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2021 GMC Acadia: PREVIEW, PRICING, RELEASE DATE

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - January 24, 2020

Model Preview

The GMC Acadia went through a substantial refresh in 2020 that brought in a new look, an updated transmission, a turbocharged engine, and more. With these nips and tucks entering only their second year, we expect the 2021 GMC Acadia to roll in as a carryover model.

The refreshed 2020 Acadia is such a striking contrast to the previous model that it’s easy to mistake it for a full redesign. Up front, it gained a revamped grille, squared-off headlights, and a new bumper, which come together to create a bolder look to better match its pickup siblings. In the rear, the new-look Acadia gained C-shaped taillights with longer upper sections and a new bumper. We expect this new look and the new-for-2020 AT4 trim to carry on unchanged in the 2021 Acadia.

Inside, the revised GMC Acadia’s updates are a little more subtle, but they are still easy to spot. The most significant visual change was replacing the traditional shifter with a rotary unit, which allowed the automaker to place the front cup holders side by side instead of in tandem. GMC also added a new infotainment system with improved navigation and fast-charging USB-C ports. We expect this updated interior to continue unchanged in the 2021 GMC Acadia.


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Along with its new look, the Acadia gained an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine sits between the base 193-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder and the range-topping 310-hp 3.6-liter V6. A new-for-2020 nine-speed automatic transmission ships power to the front wheels or all four wheels with optional all-wheel drive. We expect all the powertrain details to remain the same in the 2021 Acadia.

The GMC Acadia has been through most of the IIHS’ bang-up tests and performed well structurally with “Good” crash-test scores. It also received a “Superior” rating in the forward-crash prevention test, but only with the enhanced automatic emergency braking system included with the Technology Package. With the less-advanced AEB system, the Acadia received just an “Advanced” rating. Making matters worse, this less-advanced AEB system is standard only on the Denali trim and available as a part of the Driver Alert Package II in other trims. We expect the 2021 Acadia to have the same standard safety equipment and ratings.

Pricing & Release Date

GMC has yet to release an official on-sale date for the 2021 Acadia, but we expect it to arrive in summer 2020 based on previous years’ release schedules.

Pricing is also unavailable, but with no changes on the docket, this carryover crossover will likely remain close to the current model’s MSRP range of $30,995 to $49,495 (destination fees included).

This midsize crossover will compete with the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango, and Honda Pilot.

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