Since expanding its SUV lineup, General Motors has been pushing the “right size” model like the GMC Acadia, here against tradition and downsizing the latest version introduced in 2017. What is said, the 2019 GMC Acadia slightly smaller fit the midsize SUV segment and that also translates into improved maneuverability and fuel economy. GMC also enhances the Acadia look and feel, while also adding more upscale features. The 2019 GMC Acadia offers a range of powertrain options, including 4 and 6 cylinder engines with front or all-wheel-drive configurations. There are even off-road trim packages. And this crossover midsize SUV can be ordered with a 5-, 6- or 7-passenger seating.
The 2019 GMC Acadia is available in four trim levels: SL, SLE, SLT and Denali. Depending on trim, the Acadia is offered in five-passenger configuration or a three-row configuration with seating for six (with second-row captain’s chairs) or seven (with a second-row bench).
Notable standard equipment for the 2019 GMC Acadia SL includes tri-zone auto climate control, Keyless Open and Start, a 7.0-inch Color touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 5-year OnStar, five USB ports, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, and the rear-seat reminder safety-alert system. The SLE/SLT will get you everything from a power liftgate, leather upholstery, Navigation, 8.0-inch touchscreen with IntelliLink and SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Bose audio system. The Denali adds distinctive cosmetic/convenience touches plus a suite of new driver assists.
Two engines are offered for the 2019 GMC Acadia, both are paired with a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission. The new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder produces 194 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque is standard on SL, SLE-1/SLE-2/SLT-1 models. It features Start/Stop technology and earns an estimated 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway in FWD models and 21/25 in all-wheel-drive variants. The 3.6-liter V6 is optional for the SLE and SLT-1 and standard on SLT-2 and Denali. It produces 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque but features Active Fuel Management that turns it into a V4 under light loads. It returns an estimated 18/25 mpg EPA numbers in both FWD and AWD.
In track testing, the 2019 GMC Acadia Denali AWD went fro 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is impressive for a vehicle of this size. The Acadia V6 can tow up to 4000 pounds, a major improvement over the 1000 pound capacity of four-cylinder models
2.5-liter four-cylinder with 6-speed automatic
194 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
190 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 21/26 mpg (FWD) and 21/25 mpg (AWD)
3.6-liter V6 with 6-speed automatic
310 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm
271 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 18/25 mpg (FWD) and 17/25 mpg (AWD)
The 2019 GMC Acadia is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base SL trim has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $29,000. The popular Acadia SLE is around $33,500, and AWD adds about $2,000. The Denali trim starts around $45,500 or $48,000 with the AWD package. Fully loaded Acadia will cost around $52,000.