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2019 GMC Acadia Performance Review


Performance: 7.6

The 2019 GMC Acadia holds its own from a performance standpoint, thanks to a competent base engine, a strong available V6, and composed handling. It also gets above-average fuel economy and provides a smooth ride over most road surfaces.

  • "A strong all-around performer, the Acadia is well-suited to its mission as a comfortable, easy-to-drive family hauler. There is never a lack of power with the V6 engine, and the ride quality is well-controlled over most roads. Strong, easy-to-modulate brakes round out its impressive capabilities." -- Edmunds
  • "This is still a tall SUV; you won't mistake it for a sport sedan. But neither will you mistake it for the old Acadia, which had nearly minivan manners." -- Cars.com (2017)
  • "Although the all-new 2017 Acadia has shrunk considerably both in size and feel, our brief first exposure reveals it to be more capable than ever, as well as much better to drive." -- Car and Driver (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The Acadia comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 193 horsepower. It's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. While this engine provides enough power for most driving situations, it hardly makes the Acadia feel quick.

The available 3.6-liter V6 produces 310 horsepower. This engine feels strong in all situations, delivering potent acceleration and moving the Acadia with ease.

With its base engine, the Acadia gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the highest ratings in the class. The V6 engine returns slightly lower ratings – 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

  • "When equipped with the V6 engine, the Acadia is never at a loss for power. It takes off from a stop quickly and pulls up hills with ease. We measured a 0-60 mph time of 6.3 seconds, which is impressive for a vehicle of this size." -- Edmunds
  • "The standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is fuel-efficient, but not very powerful. Those who regularly carry a full crew or seek the all-wheel-drive system's full potential are better off with the 3.6-liter V6, which offers more horsepower and torque with a minimal impact on fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The Acadia hustles more like a car-based crossover than the cumbersome and rather truckish first-gen model, and it steers, stops, and accelerates with less recalcitrance." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)

Handling and Braking

The Acadia rides smoothly, and its brakes provide plenty of stopping power. While it's fairly maneuverable in tight quarters, the Acadia doesn't handle as well as some other SUVs in the class. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "The Acadia tends to want to push wide in turns, which is typical in a vehicle like this, but overall it handles its considerable weight quite well." -- Edmunds
  • "Overall ride quality is good, even on the optional 20-inch wheels (18s are standard), while road and wind noise are minimal." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • "Driving the new Acadia, it does feel smaller and more maneuverable. Steering is firm and responsive, and there is very little body roll." -- Motor Trend (2017)

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