Our Opinion - 2022 GMC Acadia Review

More active safety mechanisms and exterior design options are available this year in a smaller number of Acadia trim levels (hi, FWD-only Acadia SL). Even though the Acadia isn’t a serious off-roader, it is well-powered, especially with the optional V-6 in the engine. Compared to the first generation Acadia, the second-generation Acadia is better at handling on paved roads and provides more grip. Only a few of the cheap parts used in the Acadia’s interior detract from the vehicle’s appealing exterior appearance as an adventurous GMC.

  • Bundle of standard active safety equipment and a selector for traction control.
  • New 18-inch and 20-inch wheel designs have been added to the collection.
  • Exterior color options include: Light Stone Metallic.


  • More classic active safety technology.
  • With a V-6 engine, you get a lot of horsepower.
  • Interior design that is both beautiful and functional.


  • Interior materials of poor quality.
  • Inside, it’s not as spacious as a Traverse.

The Acadia could be a better choice if the Yukon is too large or expensive, but you don’t like the Terrain’s bold design. Within the GMC SUV lineup, it sits above the Terrain & beneath the Yukon. The second version of the midsize interphase was introduced in 2017 and received a major redesign in 2020. With a supercharger or V-6 engine, Forwards or AWD, six-or seven-passenger seating, the Acadia shares a framework with the Cadillac XT5.

For the base Acadia SLE, two engine options are offered: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four with 228 horsepower, or a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6 with 310 horsepower. With either FWD or AWD, every Acadia has a nine-speed automatic transmission.

There is a 22/29 mpg city/highway mpg rating for the FWD Acadia with its supercharger and a 19/27 mpg rating for the V-6. To put things in perspective, the more powerful turbo-four in the 2021 Kia Sorento Manual transmission model achieves the same 22/29 mpg fuel economy. We used the slightly smaller V-6 engine in the next year Toyota Highlander as a point of comparison. There is a slight advantage to the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine in the Highlander, which gets 20/28 mpg city/highway, or 21/29 mpg city/highway with the start-stop technology.

The turbo-four gets 22/27 mpg city/highway in the 2022 Acadia with AWD, while the V-6 gets 19/26 mpg city/highway. Twenty-one percent better in terms of fuel economy than the Highlander V-6 AWD in 2021, the Sorento turbo-four achieves 21/28 mpg.

Both the FWD and AWD versions of the 2022 Acadia received 5 overall safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Child seat anchors in second-row seats are too deep, and third-row hardware is confusing, according to the IIHS, which tested a 2021 Acadia and gave it an Acceptable grade.

For the 2022 model year, the GMC Pro Security Plus package was made classic across the Acadia lineup. Included in this package are automatic beams, lane – departure, blind-spot and cross-traffic detection, and parking sensors. On the Acadia Denali, adaptive cruise is available.

The Kia Sorento cannot compete with the Acadia’s cargo capacity behind first and third rows. In a segment where the 2 and 3 rows aren’t always spacious, the Acadia also has a slight advantage in second-row legroom.

Behind The First, Second, And Third Rows Of Seats:

  • 79/41.7/12.8 cubic feet in the 2022 Acadia
  • 75.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the 2020 Kia Sorento

Legroom In The Front, Middle, And Back Rows:

  • 41/39.7/29.7 inches are the dimensions of the 2022 Acadia.
  • 41.4/41.7/29.6 inches in the 2021 Sorento

Denali and AT4 Acadia trim levels are designed for two distinct groups of buyers. Those looking for a more luxurious SUV should check out the Acadia Denali. A leather-wrapped as well as heated steering wheel, LED headlights and taillights, heated/ventilated first-row seats, heated 2nd seats, and a cowhide and heated steering wheel are included as standard features. The Acadia Denali comes standard with a head-up display and offers options like a flexible suspended sentence and a 360º view surveillance system as optional add-ons. There is only one V-6 option for the Denali, which can be either standard FWD or have AWD as an option.

If you don’t want to go off-roading, you can still get the Acadia in AT4 trim. All-terrain tyres and an engine power AWD system are just some of the features that make this vehicle capable of going anywhere. Like the Denali, the Acadia AT4 only comes with a V-6 engine and comes basic with a palm power liftgate.

Headlamps, keyless entry as well as start, as well as an elevated rear view camera are standard features on every Acadia. A push-button start, 4.2-inch automotive navigation screen in the evaluate cluster, active noise – cancelling, and 3 temperature controls with control system for the second row are just a few of the interior perks that can be found in this model. A 6 sound system & Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto compatibility are included in the infotainment system.

A hands-free authority liftgate, energy side mirrors, as well as remote start are just some of the features available as part of a package or at a higher trim level. An energy steering column, a heated steering column, and a head-up display are all options for the driver. Eight-way power extendable front seats, heat source trolling motor back seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, as well as Bose premium 8 sound system are just some of the other features available.

  • The Toyota Highlander.
  • The Kia Sorento.
  • Pilot of the Honda
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