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Top Features of Base Model

  • Good fuel economy
  • Very smooth ride
  • Technology features are well laid out and easily learned
  • Optional V6 engine provides strong acceleration
  • Lower starting base price than many competitors
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2019 GMC Acadia: Everything You Need to Know

About the GMC Acadia The 2019 GMC Acadia is the brand's bread-and-butter midsize SUV. Depending on trim level, the Acadia comes in a two-row/five-passenger version or with three rows and up to seven seats. There are six trim levels, including SL, SLE, SLE-1, SLT-1, SLT-2 and Denali. But SL is a stripped, custom-order trim meant only for fleet sales. It is built in just two colors and is not even marketed to the public.

The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque in the SL, SLE and SLT trims. A 3.6-liter V6, making 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque, comes in the SLT-2 and Denali models. This engine is optional in the SLE-1 with all-wheel drive, and also in SLE-2 and SLT-1 trims. All Acadias receive a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available as an option.

The four-cylinder is EPA-rated at 21/26 mpg city/highway. The V6 rates 18/25 mpg city/highway. Although fuel economy is lower, most drivers will probably be happier with the V6.

When GMC reduced the Acadia's size two years ago, it became more maneuverable and offered improved economy with a smaller standard engine. However, it also lost some space in the second and third rows. Chevrolet's Traverse SUV is the mechanical twin to the Acadia, but it keeps the size of the prior generation with more seat space and cargo room in the rear.

What's new in the 2019 GMC Acadia?

Redesigned in 2017, the new Acadia is largely a carry-over model. There is a new black trim package for 2019 SLT models that adds black accents, plus 20-inch alloy wheels. The All-Terrain package comes with revised 17-inch wheels and a number of trim and off-road enhancements.

For the 2017 model year, GMC changed the body and wheels, created new colors, and shortened the SUV by 7.2 inches. It had previously been almost a large SUV but competed against midsized models. The interior was completely redone, too, with new instruments, a new climate system, new steering wheel, new dash, and better-quality materials.

The biggest change, though, was in passenger and cargo space. The current Acadia provides about the same space up front as the first-generation SUV, but it has more room in the second row and much less in the optional third row. Cargo space behind the rear seats is smaller, too.

The current Acadia's touchscreen infotainment system is much better than the old one. It also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a Wi-Fi hotspot, all standard.

An updated Acadia will debut as a 2020 model late in 2019 with new front bodywork. It will not have any greater room or cargo space, though.

What vehicles does the GMC Acadia compete with?

In a highly competitive midsize SUV segment, the Acadia sells against many rivals. Some are slightly larger, some are more luxurious, and some are more focused on off-roading. These include:

The GMC Acadia in SLT and SLE trims is a good choice for families looking for a high-value, midsize SUV. It’s well-suited to those who don't go off-roading much and who need a degree of comfort and ease of use.

Design of the new GMC Acadia

The current GMC Acadia wears a fresh face that looks much more up-to-date than the previous model. As a GMC vehicle, it has a prominent, truck-like grille and slightly squared-off wheel openings. These elements actually work with the softer curves and accents along the Acadia's sides. It manages to keep a family resemblance to the old Acadia, though trim on the current model is far more nicely styled and uses better materials.

The top-trim Acadia Denali receives unique exterior lighting, larger 20-inch-wheels, and more chrome trim. There’s also an All-Terrain package that includes more a rugged look and off-road-ready equipment.

Interior style in the new GMC Acadia

The 2019 Acadia’s cabin features soft surfaces and higher-quality trim than the earlier vehicle, but the overall feel inside is not quite on par with luxury-brand offerings. Even though the vehicle is smaller on the outside, GMC still offers the option of three rows, though the third row is not a friendly place for adults. The second row can either be a split bench seat or individual chairs, as in some minivans. A new sliding rear seat provides easier access to the optional third row. With all seats folded, maximum cargo room is a fairly sizable 79.0 cubic feet.

From behind the wheel, the Acadia feels a bit more car-like than some midsize SUVs. The base of the windshield seems to be a foot lower in height than that of a Ford Explorer, for example. The Acadia's

step-in height is also lower than most SUVs, which could be important for small drivers or those with limited mobility.

Small-item storage is slightly below average, with the center console being much smaller than that of other SUVs. For example, the Honda Pilot, has several large bins in each door panel, giving at least twice the storage.

What technology comes in the 2019 GMC Acadia?

The 2019 GMC Acadia offers as standard equipment:

  • 8-inch touchscreen display
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 4G Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Multiple USB ports
  • Keyless entry
  • Remote start

Optional technology in the 2019 Acadia includes:

  • 8-inch touchscreen display with navigation
  • Eight-speaker Bose audio system
  • Rear-seat entertainment system with DVD player
  • Configurable driver-information display
  • Wireless charging

What kind of safety features are in the 2019 GMC Acadia?

The 2019 GMC Acadia received the top five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It also got “Good” ratings in most test categories from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a “Superior” rating for front-end crash protection.

The 2019 Acadia includes such standard safety features as:

  • Lane-departure warning
  • Blind-spot alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear-seat warning that helps prevent kids, pets, or items from being left behind
  • LATCH attachments for child seats

Safety features that are optional or that come on higher trim levels include:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward-collision alert with automatic braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Front and rear park assist
  • Surround-vision camera
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

What is the 2019 GMC Acadia like to drive?

The slightly smaller Acadia, which hit the market in 2017, weighs about 700 pounds less than the prior model. That means better acceleration, especially with the V6 engine. It also has better handling, better braking, and improved maneuverability. It can easily gobble up hundreds of miles of interstate or run to the store for groceries.

The Acadia’s structural skeleton and suspension system are shared with the Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan. Noise isolation and ride quality, especially in the Denali trim, are exceptional.

The All-Terrain option can handle poor roads, winter weather, and moderate off-road duties. The SLT-2 and Denali models are available with performance-tuned suspension. This adjusts automatically from soft to firm, depending on conditions and driver input.

Should I buy a 2019 GMC Acadia?

The revised Acadia introduced in 2017 is more impressive than the one it replaced. It's comfortable, peppy, nimble, and easy to enter and exit. It provides a thoroughly livable amount of room inside for a smallish midsize SUV, though some competitors offer more cargo space and third-row seat room.

In order to get all the latest active safety systems, however, you must choose the SLT-2 or Denali models. So be prepared to pay more.

Should I buy a used GMC Acadia?

To save some money, you might consider an Acadia going back to the 2017 model year, which is when the current generation began. The earlier Acadia, though, was a different vehicle. It was larger and offered more room, but it didn’t have all the latest features. And it was not built with the same quality of materials as more recent models.

How much does the GMC Acadia cost?

The starting price for the Acadia is $30,150 (including destination charge) for the SLE and tops out at $46,695 for the high-spec Denali with front-wheel drive and $48,695 for the all-wheel-drive version. Options and extra packages can boost the price to $50,190.

Pros and Cons of the 2020 GMC Acadia


  • Excellent ride quality, especially with the optional adjustable shock absorbers
  • Excellent performance with the available V6 engine
  • Great electronics package
  • Simple, readable controls


  • Lack of power from base engine
  • Small storage bins and console
  • Third-row seating has cramped space
  • Though well laid out, the cabin isn't so luxurious, even in the more expensive trims
  • Less cargo room than some competitors
Model History

The History of the GMC Acadia

GMC's first-generation Acadia debuted as a midsize 2007 model, a cousin to the Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse. It offered more interior space than just about any other SUV on the market except the largest full-size models. In 2009, the Acadia received a new, more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine. A refresh in 2013 netted new front and rear bodywork. Still more potent engines followed.

Partly due to the fact that the original Acadia was very large for its class, the second-generation 2017 model shrunk, offering seating for up to seven people, rather than the previous eight. The current Acadia performs better with the optional, larger V6 engine. It’s also nimbler and more fuel efficient, thanks to the size change and the related weight loss.

Specs & Key Features of the 2020 GMC Acadia


Body Style
4 Door
2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) (193 hp [145 kW] @ 6300, 188 lb-ft of torque [256.5 N-m]) @ 4400 rpm (FWD only.)
193 hp
9-speed automatic
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Front Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Audio
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Tinted Glass

More Features

  • Driver Alert Package I includes (UKC) Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, (UFG) Rear Cross Traffic Alert and (UD7) Rear Park Assist
  • Engine, 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) (193 hp [145 kW] @ 6300, 188 lb-ft of torque [256.5 N-m]) @ 4400 rpm (FWD only.)
  • Transmission, 9-speed automatic, electronically-controlled with 2.5L engine (Standard with (LCV) 2.5L 4-cylinder engine only.)
  • Axle, 3.80 final drive ratio
  • GVWR, 6001 lbs (2722 kg)
  • E10 Fuel capable
  • Engine control, stop/start system
  • Engine control, stop/start system disable switch
  • Front wheel drive
  • Alternator, 150 amps
  • Suspension, Ride and Handling McPherson struts for front and independent 5-link rear
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, 17" front and rear
  • Exhaust, single outlet
  • Tire Inflator Kit
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) painted aluminum
  • Tires, P245/65R17 all-season, H-rated, blackwall
  • Headlamps, LED
  • Glass, deep-tinted (all windows, except light-tinted glass on windshield and driver- and front passenger-side glass)
  • Mirrors, outside heated, power-adjustable, manual-folding, body-color with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Wipers, front intermittent with washers
  • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
  • Liftgate, manual
  • Antenna, body-color, roof-mounted shark fin
  • Audio system, 8" diagonal GMC Infotainment System includes multi-touch display, AM/FM stereo, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and most phones; featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phones
  • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capable (Terms and limitations apply. See or dealer for details.)
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Seats, front bucket
  • Seating, 7-passenger (2-3-2 seating configuration) with 2nd row 60/40 split flat-folding bench seat with Smart Slide and 3rd row 50/50 split-bench seat
  • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way manual
  • Seat adjuster, passenger 4-way manual
  • Console, front center with 2 cup holders and storage, includes rear storage drawer
  • USB ports, 2 in front (type-A and type-C), 2 in second row (type-A and type-C) and 1 in third row (type-A)
  • Floor mats, carpeted front
  • Electronic Precision Shift button and trigger based transmission interface
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped with mounted audio and cruise controls
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
  • Display, driver instrument information, 4.2" multi-color
  • Sensor, humidity and windshield temperature
  • Engine air filtration monitor
  • Compass display
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Up/Down and front passenger Express-down
  • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
  • Remote Keyless Entry, extended range with lock and unlock feature
  • Keyless open and start
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Air conditioning, tri-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver, right front passenger and rear seat occupants
  • Air conditioning, rear
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Cup holders 2 in front center console, 2 in front door panel, 2 bottle holders in front door panel, 2 in 2nd row and 2 in 3rd row, 10 total
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Lighting, interior with theater dimming, cargo compartment, reading lights for front seats, second row reading lamps integrated into dome light, door-and tailgate-activated switches and illuminated entry and exit feature
  • Lamp Package, interior, deluxe
  • GMC Connected Access capable (Subject to terms. See or dealer for details.)
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with Traction Control
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Daytime Running Lamps, LED
  • Passenger Sensing System sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use seat belts and the correct child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Airbags, frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger; driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact; driver side knee; and roof-rail mounted head-curtain for all rows in outboard seating positions (Always use seat belts and the correct child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • OnStar and GMC connected services capable (Terms and limitations apply. See or dealer for details.)
  • HD Rear Vision Camera
  • Seat belts, front, height-adjustable
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Rear Seat Reminder
  • Teen Driver a configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to help encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain available vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. An in-vehicle report card gives you information on driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver
  • Tire Fill Alert provides audible alerts outside the vehicle when inflating an under inflated tire to the recommended tire pressure.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Tire Fill Alert
  • Horn, dual-note

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Safety Ratings for the 2020 GMC Acadia

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2020 GMC Acadia FWD SL:

Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

Dynamic Test Result

No Tip

Risk of Rollover


Rollover Note

Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.


Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.