2021 GMC Acadia Preview: Specs and Features

After the recent refresh, we are pretty sure that the next-year Acadia won’t bring any particular novelties. The 2021 GMC Acadia is about to carry on in the same way, with the same base design that has been introduced in 2017, as well as with all those updates that came last year. To remind you, that was a pretty nice facelift, which included a plethora of interesting novelties.

All in all, this means that you may count on a pretty decent SUV. The affordable price makes it even better than it is, while we also like powerful engines, an intuitive infotainment system and a relatively spacious cabin. On the other side, one of the complaints goes to interior quality, which isn’t on par with most rivals. Also, relevant sources suggest that reliability ratings aren’t particularly great. The 2021 GMC Acadia release date should be scheduled for the end of year, and we don’t expect significant changes in terms of pricing.

2021 GMC Acadia Denali

2021 GMC Acadia Design

In terms of base design characteristics, we definitely won’t see any particular change. The current generation has been around for about 3-4 years and we’ve already seen a facelift. This refresh has brought a long list of styling novelties, particularly at the front. There are new headlights, grille, bumper and other parts, all inspired by a new Sierra pickup truck. That’s why we don’t expect any particular change for the next year. Of course, novelties in terms of colors and similar things are always possible. The 2021 GMC Acadia Denali will continue with exclusive details and we don’t expect changes in this model either.

In terms of mechanics, this model rides on a standard version of the C1 platform, with around 112.5 inches in wheelbase. That’s not particularly long for the class but on the other side, shorter distance between the axles ensures better maneuverability, which makes Acadia a better choice for urban rides compared to its stretched counterpart from Chevy, the Traverse. This model also comes in an off-road version, which will for the next year come as 2021 GMC Acadia AT4. It includes various off-road upgrades, including a tuned all-wheel-drive system.


Changes on the 2021 GMC Acadia interior aren’t expected either. Therefore, you may count on a cabin that looks decent and features pretty good sound insulation. However, the final touch isn’t particularly great and that’s where most rivals feel more upscale.

When it comes to the interior space, the first row is very comfortable, which the seats are pretty good as well. The second row is also pretty nice and offers a decent amount of legroom. On the other side, the third row feels really cramped and should be left for kids.

2021 GMC Acadia Interior

The cargo area isn’t particularly impressive either.  You may count on about 13 cubic feet behind the third row. Once you fold it down, you get around 42, while the overall cargo space goes up to 79 cubic feet.


We could easily see a couple of additions in terms of standard features, but most of the things are expected to remain the same. This means we may count on goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, five USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, tri-zone automatic climate control etc. That’s a pretty decent list of standard features, while higher trims also offer goodies like a dual-panel sunroof, navigation, wireless device charging, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio and more.

When it comes to safety features, the list of standard features will include things like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring with lane change alert, and a rear seat reminder. Additional, you will be able to get goodies like a head-up display, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, Rear Camera Mirror, and a surround-view parking camera system. Front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning etc.

2021 GMC Acadia Engines

Under the hood, the 2021 GMC Acadia will carry on in the same way. Therefore, base models will carry on with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts around 193 horsepower. There is also a new 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 230 horsepower and delivers notable better driving dynamics.  Finally, there is a well-known 3.6-liter V6 at the top of the offer, which is good for about 310 horsepower.  All three engines come in pair with a 9-speed transmission. As you may presume, the turbo-four offers the best balance between performances and fuel economy. This out returns around 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

2021 GMC Acadia AT4

2021 GMC Acadia Release Date and Price

Considering that there are no bigger changes to come, we expect that the new model will hit the market sometime late in the year. When it comes to the 2021 GMC Acadia price, we expect that base models will go slightly under 30.000 dollars.

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