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2020 GMC Acadia Overview

The 7-passenger GMC Acadia, which was just redesigned in 2017 and received some minor updates for 2019, sees more changes for 2020. The Acadia gets revised exterior styling, a new powertrain option, and updated technology. This refresh helps make the Acadia stand out in the crowded midsize crossover class against key competitors such as the Honda Passport and Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Ford Edge.

The Acadia’s updated look is thanks to a new grille, which comes flanked by the brand’s distinctive headlight shape. New front and rear fascias help make the SUV look more rugged and truck-like. New 18- and 20-inch wheel designs are available, and upper trims can be fitted with side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals. The all-new AT4 trim level also gets unique, rugged styling with a black chrome-trimmed grille and exclusive 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires.

The Acadia retains its base 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, which makes 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, and its more powerful 3.6-liter V6, rated for 310 hp and 271 lb-ft. It also gets a new engine option, a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, estimated to produce 230 hp and 258 lb-ft and featuring active fuel management cylinder deactivation for better efficiency. A new 9-speed automatic replaces the old 6-speed and features push-button shifting instead of the traditional gearshift lever. Front-wheel drive (FWD) comes standard and all-wheel drive (AWD) is available. The AT4 gets AWD standard. Fuel economy ratings have not yet been revealed.

The refreshed interior reflects the exterior’s rugged yet elegant design, with aluminum and upscale wood trim throughout and detailed stitching on the upholstery. Trim levels include the base SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT, Denali, and all-new AT4. Standard features include remote entry, push-button start, automatic tri-zone climate control, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. Upgrades, available in trim levels or via packages, include remote start, leather upholstery, heated front seats, power front seats, heated second-row seats, ventilated front seats, and a hands-free power liftgate.

The 2020 Acadia gets an updated infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, keyfob-activated customizable user profiles, and a total of five USB ports. Features such as standard Bluetooth, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay carry over. Options include navigation, wireless charging, and a Bose 8-speaker audio system.

Every Acadia features a reversing camera and the Teen Driver Safety system, which allows parents to limit the speed of the vehicle and the radio volume to help teens develop safe driving habits. Options include blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist, automatic high beams, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view camera. The 2019 Acadia earned a 5-star overall rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

With bold styling, an efficient new powertrain option, and three comfortable rows of seating, the 2020 Acadia should catch the eye of midsize SUV shoppers when it goes on sale in fall 2019.


Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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