2016 GMC Acadia

MSRP $30,975 - $44,295

Ranked #12 in Suv

7.8

Overall Rating

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2016 GMC Acadia Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 7, 2021

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The GMC Acadia, although outdated amongst its rivals, still offers practicality better than some of its competitors.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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Pros

Excellent ride quality 

Generous cargo capacity 

Excellent reliability rating

Superior safety ratings

Optional 8-seater configuration 

Cons

Lackluster fuel economy

Dull response for the powertrain

Clunky infotainment system

What's New?

Wi-Fi hotspot now offered as standard

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30975

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

110 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

217 cu.in.

horsepower

281 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

266 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

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

72.6 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

5200 lbs.

payload capacity

1755 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/22 mpg

highway range

527.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SL$30,975 onwards

SLE-1$34,175 onwards

SLE-2$36,755 onwards

SLT-1$41,020 onwards

SLT-2$42,295 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 GMC Acadia in Crimson Red Tintcoat color
Crimson Red Tintcoat

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.5

Safety

6.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


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.


7.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

6.5/10
Safety


2016 GMC Acadia 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.

2016 GMC Acadia Engine and Performance

8.0/10

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.

2016 GMC Acadia 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. 

2016 GMC Acadia Interior

8.0/10

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

2016 GMC Acadia 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

2016 GMC Acadia Safety

6.5/10

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

2016 GMC Acadia 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.

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