Our Opinion - 2023 GMC Acadia Review

The 2023 GMC Acadia is good for taking families on different trips, but it won’t win any fans on the road. This could be a choice if you want a mid-size SUV that looks like a truck and has a roomy cabin. You should know that the use has flaws, like a small third row and poor materials inside the house. Outdoorsy people might like the AT4 off-road version, but our testing showed that, besides having all-terrain tires and an all-wheel-drive system with a torque-vectoring rear axle, it isn’t as capable as advertised. The Acadia comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 228 hp as standard and a 310 hp V-6 that’s worth the extra money as an option. You can also select front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Acadia’s engines and the way it drives are both entertaining. You don’t have a problem with anything about the GMC SUV. The problem is that I need to be more interested in the 2023 Acadia.

For the 2017 model year, there are no significant changes to the Acadia. GMC is promoting a new wrapped steering wheel that comes standard on all trim levels except the base SLE. There are also three other paint colors for the Acadia, but you can get them without getting them. Volcanic Red tintcoat, Ultra Blue metallic, and Sterling metallic are all on the list. It’s also important to note that the portfolio will cost more in 2023. The starting prices for all four models will go up by $2050.


  • Ride with someone
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • In the first and second rows, the seats are big and comfortable.
  • A way to have fun that makes sense


  • Erratic interior quality
  • Filled the third row
  • It’s tight for the luggage room behind the third row.

The base engine for the Acadia is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 228 horsepower. The 3.6-liter V-6 engine is our best choice because it has 310 horsepower and makes driving pleasurable. Both machines come with front-wheel drive and an automatic transmission with nine speeds. An all-wheel industry is an option. Even though you are driving an SUV, the Acadia is strong and steady. It seems heavy when turning at high speeds, but the ride is sturdy and forgiving when most people go less aggressively (which is most of the time). An adaptive suspension changes the dampers every two milliseconds to make the ride smoother over bumps or tighter if the driver gets angry (standard on the Denali and available on SLT trim with all-wheel drive).

The Acadia comes with lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beam headlamps, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking as standard features. Among the most critical safety features are the following:

  • Pedestrian identification is a standard for mechanical emergency brakes.
  • There is also lane-keeping help and the usual lane-departure warning.
  • Adaptive cruise control is something that can be used.

Even though the Acadia is small enough to fit in garages and parking spots, its size does affect the space inside. Most of the controls are easy to use and easy for the driver to get to, and the interior is nice to look at. The black-and-white gauge cluster with red needles shows information at a glance. Denali models have a central screen that can be changed to show much extra information about the car based on what the driver wants. The tilt-and-telescoping steering column may need to be extended even more for very tall or short drivers, but it is enough for most people. The steering wheel is covered in leather and has lovely aluminum accents. Several parts of the inside look and feel cheap, which is a shame. We could only fit two carry-on bags in the Acadia when the third row was in use, but when the second and third rows were folded down, we could do 28. If you frequently travel with a large group of people and their belongings, the Dodge Durango might be a better option for you because it has space for four suitcases behind the third row and 30 when the seats in the back rows are folded down.

According to the EPA, the turbo four-cylinder engine equipped with the front-wheel drive should achieve a city fuel economy of 22 mpg and a highway fuel economy of 29 mpg. They said the V-6 with a front-wheel purpose gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. On the street at 75 mph, we did not test an Acadia with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The Acadia has a lot of ways to use technology for the whole family. A Wi-Fi hotspot and many USB ports make it easy for passengers to stay connected. The touch-screen system for getting information is quick and easy to use. Because there is only one 12-volt outlet, it may be hard to charge multiple items that need that voltage.

We’d go with the mid-level SLT trim, which has leather upholstery, a remote start, heated front seats, navigation in the dashboard, and a hands-free tailgate. Along with those SLT features, this model comes with heated, power-adjustable mirrors, keyless entry, and a push-button start. We’d choose the more powerful V-6 engine and all-wheel drive, which would cost an extra $2495.

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