The GMC Acadia will continue to serve as the brand's resident three-row crossover for 2022. No changes are expected, aside from possible tweaks to equipment and color. The current Acadia debuted in 2017 and received a refresh in 2020, which added an available four-cylinder turbo and the rugged AT4 trim. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility arrived last year.
The Acadia can seat up to seven across three rows, or six with the available second-row captain's chairs. The AT4 does away with the third row altogether, so five is the limit. With both rear rows folded, the Acadia offers 79 cubic feet of cargo space, an averaging showing for a midsize crossover.
The Acadia starts out with typical amenities for this class, like tri-zone climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system. Buyers have access to a full range of premium appointments and features. Starting with the mid-level SLT trim, all models carry navigation, HD and satellite radio, and an eight-speak Bose systems. The line-topping Denali offers perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheels, and more.
The lower Acadia trims are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. The SLT carries a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo, which provides a boost to 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The AT4 and Denali get the top power option, a 3.6-liter V6 with 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel is standard on the off-road-inspired AT4 and optional on all but the base SL trim. Every Acadia uses a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The V6-equipped Acadia can pull up to 4,000 pounds, making it the choice for light towing duty. The 2.0-liter turbo wins on efficiency, delivering an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon in combined driving.
Standard driver assistance technology includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. The SLT and above also get automatic emergency braking, front parking sensors, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. A head-up display is exclusive to the Denali, along with available surround-view cameras and adaptive cruise control.