2021 GMC Acadia

2021 GMC Acadia Review: Features and Specs

After the recent update, it seems pretty obvious that the 2021 GMC Acadia won’t feature too many changes. The current generation has been around since 2016 and it is expected to remain in production for a couple of more years. It’s not hard to presume that bigger changes won’t come before the overhaul.

The Acadia is a typical mid-size crossover. It comes with average dimensions for the class and also offers three quite comfortable rows of seats. Of course, this isn’t the only strong point of the model, as you may also count on a pretty smooth ride and pretty good fuel economy. Speaking of the fuel economy, the recent update has also brought a new turbo-four engine, which delivers a great balance between price and quality. On the other side, there are also some drawbacks, such as low interior quality, small cargo area with all seats in use etc. We expect to see this model on sale late in the year.

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2021 GMC Acadia Redesign

When it comes to base design characteristics, things are about to remain the same. This model rides on a well-know C1 platform, its base version that measures around 112.5 inches in wheelbase. In terms of the styling, the recent update has brought a lot of novelties. Of course, the focus was on the front end, where the new model adopted the design language that has been introduced with the Sierra 1500. Therefore, you may count on new headlights, grille and bumper, all designed in a bolder manner. The rear end also received a couple of novelties, while there we also change in terms of new wheels. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the 2021 GMC Acadia won’t come with any particular change, though it won’t be surprised if we see small novelties like new color options etc.


Unlike the exterior, the interior design didn’t bring any particular interior change, except for the new infotainment system. Therefore, you may count on a familiar interior design, which is a kind of a mixed bag. When it comes to bad things, the biggest complaint goes to the overall interior quality. Although the dashboard looks quite good, there is a lot of low-rent materials, so most rivals look more upscale.

Acadia Legroom

On the other side, we like the fact that the cabin is quite comfortable and spacious. The sound insulation is pretty good, while the first and second rows are very generous in terms of legroom. On the other side, the third row feels tight, which is a typical thing for the segment of mid-size crossovers.

When it comes to the cargo area, the overall volume seems pretty good for the class, as you may count on 79 cubic feet. On the other side, the cargo area is very small with all seats in use, as you may count on no more than 12.8 cubic feet.


We might see a couple of novelties in terms of standard features for the next year, but we are also pretty sure that most of the things will remain the same. This means that all models will come standard with things like 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, five USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as with tri-zone automatic climate control and rear-seat reminder.

The list of optional features is also pretty generous, as you may get things like a dual-panel sunroof, navigation, wireless device charging, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio etc.

When it comes to safety, all models will come standard with things like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring with lane change alert, and a rear-seat reminder. Things are much better in higher trims, where you may get a head-up display, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, Rear Camera Mirror, and a surround-view parking camera system. Front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning etc.

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2021 GMC Acadia Engines

When it comes to the powertrain, you may count on three familiar units. Base models will carry on with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which is good for about 193 horsepower, which seems okay for daily use. Still, two optional units are far better in terms of driving dynamics. There is a new 2.0-liter turbo-four with around 230 horsepower, which a well-known 3.6-liter V6 delivers pretty respectable 310 horsepower.

Each engine comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

2021 GMC Acadia Release Date and Price

Considering that there are no bigger changes to come for the next year, we are pretty sure that the 2021 GMC Acadia will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. When it comes to the price, base models should go around 30.000 dollars.

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