If we can trust the latest reports, the next generation of GMC’s mid-size crossover will arrive in 2023, for the 2024 model year. This clearly indicates that the 2023 GMC Acadia will represent the final production year of the current generation. Therefore, we don’t expect to see any important updates. Most likely, this will be a typical carryover model, which will bring a familiar layout and features. Still, we wouldn’t exclude the possibility to see a few additions to the list of standard equipment.
All in all, you may count on a crossover that offers an attractive, rugged design, as well as a couple of pretty capable engine options. Furthermore, we like the fuel economy of the turbo-four engine, as well as the smooth and comfortable ride. Furthermore, infotainment is pretty easy to use. When it comes to things we don’t like, the first thing that comes to mind is subpar interior quality, as well as a tight third row and below-average cargo area.
2023 GMC Acadia Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 GMC Acadia should be a typical carryover model. We expect no significant changes and count on familiar design characteristics. This means a design based on a familiar C1 platform, which offers a comfortable ride, but too much athleticism. The styling has been updated a couple of years ago and still looks pretty attractive.
Of course, the 2023 GMC Acadia will also continue in the AT4 versions, which is off-road oriented and comes with a couple of upgrades, such as retuned AWD system, as well as a hill descent control. Also, there are a few exclusive styling details, which accentuate its off-road character. The same thing goes for the range-topping Denali trim, which comes with exclusive styling details, such as chrome grille, unique wheels etc.
The same thing goes for interior design. We expect no changes and count on a familiar layout, which offers a decent look but feels a little bit less upscale compared to rivals. Simply, a lot of the cabin feels a little bit old, while there is also a lot of surfaces that are covered with hard plastics.
On the other hand, the overall cabin comfort is at a decent level. The first two rows are quite spacious and accommodate adults in a pretty nice fashion. The front seats are also massive and supportive, while the driving position is also pretty good. On the other hand, the third row is tight and can’t accommodate adults that easily.
When it comes to cargo capacity, you may count on 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, 41.7 cubic feet behind the second, while the total capacity goes around 79 cubic feet of the total cargo space. That’s slightly below-average for the segment.
This aspect shouldn’t bring more significant changes either. We expect that the list of standard and available equipment will remain pretty much the same as in the current model. So, all versions should come equipped with goodies like tri-zone climate control, push-button start, an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, USB ports, Bluetooth, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The list of upgrades should include navigation, wireless device charging, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio, dual-panel sunroof, remote start and a rear-seat entertainment system.
When it comes to safety features, base models should come equipped with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, lane departure warning etc. When it comes to upgrades, we expect to see goodies like a head-up display, a safety alert seat, front pedestrian braking, surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control etc.
2023 GMC Acadia Engines
Things under the hood shouldn’t change either. The 2.5-liter inline-four has been discontinued last year, so the offer now starts with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission and offers pretty decent performance. Still, a more impressive thing is fuel economy, which goes around 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
For those who are looking for something peppier, there is an optional 3.6-liter V6 with 310 horsepower. This engine also comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission but offers notably better performance. However, it’s also a little bit thirstier, as it returns around 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
2023 GMC Acadia Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 GMC Acadia will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 38.000 dollars. Key competitors should be models like Dodge Durango, Subaru Ascent, VW Atlas etc.