2021 GMC Acadia

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Updated on: April 5, 2021

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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.

Prices have been bumped, as the Acadia lineup now starts from an MSRP of $30,995 for the SL trim, whereas the top-end Acadia Denali starts from $46,300. Available in over 5 trims, the engine choices also range between the 2.5L NA in the SL, 2.0L turbo-4 in the SLE, and SLT to the 3.6L V6 in the AT4 and Denali. Three new colors also join the color palette. The 2021 Acadia also rivals the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, and the Volkswagen Atlas.


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Pros

Refined ride quality

Quick acceleration from the optional V6 engine

Modern onboard technology

Cons

Cabin isn't particularly luxurious, even for the priciest trims

Some rivals have better cargo and third-row space

Base engine feels dull

What's New?

Three new color shades

Premium Package now includes a heated steering wheel

Elevation Edition package now includes 20-inch wheels


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30995

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

150

horsepower

193 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

188 lb-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

9-speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.4

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

79 cu ft.

maximum towing capacity

1000

payload

2078

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.2

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/27 mpg

highway range

55 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SL $30,995 onwards

193 hp @ 6300 rpm | 2.5 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • 4-way Manual Adjustable Driver & Front Passenger Bucket Seat
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Connection
  • 50-50 Split-Bench 3rd Row Seats
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • Black Accent Package
  • Front Air Conditioning, Dual Zone Automatic
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Rear Air Conditioning w/ Separate Controls

SLE $34,795 onwards

193 hp @ 6300 rpm | 2.5 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • Auto-Dimming Side Mirrors
  • Bose Premium 8-Speaker Audio System
  • Compact Spare Tire
  • Front and second-row carpeted floor mats
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio

SLT $39,995 onwards

2 L | Inline 4 | Premium unleaded

  • 120V AC Power Outlet In Cargo Area
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Dual SkyScape sunroof
  • Front & Rear Park Assist
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • High-Gloss Black Aero Blades
  • Navigation System
  • Perforated Leather Appoint Seats

AT4 $42,295 onwards

302 hp @ 5800 rpm | 3.6 L | V-6 | Regular unleaded

  • Cargo management system
  • Cloth/Vinyl Seat Trim
  • Hands-Free Foot-Activated Liftgate
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Unique 17" Painted Wheels & All-Terrain Tires
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Colors and Styles

2021 GMC Acadia in Blue Steel Metallic color 2021 GMC Acadia in Dark Sky Metallic color 2021 GMC Acadia in Ebony Twilight Metallic color 2021 GMC Acadia in Iridium Metallic color
Blue Steel Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

7.9

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


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.

2021 GMC Acadia trim variant lineup

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.


8.0/10
Pricing and Features

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2021 GMC Acadia Pricing and Features

8.0/10

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.

Trims

SL (Fleet)

SLE

SLT

AT4

MSRP (FWD) 

 $30,995  $34,795  $39,995

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MSRP (AWD)  - $37,995 $41,995 $42,295

Key Features

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.

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2021 GMC Acadia Engine and Performance

8.5/10

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. 

2021 GMC Acadia AT4 off-roading

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. 

How fast is the 2021 GMC Acadia from 0-60 MPH?

The 2021 Acadia, in its 2.5L NA avatar, can go from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds. That said if equipped with the 3.6L V6 unit the 2021 Acadia does the 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds

Models

2021 GMC Acadia

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

MSRP

$33,600

$34,600

$33,890

$35,495

Engine

3.6L naturally aspirated V6

3.5L naturally aspirated V6

2.5L Turbocharged 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

310 hp @ 6,300 RPM

295 hp @ 6,600 RPM

227 hp @ 5000 RPM

276 hp @ 6,200 RPM

Torque

272 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

263 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

266 lb-ft @ 2,750 RPM

0-60 MPH 

6.5 sec

7.2 sec

7.1 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter mile 

14.7 sec

15.0 sec

15.5 sec

16.0 sec

Top Speed 

115 MPH

112 MPH

N/A

N/A

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.


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2021 GMC Acadia Fuel Economy

7.5/10

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.

Model

2021 GMC Acadia

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

MPG (city)

19

20

22

17

MPG (highway)

25

27

28

24

MPG (combined)

20

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

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

7.0/10

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.

Model

2021 GMC Acadia

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 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

Trunk Capacity 

12.6 cu.ft.

16.0 cu.ft.

14.4 cu.ft.

20.6 cu.ft.

The winning statement here would be that the Volkswagen Atlas has a better spaced interior and cargo capacity, although for a premium of $2000 more than the base Acadia. That said, the Toyota Highlander and the GMC Acadia are not far behind when it comes to the overall space offered. Acadia has a cargo capacity of 12.8 cubic feet which is the lowest here.


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2021 GMC Acadia Exterior

8.0/10

Thanks to its recent facelift, the Acadia is still a handsome and modern-looking crossover - CARBUZZ

A bold and beautiful front end flanked by the new slimmer LED headlights inspired by the Sierra 1500 adorn the front of the $30,995 GMC Acadia.

What are the new colors of the 2021 GMC Acadia?

Three new color shades are introduced with the 2021 Acadia- Cayenne Red Tintcoat, Hunter Metallic, and Midnight Blue Metallic.

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.

Model

2021 GMC Acadia

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 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"

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.


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2021 GMC Acadia Safety

8.0/10

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

8.0/10

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.

2021 Toyota Highlander

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.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

The GMC Acadia cannot match the Atlas in terms of space offered but in terms of performance, the Atlas is long gone in front of the 2021 Acadia.

2021 GMC Acadia Final Verdict

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.

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2021 GMC Acadia FAQs

What's the warranty plan with the new GMC Acadia?

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.

Car Rating

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Wendy C. Webb

2021 GMC Acadia

SLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 9A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

BUdget Full size suv

Pros - Sharp design features,moonroof, robust looks

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.

7/10
Features
6/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
7/10
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Abigail M. Dominguez

2021 GMC Acadia

SL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 9A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

Comfort SUV

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.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
6/10
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Barry S. Enloe

2021 GMC Acadia

SLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 9A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 30, 2021

Could not have asked for more

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.

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BUdget Full size suv

decent interior, 7 seater with foldable seats for increasing cargo space

by Wendy C. Webb

8

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decent mpg 19,decent material on interiors for budget suv

by Abigail M. Dominguez

9

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Could not have asked for more

Love it!

by Barry S. Enloe

10

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Outshines the competition!

Far better than the rest of competition

by Richard J. Rigsby

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Cabin needs improvement

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