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THE ROUTE
We drove from Ithaca, NY to Cherry Hill, NJ (near Philadelphia). It's about 250 miles one way on mostly highway.

OUR ACADIA
We have an SLT2/AWD fully loaded with about 900 total around town miles before the trip.

THE PEOPLE
Myself, wife, 8 week old son, mother-in-law, and her mother.

THE TRIP
Our trip computer had us getting 14.3 MPG at the start of the trip. Like mentioned above our motor had less than 1,000 miles on it so it's not exactly "broken in" yet. Our average speed on the computer was only 24.9 MPH.

We gassed up and set off. I averaged about 75 MPH with the cruise set for 90% of the drive on highway. It took about 3/4 of a tank to go the 250 miles. I watched the average MPG on the trip computer start to climb as we ate up highway.

THE EXPERIENCE
My 8 week old slept the whole ride. We put Great Gmom in the passenger seat next to me because climbing into the back was tough for her. She enjoyed the "40's decade" on XM radio the whole ride. My wife and mother-in-law watched two DVD's during the 5 hour trip using the headsets. I only heard laughter from the back the whole trip.

CARGO
Four adults and my son in his infant car seat. We had one seat of the third row in use the other down for cargo. We managed to pack a weeks worth of suitcases for four, plus all the stuff you need for an 8 week old. It was tight but we still had space and everyone was comfortable.

FINAL SUMMARY
As I mentioned above the MPG were bad before we started since the motor really isn't broken in quite yet. But by time we got home a week later the trip computer had us getting 16.3 MPG which was a slight improvement but no where near the 24 MPG advertised on the window sticker. Again I'm willing to write this one off to a new motor. I make this trip about four times a year so I'll write follow up reports to see if the number improve.
 

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Did you reset the fuel economy readout before you left on the trip? Otherwise, in your 16.3 mpg final reading you had 900 miles of 14.3 mpg dragging down the mileage from the trip.

Regardless, 4 adults, 1 kid, plus a whole bunch of gear is a lot of weight to lug around. 16 plus mpg isn't too bad for this much cargo on a new motor and 75 mph is considerably higher than what the highway EPA numbers are generated at.
 

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I just got back from a long trip in my Acadia (Maryland to Arkansas to Illinois back to Maryland), around 2800 miles total (Including driving around while on the trip). We started out at 130 miles, so it was slow going until I reached 500 miles. First tank of gas averaged around 19 MPG, the second saw us getting 23 MPG. Over all, for the whole trip, (Just counting the highway driving) we saw around 22 MPG. Not bad IMO. It was my wife,my 2.5 year old son and myself and allot (I mean ALLOT of of luggage, you would think we were moving!) Overall I am pleased with what we were getting, Speed wise, I was running 70-75 after I broke the 1000 mile mark. One note, while traveling back though the pan handle of Maryland (very mountainous terrain) I had filled up and reset the trip odometer so I could see what I would get though the mountains, to my surprise we averaged 20.2MPG. As you know the SLE does not have a full featured DIC so all calculations were made using a calculator.

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My Trip report June 31st-July 3rd.

Our 1st multiple fillup road trip.

THE ROUTE
The Flatlands of central Florida to the mountains of NC (Asheville) and back. 1513.1 miles.

OUR ACADIA
We have an SLT2/FWD fully loaded W/19/s.

THE PEOPLE
Myself, wife, 2 17 year old twin girls

THE TRIP
What a comfortable ride. The only adjustment I made was to drop the steering wheel & telescope it all the way out. We had good driving on the way up & ran 76-80 mph with the traffic. On the way home we had lots of rain with periods of 20 mph, but mostly kept it around 70-75 mph.


THE EXPERIENCE
We headed out Noonish on Saturday knowing it would be around midnight when we would arrive. I let the wife have the first shift with her XM channels so we listened to the Blend XM25 & a few Lite channels. Knowing that my channel's show was coming on at 8PM, I let the twins have their shift. They tuned in to the Urban & Pop channels......and asked me to crank it up loud, which I was glad to comply and give the Bose system some exercise. At 8PM I switched to XM12
X (cross) Country for 3 hours of SmokeStack's southern rock blues boogy swamp music hosted by Blackfoot.

The Acadia handled everything well & was comfortable for all. The engine did work harder in the mountain's but never complained. The trans did struggle up some steep hills and did have to kick down 2 gears sometimes. :(
The cruise speed on the DIC & HUD were dead on for most of the trip. One thing neat about the cruse was that if you were next to a car running almost the same speed, and a incline or hill caused the trans to kickdown, the Acadia would pull ahead of the other car and make the pass.

Other nice things.
Brakes are fantastic. If the light turns yellow.....you CAN stop in time if no one is on your bumper.

HUD-it will be hard to ever buy another car that does not have this feature. Not having to take your eyes off the road at 80 mph big city interstate driving is a big safety feature IMO.

HID headlights not only lit up the road at night, but were very effective at getting the attention of those slow poke left lane drivers :eek:

DVD-Teenagers, asked them 20 times to bring some movies. They forgot so we did not use it.

Sunfoofs-were nice to open on the Blue Ridge Parkway and let the 73 degree air in. (was 97-100 in N FL on way up)

NAV-great help with those interstate lanes. I used to hate being in the wrong lane and getting flushed off the interstate :mad: . With the NAV not only telling me, but showing what lane to stay in, flushing is a thing of the past.

OnStar-While I knew where we were going and had it programmed in the NAV, we changed the resort location at the last minute and did not get it in the system. We stopped at a rest area and called Onstar. They were having trouble too and finally found the location by the phone number. They sent the directions down to the radio and we found the resort.

CARGO
Usual bags for a 4 day trip. Had to fold 1 rear seat down to make room/ avoid the full closet effect when opening the hatch and everything falling out.

FINAL SUMMARY

MPG & DIC

The DIC will lie to you but is a useful tool to see if you are getting good mileage. I can always figure that it's 1 mpg high. (my Ford was off too).
1st tank 360.3 miles. DIC 23.3 mpg. Actual 21.35
2nd tank 372.2 miles. DIC 22.5 mpg. Actual 21.68 (DIC was showing 23.9 before the mountain-then dropped .7 & lower)
3rd tank. 363.7 miles. DIC 22.3 mpg Actual 21.82 (not bad considering lots of in town & up in the mountains driving)
4th tank. 416.9 miles. DIC 22.7 mpg Actual 22.71 (Yea!! the DIC was spot on for the first time ever :thumb: . The low fuel light came on when we hit our driveway. I don't know why this tank was our best mileage. Maybe cause I kept close to the speed limit of 70ish. But in the last 100 miles we were on a toll road and then stop lights for another 50 miles. And I wanted to get home so I had a heavy foot. I lost no red light races. Go figure?

Total MPG 21.92. No complaints here especially compared to the old Expedition. Had I gone the speed limit I'm sure it might have been 1-2 mpg better.
An observation on the MPG: it seems to me like 75 mph is the balancing point for MPG. Anything over 75 & the tenths start dropping. Under 75 mph and the tenths of a MPG will increase.

BTW Tire psi 38-44 depending on temp.

PS WE only saw 4 Acadias on the trip. The best one was the Carbon like ours that we got to run with for about 30 miles until he exited. He knew the Acadia wave :thumb: as he gave us one back.
 

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I basically took the same trip except it was just me the wife and 4 month old son. Same route.

We ran with the AC on the whole trip. We have 1,800 miles at the start of the trip. Bottom line the car ran great and we got about 20.9 MPG. Not too bad. I expect the MPG to go up a little if we run with the AC off and I get the transmission flashed with the new settings.
 

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We left Wisconsin yesterday afternoon and made it all the way down to Metropolis, IL., after all the various road work along the way. There is Harrah's Casino and called them about 1/2 hour before reaching the area. Long story short, received a free nights comp, thanks to my wife, Vicki. We gambled for about and hour as was around 11PM. She broke even and I'm down $70.00. There was a truck tire tread in the road last night and swerved to avoid, but caught the rear vender well and flipped up inside tearing out the inner fender liner on passenger side. This morning, the dealer in Anniston, AL called me back and said parts, hardware and labor would be $130.00. They could have the parts tomorrow and have done Friday. We will be in Anniston, AL for a week, so this will work out well. I will be taking the car in this afternoon for more examination and finalize the repair. We plan to hangout in AL, GA for a week and then, maybe, head down to Biloxi, MS for couple days gambling. We will be coming back up through Ark, MO, IA, mostly non interstate. Just taking our time with no real time table. I did not check our mpg coming down as to much road construction. I might check the mpg on this last leg. I do know we will be passing by or over the big sink hole that was some 30 feet deep, if I recall. Have a nice day all.
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While you're down in the Gulf area; check out the wonderful oil spill :eek:
 

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teeter, A nice diversion is a trip to DeSoto Caverns, southwest of Talladega. It's a beautiful commercial cave with an added attraction of an underground laser-light show. Don't forget the Show Palace while you're in Anniston!!
 

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teeter, A nice diversion is a trip to DeSoto Caverns, southwest of Talladega. It's a beautiful commercial cave with an added attraction of an underground laser-light show. Don't forget the Show Palace while you're in Anniston!!
Too Funny! The Desoto Caverns might be of interest, but am to ask you how long it has been since you were at the Show Palace! I'm told the REPUBLICAN'S closed the place down and under a new name. I'll ask my bother-in-law to take a drive by.

Blue, hoping to receive massive discount at the Beau Rivage. Two weeks ago, friends who had just been to Biloxi, said beach was clear. Should be interesting if true 2 weeks later. We are thinking next Tuesday going right now.

The car is being fixed to the tune of $275.00 as it turns out and will be done next Monday at Coopers Chevy/Buick. Still can't complain.
 

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teeter, last time I was in Anniston is 1994. I guess things would change a lot since then!
 

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We decided to reroute and forget Biloxi, MS. Thursday evening we will be staying at the Hollywood Casino about 15 miles from Memphis. We plan to visit Memphis for a day or 2, then head over to AR, up through MO and IA for 3-4 days, then straight home for a weeks rest. We are still in AL.

Rear fendor well lining did not get fixed on Monday as plannned. Drove in to Chevy dealer and said had all the parts that morning. 1/2 hour later, said they have the wrong side. So, taking it back in tomorrow morning.

Golf was good this morning and have reservation for tomorrow morning at brother-in-laws club with 2 of his friends while car is worked on. We are still in AL.

Near Memphis is a horse show we plan to attend, maybe see the ducks retiring at Peabody Hotel at 5PM, tour Gibson guitar, and wander around town sort of thing. The Memphis Zoo is on the list.

Speleos, the Show Palace is now called the Bama Cowboy. We drove by there last evening on our way to the Lone Star for dinner.
 

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We are enjoying the Acadia more than ever!! Just arrived Rapid City, SD and the Bandlands. This vehicle is so nice and like the 75mph+ across SD. Truck just cruises along and takes the climbs when called upon. Hugs the road and does everything you would expect. Just the wife and I and some luggage tossed in the back end with 3rd seat down. Nothing like having a big vehicle with all the roominess you would want! There will never ever be going back to a regular passenger car per wife and then me.
 

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teetertotter said:
We are enjoying the Acadia more than ever!! Just arrived Rapid City, SD and the Bandlands. This vehicle is so nice and like the 75mph+ across SD. Truck just cruises along and takes the climbs when called upon. Hugs the road and does everything you would expect. Just the wife and I and some luggage tossed in the back end with 3rd seat down. Nothing like having a big vehicle with all the roominess you would want! There will never ever be going back to a regular passenger car per wife and then me.
This is so true - the comfort factor would be tough to give up.
 

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We drove 6 hours this evening and in Upper MI and heading over to Charlevoix, MI for the weekend. Return trip, we are taking 3 days with snooping around the Saulte St Marie, MI and Mackinaw area. 3-4 more hours in the morning and be at our daughters summer home. Special weekend with flee market downtown, sailboats decorated with lights sailing on the lake with fireworks right after off the barge. It is a lot of fun. Shops on their little main street and Go-Fast boating for us too which our daughter and husband have, 38 footer which is small but has twin 525's. The Acadia is a luxury to drive and should turn 50K miles by end of next week and due for oil change. I'm getting used to the noisy Cooper tires on the pavements we have had to travel. Some concrete is louder than others......same with asphault. We drove in mostly rain this evening and the tires have good grip! I would say we averaged a good 60mph most of the way this evening with mostly 2 lane traffic. Time to hit the sack. Love the Acadia for traveling!!!!
 

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Have a great trip, we have family in Charlevoix, and we usually rent a house in Boyce. Great place to vacation!!!!
 

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inst, their summer home is right in town on the lake. There are 2 homes next door to each other with huge built in boat garages. Daughter's is the first one looking from marina on the right. Last name is Guanci. He just sold his GO FAST boat when we visited last month. DARN! Has all his muscles cars and plane out at the hanger. We have a good time when we visit once a year, end of July, for all the fireworks viewed from the balcony of the boat house. Very nice community.
 
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