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2021 GMC Acadia
Select a Different Model (8 Available): AT4 AWD
Fuel Economy $ 19 / 26 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 13/79 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 6/7
Horsepower 310@6,600
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2021 GMC Acadia MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Good V-6 engine
  • Comfortable seats
  • Solid ride and handling

Cons

  • Cheap interior materials
  • Limited cargo space with all three rows up
  • Driver assistance tech not standard on lower trims

Looking for a three-row SUV that's easy to drive and sized on the smaller end of the spectrum? Check out the GMC Acadia, which entered the 2020 model year with refreshed styling. Compared to the previous generation, the current Acadia is smaller and lighter, with seating for up to seven. If the standard version is too plain for you, GMC has two cool variants: the rugged-looking AT4 and the luxury-focused Denali.

What's New

  • The GMC Pro Safety Plus package is now standard on SLT, AT4, and Denali grades and optional on the SLE
  • Elevation package now available on both SLE and SLT grades.
  • The premium package adds a heated steering wheel on SLT and AT4 grades
  • The technology package adds a 360-degree view parking camera system and a head-up display on SLT and AT4 models
  • All models except the base SL get a six-passenger seating configuration standard
  • Three new exterior colors: Cayenne Red Tintcoat, Hunter Metallic, and Midnight Blue Metallic
  • Base SL model gets 18-inch alloy wheels standard
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel replaced with a urethane one on SL and SLE grades

What We Think

For a three-row SUV, the GMC Acadia drives better than you would expect. It's not a big, cumbersome beast on the road. Credit the Acadia's agile handling for its ability to shrink around you and drive similarly to a smaller vehicle. You don't sacrifice comfort either because the ride quality is compliant. GMC's 3.6-liter V-6 provides good power, allowing the Acadia to accelerate smoothly. The nine-speed automatic is tuned well in this application, firing off smooth gear changes and quick downshifts when you ask for more power. If you opt for the Acadia AT4, don't expect it to be a full-fledged off-road warrior; it lacks the ground clearance to crawl through big obstacles.

Unfortunately, the GMC Acadia's build quality remains a weak point. The buttons, stalks, and knobs don't feel good to use, but at least the cabin is nicely insulated, and the first two rows offer spacious seating.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2021 Acadia's three engines are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Model: GMC Acadia SL, GMC Acadia SLE
Engine and Transmission: 
2.5-liter I-4 - nine-speed automatic
Power:
193 hp/188 lb-ft of torque

Model: GMC Acadia SLE (AWD only), GMC Acadia SLT
Engine and Transmission: 
2.0-liter turbo I-4 - nine-speed automatic
Power:
230 hp/258 lb-ft

Model: GMC Acadia SLE, GMC Acadia SLT, GMC Acadia AT4, GMC Acadia Denali
Engine and Transmission: 
3.6-liter V-6 - nine-speed automatic
Power:
310 hp/271 lb-ft

Safety

NHTSA: 5 stars (out of a possible five stars)

All Acadia variants get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as standard. The GMC Pro Safety Plus suite, which includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams is optional on the SLE grade and standard on the SLT and higher trims. Adaptive cruise control is limited only to pricier variants and requires selecting an optional package.

Cargo Space and Towing

With all seats up, the GMC Acadia has 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding the second row expands capacity to 41.7 cubic feet. Dropping the second- and third rows expands the total capacity to 79.0 cubic feet.

When properly equipped, the Acadia can tow between 1,000-4,000 pounds of payload. The latter is only achieved with the optional 3.6-liter V-6 and the Trailering package.

Technology

All GMC Acadia models get an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment. Higher trims are available with built-in navigation, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, and an 8.0-inch gauge cluster display.

Cool Features

AT4 models come equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels shod in off-road-capable tires and standard twin-clutch AWD system. The Acadia AT4's drive mode selector also adds an Off-Road mode in case you end up taking your three-row SUV off the beaten path.

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2021 GMC ACADIA SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.6 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Hydra-Matic 9 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (M3W)
Trim
AT4 AWD
Class
Full-Size Utility
Horsepower
310@6,600
Standard MPG
19/26
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
6/7
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100,000
Maintenance Warranty Months
12
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
12,000
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 3.24% Financing for a maximum term of 75 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$0 3.79% Financing for a maximum term of 84 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$0 3.29% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$0 3.49% Financing for a maximum term of 84 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$0 2.99% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$0 3.54% Financing for a maximum term of 75 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$500 GM announces a Bonus Cash offer to be used on an unsupported rate contract or in conjunction with promotional APR programs 21-35GA, 21-40GC, or 21-40GH. 06-30-2021
$4600 GM announces Customer Cash on select models. 06-30-2021
$0 0% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - GM announces a GM Financial APR program that is good towards the purchase of select models. 06-30-2021
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 84 Months - GM announces a GM Financial APR program that is good towards the purchase of select models. 06-30-2021