Rugged-looking SUV that’s lacking on the inside. The GMC Acadia received a significant redesign in 2017 and remained mostly the same until the 2022 model. This year, the midsize crossover drops the wheezy base four-cylinder, leaving it with a potent turbo four-pot and a capable 3.6-liter V6.
While the 2022 GMC Acadia looks like a rugged SUV, the cabin tells a different story. Find out below if the Acadia’s sharp exterior and potent engines are enough to overcome its interior shortcomings.
Good-looking exterior but blah on the inside. The Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade win the overall contest for a rugged look, but the GMC Acadia is no slouch with its upright nose, blocky glasshouse, chiseled body lines, and large chrome grille. You get a nice visual upgrade if you spend up to the AT4 or Denali models, but the price inflates quickly.
For all its ruggedness on the outside, the 2022 Acadia’s cabin is surprisingly blah. Its rounded dash, matte metallic accents, and soft features contrast the body – not in a good way. With the Palisade, Telluride, Grand Cherokee, and others boasting sharp interiors, it’s hard to find anything overly nice to say about this GMC’s interior design.
The interior does reel us in a bit with its standard eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, matching most others in its class.
Good ride and performance, but that shifter. GMC axed the base naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, leaving the Acadia with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot that delivers 228 horsepower. This is plenty for the average driver to get around with and delivers excellent straight-line performance, but it lags behind the swath of standard V6 engines in its class. Plus, the Explorer’s standard four-pot delivers a healthier 300 hp.
Moving to the 3.6-liter V6 bumps the power to 310 hp, putting the Acadia well about every V6 in the class. Plus, with its 4,000-pound towing capacity, you can reconsider that Camper you were debating.
This power flows through a slick nine-speed automatic transmission and out the front or all four wheels. Unfortunately, controlling this shifter isn’t nearly as slick as this push-button unit is overly cumbersome.
Buyers seeking standard V6 power can get this in the Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Toyota Highlander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and more.
Nice standard safety gear, but adaptive cruise is limited to top trim. The 2022 GMC Acadia has great standard safety gear, including automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors. This puts it nearly on par with its competitors, except it lacks standard adaptive cruise control. The oddest part is, you can only get adaptive cruise on the pricey Denali trim.
Buyers looking for the full suite of safety gear standards can look to the Toyota Highlander, which includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and lane departure warnings. The Hyundai Palisade has an equally long list of safety gear, including standard automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control.
Final thoughts. Want a crossover that actually looks and performs somewhat like an SUV? The 2022 GMC Acadia may be a great pick for you. It boasts an upright design, potent engine options, and decent towing abilities.
However, it’s not as sharp inside or out as the Telluride, Palisade, and Grand Cherokee. The Acadia also has a strange features gap that limits automatic emergency braking to the range-topping to the Denali model.
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