2020 GMC Acadia

Buyer's Guide

GMC is still relatively new to the crossover marketplace. The Acadia was the brand's first foray into light-duty utilities, the first generation of which GMC sold from 2007 through 2016.

The Acadia is now well into a second generation that was introduced in 2017. It arrived on a smaller platform designed to set GMC's mid-size crossover apart from the similar, but larger, Chevrolet Traverse.

For 2020, the Acadia gets a significant mid-cycle update that brings new styling; a newly optional 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine; a nine-speed transmission to replace last year's six-speed; GMC's latest infotainment system; and a new AT4 trim that gets a more aggressive exterior appearance.

Acadia's new styling ties this crossover's appearance more closely to that of the big Sierra pickup. It also follows in the Sierra's wake with the adoption of the AT4 trim. This package doesn't add any functional features, but makes the Acadia look better suited to venturing off paved roads.

GMC's new turbo four-cylinder engine is a call-up from the compact Terrain crossover. Interestingly, it makes less power in the larger Acadia, with ratings of 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The Terrain's version makes 252 hp. In the Acadia, the turbo engine has cylinder deactivation that shuts off two cylinders in light load conditions. Turbo Acadia models also get GM's eBoost brake system, which uses electricity to provide power brake assist instead of engine vacuum as has been standard practice for decades.

The new engine slots in between Acadia's existing engines: a 2.5L four-cylinder makes 193 hp/188 lb-ft, and a 3.6L V6 remains the strongest option with 310 hp and 271 lb-ft.

Acadia's new nine-speed transmission is standard with all three engines, and brings push-button controls to replace last year's traditional shift lever.

For 2020, Acadia's trim levels are SLE, SLT, AT4 and Denali. As we write this, GMC has yet to reveal the Acadia's full feature list. Highlights include standard 18-inch wheels, with 20-inchers included in pricier trims; a hands-free power tailgate for SLT, AT4 and Denali; and a refined infotainment system that lives in an 8.0-inch touchscreen.

We expect AWD to once again be standard in all trims, save SLE, which will start as a front-driver.

As of this writing, GMC had not published fuel consumption estimates for the 2020 Acadia. Ratings for the 2.5L and 3.6L engines should be similar to last year's. Those figures are 11.1/9.2 and 11.3/9.4 L/100 km (city/highway) for 2.5L FWD and AWD models, respectively, and 13.1/9.4 and 13.5/9.5 L/100 km for the 3.6L engine with FWD and AWD. Look for the 2.0L turbo engine to be rated at something like 12.0/9.5 L/100 km with AWD.

2020 GMC Acadia Specifications

There are 5 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From N/A MSRP
11.3
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
310 hp @6600 rpm
Number of seats 6
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
AWD 4dr Denali N/A 6 SUV
AWD 4dr Denali 310 hp @6600 rpm 271 ft-lb @5000 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 4dr Denali 193.4" 75.4" 66.7" 112.5"
AWD 4dr Denali
AWD 4dr Denali N/A
AWD 4dr Denali
AWD 4dr Denali
AWD 4dr AT4 N/A 5 SUV
AWD 4dr AT4 310 hp @6600 rpm 271 ft-lb @5000 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 4dr AT4 193.4" 75.4" 66.7" 112.5"
AWD 4dr AT4
AWD 4dr AT4 N/A
AWD 4dr AT4
AWD 4dr AT4
AWD 4dr SLT N/A 6 SUV
AWD 4dr SLT 310 hp @6600 rpm 271 ft-lb @5000 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 4dr SLT 193.4" 75.4" 66.7" 112.5"
AWD 4dr SLT
AWD 4dr SLT N/A
AWD 4dr SLT
AWD 4dr SLT
AWD 4dr SLE N/A 7 SUV
AWD 4dr SLE 310 hp @6600 rpm 271 ft-lb @5000 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 4dr SLE 193.4" 75.4" 66.7" 112.5"
AWD 4dr SLE
AWD 4dr SLE N/A
AWD 4dr SLE
AWD 4dr SLE
FWD 4dr SLE N/A 7 SUV
FWD 4dr SLE 310 hp @6600 rpm 271 ft-lb @5000 rpm 9-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
FWD 4dr SLE 193.4" 75.4" 66.7" 112.5"
FWD 4dr SLE
FWD 4dr SLE N/A
FWD 4dr SLE
FWD 4dr SLE

Expert Review Articles

by Lesley Wimbush
August 22, 2019
Aggressive looks, smooth sailing

Owner Reviews: 2020 GMC / Acadia

Average Rating

2007 GMC Acadia

Trim: SLE
by Willie on 10-25-2012
Lovely ride
I am the owner of a 2007 SLE GMC Acadia for the last year and I truly enjoy this ride. I would buy another 1 without hesitation. apart from the the gas consumption i have no issue with it
Overall
3.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
3/5
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2009 GMC Acadia

Trim: SLT2
by ScPa12 on 10-20-2012
Perfect Size and great options
This has been a great car for my wife and I. We have taken it on many road trips. It is great in the winter and can pull a boat and hold a lot of luggage (and shopping bags). For it's size (7 passenger - 6 cylinder - AWD) it is excellent on fuel. This vehicle has very attractive styling, great colour of paint, and every option you can get. Also comes with brand new all-season tires.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 GMC Acadia

by MartinV on 10-17-2012
Average SUV, dont buy into the extra seats
This is an average vehicle, it does not have any thing lacking or excessive in its power delivery.

The boot space is reasonable, bigger than a compact SUV.

They do offer an option for rear seats, I do not find the rear row practical, its not fair to count them as seats.

Overall your average mid size SUV, as with all of them, do get in those rear row seats before you count them as the vehicle feature.
Overall
2.5
Comfort
3/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
2/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
2/5
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