The GMC Acadia is a midsize SUV that can drive your family in style. With several changes, seating configurations, and trims through the years, you’ll be able to see the Acadia for you.
2007-2012 (First Generation)
The first-generation Acadia is GMC’s first front-wheel drive passenger vehicle, with seating for eight people. It comes in either front or all-wheel drive, with a towing capacity of 5,200 pounds. You will have the choice of three trim levels, starting with the SLE, then SLT1 and SLT2. It also comes with six standard airbags, a sliding second row, a tire pressure monitoring system, anti-lock brakes, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control. A 275 hp 3.6-liter V6 provides smooth acceleration and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
In 2008, a new available rearview camera became an option, as well as two front bucket seats and two different seating configurations for the second and third row seats. For 2009, it gains Bluetooth capabilities on both SLT trims and the V6 engine now makes 288 hp and is more fuel efficient.
The Acadia comes in four trim levels for 2010: SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, and SLT-2. Larger wheels and tires on the SLT trims are now standard and USB equipped radios.
A new Denali trim is available in 2011; as well as a SL trim, making five trim levels for Acadia – SL, SLE, SLT-1, SLT-2, and Denali. The Denali features unique front and rear fascias and Dual SkyScape two-panel power sunroof. For 2012, the SL trim receives standard fog lamps and the SLT and Denali trims receive standard integral potter mirrors that help to eliminate blind spots in the exterior rearview mirrors.
A new revision brings a sharp, new face to the 2013 Acadia, along with upscale-looking interior, a new touch-screen display and new front center airbag. The interior included more soft-touch materials, eliminating cheap, hard plastics. The Acadia trims are now: SLE1, SLE2, SLT1, SLT2 and Denali.
A newly available forward collision alert, and lane departure warning is an option in 2014. In 2015, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel is available in the SLT2 and Denali trims, as well as an airbag between front seats.
In 2016, the Acadia got Onstar 4G LTE connectivity and a Wi-Fi hotspot. A new SL base model joins the trims. Fuel economy is estimated at 17/24 mpg city and highway.
2017 –2019 (Second Generation)
Redesigned for 2017, the Acadia is significantly smaller inside and out and is 700 pounds lighter than the previous year’s models. Seating is now reduced to seven, but also has configurations for five and six people, with either two front bucket seats and one rear bench seat, two bucket seats up front, two buckets in the second row, and two seats in the rear row; or two front bucket seats, one second row bench seat, and two rear seats in the third row.
A newly available All-Terrain package is an option on the SLE and SLT trim levels in 2018. There is a choice of either a 2.5L or 3.6L engine, and a new advanced twin-clutch AWD system is available with the All-Terrain packaged.
The GMC Acadia received a facelift for 2020. New exterior styling including a new front grille, front and rear fascia’s and GMC’s signature C-shaped lighting with LED headlights, a revised infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, new alloy wheel options, an all-new AT4 trim level that replaces the All-Terrain package, and a new 2.0L turbocharged EcoTec inline four-cylinder engine are among new changes.
GMC introduced some minor changes for the 2021 model year. Wireless functionality for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto was added, as well as the introduction of an Elevation Edition package that adds black exterior styling and 20-inch wheels. The 2021 GMC Acadia starts at $29,000 and ranges to a starting price of $48,300.