Three years into its added generation, the GMC Acadia gets a few notable changes for the 2020 archetypal year to advice advance its appliance amid an ever-growing basin of mid-size SUV competition. Amid the abounding revisions are new advanced and rear fascias, an adapted infotainment system, a new nine-speed automated transmission, and a push-button accessory about-face bureaucracy that allows for a revised centermost animate with added accumulator space. Perhaps added significant, at atomic to GMC’s marketers, is the amplification of the asperous AT4 moniker to the Acadia’s archetypal lineup.
HIGHS: Strong V-6, bland nine-speed transmission, able autogenous packaging, able alley manners.
GMC has hinted that the AT4 appellation will eventually advance to all of its models. While assertive absolute versions, such as the Sierra 1500 AT4 full-size pickup, appear with accepted off-road upgrades such as a two-inch abeyance lift, the Acadia AT4 about replaces the antecedent All-Terrain model, which abundantly was a chastened corrective amalgamation advised to aback a tougher demeanor. It additionally comes with 17-inch all-terrain tires and a twin-clutch rear axle; every AT4 admiral all four wheels. But after any added arena approval or abeyance fortification, the AT4’s adeptness to analyze the aback country is limited.
On the road, the AT4 feels accurately refined. Its ride is adequate and controlled over best surfaces, and admitting the tires’ blocky footstep pattern, alley babble is moderate. The administration is acknowledging and secure, the brakes feel close and linear, and alike the council feel is appropriate for an SUV. We’ve apprenticed BMW sedans of astern that didn’t beacon this well. This isn’t to say that the Acadia is sporty, but it holds up able-bodied aback apprenticed harder than we apprehend 99 percent of its owners to do.
Sitting aloof beneath the top-rung Denali in the Acadia’s archetypal range, the $43,395 AT4 comes with a 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6 as standard, although bottom Acadias can be had with a new-for-2020 turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four acceptable for 230 horsepower, as able-bodied as the entry-level 193-hp 2.5-liter four. All variants affection the new nine-speed automatic, which replaces the antecedent and unimpressive six-speed assemblage that we chided the Acadia for during a allegory analysis aback in 2017. The AT4 is the alone Acadia alternative with accepted all-wheel drive (it’s alternative on all added trim levels except for the front-drive–only SL abject model), but a drive-mode selector punch on the animate allows you to about-face amid front- and all-wheel-drive setups, as able-bodied as a Sport approach and settings for glace conditions. We begin it best to leave it in the closing configuration, as the AT4 in its front-drive agreement is decumbent to torque beacon and some wheelspin at lower speeds, as able-bodied as beneath council precision.
LOWS: Screwy contemporary shifter buttons, ruggedness abundantly is for show, not all active-safety tech is standard.
The aggregate of the AT4’s V-6 and the nine-speed manual makes for a admirable match. There’s affluence of advance on tap—we apprehend a admirable zero-to-60-mph time in the low six-second range—the agent sounds bland and bent as it approaches its 6600-rpm redline, and the manual shuffles through its ratios intelligently and effortlessly, although it’s a bit apathetic to downshift assorted gears. Admitting the nine-speed’s three added gears, the AT4’s EPA burghal and accumulated ammunition abridgement estimates access alone by a distinct mile per gallon over the antecedent All-Terrain model, and its artery amount is unchanged.
If alone the Acadia’s new Cyberbanking Attention About-face adjustment were as acceptable as the manual it controls. Similar to the clumsy bureaucracy begin in the bunched GMC Terrain, this alive arrangement consists of a alternation of buttons and switches amid on the centermost assemblage beneath the altitude controls. There are buttons for Park, Neutral, and Low, while Drive and Reverse are activated by what attending like adeptness window toggles. This all works accomplished in accustomed active aback you aloof baddest Drive and go, and it is acceptable to artlessly about-face the car off at your destination, alive that the adjustment automatically accouterment the manual into Park.
But the adeptness to manually ascendancy the manual is about absent with this setup. There are ” ” and “-” about-face controls aloft and beneath the Low button, but these are adamantine to ability as they’re on the passenger’s ancillary of the centermost stack, and they alone set an aerial absolute for the accessory selection. The manual advisedly downshifts and upshifts beneath that limit. The extenuative adroitness is that aback you baddest Sport mode, the manual does an absorbing job of acrimonious the appropriate accessory for the conditions. But for a apparatus with at atomic some off-road pretensions, the disability to baddest a accessory and authority it is unfortunate.
From a absolutely applied standpoint, the Acadia charcoal a absolutely advantageous apparatus because that it is several inches beneath than the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave that allotment its platform. Autogenous amplitude in the aboriginal and added row of seats still is abundant for those who don’t comedy in the NBA or NFL. Although the GMC is accessible with a third row of seats, our analysis car had but two rows, which leaves 42 cubic anxiety of baggage allowance alike if all bristles seats are occupied. (Stowage shrinks to 13 cubic anxiety with the three-row setup.) And the second-row bank folds altogether flat, bearing one large, alike amount floor. A six-passenger bureaucracy with second-row captain’s chairs additionally is available.
Our AT4 had a $1000 two-tone black-and-brown covering autogenous upgrade, which displayed adorable allegory bond and fabricated for a handsome environment. Added than the cyberbanking shifter, which does chargeless up allowance for a advantageous cup holder and added accepted accumulator space, the Acadia’s all-embracing ascendancy blueprint and active position assignment well. GMC’s revised 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment adjustment is a big improvement, with an automated blueprint and acceptable responses to both blow and articulation commands. All Acadias appear accepted with rear esplanade assist, lane-change alert, and rear cross-traffic alert, although automated emergency braking, automated aerial beams, and advanced esplanade abetment are optional.
Finished in Carbon Black Metallic paint, our analysis agent was adorable in a refreshingly glassy and chaste way that is absent on some of its added aggressively styled rivals. While the AT4’s ruggedness abundantly is for show, and GMC’s new shifter bureaucracy strikes as an adverse footfall backward, the adapted Acadia’s antithesis of utility, comfort, and tasteful appearance accomplish for a solid combination.
2020 GMC Acadia AT4
front-engine, front/all-wheel-drive, 5–7-passenger, 4-door hatchback
DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, absolute ammunition injectionDisplacement
223 cu in, 3649 ccPower
310 hp @ 6600 rpmTorque
271 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
Wheelbase: 112.5 in
Length: 193.6 in
Width: 75.4 in
Height: 66.0 in
Passenger volume: 109–142 cu ft
Cargo volume: 13–42 cu ft
Curb weight (C/D est): 4400 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
Zero to 60 mph: 6.1 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 17.2 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.9 sec
Top acceleration (governor limited): 131 mph