Sharing its architecture with the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave, the 2021 GMC Acadia gets carried over with minor packaging changes. They include the latest driver-assistance features in the Pro Safety Package now being standard in the SLT, AT4, and Denali trims, whereas, with 20-inch wheels and black accents, the Elevation Edition package is now optional with the $42,295 AT4 trim.
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Pricing And Features
Engine And Performance
Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide
The GMC Acadia is up against some seriously impressive models in the midsize crossover segment and tries to stand out by combining luxury and affordability - CARBUZZ
The 2021 Acadia has built its portfolio with five trim levels- SL, SLE, SLT, AT4, and Denali - along with three different engine variants. All of the engine options are mated to a 9-speed automatic. The SL trim gets the bare-bone necessities, whereas, for a steep premium of $3,800, the Acadia SLE trim gets you 20-inch wheels, a premium sound system, and black exterior accents.
The top of the line Denali with AWD comes in at $48,300 and represents the Acadia in its most opulent guise, with a Driver Convenience package, 20-inch Blackwall tires, and much more. The Technology Package with a head-up display and 360-degree camera is now standard across the trim lineup. Cayenne Red Tintcoat, Hunter Metallic, and Midnight Blue are the new shades joining in.
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2021 GMC Acadia Pricing and Features
The GMC Acadia comes in a total of 4 different trims. Prices range from an MSRP of $30,995 for the SL(fleet variant) to the $42,295 for the top-end AT4 trim. The base SLE comes with a 2.5 L inline 4 cylinder while the SLT comes with a 2.0L turbocharged inline 4 and gets the 3.6L V6 as an option. The AT4 trim and Denali trim come with the V6 unit as standard along with a host of model exclusive features.
The SLE trim starts at $34,795 and comes with a lot of standard safety and convenience features. The downside is most of them come as options. The SLT trim starts from $39,995 and comes with auto-dimming inside and outside rearview mirrors, perforated leather upholstery among a lot of other features. Customers can choose between different engine options.
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
Heated and ventilated front and rear seats
The AT4 starts from $42,295 and comes with AWD as standard. The 2021 AT4 is an off-road intended trim with scuff plates and fiber cladding supplied across the underside of the vehicle. The V6 engine is offered as standard. The Denali variant starts at $46,300 and comes with a lot of standard safety and convenience features. The Denali comes equipped with the V6 as standard.
2021 GMC Acadia Buying Advice
Which 2021 GMC Acadia trim should you choose?
We recommend going ahead and buying the SLT trim, given that you can opt for the potent V6 engine. It can be had with the option of a sunroof and comes with advanced safety and driver assistance features, including Blindspot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, and much more, courtesy of the new GMC Pro Safety Suite Plus. Although for a premium of $9,000, the 2021 Acadia SLT with an MSRP of $39,995 is a safe bet in our opinion.
Credit the Acadia's agile handling for its ability to shrink around you and drive similarly to a smaller vehicle - MOTORTREND
The 2021 GMC Acadia comes with 3 different engine choices. A 2.5L inline 4, a 2.0L turbocharged inline 4, and a 3.6L V6. Power figures stand at 193 hp, 230 hp, and 310 hp respectively which cater to a large variety of audiences and a wide price bracket ranging from $30,995 - $46,300.
Transmission options are limited to a 9-speed automatic with a choice of FWD or AWD drivetrains. The AT4 and Denali trims of the 2021 Acadia are offered with the 310 hp V6 as standard, whereas the other trims get it as an optional extra.
In terms of braking the 2021 Acadia can come to a complete emergency stop from 60 mph in 126 feet. This is an impressive figure for a near 4000 pound SUV.
It can be seen that the GMC Acadia has a power advantage over its rivals. Not to mention the towing capabilities of the car, if equipped with the V6 the Acadia can tow up to 4,000 pounds. The closest in terms of raw numbers would be the Toyota Highlander. In terms of torque generated, the Mazda CX-9 sits right at the top with 310 lb-ft.
In its base 2.5L NA guise, the 2021 Acadia S and SLE trims manage to return a modest 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. The turbocharged 2.0L unit, such as in the $39,995 SLT trim manages to deliver an even modest 22 MPG in the city and about 29 miles to the gallon out on the highway. Now regardless of the not-so frugal numbers, the 2021 Acadia does have a 19-gallon fuel tank, which allows it to have one of the best-in-class range.
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2021 Toyota Highlander
2021 Mazda CX-9
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The GMC Acadia in its 3.6L guise is not a very frugal consumer of fuel, with it delivering only 19 MPG in the city and 25 out on the highway. These numbers are with the FWD setup, as the AWD system further takes it down a notch by 1 MPG.
2021 GMC Acadia Interior
The Acadia plays it simpler, with a shield-shaped dash and clusters of controls that don't look as fresh as those rivals' linear looks - The Car Connection
With a standard seating capacity of 7, the interior of the 2021 GMC Acadia is simple yet practical and can accommodate up to seven occupants in the utmost comfort. Although not the best in terms of third-row space, the Acadia does offer middle row captain’s chairs in all the trims except the base SL trim(fleet variant). Going with the $39,995 SLT will land you with leather bathed interiors along with a decent-sized sunroof.
The 2021 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. Still, the infotainment unit could’ve been better when compared with that of the VW Atlas, which uses Audi’s MMI system.
In terms of proportions, the Acadia sits tall and is unmistakably a GMC. Acadia is the lightest SUV of the lot at 3923 lbs. Further changes include the 20-inch wheels and black exterior accents, courtesy of the Elevation Edition package.
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2021 Toyota Highlander
2021 Mazda CX-9
2021 Volkswagen Atlas
In terms of competition, the $31,555 Volkswagen Atlas looks smart and elegant. In terms of sheer size, the Volkswagen beats the rest of the competition here. A close second would be the $33,690 Mazda CX-9, which surprisingly has the highest ground clearance of them all.
In every safety review of the GMC Acadia by US authorities, the crossover rates highly - CARBUZZ
Is the 2021 GMC Acadia safe?
Driver Safety aids like Forward collision alert, lane departure warning, Rear-cross traffic alert make the 2021 GMC Acadia stand up against the likes of its competitors. GMC Pro Safety Plus Suite is now optional on the SL, and SLE trims, whereas it is standard on the $39,995 SLT variant and the higher trims.
Also, the improved chassis architecture helps the occupants when in the unfortunate event of a crash by dissipating the shock waves across the whole body away from the cabin. Both the NHTSA and IIHS seem very pleased with how the 2020 GMC Acadia turned out to be a safe package, awarding it with a ‘Good’ rating overall
2021 GMC Acadia Competition
2021 GMC Acadia Vs 2021 Toyota Highlander
The 2021 Toyota Highlander is one of the oldest nameplates in the 3 row SUV segment and offers decent performance. The advantage the GMC Acadia has over the Highlander is its power and smaller dimensions.
The Acadia is a boon in city driving when compared to the Highlander and has better performance on offer. The Highlander (MSRP $34,600) is more spacious and costs a bit more. It’s a Toyota and therefore comes with unmatched reliability.
2021 GMC Acadia Vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas
The VW Atlas is one of the most spacious cars out there. In fact, it is the most spacious car in this comparison. Although not the most enthusiastic SUV out there, it still manages to offer premium features along with a utilitarian’s most important attribute; space.
The 2021 GMC Acadia is a note-worthy offering with 7 seats and a ton of features all for the starting price of MSRP $30,995. Plus the new package offerings only add to the praise. The choice of 3 potent powertrains makes the 2021 Acadia a good performer both on and off-road. Plus the exterior updated styling gives it a strong and bold personality throughout, especially when you opt for the $46,300 Acadia Denali trim. GMC has a long market experience of making capable SUVs which makes it a supremely reliable vehicle too.
GMC has you covered with a slew of competitive warranty schemes offered for the Acadia. Limited Warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever is earlier, while the Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever is earlier, whereas the Complimentary scheduled maintenance covered for the initial visit.
Are all the trims of the GMC Acadia available with 4WD?
The 2021 GMC Acadia is offered in 5 trim levels which are offered with 8 configurations. However, the entry-level SL trim which is a fleet model is not offered with a 4WD configuration.
What are the trim levels for GMC Acadia?
The 2021 Acadia comes in a total of 4 trim levels and 1 extra variant, namely the Denali. The trims included ar the SL(Fleet), SLE, SLT, and the AT4.
What other SUVs can be compared to the 2021 GMC Acadia?
The 2021 GMC Acadia rivals the likes of the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, and the Volkswagen Atlas, amongst others.
Cons - Small cargo space, seat folding required to increase cargo space making it reduce the no passengers
decent interior, 7 seater with foldable seats for increasing cargo space comfy seats, varying size infotainment for different models from 5inch to 8 inch., small front grille, led lights, moonroof, blind spot monitoring, tpms, parking assist, feels good to have this car.
Pros - Bold, sturdy looks, cabin is just appealing to eyes,design is great
Cons - 3rd row leg room is small, head room is less in rear
decent mpg 19,decent material on interiors for budget suv 7 seater, climate control, foldable 3rd row seats, big wheels, good wheelbase and ground clearance for off road capabilities, cruise control, lane assist, road departure warning system.
Pros - Acadia is spacious, comfortable, and very stable around corners
Cons - Headlights are dim, speakers are not loud enough, little pricey
Love it! If you told me a few years back SUVs are gonna be this premium and luxurious I would have laughed at you but now that I have one I can’t get enough of it. The color choices of the interior are great and the use of leather is smart. There is everything that one would want from a luxurious vehicle like heated seats and steering wheel, good infotainment, to modern features such as lane keep assist. Both the car and the purchasing experience were great. I had a great time there and everybody I had a chance to talk to was sweet and very caring of our needs.