2014 GMC Acadia

SLE-1 FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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2014 GMC Acadia Front Left Side View
I love making my mom cry. When I see those big, red puffy eyes filling with tears, it means I did something right.
Your mom could learn a thing or two from my mom. She's so nice that she belongs in a situation comedy on 1950s television, like The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. (Surely you remember Harriet Nelson, a big band singer that became a mom?)
She's bailed me out of every jam, and I'll never be able to repay her. So that's why I took her to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, an event my mom's talked about since I wore shoes that lit up when I walked. We took a 2014 GMC Acadia Denali, a nice crossover utility vehicle.
Joker at the wheel
"And here...we…go," I said to myself in my best Heath-Ledger-as-the-Joker voice as I climbed behind the steering wheel of the 2014 Acadia Denali for the 10-hour trip to Manhattan. My brother and my dad were already bickering, and we hadn't even finished loading up the seven-passenger crossover.
They were arguing about who would be exiled to the third-row seat. Since we'd put down the smaller side of the 60/40-split folding rear seats to make more room for luggage, it would be cramped in the way-back seat. In the end, my girlfriend sat in the back, while my dad and brother got the captain's chairs in the second row. (This could turn out bad for me, I thought.) My mom sat next to me.
Ohio, Land of Enchantment
We left at 10:00 PM on Tuesday night and averaged about 90 mph from Ann Arbor to the Ohio Turnpike, where I let cruise control take over. Cruise control is essential when you're driving on a turnpike riddled with cops, especially at night. I thought our Acadia Denali had adaptive cruise control, but it didn't. As it turns out, no 2014 Acadia does. This seems a little peculiar in a vehicle with an MSRP that starts at $46,675, but you don't just paste on radar sensors like they are candy-covered stickers, I suppose.
The plain old cruise control didn't affect my driving style so late at night, when the road is relatively uncrowded. The stiff-legged ride affected me, though. I started ranting that this car-like unit-body vehicle rides like one of GMC's body-on-frame pickup trucks. My mom didn't seem to get what I was talking about. (She's so like my girlfriend in that way.) Your author's increased grumpiness when driving through Ohio probably had something to do with it. More likely it was the Denali's 20-inch wheels, very fashionable but lashed to harsh-riding P255/55R-20 tires. Let's face it, the dub look is dumb on an Acadia.
Weather got really dicey near Youngstown, Ohio, near the border of Pennsylvania. The all-wheel-drive Acadia did an admirable job of charging over the slush-covered highway, and its HID headlights gave us great forward visibility. The stability control kicked on when we needed it, which was a little more often than I would've liked, due to the fact that our Acadia had all-season rubber. Remember, all-wheel drive can't fix all-season rubber.
Finally we had to pull off and find a hotel. My mom made sure we ended up at the nicest one in town.
The Twilight Diner, not Zagat-rated
Up early, we packed the 2014 Acadia and left. We promptly entered Pennsylvania, and I started making up lost time on dry pavement. Around lunchtime, we took Exit 185 on I-80 East and arrived at the Twilight Diner. A family atmosphere and sixers of beer to go if you like; clearly not a place my mom would have picked.
As I ordered chicken and biscuits, I stared at our GMC Acadia Denali through the window. From its angry-looking snout to its massive flanks, the 2014 Acadia commands attention in a way that most other seven-passenger crossovers don't. Especially in our car's Crystal Red. Even my mom mentioned the Acadia Denali's styling.
Later that afternoon, I woke up in the third-row of the Acadia, my face pressed into the side of my brother's suitcase. We'd stacked our luggage on the smaller portion of the 60/40-split folding seats, and I'd wedged myself into the larger portion. A lot of light finds its way into the back row, although the sunroofs over the first and second rows of seats probably help. I didn't find the ride as unpleasant as I had the previous day.
My mom and my girlfriend were listening to Camelot in its entirety on the rear-seat entertainment system with its ten Bose speakers and 5.1 surround sound. Fortunately they didn't sing, though you could tell that they wanted to.
Manhattan, Land of Giant Inflatables
The Holland Tunnel drops you under the Hudson River and then you emerge into SoHo traffic hell. I cursed every little, yellow Prius taxi in my immediate vicinity. The fact that I was driving a 5000-lb utility vehicle made it worse, like a golf ball squirting through the garden hose of the tunnel. My mom hummed along to a song on SiriusXM's seasonal music channel, "Holly."
The navigation system told us that we had less than two miles to go to our destination, but it also said it would take an hour to get there. I channeled the aggression I'd felt in the tunnel into some super-stellar driving moves. In just a few minutes we'd done what the navigation system said would an hour. Then it happened, a left turn at an intersection. We sat completely still for 20 minutes. My mom told me to be patient. Finally I dropped everyone at our rented condo, parked the Acadia at a nearby garage, and went to find a whiskey. Sadly, the "Holly" channel just doesn't do it for me.
We woke up early in the morning on Thanksgiving. I still felt a little overly amped in Manhattan. Then I saw my mom wearing her Kermit-the-Frog beanie, smiling wider than I've seen her smile in a long time. We left the 2014 GMC Acadia Denali in the parking structure, grabbed a Ford Escape hybrid in disguise as a little yellow taxi and went to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We found some seats in the grandstands and waited for the parade to start. When it did, I looked at my mom and those big, red puffy eyes filling with tears.
I had done something right.
2014 GMC Acadia
2014 GMC Acadia

New for 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.

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

Rating

2

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$34,485
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2014 GMC Acadia Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.6L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
Horsepower:
288 hp @ 6300rpm
Torque:
270 ft lb of torque @ 3400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Maintenance
24,000 miles / 24 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
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POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Regal, LaCrosse, Verano, and Enclave, and Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Cruze, and Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever. As such, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect." They also fail to conform to FMVSS number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
Consequences
If a vehicle's shift cable disengages from the transmission shift lever, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Remedy
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters, free of charge. The recall began on April 10, 2014. Chevrolet owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020, Buick owners at 1-800-521-7300, and GMC owners at 1-800-462-8782. General Motors' number associated with this recall is 14048.
Potential Units Affected
355
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured March 26, 2013, through August 15, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the engine control module (ECM) software may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately.
Consequences
An inaccurate fuel gauge may result in the vehicle unexpectedly running out of fuel and stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the ECM to correct the fuel gauge reading, free of charge. The recall began on June 27, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14007.
Potential Units Affected
51,640
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT PANEL
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured March 26, 2013, through August 15, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the engine control module (ECM) software may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately.
Consequences
An inaccurate fuel gauge may result in the vehicle unexpectedly running out of fuel and stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the ECM to correct the fuel gauge reading, free of charge. The recall began on June 27, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14007.
Potential Units Affected
51,640
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured March 26, 2013, through August 15, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the engine control module (ECM) software may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately.
Consequences
An inaccurate fuel gauge may result in the vehicle unexpectedly running out of fuel and stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the ECM to correct the fuel gauge reading, free of charge. The recall began on June 27, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14007.
Potential Units Affected
51,640
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SEAT BELTS
Summary
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2009-2014 Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured April 14, 2008, through May 14, 2014, Chevrolet Traverse vehicles manufactured June 6, 2008, through May 14, 2014, and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured April 9, 2008, through May 14, 2014, and 2009-2010 Saturn Outlook vehicles manufactured April 14, 2008, through March 18, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the flexible steel cable that connects the seatbelt to the front outboard seating positions may fatigue and separate over time.
Consequences
If the steel cable becomes fatigued and separates, the seatbelt may not properly restrain the seat occupant increasing the risk of an injury in a crash.
Remedy
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, repair and replace the lap pretensioner, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. An interim notice will be mailed to owners in July 2014. A second notice will be mailed to owners once parts become available. The recall for the 2009-2010 model years began on July 11, 2014. The interim letter for the 2011-2014 model years were distributed on July 11, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-462-8782 (GMC), 1-800-553-6000 (Saturn). General Motors recall number for this campaign is 14187.
Potential Units Affected
1,339,355
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL, and 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Express, Impala, Silverado HD, Traverse, GMC Acadia, Savana, and Sierra HD vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short.
Consequences
If the module experiences an electrical short, the vehicle could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module, free of charge. The recall began on December 26, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM¿s number for this recall is 14515.
Potential Units Affected
106,307
Notes
General Motors LLC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2014 GMC Acadia

Depreciation
42.5%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$18,724
42.5%
Insurance
$5,890
13.4%
Fuel Cost
$12,206
27.7%
Financing
$3,751
8.5%
Maintenance
$2,496
5.7%
Repair Costs
$470
1.1%
State Fees
$478
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $44,015 What's This?
Value Rating: Average