GMC Acadia is a midsize three-row crossover that offers practical utility and lots of seating. The Acadia was launched in 2007 and the second generation was released in 2017.
The GMC Acadia is an excellent choice for those looking for a mid-sized crossover with three rows. The GMC Acadia’s car-like driving dynamics makes parking much easier than larger SUVs. The interior is comfortable and the exterior is original. It is practical and fun, making it a great way for up to seven people to be transported at once.
Pricing and Trims
GMC offers Acadia in six trims, SLE-1 to SLE-2, SLT-1 to SLT-2 and Denali.
The standard equipment of the SL includes projector headlights and heated and power-adjustable side lights, privacy rear glass and active grille shutters. It also features a 3.5-inch driver information screen, six speakers, a 7-inch infotainment display, 4G LTE WiFi and OnStar, digital compass and cruise control.
The SLE-1 has LED signature lighting, carpeted flooringmats for the first row and second row, and a spare tire.
Acadia’s SLE-2 trim adds a powered liftgate and fog lights to the vehicle. It also gets silver roof rails, 18-inch aluminum wheels, second row captain’s chairs, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver seat.
The SLT-1 includes a 120-volt power outlet, remote starter, home remote, 4.2 inch driver information screen, 8″ infotainment screen and Bose premium sound system. It also features eight speakers, satellite radio with eight speakers, Bose premium interior lighting package, eight speakers, Bose premium audio system, Bose premium sound systems with eight speakers, Bose premium audio system, satellite radio, an auto-dimming backview mirror, Bose premium interior lighting package, power-a front passenger seat, side blind zone, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alarm, and lane changes with sideblind
The SLT-2 includes IntelliBeam headlights and 20-inch bright aluminum alloy wheels. Heated rear seats, driver memory settings.
The Denali trim adds to the standard equipment by offering a hands-free powerliftgate, HID headlights and bright roof rails.
An Acadia includes a $29,000 factory invoice for an SL model, and an MSRP for about $30,000 for the SLE-1. The MSRP of the vehicle is $3,000 more with the SLE-2 trim. The SLT-1 is priced at $38,000. The MSRP for the SLT-2 is approximately $3,000. The Denali, which is the most expensive trim, brings the price up to $46,000. All trims except the base are eligible for all-wheel drive at a cost of approximately $2,000.
Engine and Performance
The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is used in trims above the SLT-1. It produces 193 horsepower and 188 lbft of torque. The stop-start system helps to reduce fuel consumption while driving in cities. A 3.6-liter V6 is an option for these trims. It’s standard on both the SLT-2 and Denali. It produces a powerful 310 horsepower and 271 lbft of torque.
All trims come standard with front-wheel drive, but all trims can have all-wheel drive.
Fuel economy for the Acadia is about average for the category, with the EPA rating the 2.5-liter I4 at 21/26/23 mpg city/highway/combined with front-wheel drive. These numbers drop slightly for the V6 at 18/25/21 MPG.
The Acadia offers a variety of interior colors, including Jet Black, Dark Ash Gray/Light Ash Gray and Cocoa/Light Ash Gray. The interior materials are high quality and have soft touch surfaces that give it a premium feel. The interior feels very similar to a luxury SUV, especially in the Denali and SLT trims. Overall, craftsmanship is excellent.
GMC uses large physical controls. The infotainment system is very easy to use and controls most functions.
There is plenty of space. For taller passengers, the first and second rows offer enough space. Third-row space is more spacious than many crossovers. The front seats have more padding and contouring than the two rows. The cargo area is large and has an under-floor compartment. This makes it easy to store items away from sight or put them where they won’t roll.