2021 GMC Acadia

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The 2021 GMC Acadia is a mid-size three-row crossover SUV that seats five, six or seven people. Made in Tennessee, it's much like the Chevy Blazer but with styling that's a bit boxier and with a more distinctive face. It's offered with a choice of three engines, with front- or all-wheel drive.

The Acadia has good infotainment, a nice ride, quick acceleration from its turbo-4 and V-6 engines, and above-average road manners. For 2021 it gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility on all models, while automatic emergency braking comes standard on the Acadia SLT and optional on the SLE.

The base engine is a non-turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4 making 193 horsepower with front-wheel drive only, while the optional 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes a much better 230 hp, mated to a 9-speed automatic with available all-wheel drive. It's relatively quiet and has such strong low-end pull that it makes the 310-hp V-6 (standard on the Denali edition and available on others) feel unnecessary.

About 194 inches in length, most Acadias have a third-row bench, which isn't very big. The first two rows are comfortable and offer good head and leg room, but because the Acadia is fairly narrow, three passengers in the second-row bench will be squeezed (captain's chairs come on the SLT model). Cargo space can reach a generous 79 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded.

The EPA rates the base 4-cylinder at 21 mpg city, 27 highway, 23 combined. With front-wheel drive, the more powerful turbo-4 actually gets better mileage, rated at 22/29/25 mpg; with all-wheel drive it drops about 1 mpg to 22/27/24 mpg.

With the V-6 and front-wheel drive, the Acadia gets 19/27/22 mpg, and with all-wheel drive, 19/26/21 mpg.

The IIHS gives the Acadia 'Good'? scores in its crash tests, but hasn't tested the headlights yet. The NHTSA gives the Acadia five stars overall.

Automatic emergency braking can't be had on the base Acadia, although it's optional or standard on other models. The system includes adaptive cruise control and active lane control.
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The 2021 GMC Acadia is a mid-size three-row crossover SUV that seats five, six or seven people. Made in Tennessee, it's much like the Chevy Blazer but with styling that's a bit boxier and with a more distinctive face. It's offered with a choice of three engines, with front- or all-wheel drive.

The Acadia has good infotainment, a nice ride, quick acceleration from its turbo-4 and V-6 engines, and above-average road manners. For 2021 it gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility on all models, while automatic emergency braking comes standard on the Acadia SLT and optional on the SLE.

The base engine is a non-turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4 making 193 horsepower with front-wheel drive only, while the optional 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes a much better 230 hp, mated to a 9-speed automatic with available all-wheel drive. It's relatively quiet and has such strong low-end pull that it makes the 310-hp V-6 (standard on the Denali edition and available on others) feel unnecessary.

About 194 inches in length, most Acadias have a third-row bench, which isn't very big. The first two rows are comfortable and offer good head and leg room, but because the Acadia is fairly narrow, three passengers in the second-row bench will be squeezed (captain's chairs come on the SLT model). Cargo space can reach a generous 79 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded.

The EPA rates the base 4-cylinder at 21 mpg city, 27 highway, 23 combined. With front-wheel drive, the more powerful turbo-4 actually gets better mileage, rated at 22/29/25 mpg; with all-wheel drive it drops about 1 mpg to 22/27/24 mpg.

With the V-6 and front-wheel drive, the Acadia gets 19/27/22 mpg, and with all-wheel drive, 19/26/21 mpg.

The IIHS gives the Acadia 'Good'? scores in its crash tests, but hasn't tested the headlights yet. The NHTSA gives the Acadia five stars overall.

Automatic emergency braking can't be had on the base Acadia, although it's optional or standard on other models. The system includes adaptive cruise control and active lane control.
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Retail Price

$29,800 - $48,600 MSRP / Window Sticker Price
Engine 2.0L I-4, 2.5L I-4, 3.6L V-6
MPG Up to 22 city / 29 highway
Seating 7 Passengers
Transmission 9-spd auto w/OD
Power 193 - 310 hp
Drivetrain all wheel, front-wheel
Curb Weight 3,923 - 4,390 lbs
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