ROC Rank: Sophomore
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Battle Ground, WA
Model Year: 2008
Color: Formal Black
Acadia is showing up the Ridgeline
The wife and I just had our first child and plan to have at least another. We had an '08 Legacy and the '08 RL for drivers - Sadly both limit passenger hauling to 2 if you exclude the driver and childseat. The Subie was the wife's first brand new car and was a phenomenal car.
We have been looking at crossovers and minivans and were out Sunday test driving and checking every model out. We happened to negotiate a killer deal (we weren't wanting to buy yet, but the met all of our outlandish needs) and traded the Subie in for a GMC Acadia.
I was of the mindset that I would never own another GM product, but the wife used to work for GM and assured me that the GMCs were one of the quality benchmarks in the GM lineup. Well I have to say, so far I am impressed with the GM product and as I compare and contrast it to the RL, I am a bit disappointed in the RL. I am not getting rid of the RL anytime soon - it meets my needs perfectly at this time... well almost, but I was shocked that GM out did Honda.
I am speaking mainly towards engine/trans/towing. It has a 3.6L V6 mated to a 6spd auto. It tows roughly the same amount as the RL (5200lbs). The ride is smooth as glass, much better than the RL, which prior I thought was butter.
I think where it really shines over the RL is on inclines. The RL has a bit of a dramatic downshift when climbing a hill, almost to the tune of "whoa nelly calm down". The Aca downshifts as needed and is refined about it, no holy F I just stomped the gas pedal like a NASCAR driver downshift, just the oh I didn't even realize I just downshifted.
The interior is nice and comfortable. The materials for the seats are better quality at first blush than the RL. They do not appear to be as prone to staining. The comfort of the materials used and the seat itself is much better than the RL. The rest of the trim/dash materials are comparable.
I guess my biggest let down, is based on past experiences with Honda vs GM was GM was the rough around the edges, just get the job done type, while Honda was we can get the job done and provide superior comfort and refinement. That certainly does not seem the case.
Of course the comparisions are a bit unfair as two different vehicle segments, but the GMC is the utility platform as opposed to Buick which is the luxury platform.
I think I am becoming an old man without even realizing it.