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2019 GMC Acadia Interior Review

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Interior: 7.4

The 2019 GMC Acadia has a quiet and mostly attractive interior. There are plenty of high-end materials, though some panel gaps don't quite line up. The seats are comfortable, but the third row is a tight squeeze. There are plenty of tech features, as well as a user-friendly infotainment system. Many other midsize SUVs have more cargo space.

  • 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
  • "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 cabin is pitch-perfect for this quasi-premium CUV, with comfortingly familiar GM switchgear embedded in high-quality, inoffensive materials. It's like a hotel room at an upscale major national chain." -- Autoblog (2017)

Seating

The GMC Acadia has seating for seven occupants, while models equipped with optional middle-row captain's chairs can accommodate six. The All Terrain model has seating for five. A sliding and reclining second row is standard. Heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Up front, you have plenty of space and all-day support. The second-row seats aren't as spacious as the first row's, but they have enough room for adults to ride without much issue. As with most 3-row SUVs, the third row is cramped and probably best left for children.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats in the second row; third-row seats have tether anchors but no lower anchors. The lower anchors in the second row are set a little deep in the seat, and the third-row tether anchors could be confused with other hardware. Aside from those two things, the Acadia’s LATCH system is generally easy to 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
  • 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 a rearview camera, a rear-seat reminder (an alert chime that reminds you to check if you’ve left anything important in the back seat), Teen Driver, push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, and the IntelliLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, five USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Available features include a dual-panel sunroof, navigation, an eight-speaker Bose surround-sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and an upgraded IntelliLink system with an 8-inch touch screen.

Available driver assistance features include front pedestrian braking, rear cross traffic alert, a safety alert driver’s seat, forward collision warning, forward automatic braking, front and rear parking sensors, side blind spot monitoring with lane change alert, lane keep assist, and a surround-view camera.

As if having plenty of standard and available features weren't enough, the Acadia doubles down by making the IntelliLink infotainment system easy to use. The touch screen responds well to inputs, and there are physical controls for some of the functions. The overall layout is simple, but it looks a little low-rent.

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  • "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
  • "Thoughtful amenities dot the cabin, including lots of storage cubbies, five USB ports, climate controls, and a 110-volt outlet for the second row. Because, sadly, forgetting to remove children from cars is a real thing, the new Acadia features an industry-first rear-seat reminder, which flashes and sounds a warning to check the back rows when the vehicle is shutting down." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • "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)

Cargo

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 behind the first row. Many midsize SUVs have more cargo space, but the Acadia's available space is highly usable because of the flat, wide cargo floor. There are also two underfloor storage bins where you can stow things out of sight. A power liftgate and a hands-free power liftgate are available.

  • 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
  • "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)
  • "Cargo volume behind the front row drops from 116 cubic feet to just 79, but clever packaging retains lots of usable space. The second- and third-row seats both fold flat with little fuss, and there are two underfloor storage bins for smaller items." -- Car and Driver (2017)
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