The 2019 GMC Acadia you'll see at dealers like Monterey GMC is a midsize crossover evolution of the original first-generation Acadia, which we first saw as a full-size model back in 2006. The latest Acadia seats up to seven people in its refined interior, delivers excellent ride quality, and drives and handles extremely well. There's plenty of V6 power available to get the job done. Let's take a look at the 2019 GMC Acadia in a little more detail to see how it stands up in such a competitive segment.
There are effectively six different trim levels of 2019 GMC Acadia you'll find at the Monterey GMC dealership, but upgrade packages can be added in some cases which almost create new trim levels in their own right. The entry model is the Acadia SL, and then the range progresses to the SLE1, SLE2, SLT1, SLT2 and the Denali at the top of the range. One upgrade package particularly worth mentioning is the Black Edition for the SLT-1. The package adds the likes of 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with black accents, a black grille insert and surround, black headlight and taillight details and black mirror caps, roof rails and exterior accents.
Like many modern midsize crossovers, the 2019 GMC Acadia has a four-cylinder unit as its standard powerplant. In the GMC's case it's a 2.5-liter inline-four producing 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. For those who prefer the additional power of a V6, the Acadia is also available with a 3.6-liter engine that makes 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. The Acadia SL isn’t available with the V6, but all other models in the lineup can get this engine.
This is a crossover which takes off-road capability pretty seriously when equipped with all-wheel drive. The system comes with a mode select knob for engaging sport, towing and off-road models and it also allows convenient switching between two- and four-wheel drive. The independent suspension absorbs bumps in the road with ease, and the ride and drive are excellent, even when the GMC is outfitted with wheels as big as 20 inches on higher trims.
There's no such thing as a really basic model in the 2019 GMC Acadia lineup. Even the entry level SL trim gets a standard 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, 17-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control and seven seats. At the other end of the spectrum, Denali is now becoming a byword for luxury and the 2019 GMC Acadia Denali is every bit as opulent, comfortable and well-equipped as some genuine luxury rivals costing considerably more. The Denali gets bright Denali-specific exterior accents, unique Denali interior appointments, heated and ventilated front seats, full leather upholstery, an automatic heated steering wheel, a hands-free power-programmable liftgate and much, much more.
Continuously Variable Ride Control is optional on the Denali. This system utilizes a magnetic fluid that modifies the stiffness of the shocks, depending on the road conditions.