The facelift should revive the interest in mid-size SUV, but the full effect will be visible with the 2021 GMC Acadia. The carmaker updated the three-row model after only three years in the market. However, this segment is one of the hottest recently, and the goal for the GMC is to achieve 100k sales per annum. The current crisis slows down the process, but as soon as the situation cools down, Acadia will be one of the most popular vehicles in its class.
There won’t be too many changes in the 2021 GMC Acadia. The facelift was about to take the full swing, but now, everything is delayed. The bad thing is that competition will have a chance to catch up with GMC’s SUV. The competition is already very strong since most other carmakers are paying attention to their midsize models. Some of the most notable arrivals will be Honda Pilot and Kia Sorento, which will bring the most changes compared to current editions.
2021 GMC Acadia Specs
The biggest change the facelift brought is a new turbocharged unit. Besides that one, the 2021 GMC Acadia will also offer an inline-four and V6 engines. The base offer starts with a 1.5-liter displacement, which produces 195 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. This is not enough for fans of the mid-size segment since such output is more suitable for compact crossovers. The gas mileage is slightly better than for the V6, with 25 mpg with FWD and 23 mpg if you want a 4WD.
A 3.6-liter model is coming up with 310 hp and 270 lb-ft of twist. This is above the average of this class, since Ford, Toyota, and Honda models are all under 300 ponies. Front-wheel drive is pretty efficient on highways with 27 mpg, but in urban areas, the mileage drops to 19 mpg. AWD consumes 18/25 miles per gallon. In both cases, the transmission box is a 9-speed automatic case. A V6 is not so capable of towing, with a capacity of 4,000 pounds.
With the facelift, we got a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine with 230 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. We will see how fans will like the unit that is optional in lower trim levels, and standard for high-end SLT and Denali editions.
Features and Accessories
Acadia is pretty versatile, with multiple choices available to choose from. The base option SL is offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, services which are optional on most entry-level SUVs. Keyless open/start system and tri-zone climate control are highlights on the base 2021 GMC Acadia.
The SLE package has two levels of equipment. The lower one comes with six seating spots, LED lights, and 17-inch wheels. The package is upgraded to level 2 with larger wheels, heated seats, power adjustment for driver’s bucket, and a power liftgate.
SLT also offers two versions. This is already a premium model with a Bose audio and infotainment system that uses an 8-inch touchscreen display. Driver Alert safety is upgraded to level 2 with the SLT-2 model. Besides that, the new trim also brings heated rear seats and ventilation for front buckets.
2021 GMC Acadia Denali and AT4
The 2021 GMC Acadia AT4 is definitely the hottest version of the SUV since it is the latest update. The vehicle is not more capable of off-roading. The first impressions are good, but it seems like adventurers will stick to Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner for a while. The AT4 will need some time to catch up with these two models. But, the first appearance has shown a lot of potentials. A V6 unit is standard and delivers enough power for various jobs in tough terrains. Of course, there are special tires, skid plates, and other performance upgrades.
If you are keener on the luxury SUV, then the 2021 GMC Acadia Denali is an excellent choice. It is not as expensive as premium brands but brings a lot of cool accessories. Heated and ventilated seats, navigation, and hands-free liftgate are standard on this trim.
2021 GMC Acadia Pros and Cons
The SUV is all-new and its fresh design is eye-catching. The 2021 GMC Acadia also offers plenty of options. Base models are not expensive but offer some cool features. If you need more, the company will offer a lot of possibilities. Of course, top trims are luxury and off-road models. You can choose between naturally-aspirated, turbo-four, or V6 engines. Safety packages are also impressive but at higher trim levels. The downside is definitely lack of space, with 41 cubic feet behind the second row. For example, Ford Explorer offers 44 cu.ft. and Toyota Highlander 43. Also, Acadia can tow ‘only’ 4,000 pounds, while most other SUVs are rated around 5,000 pounds, with the Nissan Pathfinder going up to 6,000.
The base price for the 2021 GMC Acadia is just under $31,000 with the destination fee. AT4 is above $40k, and the Denali version adds more than $10,000 in upgrades.