2021 GMC Acadia Preview: Features, Powertrain, Price

2021 GMC Acadia

If we consider that this mid-size SUV went through a massive update last year, it seems pretty obvious that the upcoming 2021 GMC Acadia won’t feature too many novelties. Moreover, we count on the same design, which is now better than ever. The recent update has brought new styling, as well as pretty big changes under the hood, both in terms of engine and transmission. Of course, the list of standard equipment has been expanded as well, while you can now also pick an off-road-oriented version called AT4.

Since 2021 GMC Acadia won’t come with bigger changes, you may count on familiar characteristics. This is a great-looking SUV, which is both attractive and practical. Also, a wide powertrain choice gives everyone a chance to find a perfect measure. A spacious cabin and long list of standard equipment are also here. So, there is no reason why you should consider this model at least, especially because bigger changes in price won’t come.

2021 GMC Acadia

2021 GMC Acadia Redesign

As we’ve just mentioned, the recent refresh has brought a lot of changes. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is styling. The updated version comes with a completely new front face and the 2021 GMC Acadia will carry on in the same way. With obvious inspiration from GMC trucks, the Acadia looks bold and muscular, definitely more attractive than many competitors. Of course, there are also various styling differences between trim levels. So, models like Denali, as well as the new AT4, traditionally look even more impressive.

Despite the visual update, we are still talking about the model that has been introduced three years ago. It rides on the C1 platform, just like Chevy Traverse. However, it doesn’t come with a stretched wheelbase and actually features a reasonable size, which doesn’t sacrifice interior space that much but offers far better maneuverability on the other side.


When it comes to interior design, things won’t change too much either. Therefore, you may count on a typical American design school, with some pretty unusual solutions. While the overall interior quality is quite good, there are still a couple of areas with surprisingly low quality of materials. In terms of aesthetics, you may count on a typical GMC approach. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but those who like bolder aesthetics will definitely like it.

2021 GMC Acadia Center Console

The 2021 GMC Acadia will carry on as a 7-seater, though the AT4 will come with just two rows of seats. In any case, the overall comfort is more than decent. First two rows have plenty of space and can accommodate adults with ease. On the other side, the third row is typically tight for a mid-size crossover, so it’s best to be left for kids. When it comes to the cargo area, things are pretty typical for the class. You may count on 12.8 cubic feet behind the third, 41.7 cubic feet behind the second row, as well as on 79 cubic feet of the overall cargo space.


The list of standard equipment could change for a bit. Still, we believe that most of the things will remain the same as in the current model. Currently, this mid-size SUV comes standard with goodies like an 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. Additionally, you can 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, a rearview camera,  rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring with lane change alert, and a rear-seat reminder are standard, which seems quite okay. Additionally, you can get more advanced features like head-up display, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, Rear Camera Mirror and many more.

2021 GMC Acadia Price

2021 GMC Acadia Engine

Three familiar engine options will be offered in the 2021 GMC Acadia. Of course, base models will come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. It is good for about 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. There is a new mid-range option, in the form of a 2.0-liter turbo-four.  This one delivers around 230 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque. Finally, there is a 3.6-liter V6 with 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. All three engines do a good job, but the thing that makes a real difference is a new 9-speed transmission, which ensures a pretty smooth ride. We should also mention that a new gearbox comes with a knob selector instead of a traditional shift lever.

2021 GMC Acadia Release Date and Price

We expect to see 2021 GMC Acadia sometime in the last quarter of this year. The current model starts slightly under 30.000 dollars and we don’t expect bigger changes for the future. Some of the rivals are models like Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, Kia Telluride etc.

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