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2021 GMC Acadia Preview, Price & Release Date

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2021 GMC Acadia

2021 GMC Acadia


Meet the 2021 GMC Acadia, GMC’s mid size SUV that is slotted above their Terrain model and below their Yukon model.

The Acadia has been in production by GMC since 2007. The second generation of this model was introduced in 2017. The second generation Acadia lags behind the competition in sales despite being a well-rounded model. This is generally shocking, despite the stiff competition in the mid size SUV class which includes the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Telluride, and Toyota Highlander. Aside from the lack of a third-row seating option and the weak towing capacity, the GMC Terrain stacks up well in comparison to other mid size SUV models.

What users tell us about the GMC Acadia

The GMC Acadia is one of the more well-rounded models of its class. GMC added to the model’s powertrain options for the 2020 model year, providing a powertrain option for nearly every driving situation. A hybrid engine has yet to be used on this model, but don’t be surprised if GMC introduces one in the coming years. The interior of this model is upscale and has tons of features available on its infotainment system. Additionally, GMC included tons of standard and available safety technology, which is important on any model now-a-days. However, people are critical about the lack of driver assist features on the lower trim levels.

What can we expect from the 2021 GMC Acadia

The GMC Acadia received a mid cycle update for the 2020 model year. The update includes updated styling on the interior and exterior, an update to the infotainment system, a new transmission option, a new engine option, a heads-up display, and a new trim level. As previously mentioned, the GMC Acadia is still without a hybrid engine option. Most companies that produce SUV models, produce them with available hybrid engine options, so GMC could introduce one in 2021, although it seems unlikely with the changes that were made to the model’s powertrain for the 2020 model year. Also, the lower trim level Acadia’s have less safety features than the higher trims do. The 2021 Acadia will likely have more standard safety features on the cheaper, lower trims.

GMC Acadia Facts


The only safety feature that’s standard on all Acadia models is a rearview camera, with an optional HD camera. More safety features are added with the rising trim levels with features such as a Teen Driver system, pedestrian braking, automated emergency braking, heads-up display, adaptive cruise control, and more. The list of available safety features is impressive, but the company could expand on the model’s standard safety features in the future.

Fuel Economy:

The fuel efficiency of this model varies depending on the selected powertrain, but generally speaking, the GMC Acadia is more fuel efficient than many other mid size SUVs. The EPA-estimates have yet to be released for the 2020 GMC Acadia, but the 2019 Acadia’s 2.5-liter engine averaged 21 city and 26 highway miles per gallon. These figures could see a jump, due in large part to the new nine-speed automatic transmission that was introduced for the 2020 model year. The all wheel drive helps with the fuel economy.


The interior design of the GMC Acadia remained largely unchanged with the 2020 mid cycle update. However, GMC replaced the model’s gear shifter with buttons. The interior was best left untouched, as it’s one of the more upscale interiors of its class. The infotainment system of this model comes with a lot of nice features like a heads-up display, a wireless charging station, USB ports, navigation, and more. The Acadia features a center console for infotainment purposes and the navigation system. Front and rear seats will hav e a heating and cooling option.


The exterior of the GMC Acadia remains mostly untouched from the recent update, although some minor changes were made to the model’s front-end. Additionally, new alloy wheels have been made available for the 2020 model year.


There’s three engine options for the 2020 GMC Acadia, each of which has proven to be more than suitable for most day-to-day driving conditions. The base engine for this model is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces up to 193 horsepower. Next up on this model’s engine hierarchy is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes up to 230 horsepower. The best option is the 3.6-liter V6 engine that can create an exciting 310 horsepower. The all-new nine-speed transmission allows this model to accelerate and maneuver with ease. This model is one of the better-performing models of its class.

2021 GMC Acadia price and release date

The 2020 GMC Acadia starts at an MSRP of $29,800. This is a pretty average asking price amongst mid size SUVs. This figure also accounts for the mid cycle update, so it’s possible that GMC will lower this price for the 2021 model year, depending on what changes are made for that model year. We got out first look at the 2020 GMC Acadia early in 2019, thanks to the mid-cycle update. We will likely know more about the 2021 GMC Acadia before the summer of 2020.

What changes would you like to see to the GMC Acadia in 2021?

Also check our 2021 GMC Terrain and 2021 GMC Yukon previews.

Pictures and video’s taken from the GMC pressroom at .

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