With our 3rd boy on the way we had to move on from our 2 row Endeavor. Having studied Consumer Reports extensively and done
some somewhat recreational test drives of numerous other vehicles I narrowed our search to the Durango, Acadia, and Sienna. Our priorities that ruled out others such as the Highlander, CX-9, and Explorer were: we had to have captain chairs in the back, good reliability, regular fuel, enough space in the back for kid stuff, MPG better than 18, power lift gate, black/dark intirrior, and good safety features.
First, good luck at actually finding anything but a base SLE1 model if you actually need an 8 passenger AWD vehicle. The dealer searched and there were no SLE2, SLT's, or Denali AWD 8 passengers (or Buick Enclave's) within 500 miles on dealer lots and nothing in the production queue without having to wait for a special order (at much less of a discount). But after driving a 7 passenger Denali, we are glad we just took a base SLE as there really isn't that much to justify the 14k difference in price and huge difference in residual value.
The problem is with the premium trims like Denali, there's really not that much 'Luxury' to justify the price difference.
First off I like everything about this car.
Ok, well not everything.
I have owned it for 10 days and
on day 3 it was back to the dealer to get a massive oil leak fixed.
Cheap Chinese oil filter housing cracked and allowed oil to leak past the filter seal.
The remote start works maybe 50% of the time.
The gas gauge wanders from 1/8 tank to just under 1/2 full which causes the distance to empty to wander from 50 to 120 miles.
The driver's seat moves back for easy exit even though I turned that feature off.
Now, my main gripe is I am only getting 13.8 mpg in town.
I have been driving this car like an old lady and I can not improve on that number after two tanks of gas.
Overall a very nice vehicle which meets my needs.
Great interior space, and comfortable ride.
I prefer a truck-based 4-wheel drive SUV, but couldn't find one that provided as much versatility and space in the mid-sized category, so I opted for the Acadia.
I picked up my 2014 Acadia Denali a little over a month ago and have put approximately 800 miles on it so far. It is the quietest car I've ever driven as well as the most comfortable and luxurious. It has some great safety features that most newer cars have available now like blind spot monitoring and a back-up camera. My last car was eight years old, so this is all new to me.
When it was less than a week old, I took a 280-mile round-trip and got about 22 mpg on regular gas. My last SUV barely squeezed-out 16 on premium fuel on a trip.