Overview (Final Score: A)

The GMC Acadia is a solid-selling, midsized crossover in the premium market. As one of the first sport utilities in the segment, the Acadia became popular for its strong build, interior luxury, and capability.

The Acadia was redesigned in 2017, saw a light upgrade last year, and enters 2019 unchanged from there. This SUV drives well, gets good fuel economy for its size, and has a less busy cabin than some luxury options. It’s not as luxurious as its price might bear, however, and some competitors are more daily-usable than is the Acadia.

The 2019 GMC Acadia is refined and comes with a lot of options to meet needs. There are six trim levels for the 2019 Acadia, including the special-order-only base SL trim. Both two- and three-row options are available for the Acadia and two engine options are also offered. Front-wheel and all-wheel drive are also options.

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2019-gmc-acadia-2What We Love About the 2019 GMC Acadia:

  • Wonderful street-cred look with capability as its motif
  • Simple, but well-done interior that isn’t too busy
  • Engine choices are nicely-matched with good power and economy returns

2019-gmc-acadia-engineWhat We Don’t Love About the 2019 GMC Acadia:

  • Value proposition can be a bit iffy given the price point versus competitors
  • Cabin luxury isn’t as high as some competing luxury models
  • Cargo and third-row space are limited compared to others on the market

2019-gmc-acadia-3Total Score and Competitive Comparison (70/80, 88%)

The 2019 GMC Acadia competes against solid competitors in the premium-level segment. The Buick Enclave, sister to the Acadia, is more contemporary and modern in its appeal and has many of the same general qualities as the Acadia. The Chevrolet Traverse can be optioned in its top package to compete with the lower-end Acadia models and is worth cross-shopping if price is more important. The Toyota Highlander, in its top-most trims, is commensurate with the Acadia at the mid-level, but may not be as budget-friendly in some respects and is showing its age with a redesign due soon. Finally, the Lexus RX, which is a luxury option, is higher-priced than the Acadia, but offers a lot of lux for those bucks.

Compared to the few premium options available in the midsize segment, the 2019 Acadia offers a lot that will appeal to those looking. The more expensive luxury rivals aren’t always better while the higher-end non-luxury options may not seem as svelte as is the GMC. The Acadia is distinctive, well-matched, and balances nicely on its own.

Get more expert advice now in the 2019 GMC Acadia’s FULL REVIEW with tips on its exterior, technology, safety, reliability, pricing and more.


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