2020 GMC Acadia

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2020 GMC Acadia Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: May 29, 2020
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A few years back, when GMC brought out the second generation of the Acadia, it made some major improvements over technology, quality, and comfort compared to the first gen Acadia. Interestingly, Acadia retained the same six-speed automatic transmission, which made no improvements in the car's acceleration capabilities and fuel economy. Meanwhile, the corporate sibling of Acadia named Chevy Traverse turned out to be a blessing with a nine-speed automatic and the optional V6. This depicted that General Motors was more serious with the Traverse in the three-row SUV segment.

Come the year 2020, GM Motors focused the limelight on the Acadia and the ride received some major and overdue changes. The 2020 GMC Acadia is all-new with a handsome and robust body language and some major mechanical upgrades. The Acadia has also expanded its lineup for the year 2020, introducing the AT4 model which comes off-road ready with 17-inch wheels fitted with all-terrain tires. 

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Pros

Good ride quality in any driving situation

Quick acceleration from the V6 powertrain

Simple interior design and easy-to-use buttons

Modern connectivity options with better technology features

Cons

Laggy base powertrain

Some competitors offer better third-row and cargo space 

What's New?

New 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine available

Nine-speed transmission replaces the previous six-speed unit

Refreshed Acadia SUV styling 

Improved software on the new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Addition of a new off-road AT4 trim level

Models with new 2.0L Turbo engine get eBoost brake system as standard


2020 GMC Acadia Latest Update

Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29800

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

150 cu.in.

horsepower

193 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

188 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

9 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

112.5 in.

length

193.4 in.

width

75.4 in.

height

66.7 in.

curb weight

3923 lbs.

ground clearance

7.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

143.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

2078 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/27 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


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Interior
Videos
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Styles

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Blue Steel Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine And Performance

7.3

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.9

Safety

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 GMC Acadia SL

SL

power
193 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$30,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $30,995 MSRP (21/23/27) 193 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7

 2020 GMC Acadia SLE

SLE

power
310 hp @ 6700 rpm
fuel
Gasoline
mpg
22 combined

$34,995 - $37,890


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $34,995 MSRP (21/23/27) 193 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
SLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $37,395 MSRP (21/23/27) 230 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7
SLE 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $36,090 MSRP (19/22/27) 310 hp @ 6700 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, Gasoline
9-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 7
SLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $37,890 MSRP (18/21/25) 310 hp @ 6700 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, Gasoline
9-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 7

 2020 GMC Acadia SLT

SLT

power
310 hp @ 6700 rpm
fuel
Gasoline
mpg
22 combined

$40,895 - $43,390


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $40,895 MSRP (21/24/28) 230 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 6
SLT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $42,895 MSRP (21/23/27) 230 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 6
SLT 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $41,390 MSRP (19/22/27) 310 hp @ 6700 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, Gasoline
9-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 7
SLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $43,390 MSRP (18/21/25) 310 hp @ 6700 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, Gasoline
9-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 7

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


Magnificent design. Bundled technologies. Powerful performance. These are some of the highlighting features that we anticipate will help the GMC Acadia to mark its place among the competition. The new 2020 GMC Acadia unlike the previous year's model, has a lot more to offer.

The Acadia has built its portfolio amidst all odds. With a starting MSRP of $30,995, the three-row Acadia makes up for a strong lead in the mid-size three-row SUV segment. The 2020 GMC Acadia seems more promising than all its preceding models, however, only time will tell that does this SUV has what it takes to rival the well-established segment contenders such as the Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent or Honda Passport, as these are the most loved SUVs in the country. For now, Acadia though makes up for a challenging contender to SUVs such as the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, and the Volkswagen Atlas. So will the Acadia be able to soar over these rivals and make it to the majors league? Scroll down to find out. 

Dressed in black, the 2020 GMC Acadia looks dope
The Acadia carries a conventional boxy design

8.5/10
Features

 

7.3/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

7.9/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 GMC Acadia Features

8.5/10

The 2020 GMC Acadia is offered in five trim levels - SL, SLE, SLT, AT4, and Denali - along with three engine variants. The base SL is well-equipped, though it misses out on some active safety features. The SL comes equipped with standard infotainment features like an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and OnStar with onboard Wi-Fi. The front seats can be adjusted manually and cloth upholstery is available as standard. The Denali models and the Acadia AT4 have been reviewed separately.

The SL and SLE trim equips a 2.5L Inline-4 engine, whereas the SLT trim gets a powertrain upgrade, boasting a 2L turbocharged 4 cylinder mill. The Denali and the AT4 trims, which have been reviewed separately, represent the pinnacle of the powerhouse in the 2020 Acadia lineup with a 3.6L V6 adorning the engine bay.

Trims SL SLE SLT
MSRP (FWD) $30,995 $34,995 $40,895
MSRP (AWD) N/A $37,395 $42,895
Key Features Leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls Adds/Upgrades to SL Adds/Upgrades to SLE
  Seven passenger seating with second and third-row split-bench fold-flat seats Front and second-row carpeted floor mats Perforated leather-appointed first and second-row seats
  Keyless Open and Start SiriusXM Radio 120V power outlet
  Industry-First Front Center Airbag Compact Spare Tire Auto-dimming driver-side outside mirror
  A/C, Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control   Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
  8-inch diagonal GMC Infotainment System   Bose premium 8-speaker system

Which trim is the best buy?

We seriously recommend you go for the SLT trim as you get the more potent turbocharged engine, comfy second-row captain’s chairs, leather upholstery, hands-free tailgate, along with some other major upgrades in the equipment list. 

2020 GMC Acadia Engine and Performance

7.3/10

Unlike the previous Acadia which used the same engine configurations that debuted in the 2017 Acadia, the 2020 Acadia’s powertrain options have been expanded for the 2020 model year. A 2.5L four-cylinder engine can be seen performing power duties in Acadia SL and SLE models, while a more potent 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is deployed in the SLT trims. The base 2.5L naturally aspirated 4-pot engine on the SL and SLE models is good for 193 ponies and 188 lb.-ft. of peak torque. While the SLT's 2L turbocharged 4-pot generates an impressive 237 hp and 258 lb.-ft of torque and is further designed to offer the perfect mix of power and efficiency, along with quality refinement across the Acadia lineup.

The AT4 and the Denali models, which represent the pinnacle of power in the 2020 Acadia lineup houses a 3.6L, V6 engine which comes out to be the most punchy and potent motor offered, generating 310 ponies along with 271 lb.-ft. of torque. 

Models

GMC Acadia

Toyota Highlander

Mazda CX-9

Volkswagen Atlas

MSRP

$30,995

$34,600

$33,890

$35,495

Engine

2.5L naturally aspirated I4

3.5L naturally aspirated V6

2.5L naturally aspirated I4

3.6L naturally aspirated V6

Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic

8-speed Automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

193hp@6,300rpm

295hp@6,600rpm

227hp@5000rpm

276hp@6,200rpm

Torque

188lb-ft@4,400rpm

263lb-ft@4,700rpm

310lb-ft@2000rpm

266lb-ft@2,750rpm

The transmission duties are carried out by a new nine-speed automatic transmission across the entire Acadia lineup, which comes out to be more effective and efficient than the previous year model's 6-speed automatic, and is definitely one of the greatest advancements in the 2020 Acadia. 

How fast is the 2020 GMC Acadia?

The 2020 Acadia's base trims with a 2.5L inline-4 engine can do a 0-60 sprint in dot 7 seconds. Taking rivals into consideration and current refinements, the new model has certainly improved over the previous year's models. 

GMC Acadia has received some major styling changes for 2020

The SLT trim's 2L turbocharged 4-pot engine further reduces this figure to 8.1 seconds, which is a really impressive figure for a vehicle of such dimensions. The AWD models have an edge over the FWD ones in terms of acceleration. Meanwhile, the 9-speed automatic transmission is also a great step-up from the auto-marque which has further enhanced the Acadia sprinting capabilities.

Models

GMC Acadia

Toyota Highlander

Mazda CX-9

Volkswagen Atlas

0-60 MPH 

8.5 sec

7.2*sec

7.1 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter mile 

N/A

15.5*sec

15.5 sec

16.0 sec

Top Speed  115 MPH 112 MPH N/A N/A

Engine

2.5L I4

3.5L V6

2.5L I4

3.6L V6

Speaking of the competition, the Acadia is the most underpowered car in the segment, despite that it comes out to with respectable figures, owing to its comparatively lesser weight. The Mazda CX-9 bests the rest by going from 0-60 mph in just 7.1 seconds. The Toyota Highlander, which is the mightiest car of the lot in terms of power figures, rakes in the second place, followed by the Volkswagen Atlas, which takes its sweet time to showcase a similar skill.  

What about the driving dynamics of the GMC Acadia?

The 2020 Acadia is available in either front- or all-wheel-drive configurations, and offers a Traction Select system, which allows the driver to adjust as per the terrain requirements and driving conditions. The Acadia AT4, the latest addition to the family, comes loaded with an advanced Twin-Clutch all-wheel-drive system, which further increases traction on broken paths. For 2020, GMC has revised Acadia’s rear suspension in order to provide improved ride quality over uneven roads. The Acadia never lets you forget that you are driving a hefty SUV, however, it does feel calm and collected on most of the roads, and will not over-burden you with the stress of making corrections to the steering wheel, as it comes out as a pretty well-mannered car on city roads. 

GMC Acadia's big footprint makes it go wide while attacking corners at high speeds

Speaking of the cornering, well the Acadia bears a tendency of going wide in corners as there is a significant presence of body-roll, which happens to be a common characteristic in such vehicles, yet it handles its heft quite well. The SUV though feels heavy-footed when made to go around a corner at high speeds, but when driven in a calm way, the ride feels stable and planted. The overall feedback from the steering, brakes, and suspension setup is spot-on and is indeed well-tuned for such a car. 

What about the Braking performance of 2020 GMC Acadia?

The 2020 GMC Acadia can decelerate from 60-0 at a distance of 130 feet. Though not very impressive, yet the figures help earn this SUV at least the respectable tag. Acadia gets 12.6-inch front brake rotors and 12.4-inchers at the back. These rotors happen to be the smallest in the segment and accrediting to that, despite being the lightest offering here the Acadia requires the greatest distance in order to halt. 

2020 Acadia gets a 17-inch wheel in its base model and 12.6-inch front brake rotors

Aside from the 60-0 figure, the braking system on the 2020 GMC Acadia is pretty accommodating and is probably the last thing you'll complain about on this SUV. The pedal is aptly weighted and is quite easy to modulate under heavy city traffic conditions or freeways. The brake bite is constant and there is absolutely no hint of brake fade or loss in stopping power even after multiple panic halts. 

Model

GMC Acadia

Toyota Highlander

Mazda CX-9 Volkswagen Atlas

Brake Rotors Front 

12.6"

13.3"

12.6"

13.2"

Brake Rotors Rear 

12.4"

13.3"

12.8"

12.2"

Curb Weight 

3923 lbs

4330 lbs

4225 lbs

4343 lbs

60-0 MPH 

130 ft

128 ft

123 ft

120 ft

The Volkswagen Atlas pulls off the best 60-0 figure in the segment, coming to an absolute standstill at a distance of just 120 feet. The Mazda CX-9 rakes in the second spot. The Toyota Highlander, which gets the biggest rotors in the segment needs a distance of 128 feet to come to a standstill, which indeed needs improvement. 

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2020 GMC Acadia Fuel Economy

7.5/10

In our review, the 2020 Acadia denali returns a good 18 mpg in the city and around 25 mpg in the highway. Given that it boasts a hefty 3.6L V6 motor, it is commendable. The GMC Acadia in its base avatar comes with a 2.5L Inline-4 engine returning a modest 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Summing up these figures, we get a combined mpg of 23, which is respectable for an SUV of such dimensions. The SLT trim, which houses a 2L turbocharged 4-pot engine further reduces these figures to 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway.

Model

GMC Acadia

Toyota Highlander

Mazda Cx-9 Volkswagen Atlas

MPG (city)

21

20

22

17

MPG (highway)

27

27

28

24

MPG (combined)

23

23

24

19

Fuel Tank 

19 gallons

17.9 gallons

19 gallons

18.6 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 400/513/437 miles

358/483/412 miles

418/532/456

316/446/353 miles

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.4

6.4

N/A

7.6

All the contenders of this segment are at par with each other, with all of them delivering a combined mpg of around 23. The Volkswagen Atlas, however, ranks last with just 19 combined mpg and the CX-9 leads the way with 24 combined mpg. The CX-9 and the GMC Acadia, however, deliver the best range, owing to their cavernous fuel tanks. 

2020 GMC Acadia Interior

7.0/10

Acadia has been known for its mesmerizing interior since its inception. This year, GMC has added more flavors to this splendid interior design. At first glance you may mistake it for the same interior as the 2019 Acadia.  Look closer and you can witness the refined use of soft cloth throughout the cabin and also on the sides of the central console making it feel more upmarket and plush. However, the Acadia Denali models get open-pore wood accents inside, offering a two-tone color scheme.

The Acadia has a reasonably luxurious cabin

The dash of the 2020 GMC Acadia boasts of a simple and easy to use layout, which places all the essential controls within the reach of the driver. The interior design is pleasing with a minimal number of knobs and buttons, which makes figuring things out easier. 

The Acadia's back seat has a flat floor which makes it a comfortable spot for all three passengers

A 50/50 split third-row seat can be folded to offer a completely flat load floor, while release levers fixed within the cargo area allows to quickly fold the second- and third-row seats of the vehicle. The 2020 Acadia receives full marks for cabin insulation as most of the road and wind noise is kept at the bay and the engine noise rarely intrudes your conversations. 

Model GMC Acadia Toyota Highlander Mazda CX-9 Volkswagen Atlas
Passenger Capacity 7 8 7 7
First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 40.0/59.4/41.0

41.2/59.0/42.0

39.3/57.9/41.0

41.3/61.5/41.5

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 39.6/58.7/39.7

39.4/58.7/41.0

38.5/58.1/39.4

40.4/60.8/37.6

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 37.2/54.3/31.1 36.3/57.2/31.7 35.4/53.1/29.7 38.3/54.9//33.7

The 2020 GMC Acadia offers ample space to all the passengers in all directions at all times, with the exception of the third row. The first and second rows of the Acadia are utterly liberal but the third row feels a bit too tight and will make adult passengers uncomfortable during long journeys.

Does the GMC Acadia come loaded with the latest infotainment unit?

The 2020 Acadia comes with the Next Generation GMC Infotainment system, which offers an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen with an improved user interface. This system also offers Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Acadia also gets a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, connecting up to seven devices, allowing passengers to browse the Web or social media.

​  2020 GMC Acadia gets an improved software on the new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Some of the most prominent infotainment features of the 2020 GMC Acadia are:

  • 6 speakers
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capable internet access
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation turn-by-turn navigation directions
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Radio data system
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Integrated roof antenna
  • Automatic equalizer

What about cargo space offered in the 2020 GMC Acadia?

SUVs have always held a natural advantage in terms of space, over other car types. This fact is usually the most apparent in trunk volume. Even with seats occupying a lot of the rear area, SUVs offer enough room to store your luggage. The 2020 GMC Acadia, with all seats in place, offers 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space. This space is enough to store up to 2 carry-on bags. 

All Acadia models come with a power trunk liftgate

However, fold the third row of seats and the cargo figures magnify to 41.7 cubic feet which is more than enough to carry the luggage of your entire family for a weekend getaway. Fold-down the second row of seats as well and you are left with 79 cubic feet of space meant to store your cargo. This much space is sufficient enough to stow in up to 28 carry-on bags. 

Model

GMC Acadia

Toyota Highlander

Mazda CX-9 Volkswagen Atlas

Cargo Capacity 

12.8 cu.ft.

16.0 cu.ft.

14.4 cu.ft. 20.6 cu.ft.

The GMC Acadia's 12.8 cubic feet of cargo volume to seat 3 seems meek when placed against the competitors. The Volkswagen Atlas leads the way in this aspect with more than 20 cubic feet of space under its trunk lid. The Toyota Highlander makes a chase with 16 cubic feet of cargo capacity to seat 3, followed by the Mazda CX-9, and finally the GMC Acadia. 

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2020 GMC Acadia Exterior

7.9/10

The new Acadia stands tall and bold and with a powerful attitude confronting its prominent rivals in the market. The latest design revision depicts precise styling and detailing. Right from the A-pillars, Acadia wears new sheet metal. If our guess is right, the 2020 Acadia is taking inspiration from the Sierra 1500. The front fascia looks neat with the beautifully placed headlamps.

The DRLs enclosing the Acadia's primary headlamps make a bold statement

Acadia’s beautiful headlamp design offers LED lighting technology on all trim levels, and there are GMC’s distinctive C-shaped signature lighting options, which is a delight for night travelers. The tail lamp design uses LED lighting and appears taller than before. The fog lamps, however, do not make it in the standard equipment list and are offered on SLT models and above.

Model

GMC Acadia

Toyota Highlander

Mazda CX-9

Volkswagen Atlas

Curb weight 

3923 lbs

4330 lbs

4225 lbs

4343 lbs

Length

193.4"

194.9"

199.4"

198.3"

Width 

75.4"

76.0"

77.5"

78.3"

Height

66.7"

68.1"

67.6"

70.0"

Ground clearance 

7.2"

8.0"

8.8"

8.0"

Wheelbase

112.5"

112.2"

115.3"

117.3"

The Acadia won't be turning any heads at traffic lights. However, that doesn't mean it isn't pretty, it actually is. The headlights are quite shapely, and the tail section complements this design. Overall, the design is quite soothing, but it also is quite indistinct.

What are the most eye-catching features of the Acadia?

The 2020 GMC Acadia boasts a macho and true-SUV impression with a boxy shape and humongous dimensions. Though this SUV is not going to shower you with attention, yet it surely looks the part and is indeed a handsome looking car. Some of the most noteworthy exterior features of the 2020 GMC Acadia are:

  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Liftgate rear cargo door
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers with black rub strip
  • Metal-look front and rear bumper insert
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Black w/chrome surround grille
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Bodyside cladding
  • Fully galvanized steel body material
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Wheel well moldings
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2020 GMC Acadia Safety

7.0/10

The 2020 Acadia is offering an array of active safety technologies designed to not only save the passenger and driver during an accident but also to avoid it every possible way. While there are multiple Driver Alert Packages available as optional on base trims and standard on the top trims, some of the most eminent standard safety features of the 2020 GMC Acadia are:

  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Adjustable front head restraints
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Occupant sensing airbags
  • Traction control
  • Tailgate/rear door lock
  • 4 ABS channels
  • Daytime running lights
  • ABS
  • 8 airbags
  • Panic alarm
  • Brake assist

2020 GMC Acadia Competition

GMC Acadia vs. Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is one of the most expensive offerings of the segment and the most powerful one as well. The 2020 Toyota Highlander houses a 3.5L V6 engine that puts out 295 ponies along with 263 lb.-ft. of the twisties. The Highlander is one of the oldest nameplates in the 3 row SUV segment and offers decent performance. The Highlander serves the authentic purpose of 3 row SUVs in a true sense and offers a truly liberal and spacious cabin along with impressive cargo space. 

2020 Toyota Highlander ​​

GMC Acadia vs. Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 is a well-rounded package that brings power and performance along with practicality to the pedestals. The Mazda CX-9 is one of the most affordable offerings of the segment with prices starting from $33,890. The CX-9 houses a 2.5L Inline-4 powerhouse, belting out 227 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, which can make this SUV go from 0-60 in just 7.1 seconds, which is one of the fastest in the class. The CX-9 is a truly urban SUV that sans the orthodox boxy approach and goes for a more sleek and sophisticated look. The CX-9's interior is one of the most intriguing ones in the segment and it is a truly practical car that is much easier to own and live with.

2020 Mazda CX-9

GMC Acadia vs. Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas is the most expensive offering in this class, with prices starting from $35,495. The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas gets the biggest engine in the segment, with a 3.6L V6 mill fabricating 276 ponies and 266 b.-ft. of the spinning force. However, these figures do not actually do any good to the Atlas as it is the slowest sprinting car of the segment. The Volkswagen Atlas can go from 0-60 in 7.9 seconds, which happens to be pretty slow in comparison to the rivals. However, the area where the Volkswagen Atlas excels is its dimensions. This SUV has the longest wheelbase in the lot, which simply translates to the most spacious interior and cargo area. 

2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 GMC Acadia Final Verdict

Considering all the new changes in the 2020 Acadia, we are able to provide a clear voice for the SUV. In the past years, the brand failed to mark an image with Acadia for obvious reasons but the 2020 GMC Acadia has what it takes to compete with the other offerings of the highly competitive mid-size three-row SUV segment.  The 2020 Acadia is now a more well-rounded package than ever that offers better performance along with a more intriguing cabin and a wider range of options. The Acadia offers great fuel-efficiency along with a highly practical interior and you'd not regret placing your bets on this bull from GMC. 

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2020 GMC Acadia Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the 2020 GMC Acadia bigger?

The current generation of the GMC Acadia is smaller than its previous generation. in fact the 2020 GMC Acadia falls under the midsize SUV segment unlike its previous generation.

Is the 2020 GMC Acadia flat towable?

No, As per the owner's manual the GMC Acadia should not to flat-towed. The manual specifically mentions "the 2020 Acadia is neither designed nor  intended to be towed with all four wheels on the ground.

What is the Chevy equivalent to the GMC Acadia?

The Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia share GM's C1XX platform which they also share with the Buick Envision and Cadillac XT5.

What is the difference between Acadia and Acadia Denali?

The Acadia Denali is the top of the line trim in the Acadia lineup. The Denali offers the best features and equipment that the Acadia can offer. Although the Denali can seat 7 the base Acadia does offer seating for 8.

Which is better Traverse or Acadia?

Although the GMC Acadia looks premium for a lesser price and offers better fuel economy, the better one would be the Chevy Traverse. Even though the Traverse is more expensive, it is the better buy overall.

2020 GMC Acadia Overall Reviews


Christian A. Emery

Christian A. Emery 2020 GMC Acadia SLE 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 9A)

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Limited good three row SUV choices in the market these days

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Someone who knows a thing or two about cars accepts the pricing is justified. Despite a few flaws underneath, GMC Acadia 2020 still stands squeaky clean if not perfect.

9/10

Features

9/10

Interior

8/10

Design

10/10

Safety

9/10

Reliability

9/10

Deal Value

10/10

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Christian A. Emery

Christian A. Emery 2020 GMC Acadia SL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 9A)

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What's with the body color everything approach.

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Such a wonderful piece of engineering suv which has not been dressed well

9/10

Features

9/10

Interior

8/10

Design

9/10

Safety

8/10

Reliability

10/10

Deal Value

10/10

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Willard L. Wilson

Willard L. Wilson 2020 GMC Acadia SLT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

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Preposterous to call it lousy

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Acadia is an all in one package

9/10

Features

9/10

Interior

10/10

Design

9/10

Safety

10/10

Reliability

10/10

Deal Value

10/10

Dealer Review

Top User Reviews


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"Limited good three row SUV choices in the market these days"

The pedal response is linear if not vigorous. My work is related to cars only and when it came to buy an SUV, I knew my options were limited. Throughly went in and out of all the SUV's in this price bracket and shortlisted Acadia and Traverse. I wasn't looking for a track focussed suv and never really cared about the power. Glad I made a good choice and went for Acadia with 7 seater option. Not a ...
by Christian A. Emery

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"What's with the body color everything approach."

Saves fuel, keeps entertained and drives smooth, no problems with the powertrain but the body design. Side windows are dinky and hinder the visibility to a certain extent. Auto start/stop feature on the other hand increases fuel eficiency without driver noticing anything. Perfect for city and even better for highways or long streches
by Christian A. Emery

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"Preposterous to call it lousy"

Only if the turbocharger was not able to give it an extra boost of responsiveness and the transmission was not smooth. Glad GMC knows their way around the cars and knew what exactly they wanted to do and which aspect they wanted to buff up. Did an excellent job with everything under the hood powering this whole thing.
by Willard L. Wilson

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"Powerful and classy"

Acadia is powerful and can tow more than what I would expect, no questions there. Everything is perfectly designed and executed and it is a real utility suv loaded with tech.
by Carter Lee

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"Limited good three row SUV choices in the market these days"

The pedal response is linear if not vigorous. My work is related to cars only and when it came to buying an SUV, I knew my options were limited. Thoroughly went in and out of all the SUV's in this price bracket and shortlisted Acadia and Traverse. I wasn't looking for a track focussed SUV and never really cared about the power. Glad I made a good choice and went for Acadia with 7 seater options. N...
by Charles Martin