Holden’s newest SUV: Acadia

Holden’s newest SUV: Acadia

2019 Holden Acadia LTZ-V Road Test, Review

Holden sales stand at 5.2%, down from 7.2% this time last year. Sales of Commodore and Equinox have not met expectation. Although still in the top ten it’s been a sad slow slide for GM’s Australian subsidiary.

The Australian market is down 7.4% over all, but Toyota still leads the way with 19.5%

All Australian automotive manufacturing ceased in late 2017. That means all car companies in Australia are importers and/or retailers. That doesn’t mean there is no design and engineering in this country.

Holden maintains a team in Port Melbourne who have input into the cars sold here. Some of that input starts from concept.

Holden remains undeterred, and in its latest effort to turn those sales figures around, we have this. Holden’s first GMC car, Acadia.

There are 3 grades: LT, LTZ, and LTZ-V. This is the top model, the LTZ-V.

This is the top model and retails for $67,990 drive away. Holden has opted for drive away pricing on all Acadias.


I like the American-ness of the look. It is a big car and comes in 8 colours.

Remember, Acadia comes straight from the GMC factory in Tennessee, the land of bourbon. I can imagine myself arriving in style at a cellar door, with a bunch of friends in tow.

The exterior design is more of a success than the smaller Equinox, particularly around the back from the rear doors onward.

This 7-seater competes against Mazda’s CX9, and Kia’s Sorento, among others. It is usually a disappointment back in the 3rd row. To be otherwise would ruin the look of the exterior.

it is pure America on the outside. The chrome grille is masculine and bold, but could be bolder. HID headlights replete with LED running lights flank the grille and fold around and long the front guard.

The lower bumper outlined with more chrome sits above the lower intake, which is underlined in yet more chrome. I can’t get enough bling, so bring it on.

A careful eye will note cameras high on the windscreen, under the side rear view mirrors, and rear tail gate. They form a 360° view picture on the driver instruments.

What you can’t see are radars secreted about the bodywork. More about the cameras and radar later.

In side profile, Acadia looks even better.

20” wheels look ginormous but manage to look small on such a large car.

The effect of the impressive exterior is enhanced by more chrome 2/5ths of the way up the doors, and slims them visually. The chrome-trimmed windows have a slight coupe look thanks to the gentle kick-up the rear ¼ window.

It took me a while to figure out what I didn’t like, and it is the back window behind the rear doors. It has no chrome. I’m utterly appalled. It looks like the General ran out of the shiny stuff and said, “oh bugger it, no one will notice.” Well we did and it looks daft.

They’ve done this, one suspects, so they can wrap the glass around the on to the tailgate. The tailgate is a success with, you guessed it, more chrome. The rubber button to unlock the doors is under the unbuilt handle on the lower edge of the door surface.


Tail lights wrap across the door after lighting the corners. There is some complex surfacing going on here and there, and some lower matte chrome garnish around the chrome exhaust tips.

There is a luggage rack, and a neat overhang at the top of the hatch, pretending to be some kind of spoiler. Just in front of the spoiler is a roof mounted radio aerial which will bang against many a carpark height limit bar.


The cabin is accessed by smart entry/start. The key stays in your pocket at all times.

This is where things went a little bit wrong for me.

The interior design, while generally good….

See more pictures and the FULL REVIEW HERE at gaycarboys.com.au


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