2022 GMC Acadia Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Lane departure, seat belt, and emergency brake issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

General Motors Company (GMC) says the Acadia is a cornerstone of their success story. But success doesn’t spell perfection. Now in its third generation, the mid-size SUV has had its fair share of problems over the years. It’s had some great reviews but also some bad ones. Complaints include lane departure issues, faulty seat belts, and malfunctioning automatic emergency braking (AEB). 

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2022 GMC Acadia

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Electrical System
1
Lane Departure: Blind Spot Detection
1
Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking
1
Lane Departure: Assist
1
Vehicle Speed Control
1
Seat Belts
1

Launched in 2021, 14 years after the first Acadia was unveiled in the U.S. the 2022 model is attracting criticism about several components and systems. Complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) relate to the electrical system, forward collision avoidance, lane departure, seat belts, and vehicle speed control.

There are 3 recalls, all of which increase the risk of the SUV crashing, and one of which also increases the risk of a fire due to possible fuel leaks. There are also 170 manufacturer communications on file with the NHTSA, including a variety of technical service bulletins (TSBs).

Most Common Problems with the 2022 GMC Acadia

Varied lane departure problems top the list of consumer complaints to the NHTSA. There are also several other safety issues.

A review on Edmunds warns potential purchasers to “stay away from (the) 2022 GMC Acadia.” Giving it just 1 out of 5 stars, the reviewer says he has had “nothing but problems” with the SUV.

His advice: “I would go another route if looking for a new SUV. I’m sure they will just blame Covid when a recall is issued.”

NHTSA complaints provide more detail about problems they have encountered.

Lane Departure Problems

An owner from Michigan complains that the driver-side blind spot monitor doesn’t detect vehicles. He asks, “Does somebody have to die to correct a safety defect?”

The first indication that something was wrong was when he “was entering a freeway and nearly caused an accident.” He scheduled a service but couldn’t get an appointment for two weeks.

“The system started working again just before the appointment and the dealer service department could not find a problem. My neighbor’s 2021 GMC Acadia has the same issue.”

Another lane departure problem reported by an owner in Idaho relates to cruise control. According to the complaint, it “does not down-shift the vehicle early enough.”

Also regarded as a vehicle speed control issue, the complaint states that cruise control doesn’t react for the first 6 mph over a set point. Then, when it downshifts, it only downshifts one gear.

“The vehicle exceeded 10 mph over (the) set point on a 6% grade and (the) brakes had to be engaged because (the) manual limit did not perform as intended at the moment. This might have been ok in the 90s but all other cars I (have) had (have) handled this much better in (the) last 15 years.”

Additionally, “the lane keep assist attempts to drive the car into oncoming traffic when there are road patches present in the lane.”

Automatic Emergency Braking System Malfunction

Filed as a forward collision avoidance problem, a New York GMC Acadia owner complains that the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system has been activated unnecessarily twice. Both times at a 4-way stop. Now he has disabled what should be a safety device.

Describing what happened, the owner says he was turning left into an intersection when the AEB reacted to the car and engaged. It slowed down the car “and almost brought it to a full stop in the middle of the intersection. I now drive the car with AEB disabled.”

Problems with the Seat Belts

The owner of a 2022 GMC Acadia from California is concerned that the passenger side seat belt won’t buckle up. An obvious safety issue, he says:

“The receiver piece for the buckle gets jammed and does not latch. My wife and I just had a baby and we are concerned about all the seat belts now, not sure if the others will give out as well.

What to do if your 2022 GMC Acadia is a lemon? Your Lemon Law Legal Rights

If you have a 2022 GMC Acadia that has recurring problems, you may have bought a lemon. Usually, these issues impact the use and value of a vehicle. But it can be difficult to assess without an experienced lemon lawyer to help you.

Lemberg Law has assisted many clients to claim from vehicle manufacturers when their vans, cars, and trucks have problems they cannot solve. If we believe you have a lemon, we undertake to negotiate a settlement deal on your behalf. This may be in the form of a replacement vehicle, a buyback, or a refund.

All you need to do is fill in our contact form or call our Helpline and we will assess your problems free of charge. Remember that the law says GMC must pay the legal fees of lemon law cases.

Complaint Data

CategoryElectrical System, Lane Departure: Blind Spot Detection
DateSep 26, 2022
StateMI
Description
Driver side blind spot monitor fails to detect vehicles. I first became aware of the problem as I was entering a freeway and nearly caused an accident. I scheduled service at my gmc dealership but had to wait two weeks for an appointment. The system stared working again just before the appointment and the dealer service department could not find a problem. My neighbor's 2021 gmc acadia has the same issue. Does somebody have to die to correct a safety defect?
CategoryForward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking
DateJul 12, 2022
StateNY
Description
Several times the automatic emergency braking (aeb) was activated unnecessarily. Twice were at a 4-way stop. I was turning left with a stationary car (#1) across the intersection waiting to proceed next. As I got part of the way through the turn, the aeb reacked to the car (#1) and engaged. Slowing my car and almost brought it to a full stop in the middle of the intersection. I now drive the car with aeb disabled.
CategoryLane Departure: Assist, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJun 03, 2022
StateID
Description
The cruise control does not down-shift the vehicle early enough. It does not react for the first 6mph over set point and then when it downshifts it only downshifts one gear. The vehicle exceeded 10mph over set point on a 6% grade and brakes had to be engaged because manual limit did not perform as intended at the moment. This might have been ok in the 90s but all other cars I had handled this much better in last 15 years. The lane keep assist attempts to drive the car into oncoming traffic when there are road patches present in the lane.
CategorySeat Belts
DateMay 10, 2022
StateCA
Description
Passenger side seat belt does not buckle. The receiver piece for the buckle gets jammed and does not latch. My wife and I just had a baby and we are concerned about all the seat belts now, not sure if the others will give out as well.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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