New for 2015
For the 2015 model year the GMC Acadia gains a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard equipment on SLT-2 and Denali models, a new 20-inch wheel design, and adds three new exterior color options: Crimson Red Tintcoat, Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic, and Midnight Amethyst Metallic.
The GMC Acadia can seat up to eight passengers and is based on a GM platform shared with the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. The GMC provides a balance of luxury and capability, at a lower price than the Buick. The Acadia fits above the two-row Terrain and below the three-row Yukon/XL SUV in the GMC lineup.
The 2015 GMC Acadia is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque in SLE and SLT trim, but 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque in Denali trim. The GMC Acadia pairs the V-6 with a six-speed automatic, and gets front-wheel drive standard but has an available all-wheel-drive system. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17/24 mpg (city/highway) in FWD trim and just one less mpg in each for AWD models. The Acadia can tow a conventional trailer up to 5,200 pounds.
Some of the most notable features include HID headlights, 7- or 8-passenger seating arrangements, available AWD, heated and cooled leather seats, blind spot warning, hill-hold assist braking, LED running lamps, power liftgate, Smart Slide second-row seats for easier access to the third row, tri-zone climate control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and a front center airbag.
The 2015 GMC Acadia received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing received four ratings of good (the highest possible rating is good).
What We Think
In a Driven Review of a 2013 GMC Acadia Denali, the highest trim level, we felt that the Acadia Denali struck the best balance of the three crossovers available on the shared GM platform (the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave being the other two). The Acadia does well, with hands-free keyless access the only missing convenience we could think of, as the GMC still uses a remote and key. The third row, typically a penalty box in three-row crossovers for anyone out of grade school, is actually habitable and comfortable for two 6-foot tall adults.
In our Driven Review we thought back to the previous generation pre-2013 refresh, noting that “the 2013 Acadia Denali obviously had little room to grow, saddled with a good-but-not-excellent platform and engine that would otherwise hinder big improvements to the nameplate. We commend GMC for making [it] look and feel this good, but we also wish those engineers could have done more.”
- Third row habitable by adults
- Interior on Denali models
- Towing capacity places it near the front of the class
You Won’t Like
- No hands-free keyless access
- Fuel economy isn’t class leading
- Denali model can get pricey
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