Choosing the Best GMC SUV Trim

November 13th, 2020 by

A black 2020 GMC Terrain SLE is on top of a parking garage overlooking the city after leaving a Atlanta GMC dealer.


It’s not uncommon for car shoppers to get stumped when it comes to selecting a vehicle. It’s even more common for car shoppers to find themselves having a hard time figuring out which trim to choose. Different trims come with different features, and they can vastly alter both the price and functionality of a vehicle. Before you hurry off to buy a new or used crossover or sports utility vehicle, here’s a quick rundown of the top GMC SUV trims you’ll want to keep in mind when you pay a visit to your favorite Atlanta GMC dealer.


4 – The SL Trim

The base trim for most GMC SUVs is the SL. It’s the standard configuration for the GMC Acadia, GMC Yukon, and GMC Terrain. The SL trim is outfitted with all of the basic accouterments, components, and safety features that drivers have come to expect from the marque. For entry-level car shoppers, the SL trim represents the essential setup for a new or used vehicle. You have access to basic infotainment fundamentals like an LCD touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for wireless devices, as well as OnStar Navigation, 4G LTE Wi-Fi support, and a litany of safety, suspension, and alert systems.


The Acadia’s SL trim comes with features such as LED headlamps, keyless open and start/stop, tri-zone automatic climate control, six-speaker audio system, and a passenger sensing system. The Terrain’s SL trim is outfitted slightly different from the Acadia, and sports a GMC Pro Safety suite, a traction select system, cloth upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Yukon’s SL trim includes its own separate arrangement for the configuration, such as active aero shutters, fog lamps, deep-tinted glass, Teen Driver mode, and the rear vision camera system. Much like the Acadia, the Yukon also comes equipped with the StabiliTrak system that helps aid drivers in maintaining lane space, driving on changing road surfaces, and maintaining overall stability control.


The black interior is shown on the 2020 GMC Acadia SLT.


3 – The SLE Trim

This is a trim that’s available across nearly every major GMC vehicle. The SLE is available for the GMC Yukon, the GMC Terrain, and the GMC Acadia. It’s usually not a base trim for most vehicles, but actually a step up from the standard configuration. One of the highlights of the SLE trim is that it not only comes with more features than the base trim, it also includes lots of additional package options so you can further customize the driving experience to your liking.


For the GMC Acadia, the SLE trim has been available since the first generation of the crossover utility vehicle. The SLE trim was originally the base trim before GMC introduced an SL trim for newer generations of the Acadia and bumped up the SLE to a higher level. The SLE now features everything from the base trim, but with a few added enhancements, such as 18-inch wheels, SiriusXM Radio, wireless smart device charging, heated front seats, and carpeted floor mats. The SLE also comes with plenty of additional package options to upgrade the Acadia further.


The GMC Terrain features an SLE trim as well, with many features that are unavailable with the Terrain’s SL trim being made optional for the SLE, such as roof side rails, heated seats, and remote open/start. The Terrain SLE also comes equipped with heated power-adjustable mirrors and release levers to easily fold down the second row and make room for additional cargo space. The GMC Yukon’s SLE trim is different from the Terrain’s, adding lots of standard equipment rather than simply making more options available. This includes remote keyless entry, remote start, front and rear park assist, RainSense automatic wipers, and acoustic laminated glass. However, the Yukon SLE still has a number of packages and other optional features available for purchase as well.


2 – The SLT Trim

For some GMC vehicles, there are several trims between the base, the SLE, and the SLT. However, the penultimate SLT is usually a prime choice for those who want to take the guesswork out of picking a GMC SUV and would simply prefer a vehicle that comes fully equipped with a lot of the convenience, entertainment, and performance options packaged in from the start. The hook for the SLT trim is that not only does it come with a lot of standard and available quality features, but if you did want to pursue additional luxury infotainment, safety, or quality of life indulgences, those options are readily available.


In the case of the GMC Acadia, the SLT comes with amenities such as a hands-free programmable liftgate, a larger LCD touchscreen than what’s available in previous trims, an 8-way power driver seat, driver memory settings, and an HD surround vision for a bird’s eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings. Options include a 14-speaker premium surround sound system and an integrated full-cabin entertainment system with physical media playback.


GMC Terrain’s SLT comes with roof-mounted side rails, high definition rear vision camera, remote start, perforated leather-appointed seating and upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, the GMC infotainment suite, available heated steering, hands-free power liftgate, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. The Yukon SLT is equipped with a programmable liftgate, leather-appointed heated front seats, driver alert warnings, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, telescoping steering, power release fold-and-tumble second-row seats with third-row power fold-flat seats, and keyless open and start. The SLT also comes standard with some driver enhancement packages for the Yukon.


A dark grey 2021 GMC Yukon Denali is shown with a close up on the Denali badging on the door.


1 – The Denali Line

The top trim offered by GMC is the Denali, which includes so many upgrades that it is almost best considered a separate model line. This trim is available for every GMC model and represents the utmost level of luxury for whichever vehicle it’s attached to. The Denali signifies a rare treat of both quality and quantity, lavishing drivers with a number of convenience packages made standard while also including additional upgrades for those who want to deck out their ride with extra entertainment accouterments.


The GMC Acadia’s Denali trim was originally not the most expensive trim but was actually the penultimate trim just under the AT4 – that is until GMC switched it around. Now the Denali is the uppermost trim and comes packed with every luxury feature from the SLT and AT4 trims, but with a few optional packages included as standard features. The Denali also includes keyfob remote keyless open and start, auto-locking doors, 20-inch aluminum wheels, IntelliBeam automatic high-beam headlamp system with digital light sensors, perforated leather seats, carpeted floor mats, and an optional technology package.


The GMC Terrain Denali trim comes with premium 19-inch machined aluminum wheels, a Bose premium audio system, front and rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change and blind-spot alert, safety alert seat, a heated steering wheel, a hands-free power liftgate, and a wireless charging pad for smart devices. The GMC Yukon Denali comes with all of the SLT features, but with even more luxury content, including active noise cancellation within the cabin, magnetic ride control, a heads-up display, and an integrated brake controller. Inside, you will find quality interior accents and upholstery, a Bose premium surround sound system, an upgraded GMC infotainment system with built-in navigation.


Rick Hendrick of Duluth

Now that you have an idea of what the different trims have to offer for GMC SUVs and crossovers, you’re probably thinking it’s about time to visit an Atlanta GMC dealer to find a vehicle and trim that best suits what you’re looking for out of an SUV. Don’t hesitate to visit Rick Hendrick Buick GMC Duluth to browse through a wide selection of new and used GMC vehicles. At our dealership, you are sure to find the perfect GMC SUV for your needs, so give us a visit today.

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