2022 GMC Acadia

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2022 GMC Acadia Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: June 16, 2021

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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


Trims

SL $30,995 Est. onwards

310 hp @ 6300 rpm |

Colors and Styles

2022 GMC Acadia in Alpine White color
Alpine White

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


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

2022 GMC Acadia Features

Similar to the 2021 model year, the 2022 GMC Acadia offers four trim levels- SL, SLE, SLT, and AT4. You can expect a price bump of $1,000 across all the trims from SL to SLT, while the AT4 gets a price hike of $4,000. The SL trim starts with a sticker price of $32,000 with notable standard features.

The SLE comes for $35,795, adding an 8-inch touchscreen and a Bose Surround Sound System. Meanwhile, the SLT carries a price label of $40,995, and the AT4 comes with an all-wheel-drive option at $46,395. All the trims have FWD as standard. AWD configuration can be added to the SLE and SLT for $3,000 and $2,000, respectively.

Trims

SL (Fleet)

SLE

SLT

AT4

MSRP (FWD) 

$30,995

$34,795

$39,995

-

MSRP (AWD) 

-

$37,995

$41,995

$42,295

Key Features

17" all-season Blackwall tires

Adds/Upgrades to SL

Adds/Upgrades to SLE

Adds/Upgrades to SLT

 

6-speaker audio system

Dual SkyScape sunroof

Perforated leather-appointed first and second-row seats

All-terrain “17” inch tires

 

Adaptive Cruise Control

8.0-inch diagonal infotainment with navigation

Gloss black roof rails

Hands-free programmable power liftgate

 

Black finish grille

Compact Spare Tire

Auto-dimming driver-side outside mirror

Heated power-adjusted mirrors

 

4-way manual driver seat

Heated and ventilated front seats

AT4 grille and badging

Cargo management system

 

4.2" diagonal multi-color driver information screen

Bose premium 8-speaker system

LED Fog lamps

Heated and ventilated front and rear seats

 

Lane change alert with side blind zone

GMC Pro safety Plus

110-volt power outlet

8-way power driver seat

 

Premium cloth seats

Traction Select system

Universal Home alert

4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot

 

Rear Park Assist

Active Noise Cancellation

Heated front seats

Traction Select System

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 Price

GMC hasn't released the price for the 2022 MY. The 2021 Acadia has a starting price of $29,800 and the 2022 model will be offered at a slightly higher price. All the trim levels will see an increased price by $500-$700. The price is still lower than the rivals. The pricing strategy will work in the favour of Acadia. We can expect the price to vary between $30,000 for the base trim and $49,000 for the Denali trim which is comparably feasible as compared to rivals.

The SLE trim will be priced around $34,000 and the AWD-equipped version will cost you an extra $4,000. The SLT trim will cost you $39,000 and will add an AWD drivetrain for $2,000. The AT4 is the best-valued trim with a standard AWD system at not more than $42,000. The base Denali trim will touch $47,000.

2022 GMC Acadia Release Date

The official release date is not here, but the 2022 GMC Acadia will be here sooner than you think. GMC has announced that the Acadia will be available this summer for the customers. It is currently under production and all set to reach the dealerships within a couple of months. As there's nothing major in terms of updates, the production model will remain similar to the 2021 model.

2022 GMC Acadia Engine and Performance

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 (expected)

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Toyota Highlander

MSRP

$33,600

$34,160

$35,495

$35,085 

Engine

3.6L V6

2.5L Turbo I-4

3.6L V6

3.5L V-6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

9-Speed automatic w/od

6-Speed automatic w/od

8-Speed automatic w/od

8-Speed automatic w/od

Power (hp @ RPM)

310 hp @ 6,300 RPM

227hp @5,000RPM

276 hp @ 6,200 RPM

295 hp @ 6,600 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

272 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

310hp @2,000RPM

266 lb-ft @ 2,750 RPM

263 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

*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

The 2022 Acadia will retain its fuel economy as the engines are being carried over from the 2021 model. The base 2.5L 4 cylinder offers 21 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highway, and 23 MPG combined. The 2.0L Turbo I-4 engine has a slightly better economy in the city. The powerful V-6 engine shells out 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.

The SL trim gets a 19.0-gallon fuel tank. With that, the Acadia gets up to513 miles of range on the highway. The other trims offer a bigger 22.0-gallon tank which takes up the range beyond 600 miles on the highway. Even the V-6 engine delivers good enough mileage with the massive fuel tank.

Models

2022 GMC Acadia (expected)

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Toyota Highlander

MPG (City)

19

22

17

21

MPG (Highway)

25

28

24

29

MPG (Combined)

20

24

19

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19 gallons

19.0 gallons

18.6 gallons

17.9 gallons

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined)

400/513/437 miles

418/532/456 miles

316/446/353 miles

375.9/519.1/ 429.6 miles

*2021 data used for reference.

As compared to the rivals, the fuel economy of the Acadia is similar. It gets better with the premium powered 4 cylinder engine. It can match the rivals in terms of city MPG. The Toyota Highlander has a better MPG on the highway. If we talk about the combined MPG, all the SUVs are close.

2022 GMC Acadia Interior

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 (expected)

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Toyota Highlander

Seating capacity

7

7

7

8

Front row (Headroom/ Shoulders room/ Legroom) (in inches)

40.0/59.4/41.0

39.3/57.9/41.0

41.3/61.5/41.5

41.2/57.2/42.0

Second row (Headroom/ Shoulders room/ Legroom) (in inches)

39.6/58.7/39.7

38.5/58.1/39.4

40.4/60.8/37.6

39.4/58.7/41.0

Third row (Headroom/ Shoulders room/ Legroom) (in inches)

37.2/54.3/31.1

35.4/53.1/29.7

38.3/54.9//33.7

36.3/57.2/31.7

Trunk capacity (Cubic feet)

12.6

14.4

20.6

16.0

*2021 data used for reference.

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.

2022 GMC Acadia SUV interior image
2022 GMC Acadia SUV interior image
2022 GMC Acadia SUV interior image
2022 GMC Acadia SUV interior image
2022 GMC Acadia SUV interior image
2022 GMC Acadia SUV interior image
2022 GMC Acadia SUV interior image
2022 GMC Acadia SUV interior image
2022 GMC Acadia SUV interior image
2022 GMC Acadia SUV interior image

2022 GMC Acadia Exterior

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 (expected)

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Toyota Highlander

Curb weight (lbs)

3,923

4,225

4,343

4,330

Length (inches)

193.4

199.4

198.3

194.9

Width (inches)

75.4

77.5

78.3

76.0

Height (inches)

66.7

67.6

70.0

68.1

Ground clearance (inches)

7.2

8.8

8.0

8.0

Wheelbase (inches)

112.5

115.3

117.3

112.2

*2021 data used for reference.

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 SUV exterior image
2022 GMC Acadia SUV exterior image
2022 GMC Acadia SUV exterior image
2022 GMC Acadia SUV exterior image
2022 GMC Acadia SUV exterior image
2022 GMC Acadia SUV exterior image

2022 GMC Acadia Safety

The second-generation GMC Acadia now sits on a rigid C1XX platform. The sheet metal body strengthens the overall structure. The cabin is much safer than before with impact-absorbing properties. The long suite of advanced safety and driver assistance features offered with the vehicle makes it much safer as compared to rivals. 

The GMC Pro Safety Plus provides connected safety on the road with surround protection from emergency braking, parking assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitor, and much more. For the 2022 model, we can expect better standard safety features with the base SL trim as the Pro safety plus is standard for the top trims.

GMC Acadia went through safety tests in 2020. It scored 5 Stars safety in the NHTSA safety tests. In the IIHS tests, it is rated Good for all the parameters as well Superior is front crash prevention. It is one of the safest crossover SUVs in its segment.

2022 GMC Acadia Competition

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

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.

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