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2020 GMC Acadia Interior Review


Interior: 7.2

The 2020 GMC Acadia has a quiet interior that looks good, but the quality is mixed. There are a few soft-touch materials scattered about, but some cheaper-looking ones are interspersed.

The first two rows of seats provide good support and have plenty of head- and legroom. The third row is pretty confining, but that's not uncommon for a three-row SUV. Total cargo space is decent, though it’s less than what you'll find in class leaders. Also, there's not much room behind the rearmost seats. The Acadia comes with plenty of features, including a user-friendly infotainment system.

  • "The leather-wrapped steering wheel features aluminum trim that is convincingly upscale. Unfortunately, some of the interior materials have a cheap look and feel." -- Car and Driver
  • "Inside, the parking button is off-center. The quarter panels at the front roof pillar don't line up on the inside or outside. Other interior areas look and feel fine." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Although its absolute scale isn't as large as the first-generation SUV, the 2018 Acadia's cabin boasts an even more upscale character helped by a modern design that includes soft-touch surfaces, upgraded trim and active noise cancellation." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)


The GMC Acadia seats seven in its standard three-row configuration, but capacity drops to six if you opt for the second-row captain's chairs. The two-row AT4 model only seats five.

Cloth upholstery and sliding second-row seats come standard. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The first two rows of seats provide plenty of head- and legroom, and taller adults can ride in both rows. The seats are supportive and comfortable as well. The third-row seats are cramped and best left for the kids, which is common among three-row midsize SUVs.

For securing child safety seats, the Acadia has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the second-row outboard seats, and third-row seats have single tether anchors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

  • "With the seat all the way back, you can barely reach the pedals. And your head is nowhere near the ceiling. The high console makes it feel a little tight up front. The second row offers moderate room, but the third row is very tight." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Where the outgoing SUV was sold in mandatory seven- or eight-seat configuration, the 2017 Acadia is available in just five-seat form when equipped with the new All-Terrain package, putting an emphasis on usable space and cargo rather than on hauling the kiddos. When included, third-row space is predictably uncomfortable for full-sized adults, but it would work in a pinch for a quick jaunt out to lunch." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • "The two-seat bench in the way back has sufficient padding and ample headroom, but sits low. It can accommodate a 6-footer, however, sitting with knees high behind another tall adult in the sliding and reclining second row." -- Cars.com (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Acadia include the GMC infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, five USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Also standard is tri-zone automatic climate control and a rear-seat reminder, which alerts you to check if you’ve left anything important in the back seat.

The Acadia gets an updated infotainment system for 2020, with the new GMC Infotainment system replacing the IntelliLink interface. The new system is as user-friendly as the old one. It’s intuitive and easy to master, and the touch screen responds well to inputs.

Available features include a dual-panel sunroof, navigation, wireless device charging, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Standard active safety features include the Teen Driver system, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring with lane change alert.

Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, Rear Camera Mirror, and a surround-view parking camera system. Front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a safety alert driver’s seat are also available.

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  • "When it comes to technology, the Acadia offers plenty for the whole family. From an abundance of USB ports to onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi, passengers can easily stay connected. The touchscreen infotainment system is intuitive and responsive; charging more than one device that requires a 12-volt outlet may prove a challenge, as only one of those outlets is provided." -- Car and Driver
  • "The touchscreen technology interface in the Acadia is one of the easier systems to use at a glance. It favors the features you use most often, which is a plus. Bluetooth pairing is quick and easy." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The screen has big, clear buttons and menus and was responsive. Ease of use is complemented by mechanical knobs for volume and tuning, and physical buttons for Home and Back as well as basic audio functions." -- Cars.com (2017)


The Acadia has 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 41.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 79 cubic feet with both rows folded. Few midsize SUVs have less space behind the rearmost seats. The Acadia's maximum capacity is decent for the segment overall, though it’s still less than what you'll find in class leaders. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • "With the third row in use, we were only able to fit two carry-on suitcases in the Acadia, but with the second- and third-row seats stowed, we were able to fit 28. The Dodge Durango held four cases behind its third row and 30 with the rear rows of seats folded, so it might be a better choice if you'll be frequently hauling people and cargo at the same time." -- Car and Driver
  • "Open the liftgate, and with the third-row seat folded, you've got a wide, unobstructed cargo floor to work with. Remote-release handles make it easy to fold the second row. Note, however, that with the optional third row in place, there's only enough space for a couple of duffle bags." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The second tier – 60-40 bench or captain's chairs – features an upgraded Smart Slide system for easier access to the 50/50 third row, and both fold flat to expand the 12.8 cubic feet of base cargo space to a quite usable 79.0-cubic-foot maximum." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
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