First impression of the Acadia is that it’s big and looks it. It’s actually a tiny bit shorter in length than the CX-9 but it looks bigger from the outside. The truck-like front gives a rough and rugged effect and while I’m sure this car will certainly appeal to a particular customer, for me it’s too butch. There’s nothing really sleek or sporty about it and literally everyone who saw it this week commented on the exterior and how large it looks.
I was in the Acadia LT which is at the bottom of the range (there are three models, which keeps things simple), so the interior was basic, but everything is designed well and it’s all functional and easy to use.
The dash and the doors do look a little hard and plasticky, but then you get inclusions in this base model that you don’t on every other base model, like a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shift knob.
There are fabric seats in this model which look and feel nice, no cheap scratchy cloth here, so you’ll be fine to wear shorts. Everything else is fairly standard.