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2016 GMC Acadia: What You Need to Know

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The 2016 GMC Acadia has a roomy and comfortable interior, generous cargo space, and great safety and reliability ratings. However, it finishes in the bottom half of our midsize SUV rankings on account of its cumbersome handling and slow acceleration.

Is the 2016 GMC Acadia a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 GMC Acadia is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used midsize SUV. The 3-row Acadia has an exceptionally spacious cabin that is well-suited for eight occupants or lots of cargo. It also has a smooth ride quality and excellent crash safety ratings. That said, the Acadia’s slow infotainment system and poor fuel economy ratings mean you may also want to cross-shop competitors like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.

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How Much Is the 2016 GMC Acadia?

The average price for a used 2016 Acadia, according to the nearly 800 listings on our site, is $29,500. Some models are priced as low as $22,900, and some are as high as $37,000. Prices vary with vehicle condition, mileage, and location.

How Much Does the 2016 GMC Acadia Cost to Own?

You will likely spend around $26,600 on fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs over five years with a 2016 Acadia. That's around $5,300 per year. You'd spend about the same on a 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, though the 2016 Honda Pilot and 2016 Ford Explorer could save you hundreds of dollars each year on these expenses.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Acadia?

The new 2018 GMC Acadia starts at $29,000 – about the same as the average listing for a used 2016 Acadia on our site. The Acadia was fully redesigned for the 2017 model year, so the new Acadia has different styling and more standard features (including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration) than the used model. A four-cylinder engine powers the base 2018 Acadia; it's more fuel-efficient but less powerful than the V6 in the used Acadia.

There's less cargo space in the 2018 model, and it has seating for seven rather than eight. Buying a used model may get you more features for the money, since you could likely get a higher trim level for a similar price as the base 2018 model. Ultimately, you should weigh the features and updates carefully to decide if a new or used Acadia is better for you.

Read about the new GMC Acadia »

Since the used Acadia has such a high average list price, there are several high-ranking new SUVs you could get for a similar price – or even less in the case of the 2018 Kia Sorento, which we named the 2018 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money. The Sorento starts at around $26,000, so you could actually get a higher trim level for the about the same price as a used Acadia. This model offers an exceptional powertrain warranty, an upscale cabin, and great fuel economy. The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2018 Honda Pilot have starting prices in the same range as a used Acadia, and they offer spacious interiors to fit your whole family.

How Reliable Is the 2016 GMC Acadia?

The Acadia has one of the highest reliability scores in the class: a four out of five.

2016 GMC Acadia Recalls

As of this writing, there are two outstanding recalls on the 2016 Acadia. First, the front windshield wiper motor may overheat or catch fire. Second, the third-row seat frame could be improperly welded, which could increase the risk of injury in an accident. Be sure these recalls have been addressed before you buy a used Acadia.

See more information on GMC Acadia safety recalls »

Which Model Year of the GMC Acadia Is Best?

The 2016 GMC Acadia marks the 10th (and final) model year of the vehicle’s first generation, which launched for 2007. The Acadia saw a minor refresh for 2013 that brought upgraded infotainment and navigation systems, updated interior and exterior styling, and new standard features, like a rearview camera. There have been no major updates since then, so you may be able to find a similarly equipped 2014 or 2015 Acadia for a much lower price than a 2016 model.

Which Used GMC Acadia Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Acadia SUV comes in six trims: SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2, and Denali. The Acadia SL trim has a 6.5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, remote keyless entry, and Wi-Fi.

Most buyers should be happy with the base SL model's lengthy list of features. If you prefer a more luxurious ride, step up to the Acadia SLT-1, which adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a Bose sound system. The GMC Acadia Denali is the most luxurious model in the lineup. It adds heated and ventilated front seats, a navigation system, a head-up display, and a sunroof.

Navigation, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning are available in both SLT trim levels, and blind spot monitoring is available in SLT-1 models. GMC’s towing package is available for all trims.


How Safe Is the Acadia?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 GMC Acadia a Good rating – the highest offered – for side impact and seat safety, roof strength, and moderate overlap front crash safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Acadia a perfect five-star rating in overall, front, and side crash testing. It received four stars for rollover crash safety.

All 2016 Acadia SUVs are equipped with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert are available in the SLT and Denali trim levels.

2016 GMC Acadia Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 GMC Acadia or 2016 Chevrolet Traverse?

The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia share the same vehicle platform, along with many other attributes. Both vehicles offer a smooth ride, ample room for eight people, loads of cargo space, and the same advanced safety features. The Acadia’s cabin looks and feels more upscale, but that refinement comes at a price; used Acadia models are often far more expensive. Go with the Chevy to get comparable SUV practicality for much less money.

Which Is Better: 2016 GMC Acadia or 2016 Toyota Highlander?

The 2016 Toyota Highlander has a lower reliability rating and less passenger and cargo space than the Acadia, but it's still a slightly more well-rounded vehicle. The Highlander outdoes the GMC with better fuel economy, a more user-friendly infotainment system, and superior safety features like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. If you can foot its higher price tag, the Highlander is your best bet. Otherwise, the Acadia is a decent alternative.

Which Is Better: 2016 GMC Acadia or 2016 Ford Explorer?

While the 2016 Ford Explorer offers more robust engine performance and higher fuel economy than the Acadia, it falls short in most other aspects. The Explorer has a below-average reliability rating, lower quality interior materials, confining rear seats, a cumbersome infotainment system, and a smaller cargo area than the Acadia. The Acadia isn’t perfect, but it’s the better – and often more affordable – used SUV.

2016 Acadia Performance

How Does the 2016 GMC Acadia Drive?

The 2016 GMC Acadia has a V6 engine with 281 horsepower (288 horsepower in the Denali trim). A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive (AWD) is available. The V6 is refined and quiet, and it offers sufficient muscle at low speeds. However, it lacks passing power at higher speeds. The Acadia’s soft suspension soaks up bumps and provides a smooth and comfortable ride, especially on the highway. The heavy crossover SUV can be difficult to maneuver, though. It feels cumbersome around tight corners and bulky on narrow city streets.

Does the 2016 GMC Acadia Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Acadia gets subpar fuel economy compared to rival midsize crossovers. Whether equipped with front- or all-wheel drive, this model gets 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

2016 GMC Acadia Towing Capacity

The Acadia is rated to tow up to 5,200 pounds when properly equipped.

2016 Acadia Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Acadia Seat?

The standard GMC Acadia seats eight; models equipped with the available second-row captain’s chairs seat seven. The front seats are plush, nicely contoured, and offer fine support over longer trips. The second- and third-row seats are exceptionally spacious, providing ample room for adults to sit comfortably. The third row is also easy to access, thanks to GMC’s Smart Slide second-row seats, which fold and slide forward with the pull of a lever. Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather is available, as are heated and ventilated front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 GMC Acadia?

The Acadia has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Acadia's LATCH system a Marginal rating for its ease of use.

2016 GMC Acadia Features

All 2016 Acadia SUVs come with a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, USB inputs, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The touch screen has a simple menu structure, but it’s hampered by slow response times and redundant buttons that seem oddly placed. Available features include navigation, a rear-seat DVD player, and a head-up display that projects pertinent driving information onto the windshield.

2016 GMC Acadia Dimensions

GMC Acadia Cargo Space

The Acadia offers 24.1 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use. With the second- and third-row seats folded, this expands to a vast 70.1 and 116.1 cubic feet, respectively.

2016 Acadia Length and Weight

The Acadia is nearly 17 feet long. Models with front-wheel drive have a curb weight of 4,656 pounds, while all-wheel-drive models weigh 4,850 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 GMC Acadia Built?

The 2016 Acadia was built in Lansing, Michigan.

Read the full 2016 GMC Acadia review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.


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