2020 GMC Acadia
GMC has thrown caution to the wind by going berserk with the latest model of its seven-seat SUVby Sidd Dhimaan, on
GMC has unveiled the facelifted Acadia. Although we all expected just a few tweaks to the body and the cabin, GMC actually packed the Acadia with more than that. The 2020 GMC Acadia is now available with a new turbocharged engine, new technology, and a host of other features. Hell, the company has even launched a new trim level for the 2020 model year. Is GMC giving the Acadia a major push to capture a bigger market share from one of the fiercest segments?
2020 GMC Acadia
2020 GMC Acadia Exterior
- C-shaped LEDs from GMC trucks
- New grille
- New AT4 trim
- Turn indicators now on the wing mirrors
GMC is trying to make that squared-jaw grille a common face across models. I think it looks quite good on the big vehicles, but the Acadia is a different story. The Acadia now comes with C-shaped LED headlamps, which gel well with the chrome grille. The hood has gotten beefier, thanks to the sharp, muscular creases. The headlamp housing also receives chrome treatment on the border. For someone like me who absolutely hates blingy chrome, GMC has introduced the AT4 trim.
The AT4 is offered with a black chrome finished grille and slightly more aggressive styling bits in the front.
This makes the 2020 Acadia the first utility vehicle in the company’s portfolio to feature an off-road trim.
The squared-off wheel arches complement the boxy theme of the SUV, giving it a butch, truck-like look. It rides on 17-inch wheels as standard, while the AT4 trim is available with 20-inch wheels as an option. The black plastic cladding makes sure the metal body remains intact when you decide to get adventurous, and the LED turn indicators are now neatly integrated into the wing mirrors.
GMC has tweaked the taillights around back as well.
The rectangular exhaust pipes have replaced the circular smoke pipes from last year's model while the strip connecting the taillights, the reflectors, and the number plate remain the same.
The last difference is the shark fin antenna replacing the antenna stick. All-in-all, these subtle changes make the Acadia a much smarter-looking SUV than the outgoing model.
2020 GMC Acadia - exterior dimensions
|Wheelbase (in. / mm):||112.5 / 2858|
|Overall Length (in. / mm):||193.6 / 4917|
|Overall Width (in. / mm):||75.4 / 1915|
|Overall Height (in. / mm):||66 / 1676 (w/o luggage rack)|
|Track (in. mm):||64.5 / 1638 (front) 64.5 / 1638 (rear)|
|Ground Clearance (in. / mm):||7.2 / 183|
2020 GMC Acadia Interior
- More storage spaces
- USB-C type ports
- Denali trim feels posh
- Cramped third row
The cabin layout is the same as the outgoing model with a few exceptions here and there. The new Electronic Precision Shift that replaces the shift lever has freed up things a little bit. Basically, you just get an extra cupholder. The console, otherwise, looks very pleasing. Some may find it to have a little too many buttons all around, and the new shifter does add to the clutter. Overall, the automaker has used soft-touch materials in the cabin that seem to be of good quality and will last long.
The top-of-the-line Denali trim comes with a unique interior color scheme with new, open-pore wood decor.
The front seats have enough cushioning to keep you comfortable even on long drives, but what makes these seats even better is the extra under-thigh support. Its a boon for tall drivers with a relaxed, laid-back driving position. The second row is a little tight, but things are not that bad. The second-row is offered with captain chairs in most trims, so things are hunky-dory. But, if you opt for the bench instead, you will feel the dearth of space. The Acadia feels a little congested if you have three people sitting in the middle row. Talking about the third row, it is almost non-existent. It feels like GMC scooped a little space from the second row, a little from the cargo, and installed two punishment seats. Because of this, all three dimensions are adversely affected. The cargo space is negligible at 12.8 cubic-feet with the third row in place.
|First row||2nd row||3rd row|
|Headroom (in / mm):||40.3 / 1024 (without sunroof)||39.6 / 1006 (without sunroof)||37.2 / 945 (without sunroof)|
|Legroom (in. / mm):||41 / 1041||39.7 / 1008||31.1 / 790|
|Shoulder Room (in. / mm):||59.4 / 1509||58.7 / 1491||54.3 / 1379|
|Hip Room (in. / mm):||55.7 / 1415||53.3 / 1354||42.9 / 1090|
2020 GMC Acadia Technology
The 2020 Acadia benefits from the latest GMC infotainment system that offers greater versatility and personalization.
This eight-inch touchscreen incorporates features like voice recognition, navigation, and climate settings.
It is highly customizable, and you can create up to four profiles that can be assigned to the Acadia’s key fobs. It will automatically reset the preferences for the incoming driver. Pretty neat, huh? As for the navigation, you will have to subscribe to the Connected Services.
Additional features include -
- New Head-Up Display
- Hands-Free Power Liftgate
- 15-Watt Wireless Charging
- High Definition Rear Vision Digital Camera
- Five USB Ports including two USB-C charging ports
2020 GMC Acadia Drivetrain
- New 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine
- Three engine options to choose from
- Nine-speed automatic gearbox
- Electronic shifter replaces the gear lever
GMC has introduced a new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine to the Acadia's lineup.
This new engine makes 230 ponies and 258 pound-feet of torque. It will side along with the existing engines that have been carried over from the 2019 model. Customers always felt a vacuum between its two existing engines. While the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine was alright for urban commutes and lazy highway drives, the 193 horses and 188 pound-feet of torque lacked the punch that one would occasionally crave for. Of course, the 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that produces 310 horses and 271 pound-feet of torque was present to calm the adrenaline rush, but it took a hit on the mileage and was perhaps a little too much for a family hauler. This new engine, however, mixes the best of both the engines. Are you driving alone on a straight-as-an-arrow highway and want to floor the pedal with a push-back-into-the-seat feeling? Check! Don’t want your SUV to run out of breath when climbing an incline with seven people on board? Check! The new engine also comes with a twin-scroll turbocharger to extract maximum performance by gathering exhaust from a pair of cylinders in alternating sequence. It also features an Active Fuel Management system that basically deactivates two of the engine’s cylidners in light load conditions to optimize fuel efficiency. There is an eBoost brake system present as well
GMC has replaced the All Terrain trim with the more capable AT4 trim. The AT4 is offered with a slightly different all-wheel-drive system that includes a twin-clutch setup with torque-vectoring.
The AT4 is plonked with the 3.6-liter engine, while the new engine finds itself canoodling in the SLT and Denali trims.
The 2.5-liter mill is used in the base SLE trim. GMC claims to have re-tuned the suspension on all the trims for better ride and handling, which we will know once we test the car.
Regardless of your engine choice, GMC will shove a nine-speed automatic transmission in your Acadia, replacing the six-speed gearbox from the previous model. However, the automaker has ditched the gear lever inside the cabin in favor of an electronic shifter. Not sure how well this goes with even the general folks, let alone the purists. This set of buttons and triggers is shared with the Terrain and does free up the space between the seats. We hope the Acadia collected enough responses from consumer testing to go ahead with this arrangement because when it was spotted in Acadia’s sibling, it received a mixed reaction.
|Type:||2.0L Turbocharged I4 DOHC with direct injection and Active Fuel Management||2.5L I-4 DOHC VVT with Direct Injection||3.6L V-6 DOHC VVT with Direct Injection|
|Bore & Stroke (in. / mm):||3.26 x 3.63 / 83 x 92.3||3.46 x 3.97 / 88 x 101||3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.8|
|Block Material:||Cast aluminum||Lost foam cast aluminum||Cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners|
|Cylinder Head Material:||Cast aluminum||Lost foam cast aluminum||Cast aluminum|
|Valvetrain:||Dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder with tripower system||DOHC iVLC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing||Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing|
|Fuel Delivery:||Direct injection with electronic throttle control||High-pressure direct injection and electronic throtle control||Direct, high-pressure fuel injection with electronic throttle control|
|Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):||230 / 172 @ 5000 (GMC estimated)||193 / 143 @ 6300 (SAE certified)||310 / 231 @ 6600 (est.)|
|Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm):||258 / 350 @ 1500-4000 (GMC estimated)||188 / 255 @ 4400 (SAE certified)||271 / 373 @ 5000 (est.)|
|Transmission||Hydra-Matic 9T65 nine-speed automatic||Hydra-Matic 9T65 nine-speed automatic||Hydra-Matic 9T65 nine-speed automatic|
2020 GMC Acadia Pricing
The price for the 2020 GMC Acadia as not been revealed as of the time of this writing. The 2019 Acadia began at $31,000, so we speculate an increase of $1,000 for the base trim, while the top-of-the-line Denali trim could touch the $50,000 figure.
2020 GMC Acadia Competition
The newest kid on the block has actually managed to garner a lot of success within a couple years of its inception. The Volkswagen Atlas an all-around package with equal bits of features, comfort, space, and performance. This makes the SUV have a larger customer base and a wide target market. The Atlas does not look small from any angle. It knows its bulky and does not bother to hide its immense size.
Before we digress, let me say that this is one of the very few SUVs that has an actual, usable third row and decent cargo space with all seats upright. The seats are supremely comfortable and offer sufficient legroom and shoulder room all around. However, Volkswagen has killed the buzz with its below-par material quality. Not that the quality is bad, but we expect a lot more from Volkswagen. The top-trim is offered with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The best thing, like every other Volkswagen, is the option to choose from the plethora of trim levels. Other features include:
- Heated Front Seats
- USB Charging Ports
- Keyless Ignition
- Three-zone Automatic Climate Control
- Panoramic Moonroof
- Leather Seats
The Volkswagen Atlas is available with one of two engine options - a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that churns out 235 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque or a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that puts out 276 horses and 266 pound-feet of torque. The former is available only with front-wheel drive. Although ride and handling are quite good for a vehicle of this size, the engines are a letdown, to say the least. Despite decent on-paper specs, the engines cannot overcome the curb weight of the Atlas. Had it not been for the capable eight-speed automatic transmission, the Atlas would have been a bummer. It is a good urban commuter, but a lazy highway driver. Couple the 4,500-pound body with seven passengers and a week-load of luggage, and the Atlas will gasp for breath. Not to mention the fact that the V-6 is a guzzler.
|Engine||2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged / 3.6-liter V-6|
|Power||235 / 276 horses|
|Torque||258 / 266 pound-feet|
|Transmission||Eight-speed automatic gearbox|
|Towing Capacity||2,000 / 5,000 pounds|
|Mileage (Combined)||24 / 19 mpg|
|Cargo Space||20.6 / 55.5 / 97 cubic-feet|
Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
The Highlander is a veteran and knows how to cater to the highly volatile market. After spending 18 years in the segment and transforming from a mid-size SUV to a three-row family hauler, the Highlander, today, is one of the most versatile SUVs on the market. Despite being around for a very long time, the Highlander does not look dated on the outside. The SUV is proportionate from all angles and will probably continue to age gracefully.
The Highlander’s USP is its comfortable and practical cabin. The front seats are soft and supportive even for long highway drives. The second row is equally spacious, and you can either choose the Captain seats or a flat bench. Both configurations provide equal comfort with good legroom and headroom. Unlike the Volkswagen Atlas, the third-row is best suited for kids or adults for short rides. Ingress and egress to the third row is cumbersome, so expect it to be used to haul luggage or be flipped down most of the time. The cargo area is not very spacious either. However, the Toyota Highlander is one of the safest seven-seater SUVs out there on the market today.
With the exception of the entry-level trim, the Highlander is offered with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Other features include -
- Power-Adjustable Front Seats
- Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control
- Heated Front Seats
The Highlander is offered with three engine options - a 2.7-liter, four-cylinder mill, a 3.5-liter, V-6, and a hybrid that uses the latter. The four-banger makes 185 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque, while the V-6 produces 295 ponies and 263 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid, on the other hand, churns out 306 horses. The overall ride quality is just about okay, but things are not pretty in the so-called "sporty" SE trim that has tightened suspension.
|Engine||2.7-liter-four-cylinder / 3.5-liter, V-6 / 3.5-liter, V-6 mated to a battery and two electric motors|
|Power||185 / 295 / 306 horses|
|Torque||184 / 263 / 215 pound-feet|
|Transmission||Six-speed / Eight-speed automatic gearbox|
|Towing Capacity||1,500 / 5,000 / 3,500 pounds|
|Mileage (Combined)||22 / 23 / 28|
|Cargo Space||13.8 / 42.3 / 83.7 cubic-feet|
Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota Highlander
The 2020 GMC Acadia is certainly a much-better package compare to its predecessor. The 2020 model looks more in line with the other GMC products, offers better technology, and the best of all, features a new, potent engine. The seven-seater SUV might finally be on the brink of a breakthrough and could turn out to be one of the strongest competitors in its segment. The 2020 GMC Acadia should hit showrooms in the fall of 2019 and will be built in GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant.
Read our full review on the 2019 GMC Acadia.