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Holden Acadia Review Australia | Features, Specifications, Price

Holden Acadia Review Australia

There are numerous car manufacturers operating and manufacturing countless products. Which makes it a hefty decision to find the best car for you. It becomes confusing as well as tricky to find the car that suits you. 


Your requirements can range from a family car that can easily seat everyone. Or a four-wheel-drive which you might be using for those off-roading trips. You might even be looking for a compact car that is suitable to drive within the city.


If you narrow down your search to a family car, you will still be faced with multiple options to choose from. That choice depends on the seating capacity, specifications, and most importantly, your budget.

In this article, we bring to you an in-depth Holden Acadia review. The Acadia is a seven-seater family SUV. The Acadia is a good alternative to the Holden Commodore and is another addition to the SUVs class.


Currently, Holden has five SUVs lined up. The Holden Acadia is one of those, offered in three variants. The variants are LT, LTZ, and LTZ-V. We will primarily be looking at the Holden Acadia 2019 in this article and see what you are buying with your money.


Produced by the General Motors Company in the US, they wear the badge of GMC in the United States. The GMC specializes in the manufacture of heavyweight trucks and SUVs. Since GMC is the parent company for Holden, the Acadia is shipped to Australia as the Holden Acadia. 


The US and Australian versions are almost similar. However, the Australian version is further tuned to make it suitable for Australian roads.


Engine Specifications:

The Holden Acadia specs include a 3.6-liter V6 making 231kW (at 6600rpm) and 367Nm (at 5000rpm), while a nine-speed automatic transmission changes gears. That is all that anyone could need to snort to get the Acadia up and moving rapidly.


The V6 has chamber deactivation. This implies that while cruising it can run on only four chambers for a better economy. And there is a stop-start fuel sparing framework, as well.  


After a blend of open and urban streets, Holden says the FWD Acadia should utilize 8.9L/100 km and 9.3L/100 km in the AWD. In our correlation with the Nissan Pathfinder, the FWD Acadia utilized 10.2L/100 km. 

The Holden Acadia is certifiably not a 4x4 in that it does not have two differentials and an exchange case that sends capacity to every hub. 


While AWD is extraordinary for keeping up a great foothold on rock and soil streets the Acadia would not be a decent decision for taking rough terrain. The Acadia's vehicle-like 198 mm ground leeway would likewise confine how far you would get outside of what might be expected before ending up stranded in the wild.


Standard Features:

Standard features for the Holden Acadia LT include satellite navigation, 8.0-inch touchscreen, rear camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, climate control, parking sensors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The LTZ includes all the features from the LT and adds power-adjustable and heated front seats. It also has leather seats, automatic parking, and rain-sensing wipers.


Being the ultimate variant in the range, the LTZ-V has almost every feature that you would wish for. Apart from the features from the lower variants, the LTZ-V also includes a dual-pane sunroof, 20-inch alloy wheels, an eight-speaker Bose stereo system. You will also get ventilated seats, a sub-woofer, and adaptive suspension.


The LTZ-V comes with all the LTZ’s features and more including ventilated seats, 20-inch wheels, a dual-pane sunroof, an 8.0-inch virtual instrument cluster, eight-speaker Bose stereo with amplifier and subwoofer, and adaptive suspension.


Safety Features:

Holden, like always, does well when it comes to safety features. The Acadia has received the maximum five-star rating from ANCAP, which tells you enough. The LT and LTZ are equipped with city speed versions of AEB. LTZ-V has a higher speed AEB. 


Also, included are plenty of top of the line safety features like rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot warning, lane departure warning, lateral impact avoidance, and several airbags. That includes side-curtain ones as well.



 ✓ The exterior is beautiful with tough looks. It is true that there are other more elegant SUVs available in the market, but the Acadia still has a unique look.

 ✓ The Holden Acadia interior is very spacious, offering ample leg and headroom to the third row of seats. There are several storage spaces located throughout. The boot is also huge, with a capacity of n1042 liters when the rear seats are down.

 ✓ The infotainment system is great, including the 8.0-inch display screen. It offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. You also get USB ports in all three rows.



 ✓ One of the Holden Acadia problems is that even though the cabin interior is cleanable, it could have been improved for a richer feeling. 

 ✓ The V6 petrol engine is not very efficient when it comes to fuel economy. Even though it is capable of producing plenty of power, it is still considered to be thirsty.

 ✓ The Holden Acadia is only available in petrol, with no diesel engine variant. 

 ✓ No manual transmission is available. You only have the option to go for the nine-speed automatic transmission.


Holden Acadia Price:

The price range varies across the three variants, with almost $20,000 difference between the lowest and highest. The base model, LT, is priced at $43,500 with front-wheel drive. If you go for the all-wheel-drive version, that adds another $5000 to the price tag.


Next is the LTZ, which is priced at $53,500 for the all-wheel drive. And another $4000 for the all-wheel drive. Topping the range, the LTZ-V is available at a price of $63,500 for the front-wheel-drive and $68,000 for the all-wheel drive.


Holden Acadia Colours:

The Holden Acadia is available in eight beautiful colors which are:

 ✓ Glory Red

 ✓ Summit White

 ✓ Blue Steel

 ✓ Nitrate Silver

 ✓ Mineral Black

 ✓ Abalone White

 ✓ Scorpion

 ✓ Dark Shadow


Our Verdict:

Since its production, there have been no known issues with the Holden Acadia. That makes it a reliable and robust family car. 


The best variant is the LTV-Z, which tops the range. It offers great handling and an almost perfect ride for its size, as compared to the other two variants. The adaptive suspension is a plus and the additional features also make the money worth.


Overall, Holden Acadia is a good family car to buy in the price range. The seven seats are perfect for fitting in all of your family. Adults can feel comfortable sitting in the third row as well. The advantages are many, and we recommend this car for big families. Ample space, good storage, and easily cleanable surfaces sets this car apart.

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