2021 GMC Acadia

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  • Overview

    A white 2021 GMC Acadia is angled left.

    The mid-size crossover SUV segment is one of the most competitive out there, thanks to the desirability of their high passenger capacity and attractive SUV styling. Depending on one’s priorities, there are a plethora of models to choose from. For example, to those who highly value styling and media connectivity, it would be difficult to do better than the 2021 GMC Acadia.

    The Acadia was introduced in 2007 as a full-size crossover alongside its corporate cousins, the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave. The 2nd generation redesign in 2017 saw the Acadia reduced to the mid-size category as the vehicle was this time built on the Cadillac CT6 sedan platform. As a result, 8-passenger capacity is a thing of the past for the GMC Acadia, but that’s not strictly a bad thing. In fact, Acadia’s two best sales years have come since the redesign. That’s likely got a lot to do with the Acadia’s Sierra-inspired exterior styling, benchmark-setting infotainment system, and an interior that delivers above-average materials combined with thoughtful storage cubbies and USB ports throughout.

    After a 2020 facelift, the 2021 GMC Acadia sports a few changes. Standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is a headliner update, as is the Elevation Edition appearance package with 20” wheels and black exterior styling accents for the SLE and SLT trim. Additionally, the package options see minor changes, including making the Pro Safety Plus package standard for the SLT trim and above, and making the Technology package available on the SLT and AT4 trims. It all adds up to nearly endless unique configurations for the 2021 Acadia, allowing every driver to dress it up exactly the way they’d want it and to compete with any other mid-size crossover out there.

    193 - 310

    Horsepower (hp)

    4,000

    Max Towing (lbs)

    79

    Max Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)

    Starting at

    $33,600

  • Connectivity

    A close up shows the infotainment screen and black interior on a 2021 GMC Acadia.

    Get Connected

    An impressive slate of connectivity technology is a staple of the current GM design philosophy. On the 2021 GMC Acadia, the infotainment system is delivered through a responsive and intuitive 8” touch screen, centrally mounted in an understated recess so as not to distract the eye. On the SLT, AT4, and Denali trims, this includes standard Navigation for those adventures to unfamiliar places, providing reliable maps and directions without relying on your cell phone (an available feature on the SLE trim). Select in-vehicle apps are available for download as well, delivering an even wider selection of music, news, vehicle diagnostics/controls, and more to engaged GMC owners.

    Every 2021 Acadia comes with a 3-month trial of the onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with the ability to hook up every passenger’s smartphone. The hotspot can accommodate up to 7 devices. Also standard across the board is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, enabling seamless integration of your smartphone to the vehicle’s onboard computer system. That offering is impressive in the industry in its own right as not many makers offer such connectivity on their base models, but new for 2021, GMC has upped its game by making that connection wireless. No longer will you need a cable on hand to plug into the system just to use the connectivity options.

    Stay Charged

    In fact, you can easily equip your Acadia to not require cables at all. If you have a compatible smartphone, you can take advantage of the offered wireless charging system too! Standard on Denali and offered on all but base SL trim, this feature is as accessible on the 2021 Acadia as it would be on premium brands for nearly twice the total cost. It provides cable-free power to your phone while holding it in a sloped center console station for safekeeping. Should you choose to forego this option, however, you’ll find that traditional charging is accessible to all thanks to the 5 USB ports distributed throughout the cabin. There is also a 12V outlet and even a 120V outlet available to the rear seat as part of the Driver Convenience Package on the SLE and standard at higher trim.

    Plug or Unplug: It's Up to You

    Last but not least, the SLT and higher trims benefit from Amazon Alexa Built-in, bringing Amazon’s excellent voice assistant along for the ride and offering even more flexible remote control of your vehicle and home technologies. All added up, whether your preferred adventure involves unplugging completely (however you may choose to define it) or bringing every gadget you own along for the ride, the 2021 Acadia gives you the freedom to do it.

  • Interior Design

    Three rows of gray seats are shown from the passenger side on a 2021 GMC Acadia.

    As a GMC vehicle, the 2021 Acadia has a legacy of professional-grade styling, materials, and functionality to live up to. It’s only natural then for the cockpit to feature intuitive and easy-to-use controls well within reach of the driver, integrated alongside faux wood and brushed aluminum trim accents into the rugged dashboard and center console. There will be no mistaking the Acadia for an Equinox or Traverse inside or out; of that, you can be sure.

    You Can Fit the Whole Family

    Thoughtfully placed storage cubbies help passengers organize belongings for even the longest road trips, minimizing clutter and mess throughout the cabin. They’ll come in handy if you’re making full use of the 6-7 passenger seating, too, as the Acadia is smaller than your traditional 3-row SUV. By building on a sedan platform rather than a truck or minivan, the Acadia has fallen into the mid-size category where 3-row accommodations are less common. Rather than offering a 60/40 split 3rd-row bench, the Acadia delivers a 50/50 two-seater 3rd row with a standard bench seat for the 2nd row. The 12.8 cu.ft. of cargo space behind the 3rd row isn’t much, which is why features like internal cubbies, roof rails, and the 4,000 lb potential towing capacity come in handy for traveling with the whole family.

    Fit More Cargo

    However, you won’t have to cram in to fit all your gear if your passenger count is lower. The fold-flat 3rd and 2nd-row seats expand cargo capacity to an ample 41.7 cu.ft. and massive 79.0 cu.ft. respectively. The off-road-oriented AT4 trim even offers a Rear Seat Delete option for 5-passenger seating and a minimum of 41.7 cu.ft. of trunk space. Whatever you’re looking to load up will be an easy task thanks to the fold-flat seating and available hands-free power liftgate, standard above the SLE trim.

    Also, no matter how tall your cargo is, your view behind won’t be obstructed. That’s because the Acadia offers a digital rearview mirror camera with a wide field of view on the Denali trim, as well as a standard HD rearview camera with an available 360-degree surround view for the SLT trim and higher. And don’t forget the 6” color HUD, standard on the Denali, which puts key information like speed, media info, fuel, and driver assist warnings right on the windshield, so your eyes never have to leave the road. From classy styling to flexible configurations to 360 degrees of advanced visibility tech, the interior of the 2021 GMC Acadia is designed to keep you operating at a professional grade.

  • Safety

    A red 2021 GMC Acadia is shown from the rear parked in the driveway of a modern home.

    Modern safety standards are about more than a high number of airbags and great collision safety scores, though the 2021 Acadia can boast of 10 airbags and a 5/5 star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The widespread development and availability of proximity radar and machine vision camera technologies have enabled a host of advanced driver assistance features to be made available to drivers in every vehicle class. GMC is proud to offer a wide array of such features on the Acadia standard, even on the base SL trim.

    Modern Standard Safety

    Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, otherwise known as a blind spot monitor, lets you know when there’s something in your blind spots to help you avoid making dangerous lane changes. An excellent family-friendly feature standard on many GM vehicles, the Teen Driver system allows parents to assign a specific driver profile to their teen driver’s key. When their key is used to start the car, certain features will be disabled, limited, or otherwise controlled to help them stay focused on the all-important task at hand: driving safely. After the ride, you’ll be able to view a report card on their performance to see how they’re doing and help coach them into good habits even if you’re not in the car with them.

    Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) comes in handy when in a parking lot or backing out of the driveway. Ever been in a grocery store parking lot or a parking garage and felt like backing out of your spot was a game of chicken against the unknown? Using rear-mounted sensors, the RCTA looks for pedestrian and vehicular traffic approaching from either side that you might not be able to see from the driver’s seat, alerting you to potential danger ahead of time. Similar to the RCTA is the Rear Park Assist. This feature augments the excellent visibility provided by your rearview cameras by helping you identify when something is actually getting very, very close to your bumpers.

    Additional Safety

    In addition to these features, the GMC Pro Safety Plus package has been made standard on the SLT trim and available on the SLE trim, expanding the availability of highly desirable assists such as:

    • Automatic Emergency Brake with Pedestrian Detection
    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Following Distance Indicator
    • Smart headlamps
    • Front parking aids
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning

    All added up; the 2021 Acadia is an exceptionally safe place to be for you and your family. We wouldn’t want it any other way.

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