Looking for a three-row SUV that's easy to drive and sized on the smaller end of the spectrum? Check out the GMC Acadia, which entered the 2020 model year with refreshed styling. Compared to the previous generation, the current Acadia is smaller and lighter, with seating for up to seven. If the standard version is too plain for you, GMC has two cool variants: the rugged-looking AT4 and the luxury-focused Denali.
For a three-row SUV, the GMC Acadia drives better than you would expect. It's not a big, cumbersome beast on the road. Credit the Acadia's agile handling for its ability to shrink around you and drive similarly to a smaller vehicle. You don't sacrifice comfort either because the ride quality is compliant. GMC's 3.6-liter V-6 provides good power, allowing the Acadia to accelerate smoothly. The nine-speed automatic is tuned well in this application, firing off smooth gear changes and quick downshifts when you ask for more power. If you opt for the Acadia AT4, don't expect it to be a full-fledged off-road warrior; it lacks the ground clearance to crawl through big obstacles.
Unfortunately, the GMC Acadia's build quality remains a weak point. The buttons, stalks, and knobs don't feel good to use, but at least the cabin is nicely insulated, and the first two rows offer spacious seating.
The 2021 Acadia's three engines are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Model: GMC Acadia SL, GMC Acadia SLE
Engine and Transmission: 2.5-liter I-4 - nine-speed automatic
Power: 193 hp/188 lb-ft of torque
Model: GMC Acadia SLE (AWD only), GMC Acadia SLT
Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter turbo I-4 - nine-speed automatic
Power: 230 hp/258 lb-ft
Model: GMC Acadia SLE, GMC Acadia SLT, GMC Acadia AT4, GMC Acadia Denali
Engine and Transmission: 3.6-liter V-6 - nine-speed automatic
Power: 310 hp/271 lb-ft
NHTSA: 5 stars (out of a possible five stars)
All Acadia variants get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as standard. The GMC Pro Safety Plus suite, which includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams is optional on the SLE grade and standard on the SLT and higher trims. Adaptive cruise control is limited only to pricier variants and requires selecting an optional package.
With all seats up, the GMC Acadia has 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding the second row expands capacity to 41.7 cubic feet. Dropping the second- and third rows expands the total capacity to 79.0 cubic feet.
When properly equipped, the Acadia can tow between 1,000-4,000 pounds of payload. The latter is only achieved with the optional 3.6-liter V-6 and the Trailering package.
All GMC Acadia models get an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment. Higher trims are available with built-in navigation, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, and an 8.0-inch gauge cluster display.
AT4 models come equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels shod in off-road-capable tires and standard twin-clutch AWD system. The Acadia AT4's drive mode selector also adds an Off-Road mode in case you end up taking your three-row SUV off the beaten path.
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