The refreshed 2020 GMC Acadia features updated exterior lighting and interior refinements. New additions to the lineup include an available 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a standard nine-speed automatic transmission, and an off-road-oriented AT4 trim. Other updates include an enhanced infotainment system, an available new head-up display, and this model’s first-ever available rear camera mirror
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2020 GMC Acadia Overview
Choosing Your GMC Acadia
GMC offers the Acadia in five trims: SL, SLE, SLT, AT4, and Denali. Prices range from $30,995 including destination for the SL to $47,495 for the Denali.
The GMC Acadia is available with three engines. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is standard on the SL and SLE, the SLT gets the new 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, and the AT4 and Denali feature a 3.6-liter V6. The V6 is optional on the SLE for an extra $1,095 and on the SLT for $495.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Max Towing||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.5L 4-Cylinder||193 hp||188 lb-ft||1,000 pounds||23 mpg|
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder||230 hp||258 lb-ft||To Be Determined||Not Yet Rated|
|3.6L V6||271 lb-ft||574 lb-ft||4,000 pounds||22 mpg|
The new nine-speed automatic transmission is standard on all three engines, replacing the previous six-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is standard on the AT4 and available on all other trims but the SL for $2,000 (SLT, Denali) or $2,400 (SLE).
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Acadia is available with seating for five, six, or seven passengers. The SL and SLE seat seven with a 2-3-2 setup. Second-row captain's chairs are standard on the SLT and Denali, dropping seating to six (2-2-2). The AT4 drops the third row for a five-passenger capacity (2-3).
The SLE can be had with the second-row captain's chairs for no cost, while the SLT and Denali can be had with the second-row bench for free. The AT4 can be had with the 2-2-2 or 2-3-2 seating arrangement for no cost as well.
The current Acadia rides on a smaller platform than the one it once shared the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse. This platform also supports the Cadillac XT5. The interior seems narrow, which is why we believe the six-passenger cabin is ideal, as it supplies improved maneuverability for the third-row passengers. That said, the third row is tight, even for kids.
Cargo space is quite small, measuring just 12.8 cubic feet behind the third-row seat. Fold down or lose the third row, and the Acadia supplies a much more respectable 41.7 cubic feet. Cargo capacity measures 79 cubic feet behind the first row.
The GMC Acadia comes standard with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, and rear parking sensors.
On the SLT, the Driver Alert Package II ($1,295) adds automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, front parking sensors, and a head-up display.
This bundle of features only costs $695 on the AT4 and comes standard on the Denali (except for the head-up display). On the Denali, adaptive cruise control, the head-up display, a surround-view camera, and the rear camera mirror are bundled in the $2,395 Technology Package.
GMC is one of the better brands when it comes to connectivity, especially with its highly useful and easy to discern infotainment system. The Acadia comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, five USB ports (2-2-1), and wi-fi hotspot capability.
The SLE and higher add SiriusXM satellite radio, the SLT and up bring navigation and HD radio, and the Denali is equipped with wireless charging.
The base Acadia SL model comes with LED headlights and taillights, 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, and heated and power side mirrors with turn signal indicators. Inside, the SL has a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, cloth seating, a four-way manual driver seat, a six-speaker audio system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and three-zone climate control. Keyless open and start are also standard.
Jumping up to the SLE doesn't bring many extra standard features, but it does add 18-inch wheels with dark accents and satellite radio. What the jump does do is open up the availability of many optional features, including all-wheel drive. Still, it's quite the price leap with no major changes to the list of standard equipment.
Buyers can upgrade their creature comforts with the Driver Convenience Package ($1,750), which bundles remote start, a hands-free power liftgate, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, and more.
The Acadia’s sweet spot is the SLT with its standard turbocharged engine. Remote start, LED fog lights, a hands-free power liftgate, and roof rails highlight the exterior upgrades. The interior is enhanced with leather seating, navigation, heated front seats, and an eight-speaker Bose audio system.
Enhance luxury appointments with the Premium Package ($1,250) that includes ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, a power tilt and telescopic steering column, memory functionality for the driver seat and side mirrors, and a surround-view camera. A two-panel sunroof is a $1,400 standalone option.
Shoppers looking for a more rugged trim can turn to the all-new Acadia AT4. It features black accents on the grille and wheels, and chrome trim along with AT4 badging. The V6 engine, twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system, unique 17-inch wheels, and all-terrain tires are standard.
Its off-road-inspired design is an attention-getter, but if you’re looking for robust trail-stomping, then the GMC Canyon has better options.
The top-of-the-line Denali brings forth chrome-like embellishments, a unique grille, and glitzy 20-inch wheels. The cabin is relatively posh with ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear outboard seats, and memory for the driver's seat and outside mirrors.
The 2020 GMC Acadia with anything but the base engine should please most shoppers, and we'd start our shopping with the SLT thanks to its turbocharged engine, navigation, and optional safety features.
2020 GMC Acadia Review
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- Rugged design
- Tons of standard tech
- Plenty of powertrain options
- Finicky push-button transmission
- Have to pay for safety features
- AT4 is all show
Comprehensive refresh, bold look. The 2020 GMC Acadia rolls in boasting a significantly different look, front and rear. This is all thanks to a comprehensive refresh that slapped on a new nose and tail while retaining the overall shape and size from the previous model year.
This new look includes flatter headlights and a bolder grille that widen the front end and give it almost a truck-like look, a new front bumper with new fog light housings, new taillights with distinct LED signatures, a reworked rear bumper, and all-new exhaust outlets.
There's also a new AT4 model that adds some rugged bits like a black-and-chrome grille, black body cladding, unique 17-inch wheels, and all-terrain tires.
Inside, the bulk of the Acadia remains the same, save for two new USB-C connections, a 15-watt wireless charging pad, updated infotainment software, a new standard 8-inch touchscreen, and a push-button shifter.
Rounding out the updated Acadia is a new 230-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine option slotted between the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6. All three engines pair with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission.
Rugged design. The Acadia’s all-new look is refreshing. Gone is the rounded front end that softened it up for the masses and in comes a chunkier truck-like nose that appeals to crossover shoppers who’ve grown tired of the vanilla styling in the segment.
The problem is that this segment is vanilla for a reason. Going too extreme in one way or another can result in a quick drop in sales because more reserved buyers will turn their noses up at anything too wild. It’s not that the Acadia is overstyled, but its nose may be a little too truck-like for some shoppers.
AT4 model still a soft-roader. The GMC Acadia AT4 does its best off-roader impression with unique 17-inch black wheels wrapped in knobbier all-terrain tires, a black grille, black roof-rack side rails, and more. Heck, it even slaps in the 310-hp V6 engine, twin-clutch all-wheel drive, and hill-descent control for good measure.
That's all well and good, and it looks great in a parking lot or sitting in a grassy field, but its 7.2 inches of ground clearance and standard suspension do nothing to help it off the beaten path. Snow, a little mud, sand, and loose gravel are all no problem, but you may want to pass on the log or rock climbing in this one.
If you’re into that kind of thing, you should look to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. It looks the part and has the undercarriage to handle moderate off-roading.
Loads of technology. The Acadia is chock-full with premium features, even in its base SL trim. This long list includes desirable tech goodies like an 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 4G LTE wi-fi, five USB ports, and more.
Many of the Acadia’s competitors cannot keep up in this department. The Pilot, for example, comes standard with a 5-inch non-touchscreen and optional Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The 2019 Pathfinder also lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but unlike the Pilot, they're not available as options either.
Where the Acadia falls flat is safety tech, as all trims south of the Denali require at-cost packages to get automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, and other important safety goodies.
Models like the Pilot, Ascent, Ford Explorer, and others in the segment come standard with some or all of the latest active safety tech.
Final thoughts. The 2020 GMC Acadia is a stylistic breath of fresh air in a segment that was getting a little stale. And its AT4 model adds a special touch of ruggedness, although it's still a softy at heart. Add to this all the tech goodies the younger crowd wants, and the Acadia could be a great option for a young family to grow into.
That said, you want to keep your family safe, and the Acadia makes you pay to do that while so many others deliver this safety at the base level. If you're more focused on keeping your family safe rather than entertained, you may want to check out the Pilot, Explorer, Ascent, or Volkswagen Atlas.
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