2016 GMC Acadia

Rating7.8

Ranked #10 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP $30,975 - $44,295
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Key Spec of 2016 GMC Acadia
fuel economy

15/18/22

fuel type

Gasoline

horsepower

281 hp @ 6300 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Excellent ride quality 

Lackluster fuel economy

Wi-Fi hotspot now offered as standard

Generous cargo capacity 

Dull response for the powertrain

No major changes

Excellent reliability rating

Clunky infotainment system

Superior safety ratings

Optional 8-seater configuration 

2016 GMC Acadia Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2022

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The GMC Acadia, although outdated amongst its rivals, still offers practicality better than some of its competitors. It offers a spacious cabin, quiet and comfortable ride along with massive cargo capacity as well. The SUV is built on the GM Lambda platform that it shares with other vehicles such as the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse.

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Trim wise pricing breakdown


NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
SLT-2 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)$42080$4429528 Listings
SLT-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)$40869$43020297 Listings
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Over All Rating

7.8Out of 10

6.00
7.00
6.60
8.00
6.80
8.50
9.80
9.00
Notable Rankings

#10 in Midsize Suv

#13 in Suv


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Trims

SL$30,975 onwards
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • 60-40 split-bench 3rd row seats
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Manual front air conditioning
  • Parking assist
SLE-1$34,175 onwards
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite
SLE-2$36,755 onwards
  • Driver Lumbar support
SLT-1$41,020 onwards
  • 19-inch machined alloy wheels
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Front Fog/driving lights
SLT-2$42,295 onwards

Used GMC Acadia For Sale

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22
16New
Price Drop, $1726
Earlier Price: $12998
15 Dec 2022
Ripley, MS

2015 GMC Acadia SLT-1

SLT 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

$11,272
Est. $153/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,366 Below market
RMV: $14,638
Mileage 135,221 mi.
Listed On 19 May 2022 (251 Days)
11
30New
Price Drop, $990
Earlier Price: $14990
31 Dec 2022
Alvin, TX

2016 GMC Acadia SLT-1

SLT 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

$14,000
Est. $190/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,105 Below market
RMV: $18,105
Mileage 87,135 mi.
Listed On 17 Nov 2022 (69 Days)
21
19New
Price Drop, $2140
Earlier Price: $13990
3 Jan 2023
Angier, NC

2016 GMC Acadia SLE-2

SLE-2 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

$11,850
Est. $160/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,461 Below market
RMV: $15,311
Mileage 119,613 mi.
Listed On 27 Oct 2022 (90 Days)
23
22New
Price Drop, $2042
Earlier Price: $14542
26 Dec 2022
Nashua, NH

2016 GMC Acadia SLE-2

SLE-2 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

$12,500
Est. $169/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,614 Below market
RMV: $16,114
Mileage 103,043 mi.
Listed On 25 Aug 2022 (153 Days)
10
51
Price Drop, $500
Earlier Price: $13500
10 Oct 2022
Elkhart, IN

2015 GMC Acadia SLE-1

SLE-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

$13,000
Est. $176/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,739 Below market
RMV: $16,739
Mileage 95,888 mi.
Listed On 12 Jun 2022 (227 Days)
9
9New
Staten Island, NY

2017 GMC Acadia SLT-1

SLT-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

$15,995
Est. $217/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,543 Below market
RMV: $20,538
Mileage 104,010 mi.
Listed On 30 Dec 2022 (26 Days)
17
25New
Little Ferry, NJ

2015 GMC Acadia SLT-1

SLT-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

$12,250
Est. $166/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,392 Below market
RMV: $15,642
Mileage 113,159 mi.
Listed On 02 Jan 2023 (23 Days)
25
23
Price Drop, $200
Earlier Price: $17990
20 Jun 2022
Henderson, NV

2017 GMC Acadia Limited

Limited 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

$17,790
Est. $241/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,835 Below market
RMV: $22,625
Mileage 103,956 mi.
Listed On 10 Apr 2022 (290 Days)
9
24
Price Drop, $550
Earlier Price: $13500
3 Nov 2022
Whittier, CA

2016 GMC Acadia SLE-1

SLE-1 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

$12,950
Est. $175/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,470 Below market
RMV: $16,420
Mileage 83,979 mi.
Listed On 23 Jul 2022 (186 Days)

Colors and Styles

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Crimson Red Tintcoat

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The SUV gets a standard V6 powertrain and two drivetrain options. The price for the Acadia starts at $30,975 and goes all the way up to $47,890 for the Denali trim. In the segment, the SUV goes up against the likes of the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, and the Toyota Highlander.


Features

7.0/10

The 2016 GMC Acadia is available in six trim levels. The SL which starts at $30,975 and only comes with front-wheel drive only, the SLE-1 and 2 trims that starts at $34,175 and $36,755 respectively and can be configured with four-wheel drive with a premium of $2,000, the SLT 1 and 2 trim that starts at $41,020 and $42,295 respectively. At the top of the range sits the Denali trim which offers luxury SUV-like features and starts at $47,890 with front-wheel drive and $49,890 with four-wheel drive.

Trims

SL

SLE-1

SLE-2

SLT-1

SLT-2

Denali

MSRP

$30,975

$34,175 (2WD)

$36,175 (4WD)

$36,755 (2WD)

$38,755 (4WD)

$41,020 (2WD)

$43,020 (4WD)

$42,295 (2WD)

$44,295 (4WD)

$47,890 (2WD)

$49,890 (4WD)

Key Features

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

18-inch alloy wheels

Power liftgate

19-inch wheels

Power-folding mirrors

20-inch wheels

 

Steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls

Automatic headlights

Remote ignition

Upgraded steering

Blind-spot warning

Special exterior styling

 

Second and third-row split-bench fold-flat seats

Rear parking sensors

Additional front-middle airbag

Heated mirrors

Rear cross-traffic alert

Extra sound-deadening materials

 

Keyless Open and Start

Rear privacy glass

Eight-way power driver seat

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Driver memory functions

Dual-pane sunroof

   

Cloth upholstery

Two-way power passenger seat (manual recline)

Leather first- and second-row seats (third-row simulated leather)

Heated steering wheel

Power-adjustable wood-trimmed steering wheel

   

Leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Heated front seats

The optional Technology package adds xenon headlights, a head-up display, and cargo area audio controls

 
   

Six-speaker sound system

GMC's upgraded IntelliLink electronics interface

Eight-way power passenger seat

   
       

10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system

   

We recommend

The 2016 GMC Acadia SLT-1 trim would be the best option since it comes equipped with features like 19-inch wheels as standard, tri-zone climate control leather interior, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat along with a ten-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system among other features.

Engine and Performance

6.6/10

Under the hood of the 2016 GMC Acadia is a 3.6L V6 engine which is standard on all its trims. The engine churns out a respectable 281 horsepower along with 266 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. In the top-end Denali trim, the motor is tuned to dish out 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque which provides a slight improvement in the overall performance levels. The powertrain doesn’t feel quite athletic and is best driven in a relaxed state. 

Models

GMC Acadia

Ford Explorer

Chevrolet Traverse

Toyota Highlander

MSRP

$30,975

$31,050

$28,700

$32,015

Engine

3.6L V6 Gas engine

3.5L V6 Gas engine

3.6L V6 Gas engine

3.5L V6 Gas engine

Transmission

6- speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6- speed shiftable automatic

6- speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

281 hp @ 6300 rpm

290 hp @ 6500 rpm

281 hp @ 6300 rpm

270 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

266 ft-lbs @ 3400 rpm

255 ft-lbs @ 4000 rpm

266 ft-lbs @ 3400 rpm

248 ft-lbs @ 4700 rpm

0-60 MPH

6.7

6.4

7.2

7.1

Quarter mile

15.3

14.6

15.6

15.2

Top Speed (mph)

126

127

126

126

The Ford Explorer dishes out the maximum horsepower of 290hp among the rivals here and is the quickest to the 60mph mark taking 6.4 seconds. But both the GMC Acadia and the Chevrolet Traverse take the top position in terms of torque output and clock respectable timings of 6.7 and 7.2 seconds in similar feats. The Toyota Highlander takes the bottom place in terms of power and torque output but has comparable acceleration times to the rest of the rivals here.

Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The GMC Acadia has never been given a full mechanical refresh since its launch almost nine years ago and that shows in its fuel efficiency. For an SUV the mileage is acceptable and the EPA has rated the 2016 Acadia at 15/22/18 for city, highway, and combined. But with a sizable gas tank holding about 22 gallons of fuel, the SUV delivers a commendable overall driving range.

Models

GMC Acadia

Ford Explorer

Chevrolet Traverse

Toyota Highlander

MPG (city)

15

17

15

19

MPG (highway)

22

24

22

25

MPG(combined)

18

20

18

21

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

22.0

18.6

22.0

19.2

Range (city/highighway) (miles)

N/A

360/535 miles

330/484 miles

378/480 miles

The Toyota Highlander is the most fuel-efficient vehicle averaging 21 MPG here owing to its lower power and torque figures and with a gas tank of 19.2 gallons, it delivers some impressive driving range figures. The Ford Explorer is slightly better than the GM duo in terms of fuel efficiency but has the smallest gas tank of 18.6 gallons, yet it covers the maximum range on the highway of 535 miles. 

Interior

6.8/10

The 2016 GMC Acadia can be configured to seat either seven or eight passengers depending upon the requirement of the buyer and the second-row seats can be had either as a bench seat for three passengers or a captain's chair configuration to seat only two passengers. The interior feels well-built and extremely comfortable with great isolation from road noise as well. The cabin has a straightforward design and is quite practical as well.

Models

GMC Acadia

Ford Explorer

Chevrolet Traverse

Toyota Highlander

Passenger capacity

8

7

8

8

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

40.3/61.6/41.3

41.4/61.5/42.9

40.4/61.5/41.3

40.7/59.3/44.2

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

39.6/61.0/36.8

40.6/61.0/39.5

39.4/61.0/36.8

39.9/59.6/38.4

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.4/57.8/33.2

37.8/50.8/32.0

37.8/57.6/33.2

35.9/55.0/27.7

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu-ft.)

24.1

21.0

24.4

13.8

Cargo Capacity with rear seats folded (cu-ft)

70.1

43.8

70.3

42.3

The Ford Explorer has the most spacious cabin here with oodles of headroom for both the front and rear passengers. The Toyota Highlander is quite spacious too but its third-row seats are as impractical as they can get. Some interior features are:

  • Power Liftgate
  • Front Reading and Rear Reading Lamps
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Leather Wrapped steering wheel with heating function 
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror

How intuitive is the 2016 GMC Acadia’s infotainment unit?

The 2016 GMC Acadia comes with a 6.5-inch infotainment display and features most of the infotainment and connectivity options. The user interface is responsive and user-friendly with a neat layout and crisp graphics. Some of the features include a 4G LTE built-in WiFi hotspot, a six-speaker sound system, a CD player, and a USB/iPod interface among other features. Some infotainment features are:

  • 6.5-inch touchscreen display 
  • Navigation and Telematics
  • 10-Speaker Bose Sound System
  • GMC IntelliLInk
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Bluetooth and USB Support

Exterior

8.5/10

As compared to its corporate cousin - the Traverse, the 2016 GMC Acadia looks more rugged and muscular with its flared fenders and pronounced front grille which, in the Denali trim, is even more of a head-turner as it gets a chrome mesh grille instead of the normal one.

Models

GMC Acadia

Ford Explorer

Chevrolet Traverse

Toyota Highlander

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4656

4443

4713

4244

Length (in.)

200.8

198.3

203.7

191.1

Width (in.)

78.9

78.9

78.5

75.8

Height (in.)

72.6

70.0

69.9

68.1

Ground clearance (in.)

7.6

7.8

7.2

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

118.9

112.8

118.9

109.8

Overall, the Acadia looks rugged and sporty as it follows a more traditional SUV-like design language than some of its competitors like the Pilot or the Highlander. The Toyota Highlander takes the top spot in terms of ground clearance section which allows it to venture off the roads more easily than the rivals here. Some exterior features include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Roof rails
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Fog Lights
  • Heated and power-folding mirrors
  • LED running lights
  • Power liftgate

Safety

9.8/10

The 2016 GMC Acadia also bagged some impressive crash-test scores from both the NHTSA and the IIHS. In the government crash test, the SUV secured a perfect 5-star score while the IIHS gave an overall “Good” rating as well. Some of the standard features include traction and stability control, front-seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. The OnStar telematics is also standard and proves to be extremely handy in various situations. Some Safety Features are:

  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • OnStar telematics
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Child security rear door locks
  • LATCH System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Final Verdict


The 2016 GMC Acadia is long due for a refresh but still, it does not show any major weakness against its competitors. It offers great comfort, quiet and smooth ride quality along with rugged looks and a poised stance which its rivals like the Honda Pilot are shying away from. However, because of the outdated equipment like the infotainment system, the Acadia surely is falling behind.

Features
vehicle bio
base price

$38755

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

217 cu in

horse power

281 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

266 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

dimensions
length

200.8 in

wheelbase

118.9 in

width

78.9 in

curb weight

4850 lbs

Height

72.6 in

Ground Clearance

7.6 in

capacity
passenger volume

151.8 cu ft

cargo volume

116.1 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

15/17/22 mpg

highway range

484.00 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


GMC Acadia 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$32,833
5 Year Cost To Own
$50,719
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $50,719
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$8,523$2,157$2,081$2,393$2,263$17,417
Insurance$1,047$1,019$1,069$1,071$1,188$5,394
Fuel$2,093$2,121$2,154$2,302$2,302$10,972
Maintenance$434$926$754$2,270$2,321$6,705
Repairs$-40$8$151$277$410$806
Financing Interest$1,992$1,698$1,209$790$243$5,932
Taxes and Fees$2,749$251$184$140$169$3,493
Total Cost-To-Own$16,798$8,180$7,602$9,243$8,896$50,719
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