Midsize SUVs offer the perfect balance between size and efficiency. They offer plenty of passenger and cargo space, but they’re not overbearingly large or difficult to maneuver. They’re also capable of towing a decent amount of weight, unlike compact SUV models. While midsize SUVs are typically seen as smaller family vehicles, their vast cargo space with the seats down makes them the perfect adventure vehicle as well. But while all midsize SUVs are nice, you want to choose the best model for your money; this is where the 2022 GMC Acadia comes in.
The best part about the new Acadia is that its trim variety meets all driver needs. Whether you like to keep it simple, you love luxury, or you’re the off-roading type, there’s a 2022 Acadia out there for you. We’re excited to tell you all about this model’s best features and trim differences to help you decide which one works best for you.
While performance specs are typically straightforward on most models, there are some key differences between the 2022 GMC Acadia’s trims here. The low-level trims are the SLE and the SLT. These models both include a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. When you're more concerned about fuel economy than torque and all-wheel drive capability, these are the two trims you’ll want to go with. These two trims can get up to 29 miles per gallon on the highway when equipped with the 2.0-liter engine. The best part about this is that both models are still quite tow-capable despite their smaller engines. For example, the base-level SLE trim can tow up to 3,500 pounds (with the 2.0-liter engine), while the SLT model tows as much as 4,000 pounds (with a 3.6-liter engine).
The AT4 and Denali trims come with 3.6-liter V6 engines under the hood. As a result, these models have slightly lower fuel economy ratings. The AT4 is built heavier for off-roading, so it lands at a max of 26 MPG on the highway, whereas the Denali hits 27 with front-wheel drive. Despite their larger engine and diverse drivetrain, these models have a max towing capacity of 4,000 lbs. So, if you’re not keen on heading off the pavement for anything, you’ll save fuel economy while still maxing out your towing capacity with the SLT trim.
However, if you’re into off-roading, you live on a backroad, or you worry about adverse weather conditions, the AWD availability on the AT4 and Denali trims make it worth the upgrade.
There are four different 2022 GMC Acadia trims, but their styles are divided into three different categories. The SLE and SLT models offer the same exterior appeal apart from their differing wheel options. Both models come with multiple options for either 18 or 20-inch wheels. These trims come in seven different exterior shades, and each have standard LED headlights.
Further, the Elevation Edition is a package that is unique to the SLE and SLT trims. This is a blacked-out edition of the Acadia, with black mirror caps, a black grille, and black roof rails. It also includes 20-inch black-painted wheels with tires to match. Lastly, even though these are base-level trims, they come with a power-liftgate which makes it easier to load and unload your cargo. The SLT trim also includes heated power exterior mirrors, just like its AT4 and Denali siblings.
Now let’s look at the AT4 trim. This one comes in the same seven exterior colors, a black chrome grille and gloss-black roof rails. Taking on the shinier dark aesthetic, this model also includes black chrome accents and black-capped mirrors with chrome trim.
The Denali is the most luxurious Acadia trim, so it offers the most exterior features. This trim comes with a standard chrome grille, chrome wheels with black accents, and chrome accents spread across the body. Whether you want to stay at the basic standard SLE and SLT level, or you want to add on a special edition or reach for the higher trims, the exterior aesthetic is abundant on the 2022 GMC Acadia.
Luxury brands are known for their high-end tech features, and the 2022 GMC Acadia is no exception to the rule. All four trims include GMC’s 8-inch Infotainment screen. This is the hub for many other tech features, such as your Wi-Fi hotspot, which is available on all four trims, your Bluetooth calls, audio streaming, and much more. You can even link up to certain apps to use straight on the Infotainment screen to further avoid phone usage while driving.
You’ll get built-in Amazon Alexa access alongside Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This helps you check the weather, play a song, and easily and safely pull up map directions without taking your eyes off the road. This all pairs nicely with the 8-speaker Bose sound system, which comes standard on the SLT, AT4, and Denali but is available on the SLE. This is an incredible option we recommend opting for as most competitor models won't have a great sound system on anything but the top trim.
When you go with the Denali, you can really bump up the convenience with the available Rearview Camera Mirror. While you can still use your standard rearview mirror, flip on the camera mode to get a wider view of what’s behind you. This is designed to help give you a wider vision field while also bypassing rear passengers and/or cargo. Similarly, the available High Definition Surround Vision feature provides you with camera angles on every side of your vehicle, including a birds-eye view, so you never have to wonder what’s hiding in your blind spots. Like any luxury model, the 2022 GMC Acadia is packed with tech options, but the perk to this model is that it all comes at a more affordable price than competing luxury brands.
When you’re purchasing a midsize SUV, safety is on the top of your priority list. Whether you are hauling kids to the beach or traveling with camping equipment, you want a vehicle that can help keep you safe on your travels. This is where GMC Pro Safety Plus comes in.
The 2022 GMC Acadia includes the standard safety suite on all four trims. The first available feature is Rear Park Assist, which works with your rearview camera to notify you when you’re too close to another object. The second is Forward Collision Alert, which sends notifications if the system detects a potential front-end collision, it can also alert you if it believes you are driving too close to the vehicle in front of you. Forward Collision Alert works with our third feature, which is Automatic Emergency Braking. Finally, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning helps to keep drivers from drifting out of a lane.
A Teen Driver system is separate from this safety suite, but it is still standard across all new Acadia models. It can limit certain functions such as speed and speaker volume, and it keeps track of your teen’s driving habits. This feature even comes with a vehicle tracker. With this feature, you'll have peace of mind while your teen goes off on their own adventures.
You can also add on additional safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Safety Alert Seat, and Rear Seat Reminder feature. Adaptive Cruise control allows your car to follow the flow of traffic as it can accelerate and decelerate based on traffic speed. The Safety Alert Seat vibrates on a potential crash’s impact side so you can quickly move away from the impact. Finally, the Rear Seat Reminder will notify you of precious cargo, so you remember to be safe and not leave anything important behind.
The 2022 GMC Acadia’s standard safety features make up for the majority of its driver-assist functions. GMC doesn’t make drivers pay ridiculous prices to access those important safety features that reassure most modern drivers.