The GMC Acadia is the epitome of what the soccer mom vehicle has become. The crossover SUV has combined the best features of the SUV with those of a minivan to create a massive cabin that seats eight adults with a smooth ride that aims to keep them comfortable. Features for the 2012 GMC Acadia are pretty much the same as earlier models, and it still has one of the roomiest interiors of crossovers on the market, Edmunds reports.

Five styling options are available, ranging from the basic SL to the more detailed Danli. The large seating option is a standard feature with the basic model, but the other models can instead opt for a seven-person seating arrangement consisting of additional captain chairs instead of a bench. The basic model includes various features that include:

  • Telescoping and tilt steering wheel
  • Keyless entry
  • OnStar emergency system
  • Sound system with six speakers and a CD player, audio jack and satellite radio

The features only get bigger and better from there, with preferred packages adding extras like Bluetooth options and a leather steering wheel wrap, and the higher-priced Denali offers larger wheels and even more options. A six-cylinder engine and four-door utility design are a given for all models, as is your choice of two-wheel or four-wheel drive.

What are some pros and cons of the GMC Acadia?

Although the GMC Acadia may boast a higher price tag than comparable vehicles, it still ranks in the top ten on U.S. News’ list of 23 Affordable Midsize SUVs. The Acadia specifically comes in at number eight out of 23 with the note that its higher price is worth its comfortable, roomy ride, appealing design and fuel economy. The vehicle averages 17 mpg in city driving and 24 mpg on the highway.

The desirable gas mileage may be due in part to the Acadia’s six-speed automatic transmission, but reviewers complain the transmission also works against the vehicle’s performance. They say the transmission makes it tough to get up to full power when trying to merge into highway traffic or climb a hill.

Where does the GMC Acadia rank for safety?

High ranks for safety come from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with five out of five stars for the 2012 GMC Acadia’s rating in crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not yet tested the 2012 model, but it gave the 2011 model IIHS Top Safety Pick honors. Side crash tests from the NHTSA merited the 2012 Acadia five out of five stars, while front and rollover tests earned four out of five. The IIHS gave a solid good across the board for tests conducted on the 2011 version.

While some reviewers were not happy with the rear visibility, a rearview camera is part of the standard package on any model above the basic SL. The top-of-the-line Danali also includes a projected windshield display for the speed, directions, and additional information.

How much is car insurance for a GMC Acadia?

The average annual premium for the GMC Acadia tends to run at least $1,450, with variations dependant on the exact features and model. Based on the four-door utility design with a six-cylinder engine, the two-wheel drive SLE version averages $1,459 per year while the four-wheel drive SLE averages an annual $1,519. The GMC Acadia SL, also with a four-door utility design and six-cylinder engine, averages $1,445 for the two-wheel drive and $1,463 for the four-wheel drive.

What’s the GMC Acadia warranty and dependability?

The three-year or 36,000-mile warranty applies for bumper-to-bumper for the GMC Acadia, as does a five-year or 100,000-mile warranty for the powertrain. Five-years or 100,000-miles also apply to the warranty on necessary roadside assistance.

The initial J.D. Powers and Associates Power Circle ratings give a perfect five out of five for the 2012 GMC Acadia’s features and accessories quality in the mechanical category, but the rest go down from there. The mechanical category for overall quality rates the vehicle a four, but its body and interior mechanical quality dips to a three and the powertrain mechanical quality bottoms out at a two.

The design category contains ratings that barely nudge up to the average three out of five, with the highest going to features and accessory design quality. Overall design ranks between a two and a three while two stars go for powertrain as well as body and interior design quality, but soccer mom cars were never known for their fashion statements.