It is hard to beat an SUV when it comes to style, performance, and functionality, with abilities that put most other vehicles to shame. Choosing the right SUV can be tricky; however, a small or compact crossover can fall short of giving you as much space as you want, while a large or full-size model may be too big and take over your life. That is where a midsize SUV comes in. It gives you the incredible power and interior space you want, without requiring the need to build a new garage just to store it. And when it comes to midsize SUVs, the 2021 GMC Acadia is one of the finest models on the road, with amazing features inside and out.
For one thing, the Acadia has three different engines available, so you can focus on incredible power or money-saving fuel economy. These engines are offered across five different trims, which let you easily customize the GMC Acadia to meet your needs with everything you want. Whether you are on a budget, want to go all-out on the highest level of technology and sophistication possible, or something in between, the Acadia has you covered. And there is even an off-road-focused AT4 trim that features an advanced twin-clutch AWD system, traction select system with Off-Road mode, and all-terrain tires.
With the legendary Denali trim, you get some of the most impressive features available anywhere, including a Bose premium sound system, heated front and rear seats, and a wireless charging pad. It all comes together to make the 2021 GMC Acadia one of the most luxurious and impressive SUVs on the road, with bold performance and elegant features throughout the interior. Plus, standard safety features like a lane change alert, side blind zone alert, and rear park assist help to ensure you and your loved ones are protected.
Although it is easy to get focused on features like tech options and luxurious interior details, it is always a good idea to look carefully at the engine in a vehicle. The engine is the heart of any car, truck, or SUV – so when you are considering something like the 2021 GMC Acadia, you want to be sure you get the right engine for what you need. Fortunately, since there are three different engines available for the Acadia, it is easy to find the right one.
The standard option in the GMC Acadia is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that generates 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, you get an estimated 21 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highway, and 23m MPG combined. If you want even better performance and excellent fuel economy, then there is an available 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine, which delivers 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine gets an estimated 22 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on the highway, and 25 MPG combined – giving it a longer cruising range than the standard engine.
For truly amazing performance, however, consider the available 3.6L V6 engine, which provides 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, the 2021 GMC Acadia gets an estimated 19 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highway, and 22 MPG combined – so you lose a little fuel efficiency to gain much more power. All three engines come with a 9-speed automatic transmission, giving you a smooth and very fun driving experience. Also, keep in mind that these fuel estimates are for a front-wheel-drive model; if you choose an Acadia with all-wheel drive, then your fuel efficiency may be slightly lower.
You might not expect a luxurious midsize SUV like the 2021 GMC Acadia to offer much in the way of off-road performance, but you would be surprised. While a lot of other sophisticated models prefer to ride on their reputation for the latest technology, GMC understands that you may want more from your vehicle. This is why there is an off-road-focused trim available for the Acadia: the impressive AT4 model.
With the Acadia AT4, you get an amazing combination of luxury, impressive technology, and great off-road performance. For starters, the AT4 comes with the powerful 3.6L V6 engine, standard, and has an advanced twin-clutch all-wheel drive system that is specially tuned for going off-road and handling all sorts of different environments. Whether you are hitting a trail you have been on many times before or tackling the unknown, the AT4’s all-wheel drive system is designed to let you stay in control with 17-inch all-terrain tires.
The 2021 GMC Acadia AT4 also includes hill descent control, which keeps it steady when going downhill without the need to ride the brakes, and a specially-tuned fully-independent suspension with MacPherson strut coil springs on the front to provide a smooth ride and excellent handling in rough conditions. You get a Drive Mode Selector that allows you to choose how the AT4 handles, allowing you to pick between Normal, Snow, 4x4, 2x4, Off-Road modes, and more. Additional options for the AT4 include roof rack cross rails, an integrated cargo liner, all-weather floor liners, and more.
One of the main reasons a lot of people choose a midsize SUV like the 2021 GMC Acadia is for the spacious and highly functional interior that it offers. A midsize model like this provides the perfect middle-ground between the tighter interior quarters of a small or compact crossover and the potentially excessive size of a large model. The GMC Acadia gives you excellent interior space that is easy to use and really helps for daily tasks or long road trips.
All models of the Acadia feature three rows of seating, though the starting trim, the SL, has a second-row bench seat while other trims feature second-row captain’s chairs. This means that the SL has seating for up to 7 passengers, but all other trims give you seating for up to 6 people – so keep this in mind as you consider your options. If you do not need a seat for a seventh person, then the other trims are excellent choices since the captain’s chairs offer more comfortable seating for your second-row passengers.
No matter which trim and configuration you choose, you get more than 140 cu.ft. of interior passenger volume within the 2021 GMC Acadia. You get up to 41 inches of front-row legroom, more than 39 inches of available second-row legroom, and almost 30 inches of legroom for your passengers in the third row. In terms of cargo space, the Acadia gives you nearly 13 cu.ft. of cargo volume behind the third-row seats, more than 41 cu.ft. of cargo space behind the second row of seats, and up to 79 cu.ft. of total cargo space behind the front row. This is a lot of room to work with, letting you easily load up with everything you need to take with you.
GMC is well known for offering some of the most impressive luxury options and tech in the industry, and the 2021 Acadia is no exception to that. The features you get will depend on the trim level and other packages you choose, of course, but even the standard features are excellent. Every model includes an 8-inch Infotainment display, compatibility with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and active noise cancellation. Standard features also include numerous USB ports, a 4-inch driver information display, and tri-zone automatic climate control.
If you choose the incredible Denali trim, then you get truly stunning features, including perforated, leather seating, 8-way power driver and front-passenger seats, and an 8-speaker Bose premium audio system. The Denali also includes heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a wireless charging pad. You also get an 8-inch digital driver information screen, a head-up display projected onto the windshield, keyless open and start, and a hands-free power programmable liftgate in the rear. Other amazing features like HD Surround Vision, adaptive cruise control, and enhanced automatic emergency braking are also available for the Denali trim.