2015 GMC Acadia

Find Another GMC Acadia
$33,975-$49,690
$32,276-$47,206
16 CITY / 23 HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability

Overview

What's New for 2015:
  • Heated steering wheel added to top trim levels
  • New 20-in. aluminum wheel design
  • Three new paint colors

Introduction
The 2015 GMC Acadia is a full-size, 3-row, 8-passenger crossover SUV offering more interior space than the majority of its competitors. Alternatives to the Acadia include the Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota Highlander.

Models and Features
There are five different versions of the 2015 Acadia available: SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2, and Denali.

Choose the SLE-2 and enjoy upgrades including IntelliLink connectivity, front center air bag, 8-way power driver's seat, second-row captain's chairs, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote engine starting, and a power rear liftgate.

The Acadia SLT-1 adds fog lights, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, and larger 19-in. aluminum wheels. Inside, leather seats are standard, heated up front, and the SLT-1 includes an 8-way power front passenger's seat, aluminum interior trim, triple-zone automatic climate control, rear audio controls, and a programmable garage door opener. Variable-effort steering is also included for SLT-1 models, while the SLT-2 version installs a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, memory for the driver's settings, heated steering wheel, and power-folding exterior mirrors.

The Acadia Denali tops the lineup with unique styling details, HID headlights, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-panel sunroof, navigation system, forward-collision warning system, lane-departure warning system, and a head-up display. According to GMC, a special acoustics package makes the Denali quieter inside, and the Denali features standard towing equipment, heavy-duty engine cooling, unique dual exhaust system, and 20-in. aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood
A 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard for all versions of the 2015 Acadia. In the SLE and SLT, it breathes through a single-outlet exhaust system and makes 281 horsepower. In the Denali, an exclusive dual-outlet exhaust system helps the engine to make 288 horsepower.

A 6-speed automatic transmission powers the Acadia's front wheels, and an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is optional. GMC also provides free scheduled maintenance for the first 2 years and 24,000 miles of ownership. Maximum towing capacity for the Acadia measures 5,200 lbs., when properly equipped.

Fuel Economy
According to EPA estimates, the Acadia gets 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway when equipped with front-wheel drive. Choose the optional AWD system and those numbers drop to 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway.

Safety and Technology
GM's OnStar telematics service is standard and is free for the first 6 months of Acadia ownership. Thereafter, a subscription is required. One highlight of OnStar's features includes its Automatic Crash Response technology, which activates in the case of a collision and speeds rescuers to the site of the accident.

All but the base version of the Acadia include IntelliLink technology, which makes it possible to pair a smartphone to the SUV's infotainment system and enjoy voice-control technology, streaming of Internet radio, HD Radio, and more. A navigation system is optional for Acadias equipped with IntelliLink.

A front center air bag is included on all 2015 Acadias except the base model, deploying between the driver and front passenger in order to protect either person from crash forces originating on the opposite side from where they are sitting. To get side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert systems, buyers should consider the Acadia SLT-2. The Acadia Denali is exclusively equipped with forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning systems.

Advertisement

J.D. Power Ratings

Automotive Performance Execution and Layout
Comfort?
Style?
Overall Performance and Design?
Features and Instrument Panel?
Performance?
Vehicle Dependability Study
Feature and Accessory Dependability?
Powertrain Dependability?
Body and Interior Dependability?
Overall Dependability?
Initial Quality Study
Powertrain Quality - Design?
Overall Quality - Mechanical?
Powertrain Quality - Mechanical?
Body & Interior Quality - Design?
Features & Accessories Quality - Design?
Overall Quality?
Features & Accessories Quality - Mechanical?
Body & Interior Quality - Mechanical?
Overall Quality - Design?

Power Circle Scoring Legend:

Among the best
Better than most
About average
The rest
*Please note that JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings may not include all information used to determine J.D. Power awards. Learn more about how J.D. Power Ratings are calculated.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

The Latest GMC Articles:

The hottest-selling segment is compact crossover SUVs, and GMC’s big news for 2018 is a redesigned Terrain, which lands squarely where modern vehicle shoppers are looking.
A redesigned Acadia crossover SUV arrives for 2017, smaller, lighter, but still able to carry up to 7 people. We detail the changes for each 2017 GMC truck, SUV, and van model...
The big news coming out of the GMC camp for 2016 is the debut of updated Sierra and Sierra HD pickups, both of which now feature a freshened front end, new digital steering system for the HD, and the addition of Apple CarPlay technology to the company’s IntelliLink infotainment system.
Luxury SUVs are spending little time sitting on car dealership lots, and the upscale GMC Denali sub-brand is proving popular with consumers.
With a lineup consisting exclusively of trucks, vans, and SUVs, GMC holds a somewhat unique position in the marketplace, one that it uses to tout its products as "Professional Grade." Find out what's new for each and every 2015 GMC truck, SUV, and van...
Like its corporate twin, Chevrolet, GMC is launching a completely redesigned light-duty pickup truck for the 2014 model year.
The GMC Savana and its equivalent the Chevrolet Express are heirs to the iconic Chevy van: full-size cargo and people haulers. They're sold in 1500, 2500 and 3500 series models, in a choice of two wheelbases, with maximum seating capacity of 15 when configured for passenger use.
Within the GMC hierarchy of trucks, it is the 2013 Sierra 3500HD that is the most capable model, able to tackle the biggest of jobs, and dealers are offering discounts as GMC readies a replacement for its workhorse pickup.
GMC dealers are offering appealing discounts on the aging Sierra HD lineup, and if you need a new truck sooner rather than later, here are 5 fast facts about the 2013 Sierra 2500HD that you may want to know before making a purchase.
This year, GMC concentrates on updating its crossover SUVs, the 2013 Acadia and 2013 Terrain. Find out what else is new for the entire 2013 GMC model lineup...