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How Much Does a GMC Acadia Cost?

GMC Acadia Car Prices


The 2011 GMC Acadia is a large crossover, meaning that it sits on a unibody frame, like a car, rather than a truck's body-on frame. Families that want an alternative to gas-guzzling SUVs and a vehicle that is stylistically superior to a minivan are perfectly suited to the Acadia. At first glance, the vehicle's price tag, which is one of the highest in its class, might seem like a drawback. However, a closer look will reveal that the Acadia is roomier, more refined, and earns better gas mileage that many of its competitors.

2011 GMC Acadia MSRP
SL 3.6L V6 $31,840
SLE 3.6L V6 $34,465
SLT 1 3.6L V6 $38,185
SLT 2 3.6L V6 $39,090
Denali 3.6L V6 $43,220

Body Styles and Trim Levels

The GMC is available in five trim levels: the SL, SLE, SLT-1, SLT-2, and new for 2011, the Denali. Even the base SL is well-equipped. It has such features as seating for eight, a six-speaker AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible CD player, air conditioning, cruise control, acoustic insulation, OnStar (including a six-month subscription to the navigation service), front bucket seats, and stability and traction control. Moving up the trim lines, the Acadia has second row captain's chairs in place of the bench. This reduces seating capacity to seven but the standard second-row bench can be substituted if seating for eight is required. More expensive models also feature Bluetooth connectivity, three-zone climate control, leather upholstery, rear seat DVD entertainment center, and rear parking assistance. The top-of-the line Denali is on-par with many luxury SUVs and features exclusive interior and exterior styling, power sunroof, remote start, adjustable power seats, a technology package (with head-up display, cargo area audio system controls and HID projector low beam headlamps), special trailer equipment, and more.


Only one powertrain is offered for all 2011 GMC Acadia models: a 3.6-liter, 288 horsepower direct-injected V6 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission (featuring manual shift controls). The Acadia can pull a load of up to 5,200 pounds and is good for 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway (on front wheel drive modelsórear-wheel drive is nearly identical at 16 city/23 highway mpg). Reviewers consistently state that the engine provides solid acceleration for a vehicle as large as the Acadia. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models while an intelligent all-wheel drive system is universally optional.

The Acadia somehow manages to be boxy and sleek at once with its tapered roofline and rear spoiler. You'll pay quite a bit extra for the new Denali trim, but if you're into chrome, leather, and wood the extra bucks are justified. Standard exterior features include LED taillights, chrome-tipped dual exhaust, and aluminum roof rails.


The interior of the Acadia is also attractive, with a two-tone color scheme accented by metal finished-trim. The Acadia has earned praise for its roomy interior. Both the second and third row seats can fold down, providing an impressive maximum cargo capacity of 117 cubic feet! There is plenty of space for personal items as well.


As mentioned, the Acadia's V6 engine provides strong acceleration. The overall pleasant driving experience is rounded out by responsive steering, solid handling, and a comfortable ride. Although a heavy vehicle (close to 5,000 pounds), the Acadia drives more like a car than you'd expect.

You'd be hard pressed to find a better large crossover than the 2011 GMC Acadia. It combines SUV-like comfort, cargo room, and refinement with a car-like ride and good fuel economy. Buyers who are put off by the vehicle's price tag should keep in mind that it offers what many other large SUVs do, but for thousands of dollars less. Seen in this light, the GMC Acadia is a great value.

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