The GMC Acadia is a full size crossover that was introduced in 2007, but it’s the 2011 to 2014 model years that come most highly recommended. These years earned overall 5-Star safety ratings from the NHTSA, and the 2011-2013 models also earned a “Top Safety Pick” designation from the IIHS. The Acadia provides safe and reliable seating for up to eight occupants, and a well proportioned interior with room for both passengers and cargo. The Acadia is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that provides 288 horsepower, and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Acadia, but all-wheel drive is available.
Keep in mind when shopping for a used GMC Acadia that the model got a considerable facelift in 2013, featuring updated exterior styling elements as well as an updated interior finished in higher-quality materials. This update also included functional changes, such as a revised rear liftgate design. For a more luxurious experience, look for the highest trim level, the Acadia Denali, which debuted in 2011.