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2012 GMC Acadia SLT1 AWD

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Stock # #:
7928B
VIN # :
1GKKVREDXCJ100457
Engine:
3.6L V6 Cylinder Engine
Exterior Color:
Crystal Red Tintcoat
Interior Color:
Gray
Body
Sport Utility
Transmission:
Automatic
City MPG:
16
Highway MPG:
23
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2012 gmc acadia

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.1
20 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (40%)
4 Star - (45%)
3 Star - (10%)
2 Star - (5%)
1 Star - (2%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
3.8
COMFORT
4.5
INTERIOR
4
RELIABILITY
4.3
VALUE
4

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

Like almost identical models from Buick and Chevy, the three-row 2012 GMC Acadia offers a winning combination of comfort, features, cargo space and performance in a utility-style package.

What's New

Other than receiving some minor feature changes, the GMC Acadia carries over unchanged for 2012.

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PROS

Compliant ride; seating for up to eight passengers; adult-friendly third-row seat; massive cargo area; top safety scores.

Introduction

The family hauler has changed a lot over the years, with wagons making way for minivans and then truck-based SUVs. Today, crossovers have combined the attributes of minivans and SUVs and then adopted the visual cues of the wagon. One of the best of these modern family haulers is the 2012 GMC Acadia, a large crossover that boasts a refined ride and an enormous cabin that can fit up to eight adults.

The Acadia's carlike unibody architecture means it's lighter and more space-efficient than heavier, trucklike SUVs like the GMC Yukon. As such, the Acadia offers more passenger and cargo space than its GMC stable mate, along with a more pleasant driving experience, better maneuverability, higher fuel economy and more secure handling. The Acadia is roomier than other competing large crossovers as well.

It's important to note that the 2012 GMC Acadia is one of three GM vehicles with this body style and a 288-horsepower V6. The Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse differ in styling, interior design, some feature availability and the quality of some cabin materials, reinforcing Buick's luxury identity and Chevrolet's plain-spoken utility, while the GMC promotes its truck heritage. Mechanically, these vehicles are essentially identical. When it comes to picking one, the decision really comes down to style, price and which dealer treats you best.

Still, you'd be wise to check out the more athletic Mazda CX-9 or our top choice, the well-rounded Ford Flex. The Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango don't offer quite as much interior space as any of the above models, but each is certainly desirable in its own right. All these choices may make your search for a family hauler a little tougher, but with crossovers like the GMC Acadia around, at least it's hard to go wrong.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 GMC Acadia is a large crossover SUV offered in five trims: base SL, SLE, SLT-1, SLT-2 and Denali. An eight-passenger seating configuration with the second-row bench seat is standard on the base SL and optional on the rest, which get a standard seven-passenger configuration with second-row captain's chairs.

The Acadia SL comes standard with 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, privacy glass, keyless entry, cruise control, rear air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, OnStar emergency telematics and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. The Preferred package adds remote ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth.

The Acadia SLE gets the Preferred package standard, plus a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, an eight-way power driver seat, a two-way power passenger seat (manual recline), an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a rearview camera.

The SLT-1 adds 19-inch wheels, upgraded steering, heated mirrors with turn signal repeaters and integrated blind-spot mirrors, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery in the first and second rows (third row vinyl), heated front seats, an enhanced trip computer, rear seat audio controls and a 10-speaker Bose sound system with an iPod/USB audio interface. The SLT-2 includes power-folding mirrors, driver memory functions, a four-way power passenger seat and access to additional options. These include ventilated front seats and the Technology package, which adds xenon headlights, a head-up display and cargo area audio controls.

The Denali includes all of the SLT-2's optional items, plus unique styling flourishes inside and out, 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, increased sound deadening, a wood-trim steering wheel and a panoramic sunroof.

That sunroof is optional on all other Acadias except the base SL. The same goes for the rear-seat entertainment system, which includes a Bose surround-sound audio system. The SLT trims and the Denali can also be equipped with a navigation system, which includes real-time traffic and a touchscreen interface.

Powertrains and Performance

Every 2012 GMC Acadia is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 288 hp and 270 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard, but all-wheel drive is optional.

In Edmunds performance testing of a mechanically identical front-wheel-drive Chevy Traverse, it took 8.2 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph. According to EPA estimates, a front-drive Acadia will return 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined. Opting for all-wheel drive drops this to 16/23/19.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags for all three rows are all standard on the 2012 GMC Acadia. Also standard is one year of GM's OnStar service, including turn-by-turn navigation and hands-free phone connectivity.

In Edmunds brake testing, an Acadia with 18-inch wheels and tires came to a stop in 135 feet. The Ford Flex and Mazda CX-9 perform better. Opting for 20-inch wheels and tires brings the Acadia closer to those competitors with a 130-foot stop.

In government crash tests, the Acadia earned a top five-star rating for overall performance, with four out of five stars being given for front-impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection.

The Acadia also aced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, where it earned the highest rating of "Good" in both the frontal-offset and side-impact tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

Inside the spacious cabin, the 2012 Acadia has an attractive layout, with a two-tone color scheme highlighted by accents of chrome trim (the Denali also includes wood-grain accents). Unfortunately, this trim is prone to reflect the sun into the eyes of the driver and front-seat passenger. Two other downsides include small and indistinct buttons for the audio and climate controls, and outward visibility that's more compromised than that of other competing vehicles. But in general, build quality is strong and the materials used in the Acadia are a bit better than those in its Chevy Traverse sibling.

Depending on the configuration chosen, the Acadia seats either seven passengers (with second-row captain's chairs) or eight passengers (with a split-folding second-row bench seat) in three rows. The first- and second-row seats are quite comfortable and supportive, and the split-folding third-row seat -- which is often a kids-only zone in traditional SUVs -- can accommodate adults in reasonable comfort.

Maximum cargo capacity is enormous at 117 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded down. Even with all three rows of seating in use, there are a useful 24 cubic feet of luggage space. In total, the Acadia is a far more practical vehicle for people and cargo than the bigger GMC Yukon.

Driving Impressions

Like the other large crossovers from General Motors, the 2012 GMC Acadia delivers a nice balance between secure handling and a comfortable ride. Even so, you're always reminded that this is a large, heavy vehicle (it weighs nearly 5,000 pounds with all-wheel drive), and it feels a little more cumbersome than other large crossovers on the market. Still, compared to the truck-based GMC Yukon, the Acadia is a much nicer and easier vehicle to drive. We have no complaints about the 288-hp V6, as it provides willing acceleration in almost all situations and achieves pretty good fuel economy.

This Vehicle Includes These Added Value Features!

  • Back-Up Camera
  • Bluetooth Connection
  • Climate Control
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Rear A/C
  • Remote Engine Start

Factory Installed Options

  • ENGINE, 3.6L SIDI V6

    • V6 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Multi-Zone A/C
  • Navigation from Telematics
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Liftgate
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear A/C
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Telematics
  • Universal Garage Door Opener

Drivetrain & Engine

  • All Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Premium Sound System
  • Rear Seat Audio Controls
  • Satellite Radio

Safety

  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Rear Side Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seat & Trim

  • 3rd Row Seat
  • Bucket Seats
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Passenger Adjustable Lumbar
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat

Tires & Wheels

  • Tire Pressure Monitor

Value Added Features

  • Bluetooth Connection

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • Air bags, front passenger air bag suppression (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Air bags, frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger and head curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • All wheel drive
  • Alternator, 170 amps
  • Audio system controls, rear with headphone jacks
  • Axle, 3.16 ratio
  • Body, power rear liftgate
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Console, front center with 2 cup holders and storage
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Cup holders, 2 front on the floor console
  • Cup holders, 2 in the second row
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Door handles, chrome (Bright beltline molding.)
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Engine, 3.6L SIDI V6 (288 hp [214.7 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 270 lb-ft of torque [364.5 N-m] @ 3400 rpm)
  • Exhaust, double dual with chrome tips

 

  • Floor mats, carpeted front, second and third row, removable
  • Fog lamps, front round halogen
  • Glass, Solar-Ray deep-tinted (all windows except light-tinted glass on windshield and driver and front passenger side glass)
  • GVWR, 6459 lbs. (2930 kg) (TV14526 AWD models only.)
  • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
  • Headlamps, dual halogen projector lamp
  • Horn, dual-note
  • Instrumentation, 5-gauge with Enhanced Driver Information Center , outside temperature indicator and digital compass display (Digital compass display included and only available with (UUI) AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback or (UUJ) Audio System with Rear Seat Entertainment.)
  • Insulation, acoustical package
  • Lighting, interior with theater dimming, cargo compartment, reading lights for front seats, second row reading lamps integrated into dome light, door-and tailgate-activated switches and illuminated entry and exit feature
  • Luggage rack, side rails, roof-mounted
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
  • Mirrors, integral spotter for blind-zone
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Moldings, body-color bodyside
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Seat, 2-way power front passenger with manual recline and lumbar control
  • Seat, 8-way power driver with power recline and lumbar control

 

  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2012 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the 'XM Select' package, with over 170 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. And now add premium channels to your trial at no-cost. Welcome to the world of satellite radio. (Replaced by (UBS) NavTraffic when (UUM) audio system with navigation or (U4H) audio system with rear seat entertainment and navigation is ordered. Requires a su
  • Spoiler, rear
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with traction control
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic with brake/transmission shift interlock
  • Steering, power, variable effort
  • Storage system, rear cargo area under floor
  • Suspension, Ride and Handling
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III, engine immobilizer
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (Does not monitor spare.)
  • Trim, interior, chrome metallic instrument panel/console
  • Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
  • Visors, driver and front passenger, padded with cloth trim, color-keyed and illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) compact steel spare
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down
  • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
  • Wipers, front intermittent with washers

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