When it was redesigned for the 2017 model year, General Motors did something unexpected with its GMC Acadia: it made it smaller. The three-row crossover SUV was one of the bigger entrants in the segment, but the second-generation model chopped some 7 inches out of its overall length, a development that contributed mightily to the Acadia’s 700-pound weight loss. Those changes have resulted in a nimbler, more efficient SUV that’s still plenty roomy inside.
Cabin quality is up noticeably, as well, and with one of the easiest-to-use infotainment systems in the business, 4G-LTE wifi hotspot, and a full battery of advanced driver assist systems, the 2018 GMC Acadia amounts to a formidable family hauler. Available in both front- and all-wheel drive, pricing starts at just under $30,000 before options and delivery charges for a base SL model, and climbs all the way up to over $46,000 for the highfalutin Denali trim with V6 power.
If you're shopping for a utility vehicle with a bit of off-road gumption, there are numerous options on the market. One of the most capable is Jeep's popular Grand Cherokee. The and are a few other worthwhile options, too. But have you considered a GMC Acadia?
It's OK if the answer is no. This large SUV has never really been built to tackle anything more than a muddy road or snowy driveway. But for 2020 the Acadia is now available in AT4 trim, which, at least in theory, is intended to help you venture off the beaten path and get home again once you're finished playing in the dirt. Enabling some modest off-road capability, this model features a twin-clutch all-wheel drive system and all-terrain tires for extra traction in adverse conditions. Visual changes include the addition of black-chrome exterior accents, unique wheels and special badging.
As with high-end Denali models, GMC is treating its AT4 trim like a sub-brand. By the end of this calendar year, AT4 versions of every GMC vehicle will be available, with the Terrain, Canyon and all-new Yukon arriving for the 2021 model year.
The Good ~ Powerful acceleration ~ Superb transmission ~ Solid build quality
The Bad ~ No adaptive cruise control ~ Some cheap interior bits ~ So-so seats
The Bottom Line Not quite a perfect product, the GMC Acadia AT4 is nonetheless roomy and well-built, with one of the best powertrains in the segment.
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