2014 GMC Acadia

MSRP $34,485 - $43,635

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7.8

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2014 GMC Acadia Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 27, 2021

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Receiving a design overhaul last year, the 2014 GMC Acadia is not all-new but has a few features added to its good book and is an absolute beast in the 8-seater full-size SUV class. Hauling a big 3.6-liter V6, the power output is decent and it starts from $34,845. GMC has offered a rugged look with the Acadia with added practicality with fairly spacious interiors and impressive towing capacity.

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Pros

Massive interior space and cargo capacity

Decent performance

Quality cabin materials

Cons

Carries a hefty price tag

Limited electronics as standard

Handling in city conditions can be challenging

What's New?

Addition of two USB ports in the rear

Addition of new standard safety features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34485

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

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

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

118.9 in.

length

200.8 in.

width

78.9 in.

height

70.4 in.

curb weight

4656 lbs.

ground clearance

7.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

151.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

116.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1755 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.1 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


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Trims

SLE-1$34,485 onwards

SLE-2$36,375 onwards

SLT-1$40,540 onwards

SLT-2$41,635 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 GMC Acadia in Atlantic Metallic color
Atlantic Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


Things have not changed much since last year in terms of designs and mechanics but it does get equipped with a few advanced safety features as standard and extended the connectivity through USB ports. As a whole, the GMC Acadia is a very capable SUV and competes with the likes of the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Chevrolet Traverse.


7.5/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2014 GMC Acadia Features

7.5/10

There are 5 trims in total for the 2014 GMC Acadia’s line-up - SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2, and Denali. All the trims have been equipped with the same powertrain and come with front-wheel drive as standard, which is upgradable to a 4-wheel system with an additional 2 grand. As standard, the Acadia packs decent specs like loaded safety features including electronic brakeforce distribution, lane departure warning, etc, leather steering wheel, 19-inch alloy wheels, etc. The seats come with premium cloth upholstery as standard and upgrades to genuine leather as you climb up the trims.

Trim

SLE-1

SLE-2

SLT-1

SLT-2

Denali

MSRP (FWD)

$34,485

$36,375

$40,540

$41,635

$46,825

MSRP (AWD)

$36,485

$38,375

$42,540

$43,635

$48,825

Key Features

Automatic headlights

Adds/upgrades from the SLE-1

Adds/upgrades from the SLE-2

Adds/upgrades from the SLT-1

Adds/upgrades from the SLT-2

 

18-inch alloy wheels

8-way power front seats

Leather seats with heated functions

10-speaker audio system from Bose.

Leather and wood trims

 

Leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel

Power liftgate

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Leather trims

Cooled seats

 

Rear privacy glass

Remote ignition

19-inc alloy wheel

Front row memory functions

 
 

Parking sensors

Auto-dimming rearview

 

20-inch wheels

 

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As standard, the SLE-1 misses a few electronics like the power-adjustability and heated functions that the SLE-2 and SLT-1 possess. The Denali is way too expensive and is recommended for a certain class of people who prefer luxury over the value proposition. Otherwise, the SLE-2 or the SLT-1 would be the perfect options among the other three.

2014 GMC Acadia Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The powertrain remains unchanged and packs enough grunt to power the 2014 GMC Acadia. It is a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 lying under the hood which belts out 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of maximum torque kicking in around 3,400 revs. This engine is mated to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission and drives through the front wheels as standard. As the only powertrain option across the trims, it is quite capable. 

As the engine has no forced induction, the power comes a bit late. The Acadia, while it has a huge body, pulls quite decently with 7.7 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill and takes 16.0 seconds to reach a quarter-mile. The straight-line accelerations are quite impressive but this SUV is not the ideal one for city traffic or taking corners with higher speeds.

Models

2014 GMC Acadia

2014 Honda Pilot

2014 Ford Explorer

2014 Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP

$34,845

$29,670

$30,015

$30,795

Engine

3.6-liter Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6-liter Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

5-speed automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

288 @ 6,300 RPM

250 @ 5,700 RPM

290 @ 6,500 RPM

281 @ 6,300 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

270 @ 3,400 RPM

253 @ 4,800 RPM

255 @ 4,000 RPM

266 @ 3,400 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.7

8.1

7.9

7.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.0

16.3

15.6

15.9

Top-Speed (MPH)

110

110

150

130

In terms of raw engine power, the Ford has a slight edge over the competition but the GMC does a better job altogether. Both the GMC and Chevy share the same engine but despite producing lower power figures, the latter is on par with the competition in terms of acceleration. The Honda is last in the bunch producing the least engine power and slowest acceleration.

2014 GMC Acadia Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The Acadia has been pretty consistent with the mileage figures since its first year of launch because of the powertrain which has remained unchanged. The front-wheel-driven variants deliver as much as 17 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highways, and a combined figure of 19 mpg. The figures come down by a mile with the all-wheel-drive system. Also hauling a big fuel tank of 22 gallons has its advantages, the range is impressive with 418 miles combined.

Models

2014 GMC Acadia

2014 Honda Pilot

2014 Ford Explorer

2014 Chevrolet Traverse

MPG (City)

17

18

17

17

MPG (Highway)

24

25

24

24

MPG (Combined)

19

21

20

19

Tank Capacity (Gallons)

22.0

21.0

18.6

22.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

374.0/528.0/418.0

378.0/525.0/ 441.0

316.2/446.4/ 372.0

374.0/528.0/ 418.0

The fuel economy returned by all four SUVs is kind of similar but the Honda returns a mile extra but packs a slightly lower fuel tank capacity, making it even. The Ford Explorer packs the smallest tank in the competition and that affects the range noticeably. Both the GMC and Chevy are pretty consistent with a decent fuel economy among all four SUVs.

2014 GMC Acadia Interior

8.0/10

GMC has made the Acadia’s cabin look and feels more inviting and plush even for the base trim. The interiors of this SUV have a lot of soft-touches around the dashboard and the door panels instead of cheap plastics found on some of the rivals. The dashboard has a very minimal yet classy design with silver rails going through the middle to either side. The instrument cluster offers well-detailed information from the cockpit and the leather-wrapped steering wheel feels good in the hand. 

The seats are cloth-covered as standard and have manual adjustability which is a shame cause some of the rivals offer power-adjustability at this price point. However, the seats get upgraded to leather in higher trims and all the additional features get added with them. The cabin offers a seating capacity of up to 8 people and all three rows are adequately spacious and comfortable. 

The first and the second row has abundant space for even taller individuals but the third row cuts major legroom making it a bit uncomfortable for longer rides for adults. The cargo capacity on offer with all seats up is 24.1 cubic feet which are quite impressive considering it is an 8-seater SUV, and with the third row down, it can increase to a whopping 70.1 cubic feet.

Models

2014 GMC Acadia

2014 Honda Pilot

2014 Ford Explorer

2014 Chevrolet Traverse

Seating Capacity

8

8

7

8

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.3/61.6/41.3

39.3/61.5/41.4

41.4/61.3/ 40.6

40.4/61.5/ 41.3

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.6/61.0/36.8

39.8/62.2/38.5

40.5/61.0/ 39.8

39.4/61.0/ 36.8

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.4/57.8/33.2

38.2/58.9/32.1

37.8/50.8/ 33.2

37.8/57.6/ 33.2

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

24.1

18.0

21.0

24.4

The Ford is the 7-seater in the competition and has a similar space to the Honda with a more spacious second-row than the GMC and Chevrolet. The GMC has adequate cabin space with good headroom and legroom considering the competition. The GMC and Chevy rules with added practicality for packing a better cargo capacity than the competition. A few of the standout interior features packed with the Acadia are:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Rearview camera
  • Leather seats with 8-way power-adjustable front seats with power lumbar support
  • Interior air filtration
  • Cruise control

How intuitive is the 2014 GMC Acadia’s infotainment unit?

The 2014 GMC Acadia is equipped with a smaller 4.2-inch touchscreen display connected with GMC’s IntelliLink system, making it very user-friendly but the system is laggy and unresponsive and does not provide a good viewing experience. However, using the allocated knobs and buttons can make things better. An additional 8-inch display is optional on offer and can improve the visibility, at least. A few of the important infotainment system features are:

  • 4.2-inch touchscreen display
  • SiriusXM
  • 10-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • HD radio
  • Navigation system
  • USB connection
  • Auxiliary audio output with media control

2014 GMC Acadia Exterior

8.0/10

GMC has made the Acadia look more rugged and muscular than its Chevrolet counterpart. After receiving a design change last year, the Acadia looks more modern with the front getting HID headlamps, LED DRLs, and a big chrome-coated intake vent. The SUV now gets a bigger wheel arch and sits on 18-inch wheels as standard. The rear gets a spoiler to improve the aerodynamics. It also gets dedicated exhaust tips and a rear wiper as standard.

In terms of exterior dimensions, the Acadia does not seem to be compact in any manner. It boasts a curb weight of 4,656 pounds, making it the heaviest among the competition. Apart from that, it has 200.8 inches of length, 78.9 inches of width, 72.6 inches of height, and a long wheelbase of 118.9 inches. Also, the ground clearance is pretty high at 7.6 inches.

Models

2014 GMC Acadia

2014 Honda Pilot

2014 Ford Explorer

2014 Chevrolet Traverse

Curb Weight (lb)

4,656

4,550

4,557

4,647

Length (inches)

200.8

191.4

197.1

203.7

Width (inches)

78.9

78.5

78.9

78.5

Height (inches)

72.6

71.1

70.4

69.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.6

8.0

7.6

7.2

Wheelbase (inches)

118.9

109.2

112.6

118.9

The GMC and Chevy, as they share the same chassis, share similar dimensions and are quite bigger than the Honda and Ford. The former has a class-leading ground clearance with a lower curb weight but has very outdated looks and does not look sharp like the other three SUVs. A few of the standout exterior features worth mentioning are:

  • 20-inch 6-twin spoke flared chrome wheels
  • Heated and powered mirrors
  • Power sunroof
  • Power tailgate
  • LED DRLs and HID headlamps

2014 GMC Acadia Safety

6.0/10

The GMC Acadia does perform well in terms of safety and is built on a rigid platform and boasts a well-built exterior. Talking about safety ratings, the Acadia has been rated well by both the NHTSA and the IIHS with the prior giving a 5-star maxed-out rating and the latter rating the same with “Good” in almost all major categories. Here are some of the safety features that watch your back:

  • 4-wheel with traction control
  • Stability control
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation

2014 GMC Acadia Final Verdict

The GMC Acadia is a wholesome SUV with all the modern bits and tweaks you need starting from a punchy performance, decent opulence, good practicality, and comfort. It also has a lot of driver-assistance safety features which not only elevates the overall safety but also gains the trust of consumers over the competition. All this makes it one of the compelling choices in the segment for buyers.

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