On the surface, the 2021 GMC Acadia’s handsome exoteric architecture and abounding three-row autogenous makes it a absolute ancestors SUV, but added SUVs in this amount ambit action a added animated experience. Buyers will accept from a accepted four-cylinder, a turbocharged four-cylinder, or a bland V-6, but none of these powertrains bear decidedly agitative achievement or class-leading ammunition economy. A convenient infotainment interface provides advancing connectivity features, and the GMC’s berth offers awful approved second-row captain’s chairs. Still, its autogenous abstracts don’t alive up to the Acadia’s allurement price, alike on the top-spec Denali trim, but anxious accumulator cubbies accommodate abounding amplitude for absolute families to backing their road-trip goodies.
GMC has fabricated a few packaging changes to the Acadia for 2021. The Pro Assurance Plus package, which includes several driver-assistance features, is now accepted on SLT, AT4, and Denali. An Elevation Edition amalgamation is now accessible on the SLE and SLT and includes 20-inch auto and atramentous exoteric accents. A acrimonious council caster joins the Premium amalgamation for SLT and AT4 trims. Those aforementioned trims can now be had with the Technology package, which includes a head-up affectation and a 360-degree camera system. Second-row captain’s chairs are accepted on all but the abject SL and three new colors—Cayenne Red Tintcoat, Hunter metallic, and Midnight Blue metallic—join the palette.
We’d accept the mid-level SLT trim, which adds the Acadia’s accessible turbocharged engine, covering first- and second-row seats, and a hands-free tailgate to the accessories list. In accession to those SLT extras, that archetypal comes with the accepted LED headlights, heated, power-adjustable mirrors, and keyless access and push-button start.
The Acadia’s abject agent is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder acceptable for 193 application and the alternative 3.6-liter V-6 makes 310 horsepower. A nine-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are accepted with either agent and all-wheel drive is optional. The 2.5-liter is acceptable for maximizing ammunition efficiency, but not abundant else—it has a beggarly 1000-pound towing accommodation admitting the V-6 can tow up to 4000 pounds. A turbocharged 2.0-liter agent with 230 application is additionally available, but alone on the SLT and Denali trims. While you’ll never balloon that you’re active an SUV, the Acadia is competent and analytic composed. The Acadia feels awkward during accelerated cornering, but back apprenticed in a beneath advancing address (as best bodies drive best of the time), the ride is affectionate and stable. An adaptive suspension—standard on the Denali and alternative on SLT-2 trims with all-wheel drive—adjusts the dampers every two milliseconds to advice bland out the ride over bumps or to bind things up if the disciplinarian starts activity frisky.
The EPA estimates the front-drive adaptation with the abject 2.5-liter agent will acquire 21 mpg burghal and 27 highway. The V-6 with front-wheel drive has estimates of 19 mpg burghal and 27 highway. The turbocharged agent with front-wheel drive is the thriftiest combination, with ratings of 22 mpg burghal and 29 highway. However, we haven’t activated any Acadia with the nine-speed automatic manual on our 75-mph artery fuel-economy test.
The Acadia’s bunched exoteric may advice it fit into garages and parking spaces, but it imposes after-effects on autogenous spaciousness. The autogenous architecture is adorable to the eye, and best controls are automatic and aural ability of the driver. A black-and-white barometer array with red all-overs provides advice at a glance; Denali models affection a reconfigurable centermost awning that provides a deluge of added agent advice depending on the driver’s settings. The tilting-and-telescoping council cavalcade could use added ambit to accord actual alpine or actual abbreviate drivers a adequate position, but it still works for best people. The leather-wrapped council caster appearance aluminum trim that is assuredly upscale. Unfortunately, some of the autogenous abstracts accept a bargain attending and feel. With the third row in use, we were alone able to fit two attache accoutrements in the Acadia, but with the second- and third-row seats stowed, we were able to fit 28. The Dodge Durango captivated four cases abaft its third row and 30 with the rear rows of seats folded, so it ability be a bigger best if you’ll be frequently carriage bodies and burden at the aforementioned time.
When it comes to technology, the Acadia offers affluence for the accomplished family. From an affluence of USB ports to a Wi-Fi hotspot, cartage can calmly break connected. The touchscreen infotainment arrangement is automatic and responsive; charging added than one accessory that requires a 12-volt aperture may prove a challenge, as alone one of those outlets is provided.
The 2021 Acadia becoming a best crash-test appraisement from the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA), but the aftermost adaptation that was evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS) wasn’t called a Top Assurance Pick. Its driver-assistance technologies add an added akin of protection, but they’re either big-ticket options or they force the client to accept one of the cher top trims. Key assurance appearance include:
The Acadia comes with a absolute assurance and aliment advantage amalgamation as standard, with added aegis affairs accessible from dealers. Hyundai offers best bound and powertrain warranties, but GMC does awning the Acadia’s aboriginal aliment appointment aural the aboriginal year of ownership.
2020 GMC Acadia AT4
VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, front/all-wheel-drive, 5–7-passenger, 4-door hatchback
BASE PRICE $43,395
ENGINE TYPE DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, absolute ammunition injectionDisplacement 223 cu in, 3649 ccPower 310 hp @ 6600 rpmTorque 271 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm