The GMC Acadia is a mid-size SUV that has been produced and sold by the GMC brand ever since the 2006 model year. The GMC Acadia has been a popular SUV amongst consumers for years thanks to its style, engine performance, and great safety and entertainment features.

For the 2019 model year, GMC looks to continue the Acadia’s momentum with much-anticipated additions such as a powerful V6 engine and Teen Driver safety system.

Available Trim Packages

One of the selling points of the 2019 GMC Acadia is that there are many different trim packages available. This helps to ensure that everyone will be able to find an Acadia that fits into their budget and has the features that they want.

GMC Acadia SL

The Acadia SL is the base trim option for the 2019 GMC Acadia. This is the only model that does not have the ability to be upgraded to all-wheel-drive. Unfortunately, the exclusions continue for the SL as additional engine upgrades are not available. Despite this trim not having all the bells and whistles that available in other trims, it’s starting MSRP of $30,195 is a great value.

GMC Acadia SLE

The next trim level up is the Acadia SLE. This trim level provides drivers with some additional features such as LED daytime headlights, heated seats, and a SiriusXM Radio. The SLE has two trim options: the SLE-1 ($33,995) and SLE-2 ($36,395). While the trim options are almost identical mechanically, the SLE-2 offers more standard features than the SLE-1.

GMC Acadia SLT

For those that want the best engine performance, the SLT is the most affordable trim available. Just like the SLE trim level, the SLT is divided into two trim options: the SLT-1 ($39,195) and SLT-2 ($43,095). The major difference between the two is the 3.6-liter V6 engine that comes with the SLT-2.

GMC Acadia Denali

For those that want the best engine performance and impeccable style, the highest trim available is the Acadia Denali. The Denali comes standard with a V6 engine and all the tech and entertainment features from the previous trim levels. As the top trim, the Acadia Denali costs a whopping $46,695.

Engine Performance and Gas Mileage

For the 2019 GMC Acadia, the base engine option is a four-cylinder engine that produces just under 200 horsepower. For most drivers, this is more than enough power. However, many other SUVs in the same class have a standard engine that is more powerful. Plus, those that would like more towing capacity or have more challenging driving conditions, this base engine option may not be sufficient.

For those looking for more power, the Acadia can be equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces more than 310 horsepower. This is a very powerful engine that provides more acceleration than many other midsize sedans in the same class.

For an SUV, the Acadia has an acceptable fuel efficiency. With the base engine option, it will get about 26 mpg when driving on the highway and 21 mpg when driving in the city. Those that upgrade to the higher engine option will see fuel efficiency decline to 25 mpg for highway driving and 18 mpg for city driving. Furthermore, choosing all-wheel-drive will see the engine performance decline by about five to 10 percent.

Entertainment and Safety Features

The 2019 GMC Acadia has a lot of standard entertainment features. This includes an impressive seven-inch touchscreen that is used to control GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. In addition to the main entertainment system, the Acadia comes with a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth connectivity, five USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system. Those that choose the higher trims will also enjoy a larger touchscreen display, a Bose audio speaker system, and rear-seat entertainment.

Some of the standard safety features included in the Acadia are a rearview camera, forward collision warning, and a rear-seat reminder every time you turn off the car. Furthermore, you can take advantage of the Teen Driver control system which allows you to set maximum speed and acceleration rates for certain driver profiles. Some additional safety features available with the higher trims include front pedestrian braking, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring.

Overall, the 2019 GMC Acadia has an assortment of features that will please car buyers. It has an impressive number of standard features, good fuel efficiency, and a very powerful engine. Plus, for those looking for the most power and style, the Denali trim is well worth the investment.


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