2022 GMC Acadia

MSRP $30,995 - $31,145

Ranked #5 in Suv

7.3

Overall Rating

2022 GMC Acadia Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 15, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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GMC has yet again teased the 2022 Acadia with minor updates. With remarkable exterior and interior changes, the Acadia is all set to get revamped in 2023. As for 2022, GMC Acadia has no plans to bring changes and returns unchanged from the 2021 model year. However, we can still expect a few tweaks with its features and design elements to keep it fresh. The GMC Acadia is the buffed-up sibling to the Chevrolet Traverse. Notably, GMC made major updates to the Acadia last in 2020 with better technology and entertainment features.

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Pros

Advanced safety and technology

3 engine options including a powerful V-6

Practical touring ready cabin

Fuel efficiency

Cons

Cabin quality could have been better

Tight third-row seating

Limited cargo room

What's New?

Updated infotainment system

A new exterior color scheme

Fresh design elements

Better standard features

Some minor interior enhancements


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30995

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

horsepower

310 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

272 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SL$30,995 Est. onwards

Base$31,145 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 GMC Acadia in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Buying Advice

7.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.5

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

7.5

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The 2022 Acadia sees a price bump of $1000 from its previous model year. The prices for 2022 GMC Acadia will range from $32,000 for the base trim and will go up to $49,000 for the top Denali trim. Being the most muscular SUV in its segment, the vehicle faces competition from sleeker rivals such as the Mazda CX-9, Volkswagen Atlas, and the Toyota Highlander. The AT4 and Denali trim levels put the Acadia way ahead of its rivals with a ton of standard features that include luxury comfort, entertainment, and whatnot.

2022 GMC Acadia SUV front angle view
2022 GMC Acadia SUV rear angle view

7.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

7.5/10
Final Verdict


2022 GMC Acadia Features

7.0/10

Post the discontinuation of the SL trim, the 2022 GMC Acadia is available for sale in 3 trims, SLE, SLT, and AT4. The prices have climbed by $900 and the MSRP starts from $34,800 onwards for the base SLE trim which gets the barebones of features in its price. The SLT is pegged at $39,100 for and upgrades to features like perforated leather upholstery on the seats and gloss black roof rails.

 

The 2022 GMC Acadia AT4 sits as the standard AWD and outdoorsman ride of the lot with a price tag of $41,400 and the more powerful 310 hp 3.6L V6 engine. All of the other trims are powered by a 228 hp 2.0L turbocharged engine with the choice between FWD and AWD in all trims. The Acadia Denali is priced at $46,000 and gets the same engine and drivetrain as the AT4. 

Trims

SLE

SLT

AT4

MSRP (FWD) 

$34,800 $39,100

-

MSRP (AWD)  $37,100 $41,100 $41,400

Key Features

Adds/Upgrades to SL

Adds/Upgrades to SLE

Adds/Upgrades to SLT

 

Dual SkyScape sunroof

Perforated leather-appointed first and second-row seats

All-terrain 17-inch tires

 

8.0-inch diagonal infotainment with navigation

Gloss black roof rails

Hands-free programmable power liftgate

 

Compact Spare Tire

Auto-dimming driver-side outside mirror

Heated power-adjusted mirrors

  Heated and ventilated front seats

AT4 grille and badging

Cargo management system

 

Bose premium 8-speaker system

 

Heated and ventilated front and rear seats

We Recommend

We would go with the SLt trim as it gets a powerful turbocharged engine and an array of standard features compared to the SL or SLE. It is also eligible for optional fitment such as a sunroof and comes with advanced safety and driver aids, including lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and Blindspot monitoring.

2022 GMC Acadia Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2022 GMC Acadia is supposed to retain its performance and won't offer any upgrades in its performance aspect. For 2022, we'll be getting the same 3 engine options. The base SL trim gets a 193hp 2.5L 4 cylinder with 188 lb-ft torque. The base engine on the SLE and SLT trim is a premium gasoline-powered 228hp 2.0L Turbo I-4 with 258 lb-ft of torque.

From the SLE trim onwards, you will get an optional 310hp 3.6L V-6 which will output 271 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 engine is standard with the AT4 and Denali trim. All the engines are mated with the same 9-Speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Except for the base SL trim, all the trims offer an optional AWD system that enhances off-road capabilities.

2022 GMC Acadia SUV in action mode

The nimble handling and ride quality of the Acadia are its plus points. The Denali trim offers better comfort levels and sleeker ride quality. The Acadia fares against its rivals well. For a massive three-row crossover, the driving dynamics are advanced for the best driving experience. The weight doesn't come in its way to deliver robust performance.

Models

2022 GMC Acadia

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Chevrolet Traverse 2021 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$34,800

$34,910

$30,995 $32,675

Engine

2.0L turbocharged I-4

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6 2.3L Turbocharged I-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD RWD

Transmission

9-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

9-speed Automatic 10-speed Automatic

Power

228 hp @ 5,000 RPM

295 hp @ 6,600 RPM

310 hp @ 6,800 RPM

300 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

258 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

263 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

266 lb-ft @ 2,800 RPM 310 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

0-60 MPH 

N/A

6.8 secs

6.5 secs 5.6 secs

Quarter mile 

N/A

15.3 secs

15.1 secs 15.3 secs

Top Speed 

N/A

112 MPH

130 MPH 130 MPH
Towing Capacity

3,500 lbs

5,000 lbs 5,000 lbs 5,300 lbs

*2021 data used for reference.

The 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engines deliver basic performance with 0-60 MPH acceleration that takes more than 8.0 seconds and 16.0 seconds for the quarter-mile. With the 310 hp V-6, the Acadia becomes more athletic with less than 7.0 seconds for a 0-60 MPH run and 14.7 seconds for the quarter-mile. With that, you have up to 4,000lbs of towing capacity. The performance is shared with its counterpart Chevrolet Traverse. 

2022 GMC Acadia Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Owing to its quintessential American nature, the 2022 GMC Acadia is only acceptably fuel-efficient. Equipped with the smaller 2.0L unit in the SLE and SLT, you will get 22 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on the highway, and 25 MPG combined. This is hooked up to a 19-gallon fuel tank that gets you an overall combined driving range of 475 miles.

 

Upgrade to the 2022 Acadia AT4 or Denali with the 3.6L V6 engine and the MPG figures drop further but you get a bigger 22-gallon fuel tank. You can get 19 MPG in the city, 26 MPG on the highway, and 21 MPG combined. At full capacity, you will get a driving range of 462 miles which masks the gas-guzzling nature of the bigger engine. 

Models

2022 GMC Acadia

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Chevrolet Traverse 2021 Ford Explorer

MPG (city)

22

21

18 21

MPG (highway)

29

29

27 28

MPG (combined)

25

24

21 24

Fuel Tank (gallons)

19.0

17.9 

19.4 18.6

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (miles)

418 / 551 / 475

376 / 519 / 430

349 / 524 / 407 391 / 521 / 446

Compared to the rivals, in its base avatar, the Acadia is the most fuel-efficient. The Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer offer similar MPG figures, but the Highlander inches slightly forward on account of having a better highway mileage. The Chevy Traverse is an all-out gas guzzler despite being equipped with the same V6 engine as the Acadia AT4.

2022 GMC Acadia Interior

7.0/10

The interior will get better with mild updates with the cabin quality and materials. The Acadia already offers an elegant interior design with modern ergonomics. The spacious cabin is open for up to seven people. For the first five occupants, the Acadia is comfortable. The third row is tighter for the adults. The optional seating configuration enhances the comfort levels for the 2nd row with captain seats.

2022 GMC Acadia SUV front seats

The massive 8-inch infotainment is placed smartly at the center. For 2022, GMC will update the software for a better experience. The infotainment system will offer familiar entertainment features and may get some new features for 2022. The cabin dynamics will remain the same with the upright seating position and great visibility through its massive windshield. The upholstery gets better as we move up the trim levels.

Models

2022 GMC Acadia

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Chevrolet Traverse 2021 Ford Explorer

Passenger Capacity

7

8

7 7

First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.0 / 59.4 / 41.0

41.2 / 59.0 / 42.0

41.3 / 62.1 / 41.0 40.7 / 61.8 / 43.0

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.6 / 58.7 / 39.7

39.4 / 58.7 / 41.0

40.0 / 62.2 / 38.4 40.5 / 61.9 / 39.0

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.2 / 54.3 / 29.7

36.1 / 55.0 / 27.7

38.2 / 57.5 / 33.5 38.9 / 54.6 / 32.2
Cargo Space (cu-ft.) 12.8 16.0 23.0 18.2

The standard cargo space behind the third row seems small as compared to the rivals. It gets better when you fold down the seats. The rivals like Volkswagen Atlas and the Toyota Highlander are way more practical than the Acadia. The same is the case with the seating space. In terms of interior features, the AT4 and the Denali offer premium materials and better comfort features.

  • Power adjustable front seats with cloth/leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Multifunction steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment
  • 4.2-inch digital driver display
  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 6-speaker standard or 8-speaker Bose Surround Sound System
  • Bluetooth, 4G LTE WiFi
  • Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • Navigation

2022 GMC Acadia Exterior

7.5/10

Undoubtedly, the GMC Acadia is the most stylish and rugged-looking SUV in its segment. The muscular pickup truck-inspired design, stylish chrome accents, and a massive grille give it a great road presence. The new sleeker LED headlamps look appealing too. The rear profile looks sporty with the dual chrome tip exhausts. The Acadia's design looks simple with no unnecessary body lines.

2022 GMC Acadia SUV

Don't get confused with the massive appearance of the Acadia as it is the smallest in its segment. The base trim weighs not more than 4,000lbs. For 2022, no such major changes are expected. Although you might get new color options and design elements. With a higher stance and better ground clearance, the vehicle can get better off-road capabilities.

Models

2022 GMC Acadia

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Chevrolet Traverse 2021 Ford Explorer

Curb weight (lbs) 

4,031

4,145

4,362 4,345

Length (in.)

193.4

194.9

204.3 198.8

Width (in.)

75.4

76.0

78.6 78.9

Height (in.)

66.7

68.1

70.7 69.9

Ground clearance (in.) 

7.2

8.0

7.5 7.9

Wheelbase (in.)

112.5

112.2

120.9 119.1

The rivals are comparatively bigger than the GMC. The Acadia has the smallest exterior dimensions including the wheelbase. The Volkswagen Atlas and the Mazda CX-9 are quite huge. Atlas has the widest wheelbase for better body weight distribution. The Mazda CX-9 has 8.8 inches of huge ground clearance. The Toyota Highlander is the closest to Acadia in size. The Acadia looks stylish with exterior features like:

  • Massive front grille
  • Chrome accents
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Sleek LED DRLs

2022 GMC Acadia Safety

7.0/10

 

Being a carryover from last year, the 2022 GMC Acadia retains the safety standards that its predecessor set. The 2021 Acadia procured a perfect 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA and an overall good rating from the IIHS. Both of these bolster its stance as a safe, sturdy, and stylish package at this price tag. And the 2022 MY will only take it further.

To prove its mettle in the crash tests conducted, the 2022 GMC Acadia comes with a plethora of safety features as standard right from the base SL trim. With the SLE and SLT trims, the number of features increases, while the 2022 Acadia AT4 gets off-road-specific safety features like the Torque Control AWD. Some of the other notable safety features are:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Intellibeam- High Beam Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Change Alert With Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

2022 GMC Acadia Competition

8.0/10

2022 GMC Acadia vs 2021 Mazda CX-9

The GMC Acadia is more like a mid-segment SUV that can pass for both 2-row and 3-row crossover because of its size. The Mazda CX-9 on the other hand is a full-fledged 3-row SUV. In terms of performance and features, the Acadia seems advanced. The CX-9 is ahead when it comes to comfort and practicality. The design makes the CX-9 more capable.

2021 Mazda CX-9

2022 GMC Acadia vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

As the VW Atlas gets better cabin features and space, the Acadia takes over with its multiple engine options and performance. For its practical cabin design and decent quality, the Atlas can beat the latter for once. Still, the ruggedness and capabilities give the Acadia advantage against its rivals. Meanwhile, the Atlas is all about that space.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2022 GMC Acadia vs 2021 Toyota Highlander

To take on the GMC Acadia, the Toyota Highlander gets better standard features and performance at a bit higher price. The Highlander stands for its capability and reliability. It seems too huge to be driven regularly. Here's where the Acadia comes into play with its chiseled-down design. A well-equipped trim of this GMC can easily take down the Toyota.

2021 Toyota Highlander

 

2022 GMC Acadia Final Verdict

7.5/10

GMC did a great job with the Acadia by shifting it to the more competitive crossover SUV segment from the outdated full-size SUV segment. The Acadia comes with modern amenities and advanced features, making it a tough contender to the existing players. If we keep the interior space aside, 2022 Acadia has it all from design, features, technology, and performance. Meanwhile, the Denali trim is next level with its top-notch interior design, high-quality leather, and luxury comfort. The available powertrain options open better possibilities for the Acadia both off and on the road.

2022 GMC Acadia Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will the 2022 GMC Acadia be available?

The 2022 GMC Acadia will be available for sale in the dealerships from Late 2021 onwards without any changes in the specs and features. 

What is the length of the 2022 GMC Acadia? Is it bigger than the 2020 Acadia?

The 2022 GMC Acadia is 193.4-inches in length. Compared to the 2020 Acadia, the length is the same and hence the 2022 Acadia is not bigger. 

What is the difference between the 2022 GMC Acadia SLE and SLT?

The biggest difference is the price tag that each carries. The 2022 GMC Acadia SLE costs $35,795 while the SLT has an MSRP of $40,995. For this extra price, the  SLT gets a 228 hp 2.0L turbo I-4 engine while the SLE comes with a 193 hp 2.5L NA I-4. Furthermore,  the SLT gets a programmable liftgate, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, navigation, and 8-speaker sound system as standard along with more driver safety features. 

What is the AT4 Package of the 2022 GMC Acadia?

The 2022 GMC Acadia AT4 is the off-roading and outdoors vehicle in the Acadia lineup. It gets exclusive gloss-black 17-inch alloy wheels and an Active Torque Control AWD with Off-Road mode. The interior features also get more tech-friendly for the higher price tag.

Is the GMC Acadia being discontinued?

No, the GMC Acadia is not being discontinued. The 2022 Acadia is a carryover model from 2021, and it is pegged to undergo a redesign in 2023 to kick off a new generation. 

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