2015 GMC Acadia | new car review

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 by
2015 GMC Acadia
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2.5 stars
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AEDAED 146,000 - 170,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 40%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 60%

Review Summary:

The Acadia is a full size crossover SUV, that also happens to be the first unibody vehicle built by the American brand. Competitors include, but are not limited to the good looking Mazda CX-9 and improved Ford Explorer.


* 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 2015 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.

2015 GMC Acadia Denali front


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 2015 GMC Acadia either seats six individuals with captain seats in the second row, or seven individuals when fitted with a bench seat.

2015 GMC Acadia interior


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.

2015 GMC Acadia side

On offer

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.

2015 GMC Acadia rear


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.

2015 GMC Acadia front


Specifications2014 GMC Acadia
Engine/ Cylinders3.6 litre V6
Max Power
288 hp @ 6,300 RPM
Max Torque
366 Nm @ 3,400 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic
DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h8.8 secs
Top speed170 km/h
PriceAED 146,000 - 170,000

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