Watsonville GMC Shoppers Year-End
Review Of The 2019 GMC Acadia

The 2019 GMC Acadia is a midsize family SUV that features attractive styling, excellent infotainment system and a spacious cabin that can easily accommodate seven passengers. Watsonville GMC shoppers looking for maximum fuel efficiency will want to choose the standard four-cylinder engine, while those looking for a little more power will like the optional V6.

The Acadia shares a platform with the Cadillac XT5, which is one reason it provides exceptional driving dynamics. The striking interior features a long list of up-to-date technology features. According to GMC dealers near Watsonville, many Acadia buyers elect to go with the new Black Edition, which adds 20-inch wheels with black accents and other black exterior details to the SLT model.

The Acadia is available in four main trim levels, listed as SL, SLE, SLT and Denali. Most buyers will want to skip the SL trim, as it’s special order only and buyers will have to wait for it to be custom built. The SLE and SLT are each divided into two subtrims, called SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1 and SLT-2. Buyers can get the 2019 GMC Acadia in configurations that seat five passengers in two rows, or six or seven passengers in three rows.

Compare Performance and Fuel Efficiency

The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. The available 3.6-liter V6 generates 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard for both engines and all-wheel drive is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the four-cylinder engine is 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 21 mpg city/25 mpg highway with all-wheel drive.* The V6 checks in with 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway with all-wheel drive.

Check Out These Amenities

  Features that come standard on the base SL trim include keyless unlock and start, automatic climate control with three zones, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch color touchscreen, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, five USB ports and five years of OnStar Basic. Parents of small children will appreciate the Acadia’s rear-seat safety alert system, which alerts drivers to check the rear seat for a child.   The SLE-1 comes with the features of the SL and adds satellite radio. The SLE-2 gets a power liftgate, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and heated front seats. The optional Driver Alert I package adds rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and lane change assist. The All Terrain package is available on models with four-wheel drive. It comes with a cargo management system in place of the third-row seat, as well as an off-road-tuned suspension and some styling tweaks.

The SLT-1 includes leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, the Driver Alert I package, an eight-speaker Bose stereo system, an 8-inch touchscreen and an upgraded IntelliLink system. The SLT can also get the All Terrain package. The SLT-2 comes with heated second-row seats and a host of driver-assistance features.

The top-line Denali trim includes a heated steering wheel, a hands-free power liftgate, ventilated front seats and navigation. The optional Technology package comes with a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control and forward automatic braking.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.