2021 GMC Acadia AT4, Denali, Features, Release Date

The company’s biggest crossover has been updated recently and the amount of changes clearly indicates that bigger changes are not expected for the 2021 GMC Acadia. Most likely, we are about to see a typical carryover model, with familiar design and features. The current generation has been around since 2017 and if you add to this the very fresh styling, there’s no doubt that the Acadia has a lot of trump cards to compete in the segment where some of the biggest names are models like Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer etc.

This crossover delivers a pretty refined ride, as well as a lot of tech features. Also, the optional V6 delivers pretty good driving dynamics. On the other side, there is still a couple of issues, particularly in terms of the interior quality and below-average cargo area. The 2021 GMC Acadia could possibly bring a couple of additions to the list of standard equipment, though we don’t expect it will hit the market before the last quarter of 2020.

2021 GMC Acadia

2021 GMC Acadia Redesign

In terms of base design characteristics, you may count on the same model that arrived three years ago. This means a vehicle that rides on a familiar C1 platform. Unlike the Traverse, it rides on a standard version of this architecture and measures around 112.5 inches between the axles. Therefore, it seems like a more balanced choice, which may have less space on the inside, but rides and maneuvers better.

The recent update has brought a lot of changes. The focus was on the styling, so there is a completely new end, with new headlights, grille and bumper. All these parts now come in a much bolder manner and closely resemble the new generation of the GMC Sierra pickup truck. Therefore, it would be hard to expect any particular changes just a year later. Possibly, we could see a new color option or two but anything more than that seems more likely.


This aspect of the crossover didn’t receive any particular change with the recent refresh. Therefore, you may count on the same cabin layout that has been introduced three years ago. In practice, this means a practical and straightforward interior, with easy-to-use features, which is good. On the other side, a bad thing is that the overall interior quality isn’t on the level you would expect from a vehicle like this.

2021 GMC Acadia Interior

On the other side, the amount of space is pretty decent. The first row is good for about 41 inches of legroom, which is a pretty typical rating for the class. The second row is also pretty comfortable. It is good for about 39.7 inches. On the other side, the third row is a little bit tight, but that’s quite common thing among mid-size crossover. There is a little bit over 31 inches in this row. The cargo area features below-average ratings. You may count on about 12.8 cubic feet behind the third row, while the overall capacity goes up to 79.

Features and Trim Levels

When it comes to the trim levels, you can pick one of the following models – SL, SLE, SLT, AT4 and Denali. The base SL model comes standard with things like an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and OnStar with onboard Wi-Fi, while SLE and SLT gradually add more and more equipment.

On the other side, AT4 and Denali trims are not just characterized by more standard equipment, but also by unique styling details. The AT4 is an off-road model, while the famous Denali trim has always been characterized by lots of chrome, unique grille design etc.

2021 GMC Acadia Engines

The recent update has brought one more engine option to the lineup, so you now have a choice of three engines. Base model should carry on with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which is good for about 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. The recently introduced 2.0-liter turbo-four is good for about 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Finally, there is a well-known 3.6-liter V6, which ensures pretty amazing driving dynamics.

2021 GMC Acadia

This engine is good for about 310 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Another important novelty came with the this-year refresh. All Acadia models now come standard with a 9-speed automatic transmission. FWD configuration is standard, but all-wheel drive is available too. When it comes to fuel economy, the base engine returns quite respectable 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. On the other side, the V6 is good for about 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Ratings for the new turbo-four are still unavailable.

2021 GMC Acadia Release Date and Price

The 2021 GMC Acadia is expected to hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the next year. Base models should go around 30.000 dollars.

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