2020 GMC Acadia

Original MSRP Range
$29,800 - $48,300
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
18 - 21 MPG City / 25 - 28 MPG Hwy
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2020 GMC Acadia

What We Like

  • Its size is more manageable and maneuverable
  • Powerful V6
  • Two fuel-saving 4-cylinder choices
  • Lots of easy-to-use infotainment features


What We Don't

  • Less cargo space than most competitors
  • Safety tech restricted to upper trims
  • So-so interior quality and styling



Expert Rating

4.1/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.0/ 5


What's New in the 2020 GMC Acadia?

There are lots of updates for 2020. One of the more significant ones is the introduction of the AT4 off-road grade into the trim lineup. Also huge is the new available 2.0-liter turbocharged four, and a new 9-speed automatic transmission now pairs with all engines as well. The infotainment system is enhanced. Later in the model year a head-up display will be available. A few exterior styling tweaks round out the changes. See the 2020 GMC Acadia models for sale near you


Which Acadia is the Best?


We think the SL is fairly well equipped, but GMC provides this trim as a no-frills, budget choice. There are no available options for it. For the extra money, the SLE doesn't add much to the SL's standard features list, but it does unlock a load of possibilities for options. We'd go with the SLE and then pick the options we want. Find a GMC Acadia for sale


How Much Does a 2020 GMC Acadia Cost?

The 2020 GMC Acadia is offered in five trim levels: SL, SLE, SLT, AT4 and the upscale Denali, with 5-, 6- and 7-passenger configurations available. Adding 4WD to any grade -- except the AT4 -- increases the bottom line by $2,000. AWD is standard on the AT4. All prices reflect the $1,195 factory destination fee.


The SL ($30,995) 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, blind-spot monitor, lane-change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, rear-park assist, 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 as well.


The SLE ($34,995) adds 18-in alloy wheels, a spare tire, carpeted floor mats, a road-emergency tool kit and satellite-radio capabilities.


Pick the SLT ($40,895) and you'll get the all-new 4-cylinder turbo, hands-free power liftgate, 8-in touchscreen, upgraded infotainment system with navigation, 18-in machined alloy wheels, brushed-aluminum roof rails, LED fog lights, a 120-volt power outlet, 6-passenger seating with second-row captain's chairs, leather first- and second-row seats, an 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar control, heated front seats, an 8-speaker Bose audio system with HD radio, an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror and remote start.


The all-new AT4 ($44,395) focuses on off-roading. Compared to the SLT, it gains the V6 engine, advanced-clutch AWD, hill-descent control, hill-start assist, 17-in aluminum wheels, all-terrain tires, black roof rails, a second-row bench seat with 5-passenger seating, and a cargo-management system. It also loses rear climate controls.


At the top of the lineup is the Denali ($47,990), which boasts special styling flourishes, 20-in alloy wheels, LED headlights, a configurable gauge cluster, an 8-way power passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, 2-person memory settings for driver's seat and outboard mirrors, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, wireless charging, automatic emergency braking with forward pedestrian detection, forward collision alert, auto high-beam on/off, front/rear park assist, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and a safety-alert driver's seat.


Drivers opting for the Denali's Technology package also get a 360-degree camera system, upgraded adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, a rear camera mirror with a washer and higher-speed forward-collision automatic braking. Both the SLT-2 and the Denali can be equipped with an optional adaptive suspension.


There's a wide variety of packages (too many to list here) available for each grade, except the SL.


Acadia Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Acadia AWD 4dr AT4$42,200 / $40,2586 Cylinder31018 / 259-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Acadia AWD 4dr Denali$48,300 / $46,0786 Cylinder31018 / 259-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Acadia AWD 4dr SLE$36,200 / $34,5344 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder23021 / 279-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Acadia AWD 4dr SLT$41,700 / $39,7814 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder23021 / 279-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Acadia FWD 4dr Denali$46,300 / $44,1706 Cylinder31019 / 279-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Acadia FWD 4dr SL$29,800 / $29,7704 Cylinder19321 / 279-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Acadia FWD 4dr SLE$33,800 / $32,2454 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder19321 / 279-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Acadia FWD 4dr SLT$39,700 / $37,8734 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder23021 / 289-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
GMC Acadia Safety

Is the 2020 GMC Acadia a Safe Car?

All Acadia models come with front-side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags, a driver-knee airbag and a special airbag in between the front two seats. A rearview camera and OnStar emergency communications are also included. Also standard across the board are blind-spot monitoring, a rear cross-traffic warning system and rear parking sensors.


The Driver Alert II package, which is standard on the Denali and available on the SLT and the AT4, includes low-speed forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, front/rear parking assist, automatic highbeams and a head-up display.


The Acadia earned the IIHS top score of 'Good' across all of its crash tests. In government testing, it received an overall score of five stars out of five stars.


Rollover Rating
5 Year Cost to Own

$50,566 ($0.67 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases
Corrosion3 Years/36,000 Miles
Rust-Through6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases
Maintenance1 Year/1 Visit

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Telematics
  • Roadside Safety Pkg
  • Driver Alert Pkg I
  • Driver Convenience Pkg
  • Infotainment Pkg
  • Cargo Pkg
  • Protection Pkg
  • Floor Liner Pkg
  • Adventure Pkg
  • Hit the Road Pkg
  • Premium Carpeted Floor Mat Pkg
  • Driver Alert Pkg II
  • Premium Pkg
  • Bright Accent Pkg
  • Trailering Pkg


2020 GMC Acadia vs the competition

2020 Honda Passport - Honda's two-row CUV that slots in under the Pilot, the Passport, offers a roomy cabin and the Honda Sensing suite of safety technologies.


2020 Hyundai Santa Fe - A well-rounded two-row CUV, the 2020 Santa Fe is as technologically advanced as just about any vehicle out there.


2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee - With more opportunity for outfitting with luxury appointments and more aggressive AWD, the 2020 Grand Cherokee still competes with the Acadia.


Used Buick Enclave - If you're shopping at the Acadia's lower price points but are aching for more luxury features, consider a used Enclave. You'd be getting more space, as well, although the tech offerings aren't as advanced.


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