2020 Acadia New Car Test Drive
The 2020 GMC Acadia crossover SUV has plenty of space, a snazzy Denali variant, and tough-looking styling. It's a great family vehicle that wears a rugged mask.
The 2020 model strives to impress with a flurry of updates. Under the hood, there's a new 2.0-liter turbo-4 for mid-level models, and a new 9-speed automatic is standard with all engines. A stop/start system has also been made standard on all models for improved fuel efficiency. On the outside, a light refresh brings redesigned LED headlights and squares off the front end for a more truckish look.
Also new this year is an available off-road themed AT4 trim. Soon to be rolled out across the GMC line, the AT4 designation means fatter tires, more off-road hardware, and a tougher look.
The new turbo-4 brings the engine offerings for the Acadia up to three. The base models are powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that makes 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. It's limited to the bottom two trims and is only available with front-wheel drive.
Above this is the new 2.0-liter turbo-4, which makes 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It comes with the mid-trim SLE when equipped with all-wheel drive as well the SLT.
The most powerful option on the Acadia's menu is a 3.6-liter V-6 with 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. This engine is limited to the Denali and AT4 trims.
Front-wheel drive is standard on most trims, but all-wheel drive is standard on the AT4 and available on all but the base SL.
Standard active-safety features include blind-spot monitors and rear parking sensors. Automatic emergency braking, which is quickly becoming standard in most vehicles across most segments, is limited to option status on the SLT and AT4. It's standard on the Denali, however, along with adaptive cruise control and active lane control.
All prices include a $1,195 destination charge.
The base SL ($30,995) is front-wheel drive and is powered by the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. Standard equipment includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED headlights, 17-inch wheels, and tri-zone climate control.
The SE ($34,995 for FWD, $36,995 for AWD) adds selectable drive modes, 18-inch wheels, and satellite radio. It also opens up more options, including both the turbo-4 and V-6 engines as well as features like Bose audio, a power tailgate, and heated and cooled seats.
The SLT ($40,895 for FWD; $42,895 for AWD) comes with the turbo-4, leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, and Bose audio.
The AT4 ($44,395) is the off-roader of the bunch, getting 17-inch black wheels, cloth seats, V-6 power, all-terrain tires, and an off-road mode. All-wheel drive is standard.
At the top of the lineup is the Denali ($49,990). It comes with most luxury features available on the Acadia, including automatic emergency braking, heated and cooled front seats, heated second row seats, and wireless phone charging. The V-6 and all-wheel drive are standard as well.