Smaller-than-most size makes it more manageable and maneuverable; powerful V6; lots of easy-to-use infotainment features; fuel-saving 4-cylinder
Less cargo space and third-row seat room than most competitors; safety tech restricted to upper trims; unremarkable interior quality and design
A little tweaking around the edges sums up GMC's efforts in bringing the Acadia forward for 2019. A new Black Edition for SLT versions includes 20-inch aluminum wheels with black accents, a black grille insert with black surround, black headlamp/taillamp details, black mirror caps and black roof rails. The All Terrain gets a new available 17-in wheel design. Toss in a few new exterior colors, and there you have it.
The power driver seat and power lift gate included with the SLE-2 seem like must-haves, so that's where we'd start. If leather seating is a must-have, then that probably makes the SLT-1 your best bet. The extra equipment included with upper trim levels is appealing, but the Acadia doesn't seem luxurious enough inside given their hefty prices.
The 2019 GMC Acadia is offered in six trim levels: SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2 and the upscale Denali. Five-, 6- and 7-passenger configurations are available. Adding 4WD to any grade increases the bottom line by $2,000. All prices reflect the $1,195 factory destination fee.
The SL ($30,095) includes 17-in alloy wheels, privacy glass, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, proximity entry and push-button start, tri-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth upholstery, OnStar emergency communications, a 7-in touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, USB ports and a 6-speaker sound system with a media player interface and an auxiliary audio jack. Seven-passenger seating is standard, but second-row captain's chairs and 6-passenger seating can be added.
The SLE-1 ($33,995) adds LED daytime running lights, a spare tire, carpeted floor mats and satellite radio, while the SLE-2 ($36,395) includes 18-in alloy wheels, fog lights, roof rails, remote ignition, a power lift gate, an 8-way power driver's seat and heated front seats. Captain's chairs become standard from here on, with 7-passenger seating becoming the option.
Pick the SLT-1 ($39,195), and you'll get an auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirror, dual power front seats, leather upholstery, an 8-speaker Bose stereo system, upgraded gauges and the Driver Alert Package I (optional on SLE-2), which adds blind spot monitoring, a rear cross-traffic warning system and rear parking sensors.
The All Terrain package, which can be added to the SLE-2 and the SLT-1, adds an enhanced all-wheel-drive system, hill-descent control, 20-in alloy wheels (not exactly ideal for driving on "all terrain"), black roof rails and 5-passenger seating. Six- or 7-passenger seating can be substituted.
Next up is the SLT-2 ($43,095), which adds the V6 engine as standard equipment, plus 20-in wheels, a Towing package, heated second-row seats and driver-memory settings. It also includes the Driver Alert Package II, which adds low-speed forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, GM's Safety Alert seat, automatic highbeams and front parking sensors.
At the top of the lineup is the Denali ($46,695), which boasts special styling flourishes, xenon headlights, a hands-free power lift gate, a configurable gauge cluster, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel and a larger 8-in touchscreen (optional on all but the SL and the SLE-1). Drivers who opt for the Denali's Technology package also get a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control and higher-speed forward-collision automatic braking. Both the SLT-2 and the Denali can be equipped with an optional adaptive suspension.
As for engine choices, the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is standard on SL, SLE-1, SLE-2 and SLT-1 models. The V6 is optional in the SLE-2 and the SLT-1 and standard on the SLT-2 and the Denali.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||1 Year/1 Visit|
2019 Chevrolet Traverse -- If you're looking for the same colossal interior space provided by the previous Acadia, you'll be able to find it (and more) in the redesigned Traverse. It's greatly improved in other areas, too.
2019 Toyota Highlander -- Still one of the top midsize SUVs on the market, the Highlander offers excellent dependability, a higher-quality cabin, standard safety tech and a comparable size.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas -- The Atlas is one of the newer kids on the block. It's a big kid, too, possessing a huge cabin with adult-friendly space in every row. A solid, decidedly German driving feel is another advantage, along with an industry-best 6-year warranty.
Used Buick Enclave -- If you're shopping at the Acadia's lower price points, but are aching for more luxury features, then perhaps considering a used Enclave would be in order. You'd be getting more space, as well, although tech offerings aren't as advanced.