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2020 GMC Acadia Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Saurav Kumar Editor Updated on: November 20, 2019


Magnificent design. Bundled technologies. Powerful performance. These are some of the highlighting features that helped GMC Acadia to mark its place among its competition. The new 2020 GMC Acadia tries to deliver something more, unlike the previous year's model. 

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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

Not pretty luxurious Cabin, even in the top costly trim levels

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


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

brake rotors (f/r)

64.5/64.5

dimensions

wheelbase

112.5 in.

length

193.6 in.

width

75.4 in.

height

66 in.

curb weight

3923 lbs.

ground clearance

7.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

143.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

79 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

2078 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/25/27 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.


Pictures

Exterior
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Interior
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Styles

 2020 GMC Acadia in Blue Steel Metallic color  2020 GMC Acadia in Dark Sky Metallic color  2020 GMC Acadia in Ebony Twilight Metallic color  2020 GMC Acadia in Iridium Metallic color
Blue Steel Metallic

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

Features

8.5

Interior

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 GMC Acadia SL

SL

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

$29,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $29,800 MSRP (21/23/27) 193hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7

 2020 GMC Acadia SLE

SLE

power
230hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$33,800 - $36,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $33,800 MSRP (21/23/27) 193hp @ 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 $36,200 MSRP (21/23/26) 230hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

 2020 GMC Acadia SLT

SLT

power
230hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$38,800 - $40,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $38,800 MSRP (21/23/27) 230hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 6
SLT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $40,800 MSRP (19/23/27) 230hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 6

 2020 GMC Acadia AT4

AT4

power
310hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$41,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
AT4 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $41,300 MSRP (18/21/25) 310hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 GMC Acadia Denali

Denali

power
310hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$46,300 - $48,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Denali 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $46,300 MSRP (19/23/27) 310hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 6
Denali 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $48,300 MSRP (18/22/25) 310hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 6

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


A few years back, when GMC redesigned Acadia, it made some major improvements over technology, quality, and comfort. Interestingly, the 2020 Acadia retains the same six-speed automatic transmission, which makes no improvement in acceleration 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 as standard. This depicted that General Motors was more serious with the Traverse in the three-row SUV segment. 

Now, it seems that GMC has considered some of the feedback received from the previous buyers and came up with some major upgrades for 2020. With new refreshed looks, better power options, and added a trim level, the 2020 Acadia hs build its portfolio amidst all odds. With a starting MSRP of $30,995, the three-row Acadia makes a strong lead among rivals. However, it will take some time to rival against Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent or Honda Passport.


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Features

 
 
 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

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 Acadia AT4 and Denali have been reviewed separately. 

The new AT4 is a complete off-roaded and offers all-terrain tires. It comes with extra off-road aids like hill descent control and automatic hill hold. Some major distinguishing exterior design makes it appear tougher than all other trims. Inside, there are two rows of seating as standard, which is intended to reduce weight and increase storage. 

Trims

SL

SLE-1

SLE-2

SLT-1

SLT-2

MSRP FWD

$30,995

$34,995

$36,090 

$39,995 

$40,490 

MSRP AWD

N/A

$37,395

$37,890

$41,995 

$42,490 

Engine

2.5L 4-cylinder engine

2.5L 4-cylinder engine

3.6L V6 engine

2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder engine

3.6L V6 engine

Key Features

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls

Same as SL with following additions or replacements:

Same as SLE-1 with following additions or replacements:

Same as SLE-2 with following additions or replacements:

Same as SLT-1 with following additions or replacements:

 

Seven passenger seating with second and third row split-bench fold flat seats

Front and second row carpeted floor mats

Heated Driver and Front Passenger Seats

Perforated leather-appointed first and second row seats

20" bright aluminum wheels

 

Keyless Open and Start

SiriusXM Radio

Fog Lamps

120V power outlet

Memory Package recalls 2 presets for power driver seat and outside mirrors

 

Industry-First Front Center Airbag

Compact Spare Tire

8-way power driver's seat

Auto-dimming driver-side outside mirror

Heated second-row passenger seats (outboard only)

 

A/C, Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control

 

Remote Start

Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror

Intellibeam Headlamps

 

7-inch diagonal GMC Infotainment System

 

Silver roof rails

Bose premium 8-speaker system

Trailering Package with Active Tow

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

 

18" aluminum wheels

Driver Alert Package I

Driver Alert Package II

 

Rear Vision Camera system

 

Standard 6-passenger seating

Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert

Front and Rear Park Assist

Which trim is the best buy?

Looking at the changes made to the 2020 Acadia lineup, we don’t have any choice other than the SLT-1 trim. Here you get the turbocharged engine with comfy second-row captain’s chair along with leather upholstery among other major upgrades. The towing capacity for the V6 powered SLT is rated at 4000 pounds while the basic 2.0-liter engine manages to tow 1000 pounds. 

2020 GMC Acadia Engine

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 powerful 3.6L, 310-hp V6 engine is equipped, and comes standard on Acadia AT4 variant.

Powering the 2020 Acadia SLT and Acadia Denali models is an all-new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is also available as standard equipment. This engine delivers 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.

Moreover, a twin-scroll turbocharger helps the engine to bring in better response, while maintaining power or efficiency, as needed by the driver. The transmission duty is carried out by a new nine-speed automatic transmission. 

Models

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP

$30,995

$31,695

$31,450

$32,365

$31,995

$31,330

$29,995

$29,840

Engine

2.5 Liter Inline-4

3.6 Liter V6

3.5-liter V6

3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6

2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer 4-cylinder

2.7-liter 4-cylinder

3.6 Liter V6

3.6L V6

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

193 @ 6300

295 @ 6400

280hp @ 6000

288 @ 6500

260 hp @ 5,600

185 hp @ 5800

293 hp @ 6400 rpm

310 hp @ 6800

Torque

188 @ 4400

260 @ 4000

262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

254 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

277 lb.-ft. @ 2,000 rpm

184 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

293 hp @ 6400 rpm

266 lb. ft. @ 2800 rpm

How fast is the 2020 GMC Acadia?

The 2020 Acadia takes 7 seconds to cover 60 mph from zero. Taking rivals into consideration and current refinements, the new model has certainly improved over the previous year's models. 

Models

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

0-60 MPH

7.0 sec

N/A

6.2 sec

8.2 sec

6.9 sec

4.1 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

14.8 sec

16.3 sec

15.5 sec

N/A

15.8 sec

Engine

2.5 Liter Inline-4

3.6 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

2.4 Liter Boxer-4

2.7-liter Inline-4

3.6 Liter V6

Emission

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

8.4

7.7

8.0

N/A

8.0

7.6

8.4

What about the driving dynamics?

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. Acadia Denali continues to offer Continuous Damping Control, which helps in tuning suspension damper in real-time for better ride and handling.

What about the Braking performance of 2020 GMC Acadia?

Being a 2-ton car, Acadia’s 172 feet braking distance from 70 to 0 isn't that bad. The pedal feel is good this time and delivers amazing feedback. However, the braking could have been a bit better but we have to deal with it somehow. 

Model

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

13

12.6

12.8

13.1

12.9

13.0

Brake Rear (in.)

12.4

13

13

12.8

13

12.2

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3956

4513

4036

4458

4430

4134

4680

60-0 MPH (ft.)

172 (70 to 0)

3.5

117 (est.)

108 (With optional tires)

119

126 (est.)

121

The Japanese rivals can be seen stealing the show in terms of braking performance. The Explorer brings in a great surprise here and displays good figures as expected from a smaller vehicle in the class.

What's the towing capacity of 2020 GMC Acadia?

GMC Acadia offers can be used to haul for a good amount to time. The company claims 2 tons, which should be plenty for hitching a trailer along for a ride.

Model

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Towing Capacity

4000

6200

3500

5000

5000

1500

6200

The Durango turns out to be one of the strongest SUV in this section, quite good for a 3-ton haul. You could easily tow a broken car in case needed. 

2020 GMC Acadia Fuel Economy

The Acadia offers good fuel efficiency figure with the 2.5 inline engine, an acceptable efficiency on the V6. You can get a gallon for 21 miles in the city and 26 on the highway with the former. The latter drops the figures down to 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg in the highway.

Model

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

MPG (city)

21

19

19

17

21

20

18

MPG (highway)

26

26

27

24

27

24

25

MPG (combined)

23

21

22

20

23

22

20

Fuel Tank (gallons)

19

24.6

19.5 19.2 19.3 19.2

24.6

The bulky Ford loses on the efficiency front, followed closely by the Dodge. Both the cars sport a 3.5-liter V6s, which are extremely powerful and very, very thirsty. Subaru Ascent is the most frugal car here, aided by the CVT gearbox.

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 the splendid interior design. You can witness the refined use of soft cloth throughout the cabin, also on the sides of the central console. However, the Acadia Denali models get open-pore wood accents inside, offering a two-tone color scheme.

Acadia’s center console has been redesigned to offer good comfort to the driver as well as passengers. With the incorporation of new Electronic Precision Shift controls that was offered on the GMC Terrain initially, Acadias console gets better with time. The storage trays have been enlarged and new storage areas have been created that can easily fit a small bag. 

2020 GMC Acadia Rear Seats

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. 

Model

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Passenger Capacity

7

5

8

7

8

8

7

Front Row (cu. ft) Head room

40.3

39.9

40.1

41.4

41.3

40.7

39.9

Front Row (cu. ft) Shoulder room

59.4

58.7

62

61.5

61.1

59.3

57

Front Row (cu. ft) Leg room

41

40.3

40.9

42.9

42.2

44.2

40.3

Second Row (cu. ft) Head room

39.6

39.2

40.2

40.6

40

40

39.8

Second Row (cu. ft) Shoulder room

58.7

58

62

61

60.3

60.3

42.8

Second Row (cu. ft) Leg room

39.7

38.6

38.4

39.5

38.6

38.6

38.6

Third Row (cu. ft) Head room

37.5

N/A

38.9

37.8

36.3

36.3

37.8

Third Row (cu. ft) Shoulder room

54.3

N/A

57.6

50.8

57.2

57.2

42.8

Third Row (cu. ft) Leg room

31.1

N/A

31.9

32

31.7

31.7

31.5

With the exception of Jeep Grand Cherokee, the entire segment sports 3 rows of seating as standard, with varying capacities of 7 to 8 people. With the Jeep, you only get 2 rows. Honda pilot simply wins in terms of space, great first and second-row space, and manageable last row space.

2020 GMC Acadia Interior

Does it come loaded with Tech on the inside?

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.

What about utility?

SUVs have always held a natural advantage in terms of space, over other car types. This figure is usually the most apparent in trunk volume. Even with seats occupying a lot of the rear area, there is enough room for 2 small briefcases. 

2020 GMC Acadia Cargo Area

Model

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Cargo Volume in trunk (ft.3)

12.8

36.3

16.5

21

17.8

13.8

17.2

Cargo Volume 3rd Row folded (ft.3)

41.7

N/A

83.9

43.8

47.5

TBD

47.7

Cargo Volume 2nd row folded (ft.3)

79

68.3

46.8

80.7

86.5

83.7

84.5

Due to the lack of a 3rd Row, Jeep pulls ahead in his category. It offers the most space upfront. However, with the seats folded down, little Subaru decimates the competition.

2020 GMC Acadia Exterior

The new Acadia stands tall and bold with a complete 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 some sort of inspiration from Sierra 1500. The front fascia looks neat with the beautifully placed headlamps. 

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 are offered on Acadia SLT models.

2020 GMC Acadia Exterior

Model

GMC Acadia

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Dodge Durango SXT

Curb weight (lbs.)

3956

4513

4036

4458

4430

4134

4680

Length(in)

193.6

189.8

196.5

198.3

196.8

192.5

201.2

Width(in)

75.4

63.9

78.6

78.9

76

75.8

75.8

Height(in)

66

69.3

70.6

70

71.6

68.1

70.9

Ground clearance (in)

7.2

8.6

7.3

7.8

8.7

8.0

8.1

Wheelbase (in)

112.5

114.8

111

112.8

113.8

109.8

119.8

Track width (in) F/R

64.5/64.5

64.1/63.9

66.3/66.3

67/67

64.4/ 64.2

64.4/64.2

63.9/64.1

2020 GMC Acadia Safety

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. The Driver Alert package, available on Acadia SLE and standard on Acadia SLT, AT4, and Denali, includes:

  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

The Driver Alert Package II, which is available only on Acadia SLT and AT4 models and standard on Acadia Denali, builds extra on the Driver Alert I package by adding:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Intellibeam headlamps
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Safety Alert Seat

Acadia Denali also comes with a 6” diagonal color Head-Up Display, which can be helpful to drivers by projecting key vehicle information onto the windshield. Additionally, Acadia Denali features a Rear Camera Mirror, that provides a wide field of view compared to inside rearview mirrors.

2020 GMC Acadia Competition

GMC Acadia vs. Honda Pilot

Honda is undoubtedly known for building practical and tough vehicles that are strong enough to beat any contender in the segment. The Pilot offers a V6 engine along with lots of advanced driver safety aids. The pilot offers smart packaging that allows space for more passenger and cargo space. 

GMC Acadia vs. Toyota Highlander

The Highlander is now aging in the rival list. Its infotainment system is still not up to the mark and often lags. The Highlander also offers a hybrid powertrain that churns out better mpg for fuel-conscious buyers and those who don't have plans to go for towing.

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 the Acadia for obvious reasons and its close sibling Chevy Traverse offered a good spacious cabin. But, for now, right from the engine and features, there are multiple choices to make. We would also consider the Honda Pilot for offering the impressive capability and good interior.