2020 GMC Acadia

Rating8.1

Ranked #6 in Midsize Suv

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$34,995 - $43,390

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Key Spec of 2020 GMC Acadia
fuel economy

21/20/25

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

230 hp @ 5000 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Good gas milaege from turbo-four enigne

Below-average cargo space

The 2020 GMC Acadia recieved an exterior facelift.

Powerful V6 engine

Third row cannot fit adults

The 9-speed AT gearbox is standard and a turbocharged inline-4 engine has been added.

Comfy and plush interiors

Cabin fit and finish level isn't great

The off-road ready AT4 trim joins the trim lineup with a couple of feature shuffling.

Easy-to-use infotainment system

2020 GMC Acadia Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2020 GMC Acadia comes with a lot of changes this year. Starting from the outside the Acadia looks bolder and bigger thanks to GMC's truck-inspired styling. The top-end Denali trim, priced at $46,300, with the big chrome front grille does make a statement. Under the hood, there is an all-new turbo-four engine option while the six-speed automatic gearbox gets replaced by a new nine-speed automatic unit. Those looking for good fuel economy will prefer the new engine over the base naturally aspirated inline-4 motor while those who require considerable pulling power and quick acceleration figures are better off with the 310 hp V6 engine.

2020 GMC Acadia

Also, those looking for a dedicated off-road version can rejoice with the all-new AT4 trim, priced at $42,200, that slots between the SLT and Denali trim. Rounding up the changes is an improved infotainment system which nevertheless was easy and intuitive to use. While the rest of the things inside remains unchanged. There is plenty of room in the first two rows while the cargo space is generous with the third row folded. That being said, for this review, we have compared the 2020 Acadia with rivals like Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, and Subaru Ascent to see whether the new Acadia has enough mojo to lead the show in the midsize SUV segment.


Over All Rating

8.1

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Notable Rankings

#6 in Midsize Suv

#8 in Suv


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Trims

SLE$34,995 onwards

  • Satellite radio
  • Selectable traction control modes for inclement weather

SLT$40,895 onwards

  • Power liftgate
  • Remote start
  • Second-Row captain's chairs

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2019 GMC Acadia
20
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $2397708 Jul 2022

2019 GMC Acadia SLE

SLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

$22,977
Est. $311/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,233 Below market
RMV: $28,210
Wentzville, MO
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2019 GMC Acadia
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2019 GMC Acadia SLT

SLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

$30,997
Est. $420/mo
Excellent Deal
$7,100 Below market
RMV: $38,097
Worthington, MN
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2019 GMC AcadiaHome Delivery
5
Price Drop, $422
Previous Price: $2497719 Jul 2022

2019 GMC Acadia SLT

SLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

$24,555
Est. $333/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,392 Below market
RMV: $29,947
Minneapolis, MN
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2019 GMC Acadia
4

2019 GMC Acadia SUV

SLT

$27,499
Est. $373/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,000 Below market
RMV: $33,499
Stafford, TX
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2019 GMC Acadia
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2019 GMC Acadia SLE

SLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

$27,998
Est. $380/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,954 Below market
RMV: $33,952
Worthington, MN
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2019 GMC Acadia
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2019 GMC Acadia SLT

SLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

$30,799
Est. $418/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,469 Below market
RMV: $37,268
Worthington, MN
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2019 GMC Acadia
2
Price Drop, $2000
Previous Price: $2690009 Feb 2022

2019 GMC Acadia SLT

SLT 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

$24,900
Est. $338/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,192 Below market
RMV: $30,092
Albuquerque, NM
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2019 GMC Acadia
22
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $2850014 Jul 2022

2019 GMC Acadia SLT-1

SLT-1 4dr SUV (3.6L 310 hp 6cyl 6A)

$27,500
Est. $373/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,699 Below market
RMV: $33,199
Wilson, NC
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2019 GMC Acadia SLT-1

SLT-1 4dr SUV (3.6L 310 hp 6cyl 6A)

$28,979
Est. $393/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,970 Below market
RMV: $34,949
Cincinnati, OH
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Colors and Styles

2020 GMC Acadia in Dark Sky Metallic color
Dark Sky Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

In an ocean 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. But as of now, the market is all gaga over the midsize SUV segment and the 2020 GMC Acadia which we are reviewing today fits right into that segment. The 2020 Acadia comes with a bunch of engine choices that are more than sufficient for urban duties while adventurous souls are covered with the off-road-ready Acadia AT4 trim which only comes with a V6 and AWD configuration.

2020 GMC Acadia Front View

The 2020 Acadia promises a supple ride and handling provided you respect its limits while the available adaptive suspension will catch the fancy of comfort-loving buyers. Moving in the trim ladder makes the Acadia go from plebian to luxurious although fit and finish level remains questionable inside the cabin. That said, for a seven-seater with a base MSRP of $29,800 the 2020 Acadia makes for a very compelling midsize SUV.

2020 GMC Acadia SUV front angle view
2020 GMC Acadia SUV rear angle view

Features
8.5/10

The 2020 GMC Acadia is a three-row midsize SUV available in as many as five trims namely SL, SLE, SLT, AT4, and Denali. The SL is the base trim that starts under thirty grands and comes with a decent set of features for its asking price. The base engine is a naturally aspirated inline-4 engine only available in FWD configuration. The next-in-line SLE trim commands a four grand premium over the base SL trim and only a handful of features but gets access to several standalone features and optional packages like second-row captain's chair, rear entertainment, Driver Convenience Package, etc. Further, it also allows you to upgrade either to the turbo-four or the V6 engine for a premium while AWD can be had by paying $2,400 extra.

2020 GMC Acadia Front View

Above the SLE sits the SLT trim priced under forty grand and comes standard with the turbo-four engine. This trim comes with a host of desirable features like a premium sound system, leather-trimmed seats, etc. Also available are the Premium package and Driver Alert II package for a nominal premium while upgrading to a V6 engine is possible by just paying $495. The AT4 trim is the only trim that comes with AWD as standard and is pegged as the off-road-focused Acadia powered by a V6 and a couple of off-road specific gizmos as standard. While sitting at the top is the Denali trim maxing out just under fifty grand and adding a host of creature comfort features along with a premium cabin.

Trim

SL

SLE

SLT

AT4

Denali

MSRP (FWD)

$29,800 $33,800 $39,700 N/A $46,300

MSRP (AWD)

N/A $36,200 $41,700 $42,200 $48,300

Key Features

193 hp, 2.5-liter inline-4 engine Adds or upgrades to 'SL' Adds or upgrades to 'SLE' Adds or upgrades to 'SLT' Adds or upgrades to 'AT4'
  Three-zone automatic climate control Satellite Radio 230 hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine 310 hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine Power-adjustable second-row seats
  Fabric upholstery   Second-row captain's chair Hill descent control w/ hill hold Heated and ventilated front seats
  8-inch touchscreen w/ 6-speaker sound system   Hands-free liftgate Special exterior treatment Heated second-row seats
  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto   8-speaker Bose sound system   Heated steering wheel
  Rearview camera   Navigation   Wireless device charging
  Blind-spot monitor w/ lane change alert   Leather upholstery   Forward collision warning w/ automatic emergency braking
  Teen Driver system   Power-adjustable front seats   Lane departure warning w/ lane keep assist

We Recommend

The base engine isn't cut for this midsize SUV and up till the SLE trim the Acadia is sparsely equipped so we suggest going for the mid-level SLT trim. It not only gets a zest turbo-four engine but also adds a couple of convenience features with the option for adding the Driver Alert II package that packs in a range of advanced driver-assist features. While the option of upgrading to a V6 in just under five hundred bucks further sweetens the deal.

Engine and Performance
8.5/10

"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

The 2020 GMC Acadia offers three engine choices a naturally aspirated inline-4, a turbo-four, and a V6. The base engine is a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that puts out 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mediocre for the most part and is optimized for better gas mileage and nothing more. Next, you have the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that churns out 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine does justice to the hefty Acadia and motivates it with zest. There is enough power from the turbo-four to hustle Acadia around town and catch up with other cars on the freeways.

2020 GMC Acadia Engine

Sitting at the top is the 3.6-liter V6 engine that cranks out 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. This engine is a puller and not only does it have a good balance of power and mileage it also can help the Acadia tow up to 4,000 pounds while the base engine powered Acadia is rated to tow only up to 1,000 pounds. That being said, irrespective of the engine you choose a 9-speed automatic gearbox is what you get as standard while there is a choice between FWD and AWD on all except the base trim which only gets FWD, and AT4 which only comes with AWD.

2020 GMC Acadia Accelerating

The 2020 Acadia isn't the SUV you would like to go fast but still if you want the 2020 Acadia powered by the base engine can do 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds while the V6-powered Acadia Denali trim sprints from 0-60 mph in just 6.1 seconds. As we said, the speed isn't the concern here, for most SUV buyers the ride and handling take the top priority. That's where Acadia shines with a mature and composed ride and handling. The body roll is well controlled and for the most part, the Acadia remains easy to drive. But driving the Acadia enthusiastically makes the handling go for a toss which is further accentuated by the torque steer in FWD models.

2020 GMC Acadia Wheel Design & Brake

The available adaptive suspension makes life more comfortable for the passengers. That said, there isn't much to complain about here. Although there is a little nosedive under hard braking. Speaking of braking, the 2020 Acadia took nearly 172 feet to stop from 70-0 mph which isn't too bad considering it weighs over 3,900 pounds. 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 brake pedal feel deserves a special mention, as it is quite solid with great feedback.

Models

2020 GMC Acadia

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP

$29,800

$32,765

$31,995

$29,800

Engine

2.5-Liter Inline-4

2.3-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.4-Liter Turbocharged Flat-4

3.6-Liter V6

Transmission

9-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

CVT

9-speed automatic

Power 

193 hp @ 6300 rpm

300 hp @ 5500 rpm

260 hp @ 5600 rpm

305 hp @ 6800 rpm

Torque

188 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

310 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

277 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.5 6.8 6.9 7.1

Quarter-mile (sec)

17.5 15.3 15.5 15.5
Top Speed N/A N/A 130 MPH 130 MPH

The segment consists of both, powerful SUVs, and simple crossovers. The weaker ones like the Acadia have sub 200 hp engines, while the strongest contender churns out over 300 hp. The transmissions are all traditional automatics, except the Subaru, which uses a CVT automatic. 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 and overtaking other cars doesn't require much effort, except for GMC Acadia. This behemoth struggles to keep up with the others. While the Explorer surprises here making all its bulk and posting the quickest 0-60 mph and quarter-mile figures.

Fuel Economy
7.5/10

The 2020 GMC Acadia returns an EPA estimated gas mileage of 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. That's what you get with the base engine driving the front wheels while the same engine with AWD sees a dip of 2 mpg on the highway gas mileage. Going for the turbo-four powered Acadia you can expect an EPA estimated gas mileage of 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway while the same with AWD returns 1 mpg less on the highway. Going for the big V6 sees a gas mileage of 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway while the same with AWD returns 1 mpg less in the city and 2 mpg less on the highway.

Model

2020 GMC Acadia

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

MPG (City)

21 21 21 18

MPG (Highway)

27 28 27 27

MPG (Combined)

23 24 23 21

Fuel Tank (gal.)

19.0 17.9 19.3 19.4
Range (City / Highway) (mi.) 399 / 513 376 / 501 405 / 521 349 / 523

The Chevrolet Traverse powered by a big V6 is the least efficient when driven in the city while the other three share a similar gas mileage in city driving conditions. Out on the highway, the Explorer returns the best 28 mpg of gas mileage which is one mpg more than what you get from the Acadia. Except for the Explorer, all the other SUVs offer around 19-gallon fuel tank capacity which translates into 500 plus miles of range on the highway.

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

The 2020 GMC Acadia interiors can go from bland to luxurious depending upon which trim you go for. The overall layout of the dashboard is ergonomic with everything within the easy reach of your hands. Although the toggle switch type gearbox takes time to get accustomed to. The overall visibility upfront is great and the front seat offers a good range of adjustments. Although rearward visibility is restricted and the rearview camera comes in handy here. The base trim comes with fabric-trimmed seats while the SLT and above trims get you leather-trimmed seats.

2020 GMC Acadia Front Seats

Speaking of seats, the 2020 Acadia comes standard as a seven-seater which can be reduced to six seats with the second-row captain's chair while the AT4 trim comes only with seating for five although a seven-seater configuration is a no-cost option here. The seats offer good comfort in both the first two rows while as the case with most mid-size SUVs the third-row seats are not for adults. Another thing to note here is the cabin quality which surprisingly goes from good to cheap as you go back in the Acadia and that's there even in the range-topping Denali trim that costs close to fifty grands.

2020 GMC Acadia Dashboard

The 2020 GMC Acadia comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen GMC Infotainment System. It is intuitive and easy to use and also offers a lot of features as well. As standard, you get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with a six-speaker sound system. Going for the SLT trim gets you a premium eight-speaker sound system with HD Radio while a rear entertainment system remains an optional extra on SLE trim and above.

2020 GMC Acadia Cargo

SUVs have always held a natural advantage in terms of space, over other car types. The 2020 Acadia with all the three-rows up has a usable 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space with a split storage compartment beneath the cargo floor. Folding down the third-row seats increases the cargo space to 41.7 cubic feet while with the middle row seats folded flat, which can be flipped by a lever behind the third-row seats, you get a total of 79 cubic feet of cargo space.

Model

2020 GMC Acadia

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

Passenger Capacity

7 7 8 8
First (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.) 40.0/ 59.4/ 41.0 40.7/ 61.8/ 43.0 41.3/ 61.1/ 42.2 41.3/ 62.1/ 41.0
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.) 39.6/ 58.7/ 39.7 40.5/ 61.9/ 39.0 40.0/ 60.3/ 38.6 40.0/ 62.2/ 38.4
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.) 37.2/ 54.3/ 31.1 38.9/ 54.6/ 32.2 36.3/ 57.2/ 31.7 38.2/ 57.5/ 33.5
Cargo Capacity (ft.3) 12.8 18.2 17.8 23.0

When it comes to cabin space there is a close fight between the Explorer and the Traverse as both are neck-to-neck in terms of head, shoulder, and legroom on offer in all three rows. While if you consider the cargo space with all the seats up then the Traverse has an edge over the Explorer. Speaking of cargo space the Acadia offers the least amount of space followed by Ascent here. 

2020 GMC Acadia Rear Seats

Interior Features:

  • Fabric-trimmed seats
  • OnStar w/ onboard Wi-Fi
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Available second-row captain's chair
  • Available power-adjustable front seats
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available heated second-row seats
Exterior
7.9/10

"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

When it comes to the 2020 GMC Acadia's exterior looks, it is safe to say that it won't be turning any heads at traffic lights but it does have the street cred of an SUV. The headlights are quite shapely, and the tail section complements this design. Overall, the design is boxy but rounded around the corners, thus making it unmistakably a typical GMC truck look. Thus if you're looking for a laidback, understated design, this car will definitely suit you.

​  2020 GMC Acadia Front Three-Quarter View

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 plus inches of clearance, you get limited off-roading ability too. While a wheelbase of 112.5-inches doesn't allow it to offer a spacious cabin as the rivals like the Explorer and Traverse.

Model

2020 GMC Acadia

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3923 4345 4430 4362

Length (in)

193.6 198.8 196.8 204.3

Width (in)

75.4 78.9 76.0 78.6

Height (in)

66.0 69.9 71.6 70.7

Ground clearance (in)

7.2 7.9 8.7 N/A

Wheelbase (in)

112.5 119.1 113.8 120.9

Chevrolet Traverse is the longest SUV here, exceeding 200 inches tip to tail. The Ford Explorer is the overall largest SUV, with a relatively commanding stance. Although the Subaru Ascent with the tallest height and highest ground clearance does have a towering stance over the other rival SUVs.

2020 GMC Acadia Rear Three-Quarter View

Exterior Features:

  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Sunroof
  • 17-,18-, or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome accented grille
  • LED daytime running lights
Safety
8.1/10

When it comes to safety the 2020 GMC Acadia gets the standard set of features right from the base trim but if you want to have the advanced driver-assist system then you would have to at least go for the SLT trim that offers the same in the Driver Alert II package. That said, when the 2020 Acadia was crash-tested it didn't disappoint as it got a perfect five-star rating for overall safety from NHTSA while the IIHS gave it the top rating of 'Good' in all its six parameters.

2020 GMC Acadia NHTSA Crash Test

Safety features:

  • Rear parking sensors w/ rearview camera
  • Teen Driver System
  • Rear cross-traffic alert w/ blind-spot monitor
  • Available surround-view camera
  • Available forward-collision warning w/ automatic emergency braking
  • Available adaptive cruise control
  • Available front parking sensors
  • Available lane-departure warning w/ lane keep assist
Competition
8.0/10

2020 GMC Acadia vs 2020 Ford Explorer

The 2020 Explorer is an all-rounder SUV in the mid-size segment. It gets a powerful engine option, has a sorted ride and handling, and still delivers class-leading gas mileage figures. Coming to Acadia well it is more like a mediocre child in this segment and whatever it does the Ford does it even better.

2020 Ford Explorer

The Acadia offers good 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. Thus we would put our bets on the more competent Explorer over the not-so-value-for-money Acadia.

2020 GMC Acadia vs 2020 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 owing to its slightly bigger dimensions and rear overhang. The Traverse is a butch SUV with only a V6 doing duty under the hood which sure puts it at a disadvantage in front of Acadia if you compare their gas mileage but for everything else, the Traverse is a much better SUV be it the towing capacity or the power on offer.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse has a more matured and mellow look while the GMC Acadia follows the GMC design language of doing everything big and bold. Still, the Traverse looks sharper and more futuristic between the two. Other than that, they offer similar sales support and warranty. So going for one depends on whether you need a big and spacious SUV or you are content with a smaller but similar package in the form of Acadia.

Final Verdict

The 2020 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 its competitors. Thus the only thing that keeps the Acadia competitive is its good gas mileage and interiors quality. If that doesn't impress you then it is better to look at its rivals which are much better equipped and more modern.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$43390

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

122 cu in

horse power

310 hp @ 6700 rpm

torque

271 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

transmission

9 speed Automatic

dimensions
length

193.4 in

wheelbase

112.5 in

width

75.4 in

curb weight

3923 lbs

Height

66.7 in

capacity
passenger volume

143.8 cu ft

cargo volume

79 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

17/20/25 mpg


GMC Acadia 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$32,833
5 Year Cost To Own
$50,719
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $50,719
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$8,523$2,157$2,081$2,393$2,263$17,417
Insurance$1,047$1,019$1,069$1,071$1,188$5,394
Fuel$2,093$2,121$2,154$2,302$2,302$10,972
Maintenance$434$926$754$2,270$2,321$6,705
Repairs$-40$8$151$277$410$806
Financing Interest$1,992$1,698$1,209$790$243$5,932
Taxes and Fees$2,749$251$184$140$169$3,493
Total Cost-To-Own$16,798$8,180$7,602$9,243$8,896$50,719
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