2012 GMC Acadia

MSRP $32,835 - $41,965

Ranked #13 in Suv

7.3

Overall Rating

2012 GMC Acadia Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 17, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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GMC Acadia is trying to bridge the brand’s gap between their big & biggest SUVs and it does it quite well, to be honest. Some people buy vehicles just for their utility value and the Acadia is something tailor-made for such a crowd, and for those who still haven't given in to a minivan. This GMC SUV has a unibody construction and that makes it more agile and less heavy, unlike some other GMC offerings. 

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Pros

Acres of space on the inside

Frugal gas mileage

Excellent safety score 

Easy 3rd-row access

Cons

Denali trim is expensive for a non-luxury segment 

Heavy curb weight 

What's New?

New exterior colors

Console mounted power outlet

Hill-hold assist standard on Denali trim 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32835

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

72.8 in.

curb weight

4656 lbs.

ground clearance

7.4 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./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SL$32,835 onwards

SLE$35,310 onwards

SLT-1$39,060 onwards

SLT-2$39,965 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 GMC Acadia in Carbon Black color
Carbon Black

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

8.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


Considering the crossover SUVs are now becoming a new norm, everyone out there wants a share of that success as SUVs like Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, and Mazda CX-9 are right on Acadia's toes. The 2012 Acadia starts from a price of $32,835 for the base model with an FWD drivetrain and goes all the way up to $46,810 for the top-end fully loaded trim with an AWD setup.


7.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2012 GMC Acadia Features

7.5/10

The 2012 GMC Acadia comes in 5 trim levels, SL, SLE, SLT-1, SLT-2, and the top rim Denali. The base trim SUV features basic features like air conditioning, a bare-bones music system, privacy glass, etc. The optional preferred package includes remote ignition, leather-wrapped steering, and Bluetooth. The SLE trim gets parking sensors, a power liftgate, and power-adjustable driver & passenger seats.

The SLT-1 trim enhances Acadia’s personality with 20-inch wheels and on the inside, you get 3 zone climate control & leather upholstery. from here on the Acadia keeps getting better interior creature comforts like ventilated seats, power-adjustable passenger seats, and a sunroof.

Trim

SL

SLE

SLT-1

SLT-2

Denali

MSRP (FWD)

$32,900

$35,300

$39,100

$39,900

$44,800

MSRP (AWD)

$34,900

$37,300

$41,100

$41,900

$46,800

Key Features

18-inch wheels

In addition to SL trim features with:

In addition to SLE trim features with:

In addition to SLT-1 trim features with:

In addition to SLT-2 trim features with:

 

OnStar telematics, 6-speaker sound system with CD player

Preferred package as standard

19-inch wheels 

Power folding mirrors 

All the optional features of the SLT-2 trim

 

Automatic headlights, fog lights 

Power liftgate

Upgraded steering wheel, 

Driver Memory seats & 4-way power passenger seats

Unique styling on the exterior and interior 

 

Keyless entry, privacy glass

Rear parking sensors 

Heated mirrors with turn signals and blind-spot monitors

120V power outlet 

20-inch chrome wheels

 

Cruise control, air conditioning

8-way power driver seat, 2-way passenger seat

3-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery on first 2 rows, heated front seats 

Enables options like ventilated seats & technology package 

Panoramic sunroof

 

Anti-theft alarm & cruise control

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Rear seat audio controls, 10-speaker Bose audio system 

 

 Wooden trim steering wheel

 

Tilt & telescopic steering wheel 

Rearview camera

   

Sound deadened cabin

We Recommend

The base trim is as always stripped off of features so let's not talk about that. The SLE trim almost has all the features we need daily like power-adjustable seats, power liftgate but it still lacks some. Thus, the SLT-1 trim gets the pick from our side as it has heated mirrors, a much better music system, leather upholstery, and the most important feature- a 3-zone automatic climate control. These are the features we need daily and not those chrome-plated grilles or 20-inch wheels. 

2012 GMC Acadia Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2012 GMC Acadia comes with a 3.6L, V-6 engine which produces 288 hp & 270 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed auto transmission with an FWD setup as standard. You can get AWD as well for just $2000 extra. The crossover SUVs are supposed to let us have all the practicality and space of a big SUV but drive much better than them. The Acadia has perfectly balanced handling, especially after considering its weight.

You will feel the heft of this SUV while driving but it is very well contained compared to its body on frame brothers. The engine provides ample thrust in all scenarios and returns a decent fuel economy as well. It sprints from 0-60mph in 7.7 seconds and breaches the quarter-mile mark in 15.6 seconds.

Models

2012 GMC Acadia

2012 Mazda CX-9

2012 Chevrolet Traverse 

2012 Ford Explorer 

MSRP

$32,900

$29,800

$29,700

$22,900

Engine

3.6L, Naturally Aspirated, V-6

3.7L, Naturally Aspirated, V-6

3.6L, Naturally Aspirated, V-6

3.5L, Naturally Aspirated, V-6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-speed automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

288 @ 6,300

273 @6,250

281 @ 6,300

290 @ 6,500

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

270 @ 3,400

270 @ 4,250

266 @ 3,400

255 @ 4,100

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.7

7.1

7.5

7.9

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.5

15.6

15.9

15.6

Top-Speed (MPH)

150

139

N/A

150

There couldn’t be a more balanced comparison than this one. All of the SUVs have very similar engines and so is the 0-60 MPH timing. The numbers are nearly identical but that’s obvious considering the weights and overall sizes of the vehicles. Aerodynamics also plays a key role as the curvy Mazda CX-9 seems to cut through the air more effectively than the rest. 

2012 GMC Acadia Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Acadia with FWD returns a decent fuel economy of 17/24/19, City/Highway/Combined. The AWD drive system returns slightly decreased efficiency of 16/23/19 City/Highway/Combined. Considering the overall heft the Acadia is doing a fine job at staying economical, that V-6 engine deserves a pat on the back as well. The Acadia also offers a decent range at over 400 miles combined on a full tank of gas at 22 gallons.

Models

2012 GMC Acadia

2012 Mazda CX-9

2012 Chevrolet Traverse 

2012 Ford Explorer 

MPG (City)

17

17

17

18

MPG (Highway)

24

24

24

25

MPG (Combined)

19

19

19

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22.0

20.1

22.0

18.6

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

374/528/418

341.7/482.4/381.9

374/528/418

334.8/465/372

All but the 2012 Ford Explorer have exactly similar mileage figures. Even the fuel tank capacity doesn’t have much of a difference. The Explorer still has better fuel economy than all of the rivals of 20 MPG and as expected it lacks the fuel tank capacity. Both the Chevrolet and Mazda have larger fuel tanks, and while the former shares its underpinnings with the Acadia, it also manages a range of more than 400 miles.

2012 GMC Acadia Interior

6.0/10

The 2012 GMC Acadia has a nice dual-tone interior, most of which is black with silver trims on the center console. The dashboard is very uncluttered and feels clean as all the switches and A/C vents are situated on the center console itself. The quality of the materials used is better than most of its rivals. Only the base trim Acadia comes with an 8-passenger seating arrangement and the rest of the trims have captains’ chairs on the second row which makes them a 7-seater.

The front seats are comfortable but lack any bolstering, GMC has made the seats extra thick to compensate for the lack of lateral support. The second-row bench-type seats can properly seat 3 passengers with comfort. Thanks to the aggressive angle of the seats, under-thigh support is very good on the second row. The third-row seating has always been reserved for kids but on the Acadia, you just might be able to fit adults back in there.

Models

2012 GMC Acadia

2012 Mazda CX-9

2012 Chevrolet Traverse 

2012 Ford Explorer 

Seating Capacity

8

7

8

7

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

40.4/61.9/41.3

39.6/59.4/40.9

40.4/62.0/41.3

41.1/61.3/40.6

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

39.3/61.1/36.9

39.0/58.7/39.8

39.4/61.3/36.8

40.5/61.0/39.8

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 

38.4/57.8/33.2

35.4/56.9/32.4

37.8/57.6/33.2

37.8/50.8/33.2

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

24.1

17.2

24.4

21.0

The cargo capacity of the GMC and Chevrolet is great, the best in its segment. With all the seats up, you have plenty of space to keep your stuff, 24 cubic feet to be specific. With both the rows folded flat there’s a whopping 116.9 cubic feet of space for cargo. Both the Mazda CX-9 and Ford Explorer can seat seven passengers and have lower cargo space.

 Let's see some of the standout interior features of the 2012 GMC Acadia:

  • 8-way perforated power driver seat
  • Illuminated Denali logo on the door sill
  • Dual-pane sunroof (Optional)
  • Sunshades 
  • Memory function for the driver (Optional)
  • Head-up display (Optional) 
  • 3-zone auto climate control (Optional) 
  • Second-row audio controls 
  • Smart one lever second-row sliding seats

How intuitive is the 2012 GMC Acadia’s infotainment unit?

The Acadia comes with a basic music system with a 6-speaker set up on the base trim. The higher trims get a 10-speaker Bose sound system with a touchscreen LCD. The navigation system is DVD-based, unlike the hard-disk-based ones we used to see. Thankfully the touchscreen has an antiglare coating on it so harsh sunny days won’t be an issue. Even though we have been blessed with a touch interface we still have knobs and switches to quickly access the favorite radio stations or menus.

  • LCD touch screen
  • Bose sound system
  • Navigation
  • AM/FM
  • CD player
  • Bluetooth 
  • HomeLink 

2012 GMC Acadia Exterior

6.0/10

The Acadia has a conservative overall styling and nothing on this SUV seems overdone. Even the top-trim Denali only has a chrome-plated grille and wheels to make it stand out but the rest of the design stays the same. At the front, we have the dual projector-beam headlight setup and fog lamps below them. The front bumper is made of black plastic for protection purposes on the base trim, the Denali gets body-colored bumpers and side skirts. The slight muscular design on the fenders does help the Acadia to have a wider stance overall.

At the rear things are very simple with just a simple tail light setup and dual-tip exhaust ports. Overall the exterior of the 2012 GMC Acadia has been kept as simple as possible and this is a prime example of less is more.

Models

2012 GMC Acadia

2012 Mazda CX-9

2012 Chevrolet Traverse 

2012 Ford Explorer 

Curb Weight (lbs)

4656

4328

4658

4557

Length (inches)

200.7

200.2

205.0

197.1

Width (inches)

78.2

76.2

78.4

78.9

Height (inches)

69.9

68.0

70.4

70.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.2

8.0

7.2

7.6

Wheelbase (inches)

118.9

113.2

118.9

112.6

The Ford Explorer is the smallest SUV in terms of length in the group but it has more overall height than others. The Chevrolet Traverse is the longest and that results in more interior space. The 8.0-inch ground clearance on the Mazda isn’t significantly greater than the rest but it is still better and that means greater abilities on rougher terrains. 

  • Projector-beam headlights
  • Chrome grille
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Roof rails
  • Mirror integrated turn signals 

2012 GMC Acadia Safety

7.0/10

All of that weight means more sheet metal and that results in better strength and the Acadia has proven that in crash tests. It has got 5 stars in overall safety along with 5 stars in side crash tests. The Rollover rating is very good as well with 4-stars. The IIHS has bestowed Acadia with the 'Top Safety Pick' accolade for a splendid performance in all the crash tests they conducted. Let’s see below what kind of safety features the Acadia comes with.

  • OnStar telematics
  • Parking sensors 
  • Blind-spot monitors
  • Rearview camera 
  • Anti-theft alarm system 
  • Hill hold assist 

2012 GMC Acadia Final Verdict

The Acadia is a great SUV with tons of space on the inside for up to 8 people. SUVs were supposed to be lethargic but the Acadia has broken the curse and the car-like handling it offers might make you change your mind. The V-6 engine offers more than enough power for daily drives despite its weight and still returns great gas mileage. The comfort features like climate control, power-adjustable seats with ventilation, and a premium Bose sound system make it a near-luxury SUV at a lesser price. Moreover, the third-row accessibility of this SUV is one of the best we have seen. Compiling all this in one package makes the GMC Acadia a top choice for families.

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