains wondering which engine would be the ideal one for your lifestyle. The 3.6 litre V6 engine found under the hood emits a decent 288 horsepower and impressive 366 Nm of torque. Mated to a six speed automatic transmission, the 2.3 tonne American SUV touches the 100 km/h mark in 8.8 seconds before continuing to its 170 km/h top speed.
The GMC Acadia is a little different, a little too American and more importantly, a little too bling for everyone’s taste. However, if you’re one of the few that can actually get over its looks, then there’s good news for you; it’s available in 9 different hues and with 6 different wheel options, of course all are chrome though.