The cheapest available trim on the Acadia is the SL, which seems to exist primarily to get the base MSRP under $30,000. It doesn't permit any of the main packages or options, and is available only with the base four-cylinder engine.
We much prefer the 3.6-liter V6, which is available on all other models. Of the trims, the sweet spot is the mid-level SLE-2, which adds a few luxuries like heated seats and a power liftgate while keeping prices reasonable. The SLE-2 is also the first trim to get access to common safety features like park assist and blind-spot monitoring, which are becoming increasingly common as standard features. All-wheel drive is an option, but GMC usually forces bloated option packages in with the addition, so this is one case where we'd skip it. The Acadia isn't a great off-roader, anyway.
Even with the upgraded engine, our Acadia would slide in well under $40,000:
- Model: 2019 GMC Acadia SLE-2
- Engine: 3.5-liter V6
- Output: 310 hp / 271 lb-ft
- Transmission:Six-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
- Options: 3.6-liter V6 engine ($1,095), Driver Alert Package I ($790, lane change assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist), Metallic Exterior Color ($395)
- Base Price:$36,195 (including a $995 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$38,475