A major factor in what makes or breaks a great SUV is the degree of engine power equipped beneath the hood. The engine purring in the chassis can define everything from how much weight you can tow to fuel efficiency and horsepower. Fortunately, the 2020 GMC Acadia offers drivers plenty of options in the engine and performance department.
When you visit our dealership to check out the 2020 GMC Acadia, you’ll find four different trim levels to invest in the SLE, SLT, AT4, and Denali. The base model of this mid-sized SUV packs a powerful punch out of the gate equipped with a rather robust 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that isn’t shy about its offering of 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft worth of torque.
While the base engine is certainly impressive in its own right, it isn’t the only engine build that GMC offers in its flagship mid-sized SUV. You can upgrade this base engine to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that roars out 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft worth of torque. This engine is new for 2020 models.
If the 2020 GMC Acadia could only be purchased in these two engine configurations, plenty of drivers would be satisfied, but GMC has upped the ante offering a six-cylinder option as well. All the way up at the top is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that pumps out a truly vigorous 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft worth of torque. All of this engine power can certainly deliver too, providing a max towing capacity of 4,000 pounds, something that you’d be hard-pressed to find in compact competitors.
The 2020 GMC Acadia can also be designed to take on more than just pavement. The standard front-wheel-drivetrain can be certainly worth your while, but you can bump up versatility with the all-wheel-drive option. Snappy and responsive, the all-wheel-drivetrain on this mid-sized SUV can run with the rest of them, keeping up even with some 4WD drivetrains on the trail.
Fuel economy on the 2020 GMC Acadia isn’t half bad either. The base model expends about 21 miles per gallon in the city and 27 while out on the highway. If you upgrade to the V6 option fuel economy takes a slight dip, but it is nothing to be too concerned about as the 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway is still great for a vehicle of this size.
All in all, the 2020 GMC Acadia is a powerhouse no matter what trim option you go for, and you can expect a smooth and punchy driving experience that will certainly impress.