2020 GMC Acadia

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$29,000 - $47,500

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2020 GMC Acadia Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 27, 2019


GMC Acadia is a good mid-size SUV and has plenty of trims and features on offer. For a starting price of just over 30 grand, you get to take this lovely car home. It may be low on excitement and fun factor but makes up all of it with its practicality. The second-row space maybe constricted for some folks, as is the trunk, but both those can be taken care of by adjusting the seats. Most importantly, if you want additional power, you can have a powerful V6 engine, which simply spices up the deal.

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Pros

Great economy from the 2.5-liter engine

Great power from the 3.6-liter engine

Comfy and plush interiors

Cons

Below-average cargo space

Third row cannot fit adults

What's New?

New 17-inch wheel design


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

150 cu.in.

horsepower

193 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

188 lbs.-ft @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64.5/64.5

dimensions

wheelbase

112.5 in.

length

193.6 in.

width

75.4 in.

height

66 in.

curb weight

3879 lbs.

ground clearance

7.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

79 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/26 mpg

highway range

494 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.



Styles

 2020 GMC Acadia in Blue Steel Metallic color  2020 GMC Acadia in Deep Sky Metallic color  2020 GMC Acadia in Ebony Twilight Metallic color  2020 GMC Acadia in Iridium Metallic color  2020 GMC Acadia in Pepperdust Metallic color  2020 GMC Acadia in Red Quartz Tintcoat color  2020 GMC Acadia in Quicksilver Metallic color  2020 GMC Acadia in Summit White color
Blue Steel Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Interior

7.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 GMC Acadia SL

SL

power
193 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$29,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $29,000 MSRP (21/23/26) 193 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7   Summit White
  Quicksilver Metallic

 2020 GMC Acadia SLE

SLE

power
193 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$32,800 - $37,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE-1 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $32,800 MSRP (21/23/26) 193 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
SLE-1 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $34,800 MSRP (21/22/25) 193 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7
SLE-2 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $35,200 MSRP (21/23/26) 193 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 6
SLE-2 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $37,200 MSRP (21/22/25) 193 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 6

 2020 GMC Acadia SLT

SLT

power
310 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$38,000 - $43,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT-2 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $43,900 MSRP (17/20/25) 310 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 6
SLT-1 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $38,000 MSRP (21/23/26) 193 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 6
SLT-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $41,100 MSRP (17/20/25) 310 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 6
SLT-2 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $41,900 MSRP (18/21/25) 310 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 6

 2020 GMC Acadia Denali

Denali

power
310 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$45,500 - $47,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Denali 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $47,500 MSRP (17/20/25) 310 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 6
Denali 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $45,500 MSRP (18/21/25) 310 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 6

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


In a sea of cost-effective passenger cars, there are plenty of choices for a middle-class American. Sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, and even SUVs, you are simply spoilt for choice. Right now, we will concern ourselves with that last category. Compact SUVs have been flooding in the market, and for good reason too. The mix of frugality and practicality have people racing to the nearest dealership.

Affordable SUVs have captured the fancy of many families, owing to their space and comfort. The fact that they command better road presence than small sedans is just a bonus. GMC’s offering, the Acadia SUV, is a contender worth considering. It is a sweet looker, supple, comfy, and offers 2 engine options.

2020 GMC Acadia Angular Front View
2020 GMC Acadia Angular Front View
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2020 GMC Acadia Angular Rear View

8.5/10
Features

 
 
 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 GMC Acadia Features

8.5/10

There are 5 trims for the 2020 GMC Acadia, with an additional version offered under the Denali sub-brand. There are two engine options, a 2.5 liter inline-4, and a powerful 3.6-liter V6. You get front-wheel drive as standard, and All-wheel drive is an option for all sans the base SL trim.

Trim

SL

SLE-1

SLE-2

SLT-1

SLT-2

Denali

MSRP FWD

$30,195

$33,995

$36,395

$39,195

$43,095

$46,695

MSRP AWD

-

$35,590

$37,990

$41,190

$45,095

$48,695

Engine

2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine

Same as SL

Same as SL with an optional 3.6-liter V6 option

Same as SLE-2

3.6-liter V6

Same as SLT-2

Key Features

2.5L DOHC 4-Cylinder Engine with Start/Stop Technology

Same as SL with following additions or replacements:

Same as SLE-1 with following additions or replacements:

Same as SLE-2 with following additions or replacements:

Same as SLT-1 with following additions or replacements:

Same as SLT-2 with following additions or replacements:

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls

LED daytime running lamps

Programmable Power Liftgate

8-way power passenger seat with power lumbar

3.6L V-6 VVT Engine with Direct Injection

Signature Denali grille

 

Seven passenger seating with second and third-row split-bench fold-flat seats

Front and second-row carpeted floor mats

Heated Driver and Front Passenger Seats

Perforated leather-appointed first and second-row seats

20" bright aluminum wheels

8" diagonal GMC Infotainment System with Navigation

 

Keyless Open and Start

SiriusXM Radio

Fog Lamps

120V power outlet

Memory Package recalls 2 presets for power driver seat and outside mirrors

20" polished aluminum wheels

 

Industry-First Front Center Airbag

Compact Spare Tire

8-way power driver's seat

Auto-dimming driver-side outside mirror

Heated second-row passenger seats (outboard only)

Bright roof rails

 

A/C, Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control

 

Remote Start

Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror

Intellibeam Headlamps

Carpeted floor mats, first, second and third rows

 

7-inch diagonal GMC Infotainment System

 

Silver roof rails

Bose premium 8-speaker system

Trailering Package with Active Tow

Hands-free power liftgate

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

 

18" aluminum wheels

Driver Alert Package I

Driver Alert Package II

Heated and ventilated front seats

 

A Rear Vision Camera system

 

Standard 6-passenger seating

Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert

Front and Rear Park Assist

Automatic heated steering wheel with Denali logo

 

Rear Seat Reminder

   

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Front Pedestrian Braking

HID headlamps

 

4G Wi-Fi hotspot

   

Rear Parking Assist

Following Distance Indicator

Power tilt/telescoping steering column

We Recommend

The SLE-2 trim is the cheapest trim that is available with the optional V6. That makes it the best value for money. Then there are the additional features you get which are mostly driver aids like parking assist, lane change assist, auto-dimming headlights.

2020 GMC Acadia Engine and Performance

We were pleasantly surprised when the latest-generation GMC Acadia came to market for 2017, the slightly smaller size and lighter weight translating into an SUV that is both nimble and well-suited to handle everything from country roads to long highway stretches. -Kelley Blue Book

Engine and Transmission

The 2020 model uses the same engine as the 2018 GMC Acadia, a 2.5 liter 193 HP inline-4, and a 3.6-liter 310 HP V6. Both engines are available with both FWD and AWD configurations. The V6 is clearly the better engine of the two, as the tiny smaller 2.5 is extremely underpowered. However, if you're looking for fuel economy, the inline-4 is the engine you should pick.

The power is handled by a 6-speed auto, which comes standard. It isn't very fast, but it makes up for it by being quite smooth. It comes on the highway, being tuned for cruising rather than accelerating.

Models

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP

$32,800

$31,695

$31,450

$32,365

$31,995

$31,330

$29,995

$29,840

Engine

2.5 Liter Inline-4

3.6 Liter V6

3.5-liter V6

3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6

2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer 4-cylinder

2.7-liter 4-cylinder

3.6 Liter V6

3.6L V6

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower (hp)

193 @ 6300 rpm

295 @ 6400 rpm

280hp @ 6000 rpm

288 @ 6500 rpm

260  @ 5,600 rpm

185  @ 5800 rpm

293  @ 6400 rpm

310 @ 6800 rpm

Torque (lb/ft)

188 @ 4400 rpm

260 @ 4000 rpm

262  @ 4700 rpm

254  @ 4000 rpm

277 @ 2,000 rpm

184  @ 4200 rpm

2483  @ 4400 rpm

266  @ 2800 rpm

The segment consists of both, powerful SUVs, and simple crossovers. The weaker ones have sub 200 horsepower engines, while the strongest contender churns out close to 300. The transmissions are all traditional automatics, except the Subaru, which uses a CVT automatic.

Acceleration

As stated above, there aren't any mechanical upgrades in the 2020 GMC Acadia. The base 2.5-liter engine still posts the same figures as the previous model. 60 MPH comes up in a gentle 7 seconds. The V6 posts a time of 6.2 seconds for the same, while the quarter-mile run takes a respectable 15 seconds.

Models

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

0-60 MPH

7 sec*

N/A

6.2 sec

8.2 sec

6.9 sec

-

7.6 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

14.8 sec

16.3 sec

15.5 sec

-

15.8 sec

Engine

2.5 Liter Inline-4

3.6 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

2.4 Liter Boxer-4

2.7-liter Inline-4

3.6 Liter V6

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.4

7.7

- - - -

8.4

The mass of these huge cars prevents them from gaining speed quickly. Nonetheless, modern SUVs aren't slow by any means. Highway speeds are easily achieved with a heavy foot, and overtaking other cars doesn't require much effort, except for Ford's Explorer. This behemoth struggles to keep up with the others, contrary to what the engine would have you assume.

Ride and Handling

There is a popular proverb about having a cake and eating it. It goes like this- If your car has a great ride quality, it will roll under cornering and compromise handling. People familiar with this know what to expect from comfy, soft-sprung vehicles. That said, the Acadia isn't a slouch either. You can take a corner if you wish too, but you'd have to fight the inertia.

Adaptive suspension makes life easy for the passengers, and there isn't much to complain about. There is a little nosedive under hard braking. Speaking of braking.

Braking

If you remember that the Acadia is a near 2-ton car, the 172 feet braking distance from 70 to 0 isn't too bad. It could certainly have been better though, and with a little brake fade, you are bound to add a few more feet to that figure. The pedal feel deserves a special mention, as it is quite solid with great feedback.

Model

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

13

12.6

12.8

13.1

12.9

13.0

Brake Rear (in.)

12.4

13

13

12.8

13

12.2

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3956

4513

4036

4458

4430

4134

4680

60-0 MPH (ft.)

172 (70 to 0)

N/A

117 (est.)

108 (With optional tires)

119

126 (est.)

121

The Japanese contenders steal this show with their astonishing braking performance. The Explorer surprises here, and is able to mask all its bulk and post figures expected from a much smaller car.

Towing Capacity

GMC Acadia offers can also be used to haul quite a lot around. The company claims 2 tons, which should be plenty for hitching a trailer along for a ride.

Model

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Towing Capacity

4,000

N/A

3500

5000

5000

1500

6200

The Durango is the strongest SUV here, good for a 3-ton haul. You could easily tow a colleague too, if their car broke down and they are left stranded.

2020 GMC Acadia Fuel Economy

The Acadia has a great fuel efficiency figure on the 2.5 inline engine, and workable efficiency on the V6. You could easily stretch a gallon for 21 miles in the city and 26 on the highway with the former. The latter drops the figures down to 18/25 for city/highway.

Model

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

MPG (city)

21

19

19

17

21

20

18

MPG (highway)

26

26

27

24

27

24

25

MPG (combined)

23

21

22

20

23

22

20

Fuel Tank (gallons)

19

24.6

- - - -

24.6

The bulky Ford loses on the efficiency front, followed closely by the Dodge. Both the cars sport a 3.5-liter V6s, which are extremely powerful and very, very thirsty. Subaru Ascent is the most frugal car here, aided by the CVT gearbox.

2020 GMC Acadia Interior

7.0/10

The Acadia is a very comfortable vehicle for road trips or daily errands. It possesses soft, forgiving seats and a compliant suspension that smooths out most road imperfections. -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The interiors are quite bland, but considering the budget, this car adheres to, it should be much of an issue. What should be an issue though, is the space and seating. The company officially lists the Acadia as a 7-seater, but seating even 6 adults is a bit of a stretch. The first and second rows are decent, but the third row simply cannot fit in a full-sized human being.

Model

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Passenger Capacity

7

5

8

7

8

8

7

Front Row Head room (in)

40.3

39.9

40.1

41.4

41.3

40.7

39.9

Front Row Shoulder room (in)

59.4

58.7

62

61.5

61.1

59.3

57

Front Row Leg room (in)

41

40.3

40.9

42.9

42.2

44.2

40.3

Second Row Head room (in)

39.6

39.2

40.2

40.6

40

40

39.8

Second Row Shoulder room (in)

58.7

58

62

61

60.3

60.3

42.8

Second Row Leg room (in)

39.7

38.6

38.4

39.5

38.6

38.6

38.6

Third Row Head room (in)

37.5

-

38.9

37.8

36.3

36.3

37.8

Third Row Shoulder room (in)

54.3

-

57.6

50.8

57.2

57.2

42.8

Third Row Leg room (in)

31.1

-

31.9

32

31.7

31.7

31.5

With the exception of Jeep Grand Cherokee, the entire segment sports 3 rows of seating as standard, with varying capacities of 7 to 8 people. With the Jeep, you only get 2 rows. Honda pilot simply wins in terms of space, great first and second row space, and manageable last row space.

Infotainment System

The 2020 GMC Acadia comes standard with a 7-inch diagonal GMC Infotainment System. It also offers a lot of other features as well. Standard features are listed below:

  • Multi-touch display
  • AM/FM stereo with SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Voice commands
  • Multi-touch display
  • AM/FM stereo with SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Voice commands

Cargo volume

SUVs have always held a natural advantage in terms of space, over other car types. This figure is usually the most apparent in trunk volume. Even with seat occupying a lot of the rear area, there is enough room for 2 small briefcases. If the need for more space arises, you can simply fold down as many seats as you don't need.

Model

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Cargo Volume in the trunk (ft.3)

12.8

36.3

16.5

21

17.8

13.8

17.2

Cargo Volume 3rd Row folded (ft.3)

41.7

-

83.9

43.8

47.5

TBD

47.7

Cargo Volume 2nd row folded (ft.3)

79

68.3

46.8

80.7

86.5

83.7

84.5

Due to the lack of a 3rd Row, Jeep pulls ahead in his category. It offers the most space upfront. However, with the seats folded down, little Subaru decimates the competition.

2020 GMC Acadia Exterior

The 2020 Acadia features a utilitarian two-box design that features a number of interesting curves. Typical of other GMCs, the squared-off wheel arches make for a more truck-like look, and a chrome strip that loops around the front two rows is an interesting design feature. -The Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

Maneuverability is one of the biggest advantages of the compact Acadia SUV. Although it weighs nearly 2 tons, it can easily be flicked around tight spaces. There isn't much to distinguish it from the rest of the segment though. Owing to its 7+ inches of clearance, you get limited off-roading ability too.

Model

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Curb weight (lbs.)

3956

4513

4036

4458

4430

4134

4680

Length(in)

193.6

189.8

196.5

198.3

196.8

192.5

201.2

Width(in)

75.4

63.9

78.6

78.9

76

75.8

75.8

Height(in)

66

69.3

70.6

70

71.6

68.1

70.9

Ground clearance (in)

7.2

8.6

7.3

7.8

8.7

8.0

8.1

Wheelbase (in)

112.5

114.8

111

112.8

113.8

109.8

119.8

Track width (in) F/R

64.5/64.5

64.1/63.9

66.3/66.3

67/67

64.4/ 64.2

64.4/64.2

63.9/64.1

Dodge Durango is the longest car here, exceeding 200 inches tip to tail. It also has the highest ground clearance, but not width. The Honda and Ford SUVs are the largest overall, with a relatively commanding stance.

It is safe to say that the Acadia won't be turning any heads at traffic lights. That doesn't mean it isn't pretty, it actually is. The headlights are quite shapely, and the tail section complements this design. Overall, the design is quite soothing, but it also is quite indistinct. The design isn't memorable, and you wouldn't really swoon if you spotted one basking in the sun. If you're looking for a laidback, understated design, this car will definitely suit you.

2020 GMC Acadia Safety

Safety features in the 2020 GMC Acadia include the following:

  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system.
  • Airbag system.
  • OnStar Basic Plan for 5 years.
  • OnStar Guidance Plan Limited Service Trial.
  • Rear Vision Camera.
  • Child security rear door locks.
  • Passenger Sensing System.
  • Rear seat reminder.
  • LATCH System.
  • Teen Driver.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system.
  • Airbag system.
  • OnStar Basic Plan for 5 years.
  • OnStar Guidance Plan Limited Service Trial.
  • Rear Vision Camera.
  • Child security rear door locks.
  • Passenger Sensing System.
  • Rear seat reminder.
  • LATCH System.
  • Teen Driver.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

2020 GMC Acadia Competition

GMC Acadia vs Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot is the fresher car here, having received major updates and equipment upgrades for 2020. On the other hand, GMC Acadia was last refreshed in 2017 and has received only minor updates since. In terms of practicality, the Honda inches ahead, and its lower pricing makes it a much more lucrative deal too. In terms of gas mileage, the GMC is the better choice though.

GMC Acadia vs Ford Explorer

The Acadia offers better efficiency and upmarket interiors, although Ford is better at everything else. Passenger space is better, cargo volume is better, and you get a choice of three engines too, including a mighty EcoBoost V6 motor as well.

GMC Acadia vs Chevrolet Traverse

Both these cars share the same platform, and a lot of mechanical components as well, although surprisingly, the Traverse offers a lot more space inside. The GMC is much more plain looking though, and Chevy Traverse has a very sharp and futuristic look. Other than that, they offer similar sales support and warranty.

2020 GMC Acadia Final Verdict

The GMC Acadia is a good car, but in these competitive times, good isn't enough. Other manufacturers offer a lot more than what this GMC SUV does. You might find better engines, better interior space, and better towing capacity and performance from a few of its competitors. Still, this one offers good gas mileage and good quality interiors. If you're lucky, you could coax the dealership into giving you a good discount too.