Anyone in the market for a 3-row mid-size SUV has a lot of models to look at, from the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander, to the slightly smaller Kia Sorento. The GMC Acadia is also on the list, and since it was facelifted last year, it should be on your shopping list.
Based on the same C1XX platform as an array of GM models including the Cadillac XT5 and XT6 duo, Chevrolet Blazer and Traverse and Buick Enclave, it slots between the Terrain and Yukon in GMC’s lineup, starting from $33,800.
For the money, you will get standard 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, 8-inch infotainment system and the Driver Alert Package I safety gear.
For the off-road-oriented Acadia AT4, you’re looking at a minimum of $42,200. This model packs 17-inch wheels shod in more chunky rubber, Traction Select System with off-road mode and exclusive looks, with different grille and black chrome details.
The range-topping Denali has an MSRP of $46,300 and adds 20-inch wheels, sat-nav, hands-free liftgate and the Driver Alert Package II that now features automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and others.
The engine lineup has grown to include the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit, with 230 HP and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. The 193 HP 2.5-liter four-pot and 310 HP 3.6-liter V6 are still available, although the latter is limited to the AT4 and Denali.
With room for 5, 6 or 7 occupants, the interior is decent, for the most part. There is sufficient space for adults on the second and third rows, plenty of storage spaces and a rather good build quality up front that somehow manages to go down in the rear passenger compartment.
This was one of the letdowns discovered by KelleyBlueBook in their review of the top-spec 2020 Acadia Denali, and sadly, it wasn’t the only one, as you’re about to see in the video that follows.