2011 GMC Acadia

MSRP $32,000 - $41,250

Ranked #13 in Suv

7.2

Overall Rating

2011 GMC Acadia Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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GMC is a very popular car manufacturer in the US that is known for making reliable cars. Based on the Lambda platform that it shares with the Chevrolet Traverse, the 2011 GMC Acadia has garnered attention in the market for its commodious and refined cabin that gets packed with an extensive list of standard features.

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Pros

Great cabin quality

Comfortable ride quality

Top safety scores

Cons

Poor visibility

Heavy body weight

Transmission lacks response

What's New?

New Denali trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

217 cu.in.

horsepower

288 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

270 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

118.9 in.

length

200.7 in.

width

78.2 in.

height

69.9 in.

curb weight

4656 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

154 cu ft.

cargo volume

116.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1689 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/24 mpg

highway range

528 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SL$32,000 onwards

SLE$34,625 onwards

SLT-1$38,345 onwards

SLT-2$39,250 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 GMC Acadia in Atlantic Metallic color
Atlantic Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

6.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


The 2011 GMC Acadia receives some changes over its previous MY. At $32,000 for 2011 MY, it gets a more upscale interior with the premium Denali trim level. It competes with the likes of the Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9, and Ford Explorer.


7.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2011 GMC Acadia Features

7.5/10

The 2011 GMC Acadia offers four trim levels to choose from, mainly known as SL, SLE, SLT-1, and SLT-2. With the current MY, it also gets the Denali trim that reflects top-notch craftsmanship. The price of the Base SL trim starts from $32,000 and goes up to $39,250 for the SLT-2 trim for the FWD variant. It gets additional features and options increasing with each higher trim.

Trim

SL

SLE

SLT-1

SLT-2

MSRP (FWD)

$32,000

$34,625

$38,345

$39,250

MSRP (AWD)

$34,000

$36,625

$40,345

$41,250

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

Adds/ upgrades to SL:

Adds/ upgrades to SLE:

Adds/ upgrades to SLT-1:

 

Front and rear air-conditioning

Rear parking sensors

Leather upholstery

Power-folding heated mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming

 

OnStar telematics (with a six-month subscription to Directions and Connections) 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

10-speaker Bose stereo with a USB audio jack

Additional power adjustments for the front passenger seat

 

Six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo system with satellite radio

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Variable-assist steering system

Driver memory functions

   

Power front seats (eight-way driver/two-way passenger)

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Towing Preparation package

       

Back-up camera with a small rearview-mirror-integrated display

We Recommend

We recommend you go for the SLT-1 trim as it proves to be more valuable by offering luxury and comfort at a justifiable price. It has premiums like Tri-zone automatic climate control, Variable-assist steering system, 10-speaker Bose stereo with a USB audio jack that were missing in the previous trims. However, the main highlight is the full leather upholstery throughout the interior of the car that makes it more premium, providing the best value for money.

2011 GMC Acadia Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2011 GMC Acadia is available in only one engine option. It will carry a 3.6L V6 engine that produces 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The drivetrain is standard FWD with a 6-speed shiftable automatic gearbox which is standard across the entire range of the GMC Acadia. However, AWD is available as an optional extra at $2000. 

The engine is very refined but acceleration is sluggish. Although it is not a full off-roading vehicle, the AWD variant would be great for muddier roads. Now coming to the acceleration, this engine can help the vehicle do 0-60MPH run in 8.1 seconds and a quarter-mile run in 15.8 seconds. These numbers are not great but are sufficient for a family car. When properly, this vehicle can tow up to 5,200 pounds

Models

2011 GMC Acadia 

2011 Chevrolet Traverse

2011 Mazda CX-9

2011 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$32,000

$29,370

$29,135

$28,360

Engine 

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.7L V6

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power 

288 hp @ 6300 rpm

281 hp @ 6,300 rpm

273 hp @ 6250 rpm

290 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque

270 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm

266 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm

270 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm

255 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.1

7.6

7.7

7.3

Quarter mile (sec)

15.8

16

15.9

16.1

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

N/A

148

130

Ford Explorer is the most powerful of the lot delivering nearly 290hp and it can do 0-60mph run in just 7.3 seconds. It is interesting to note that all vehicles in the competition come equipped with standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The least powerful Mazda CX-9 also performs better than the Acadia clocking 7.7 seconds, while the Chevrolet Traverse that is based on similar underpinnings is also almost half a second quicker. What is noteworthy, however, is that the Acadia punches through the mid-range and dusts all its competitors in the quarter-mile run.

2011 GMC Acadia Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2011 GMC Acadia is very impressive in terms of fuel economy. The 3.6L V6 engine returns 17 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on the highway, and 19 MPG combined. Opting for the AWD variant will decrease the mpg a bit. It will provide 16 MPG in the city, 23 MPG on the highway, and 19 MPG combined. The vehicle also gets a 22.0-gallon fuel tank capacity which is sufficient to go 418 miles between fuel stops.

Models

2011 GMC Acadia 

2011 Chevrolet Traverse

2011 Mazda CX-9

2011 Ford Explorer

MPG (City)

17

16

17

17

MPG (Highway)

24

23

24

25

MPG (Combined)

19

19

19

20

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

22

22

20.1

18.6

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

374/528

352/506

341.7/482.4

316.2/465

Ford Explorer is the most fuel-efficient of the lot when compared to its competitors averaging 20 MPG. However, it has a much smaller fuel tank capacity than its rivals. This affects its driving range by a huge margin. The GM twins and the Mazda CX-9 offer almost the same fuel economy but a slightly smaller tank on the CX-9 pulls down its driving range below 500 miles.

2011 GMC Acadia Interior

8.0/10

The interior of the 2011 GMC Acadia is quite simple yet elegant. The space in the front is excellent and even six-footers won’t find any issues. Coming to the dashboard design, it is simple with large AC vents matching the aesthetics of the car. The AC vents are finished in chrome and look premium. The center console has a lot of buttons that are straightforward to use. Standard equipment on the base trim feels bland. Opt for the SLE trim and you get a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power driver seat, and 2-way power passenger seat. The SLT trim adds tri-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats. Optional Leather upholstery on higher trims is another element that adds to the beauty of the car.

Speaking of the seats, you can seat 7 people with second-row captain’s chairs or 8 people with second-row bench seats. The front seats are cushioned and are very comfortable. The rear seats are also cushioned and comfortable for long rides. Overall the entire interior layout of the 2011 GMC Acadia is very well designed with comfort in mind. Even its cargo capacity of 116.9 cu.-ft is class-leading making it an apt family hauler.

Models

2011 GMC Acadia 

2011 Chevrolet Traverse

2011 Mazda CX-9

2011 Ford Explorer

Seating Capacity

7

8

7

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.4/61.9/41.3

40.4/62/41.3

39.6/59.4/40.9

41.4/61.3/40.6

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3/61.1/36.9

39.4/61.3/36.8

39/58.7/39.8

40.5/61/39.8

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.4/57.8/33.2

37.8/57.6/33.2

35.4/56.9/32.4

37.8/50.8/33.2

Cargo Capacity to 3rd seat(cu-ft)

24.1

24.4

17.2

21.0

Cargo Capacity to 2nd seat(cu-ft)

68.9

68.8

48.3

43.8

Cargo Capacity to 1st seat(cu-ft)

116.9

116.8

100.7

80.7

The 2011 Acadia has the best interior space when compared to its competitors. The Mazda CX-9 on the other hand has the best-in-class second-row legroom but has the least cargo space available of 17.2 cu.-ft with all seats in an upright position. The Chevrolet Traverse can seat up to 8 people which is a bonus. Meanwhile, GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse have the best cargo space than their competitors, while the Ford Explorer’s trunk volume of 80.7 cu.-ft feels disparagingly low.

Standout interior features:

  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Power adjustable front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Second-row captain’s chairs

How intuitive is the 2011 GMC Acadia’s infotainment unit?

The 2011 GMC Acadia comes equipped with a standard six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo system with satellite radio. Moreover, it has Bluetooth connectivity with which you can connect your smartphone; also USB jack and headphone jack. The audio system can be upgraded to a 10-speaker BOSE audio system that will take the party on the roads. Through optional packages, you can also get a navigation system, a rear entertainment system, a 115-volt power outlet, and Bose surround-sound system. 

Standout infotainment features:

  • 6-speaker audio
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Satellite Radio
  • USB Connection
  • Headphone jacks
  • Optional 10-speaker Bose audio

2011 GMC Acadia Exterior

6.0/10

The 2011 MY brought no new changes to the exterior as well. 2011 Acadia has one of the best exterior designs in the market. The car is very bold with curved lines. The chrome grille looks premium and adds to the aesthetic of the car. There are small bits of chrome accents everywhere. The projector headlights and taillights also look cool. 

As standard, you get 18-inch alloy wheels with the base trim which can be upgraded to 19-inch wheels or 20-inch chrome wheels in the Denali trim. Moreover, you also get fog lamps, a power liftgate, and a skyscape sunroof. Overall the exterior of the 2011 GMC Acadia looks exquisite and has similar dimensions as its competitors. It is, however, relatively heavier and weighs 4,656 lbs. 

Model

2011 GMC Acadia 

2011 Chevrolet Traverse

2011 Mazda CX-9

2011 Ford Explorer

Curb Weight (lbs)

4656

4790

4330

4557

Length (in.)

200.7

205

200.2

197.1

Width (in.)

78.2

78.4

76.2

78.9

Height (in.)

69.9

70.4

68.0

70.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.4

7.2

8.0 

8.0

Wheelbase (in.)

118.9 

118.9

113.2

112.6

The GMC Acadia and the Chevrolet Traverse are almost similar as they are built from the same platform. However, Traverse is the heaviest in the segment, while the Traverse is almost 5 inches longer despite sharing a similar wheelbase of 118.9 inches. The Mazda CX-9 has the best ground clearance of 8.0 inches and is also the widest measuring 78.9 inches, while the Ford lies midway in terms of dimensions.

Standout exterior features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Power liftgate
  • 19-inch wheels (SLT-1)

2011 GMC Acadia Safety

8.0/10

The 2011 GMC Acadia performs very well in its crash tests. It got 5-star ratings from the NHTSA and has received ‘GOOD’ ratings from the IIHS. It is packed with a plethora of safety features. Some of the safety features of the 2011 GMC Acadia include four-wheel ABS, stability control, front knee airbags, front second and third-row airbags along with full-length side curtains airbags. 

Standout safety features: 

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • GM OnStar communications
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2011 GMC Acadia Final Verdict

The 2011 GMC Acadia is truly a family car with comfort as its priority. It offers sufficient performance figures usable for daily driving as well as a bit of towing. It has excellent mpg figures which makes it practical as well. The interior and cargo space are also very good. So, the 2011 Acadia is a great option for a family looking for a subtle SUV.

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