Last post on Sep 30, 2008 at 2:01 PM
You are in the GMC Acadia
What is this discussion about?
GMC Acadia, Toyota Sequoia, GMC Yukon
#5 of 9 Re: GMC Acadia vs. Yukon or Toyota Sequoia [albook]
Nov 19, 2007 (2:03 pm)
or the Enclave (better quality, about that of Lexus).
The one Enclave I sat in felt sort-of plasticky, very unlike Lexus (I don't particularly care for Toyota or Lexus vehicles personally, but Lexus' interior quality is completely unmatched). For GM, it was ok, until I looked at the pricetag. OUCH.
#6 of 9 Re: GMC Acadia vs. Yukon or Toyota Sequoia [thegraduate]
Aug 27, 2008 (4:44 am)
We bought a Buick Enclave after owning a Seqouia that was disappointingly unreliable. My wife went to the local GMC dealer to look at an Acadia and she saw the Buick and liked the look of it.They are basically the same car. The Buick is slightly (not much) more expensive, but is a lot nicer inside than the GMC. In terms of interior size the Enclave/Acadia is just around the same as a Sequoia but the fold-flat seats are definetely a plus. The Buick is finished very well although I know that the "wood" is not real except on the steering wheel. I like the 19 in. wheels, On-Star, its quietness on the road, AWD, the dash, 6 speed transmission, remote start etc. On Star is very good, and if I were buying again I probably would not buy the NAV system and just use On Star for NAV. It costs $17 a month after the free 1 yr trial period but it would take a long time to add up to whatever it is they're charging for the NAV system, plus there are other On Star features besides navigation. Also worth considering is GMC's warranty which is much better than Toyota's, and my experience with GM dealers has been much better than Toyota's.We looked at the new Sequoia a few times and I could not warm up to the dash, I figure it is the thing that I would be seeing the most in that car (or any car).
On the downside for the Buick, the transmission is a bit slow to changedown on hills etc. Also, while the car is still breaking in, I thought that the MPG would be a bit better. We still have not reached the 16 MPG city ( after 2500m) that GM quotes.
#7 of 9 Correction
Sep 02, 2008 (7:01 am)
I was mistaken about the price of OnStar ( mentioned in the previous post) on our Buick Enclave. It is $17 for the basic service but it is actually $28 per month for the OnStar "Turn-by-Turn" Navigation/Diagnostic service. However, the Buick list price for the in-dash navigation system is $3025, therefore you would pay the $28 for OnStar's navigation for 108 months (or 9 years) to catch up with the price of the in dash system. The OnStar nav is quite good. It calls out the turns, giving street names through the car's stereo system. It also gives the turns in script in the driver information center where the odometer is. You do not, however, have the map display. There are other OnStar benefits as well, such as being able to unlock the car via satellite if you lock yourself out, tracking the car in the event of theft, a monthly diagnostic report e-mailed to you, telling you if you need to change the engine oil, tire pressures, and many other service issues.
#8 of 9 Re: Correction [liameen]
Sep 11, 2008 (10:14 pm)
Wow - 28 bucks. I was not aware OnStar offered NAV - how does it work?
#9 of 9 On Star "Turn By Turn" Nav.
Sep 30, 2008 (2:01 pm)
You press a button located on the rearview mirror and this puts you speaking with a live operator. You then give the operator the address, or the operator will help you find an address or point of interest. They are quite good. When you finish with the operator,(it doesn't take very long) the directions are sent electronically to the car and the directions are called out by an automated voice, similar to a GPS or Nav system. The voice give adequate warning of upcoming turns and gives street names. The directions also appear in script on the vehicle information system located by the speedometer, which is a good place for it. The only drawback is that you do not have a live map- you just have the voice and script. I found it to be fine in comparison to the Nav system in our Buick and a Garmin GPS that I have.