With room for up to seven passengers, a slick infotainment system, and undeniably smart styling, the GMC Acadia is a family favorite.
All-new for 2017 with a more compact body and a leap forward in modernity, the GMC Acadia continues its improvements in 2019 with new appearance packages and exterior color choices.
The 2019 GMC Acadia is available in four trims (SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali). The SLE trim is further delineated into SLE1 and SLE2, and the SLT trim is split into SLT1 and SLT2. You can choose an All-Terrain package on the SLE and the SLT trims.
For 2019, the Acadia gets an optional Black Edition appearance package for the SLT trim. This can transform the look of your Acadia, with 20-inch aluminum wheels with black accents, black grille, black mirror caps, black headlamp and taillamp details, and a black roof rail.
The Acadia All-Terrain package now has 17-inch wheels, and there are four new exterior colors from which to choose.
Two engine choices are available in the 2019 GMC Acadia. Both come with a six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive as standard, and you can upgrade to all-wheel-drive. All-wheel-drive models include a switch for choosing between two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive, and you can further tune the system with the mode selection (sport, towing, off-road).
The base engine is a spritely 2.5-liter four-cylinder that offers you 193 horsepower and great fuel economy. It can tow up to 1,000 pounds.
You have the option of upgrading to the quiet 3.6-liter V6 that has 310 horsepower, 271 pounds per foot of torque, and can tow up to 4,000 pounds. Expect it to go from zero to 60 mph in just over six seconds.
The star of the show is perhaps the independent adaptive suspension that is optional on the SLT and standard on the Denali. It adjusts the dampers every two milliseconds, absorbing all road imperfections even when you’re riding on 18-inch or 20-inch wheels.
Whichever model you choose, the Acadia handles better than you’d expect a family SUV to. It’s composed, comfortable, and feels light to drive.
Drivers say they like the curvy design of the 2019 GMC Acadia. It’s masculine without being overly brash. Choose the All-Terrain package for that rugged, off-road look.
The squared-off wheel arches are a signature GMC move that makes for a more truck-like look, and a chrome strip around the front rows adds interest to the design.
From behind, the Acadia’s large taillights connected by chrome complete the look. Choose the All-Terrain package or the Black Edition package and the look will be more subdued. Opt for the Denali, and the styling turns positivity luxurious.
The interior of the GMC Acadia is often considered its best feature. Four adults can be accommodated in consummate luxury, and you increase that to up to seven passengers despite the Acadia being narrower (and therefore easier to park in a garage.)
If you’re not planning to haul seven people, consider the optional dual captains’ chairs that reduce the occupancy to six people but let them ride in style. If you choose the All-Terrain package, you’ll lose the third row but gain a seat in the form of a second-row bench seat.
Visibility is great and all of the seats have multiple adjustment options. There’s a maximum cargo capacity of 79 cubic feet.
The GMC Acadia is certainly a great family vehicle when it comes to infotainment. There’s USB ports everywhere, 12-volt outlet, onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and a touchscreen infotainment system that’s responsive and intuitive. The touchscreen can be upgraded to an eight-inch screen with an eight-speaker Bose sound system and a color driver-information center.
The 2019 GMC Acadia is expected to get a ‘Good’ rating for virtually all tests from the IIHS, as it did last year. The NHTSA has given the 2019 GMC Acadia all-wheel-drive version a full five stars for safety.
Every 2019 GMC Acadia has seven airbags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and a rearview camera. A Driver Alert Package (optional on some trims, standard on others) includes rear parking sensors, blind spot monitors, and rear cross-traffic alerts. A Driver Alert Package 2 ramps this up, with adaptive cruise control, automatic low-speed emergency braking, front parking sensors, and active lane control.
A great feature included across the range is the rear-seat detection system that will remind you if there may be a child or pet in the rear seat when you exit the vehicle.