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CarsDirect Target Price
$36,195
Expert Rating
3.1 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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2023 SLE Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $36,195
2023 SLE All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,495
2023 SLT Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,495
2023 SLT All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $42,495
2023 AT4 All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $42,795
2023 Denali Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $47,995
2023 Denali All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $49,995

Overview

What's New

The 2023 GMC Acadia continues virtually unchanged following last year's refresh. An all-new Acadia is coming for the 2024 model year.

Choosing Your GMC Acadia

The Acadia is offered in four trim levels: SLE, SLT, AT4, and Denali. Pricing starts at $36,695 including destination and climbs to $48,495 for the Denali before options.

Engine Choices

The SLE, SLT, and Denali start out with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A V6 engine is available on the SLT ($1,995) and Denali ($495). The V6 is standard on the AT4, along with all-wheel drive, which costs $2,300 on the SLE and $2,000 on the SLT and Denali.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueMax TowingFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder228 hp258 lb-ft3,500 pounds25/24 mpg (FWD/AWD)
3.6L V6310 hp271 lb-ft4,000 pounds22/21 mpg (FWD/AWD)

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Acadia is a midsize, three-row crossover with standard seating for six. Buyers who need seven-passenger capacity can swap the second-row captain's chairs for a bench seat at no extra cost.

Cargo space is typical for a crossover of this size. There are 12.8 cubic feet behind the third row and 41.7 cubic feet with it folded. Folding both rows open up 79 cubic feet of space.

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Safety Features

The Acadia offers an adequate suite of standard safety technology, including lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors. The $1,000 Technology Package for the SLT and AT4 tacks on surround-view cameras and a head-up display.

The Denali comes with the head-up display and vibrating safety alert in the driver seat as standard. The $1,795 Denali Technology Package adds the surround-view cameras, plus a rearview camera mirror, a rear camera washer, adaptive cruise control, and radar-enhanced automatic emergency braking.

Connectivity

The Acadia's standard infotainment setup offers an 8-inch touchscreen, six speakers, five USB ports, satellite radio, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Infotainment Package ($955) for the SLE adds navigation and an eight-speaker Bose sound system. These items are standard on subsequent trims. The Denali also gets wireless phone charging, which is available on the other trims for $420.

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2023 GMC Acadia SLE — From $36,695

The SLE starts out with manual cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, tri-zone automatic climate control, power heated side mirrors, and 18-inch aluminum wheels with dark accents. The Driver Convenience Package ($1,750) furnishes an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, roof rails, remote start, and a hands-free power liftgate.

2023 GMC Acadia SLT – MSRP From $40,995

In addition to navigation and the Bose system, the SLT picks up leather seats, LED fog lights, and the contents of the Driver Convenience Package as standard. A panoramic sunroof becomes available for $1,400.

For $995, the Preferred Package adds a power passenger seat, ventilated front seats, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and power-folding side mirrors. The Elevation Edition ($1,495) wears 20-inch machined wheels and black exterior trim. A heavy-duty cooling system and hitch guidance come in the $650 Trailering Package.

2023 GMC Acadia AT4 – MSRP From $43,295

Along with the standard V6 and AWD as standard, the AT4 comes with torque vectoring, an off-road driving mode, black exterior trim, and all-terrain tires on 17-inch gloss black wheels. Other equipment and options are shared in the SLT, except leather upholstery is a $1,000 option on the AT4.

2023 GMC Acadia Denali – MSRP From $48,495

The Denali features a perforated leather interior, abundant chrome exterior trim, and 20-inch bright-finish wheels. The contents of the Preferred Package are standard here, but the sunroof remains optional.

The Denali Ultimate Package ($3,845) includes the sunroof, the Technology Package, the Trailer Package, and for AWD models adaptive ride control. The Black Diamond Edition ($4,145) combines the Ultimate Package with satin-finish wheels and Ebony Twilight Metallic exterior paint.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2023 GMC Acadia feels a lot more confident with the V6 under the hood, and we recommend it if you plan on carrying a full crew on a regular basis. That means starting your build with the SLT, which admittedly isn't cheap. For light to moderate off-roading, only the AT4 will do.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Surprisingly good road manners
  • SLT makes financial sense
  • Strong, smooth engines
  • Good load-lugger
Cons
  • Safety is unimpressive
  • Fuel economy is poor
  • Denali trim is too expensive
  • Third-row seats are pointless
Expert Rating
3.1 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Small range, huge price change. If we told you an entry-level Acadia SLT could be yours for $35,000, you might nod appreciatively. If we told you a flagship Denali could cost $60,000, you’d probably move straight on to reading about Land Rover’s comparably-priced Range Rover Velar. There simply isn’t enough upside to spending a $25,000 premium on your Acadia, when you consider the competition available at that price point.

If you’re going to choose an Acadia, you really need to stick with the mid-range SLT model, costing just shy of $40,000. That’s still quite a lot for one of the smaller SUVs in this sector, but it strikes the best balance between value and equipment. It offers heated and electrically adjustable leather seats, navigation, and a Bose audio system, all of which are missing on base SLE models, and which feel rather impoverished as a result. We’d also advise against the show-without-go AT4 trim, though it does pack the AWD that otherwise costs up to $2,300 as an addition.

Good on the move. Whether you choose front or all-wheel drive, Acadia’s engines are worthy of comment. The standard two-liter turbocharged gas engine produces an entirely reasonable 228 hp, while the alternative is a much punchier 310 hp V6. The latter brings towing capacity of up to 4,000 lb, and meaty mid-range acceleration. Needless to say, fuel economy is poor; the V6 returns 21 mpg combined in AWD guise, and even the two-liter FWD only manages 25 mpg.

It’d be unfair to describe the Acadia as an exciting driver’s car, but it’s surprisingly engaging. The well-weighted steering combines with limited body lean to dispatch winding bends with ease while sticking with the smaller 18-inch wheels maximizes ride quality. If comfort is a top priority, tick the adaptive dampers box on the sales form for an even cushier ride.

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Two rows are better than three. It would be ridiculous to describe a 193-inch SUV as ‘small’, but the Acadia is certainly easier to park than its gargantuan Yukon brother. It’s still able to squeeze three rows of seats in, though the third row is best for compliant children, and this does require specifying the middle row as a pair of captain’s chairs with a narrow gap to squeeze through.

If you avoid poverty-spec SLE trim, the power-adjustable front seats are comfortable enough for long journeys. At the other end, there’s a cargo capacity of just under 13 cubic feet with a full complement of passengers, and almost 80 cubes if you make everyone get the bus. Interior quality is nothing to write home about, but everything is practically designed apart from the unusual button-operated transmission system. We’re not sure we’d ever get used to it.

Falls short on safety. If you assumed all SUVs were inherently safe, think again. The Acadia isn’t an unsafe vehicle, but it’s disappointing to see adaptive cruise control as an expensive optional extra. The IIHS rated its headlights as ‘marginal’ and the rest of it merely ‘good’, while the NHTSA has yet to share its thoughts. At least the standard safety kit on every model includes active lane control and emergency braking.

Final thoughts. The Acadia is one of those vehicles where praise and criticism are equally hard to generate. It’s a pretty middling effort by GMC, which has no standout features and no great weaknesses, other than the price of higher trims. You could buy a Range Rover for the price of an Acadia Denali, and frankly, you should. The AT4 is also superfluous – expensive yet not that luxurious, designed to resemble an off-road workhorse yet not particularly adept in the rough stuff.

Lesser trims make more sense, but our overall rating is calculated on SLT trim specifically. This is where the Acadia makes the most sense, banishing the privations of SLE while retaining a reasonable sticker price. For $40,000, you can forgive its relatively cramped cabin and unintuitive gearlever, focusing instead on the car’s strong performance (with either engine) and fine road manners. The nine-speed automatic transmission is a particular strong point, and 18-inch wheels let the impressive ride quality shine through.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 228 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Transmission
9-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
6 / 7
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 228 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
19.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$74
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
79.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
144 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
193.4 "
Exterior Width
75.4 "
Exterior Height
66.7 "
Front Headroom
40.0 "
Rear Headroom
39.6 "
Front Legroom
41.0 "
Rear Legroom
39.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
58.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,155 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Polished W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert / Front Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
6 / 7
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
40-40 Bucket / 60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
6 / 8 Bose
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Change Alert With Side Blind Zone Alert Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Braking Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear Park Assist Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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