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2022 GMC Acadia Review: A Near-Miss Luxury Crossover

The crossover market in the USA is fiercely competitive, so the GMC Acadia is up against some of the best crossovers in the midsize segment. Although the American brand is already quite popular, the SUV still tries to stand out by combining luxury and affordability. It's a bit smaller in size than its direct rivals, yet it still attempts to comfortably fit in three rows of seats. Combined with a choice of engines, a turbocharged four-cylinder and a potent V6, its focus seems a bit blurred. Luckily this 'jack of all trades but master of none' is supplemented with lots of comfort and safety tech, which helps the Acadia shore up some of its weak points, like a cramped third row and small cargo hold. With the competition updating at a faster pace, we will have to see if the Acadia continues to earn its place in the market for another year.

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New 2022 GMC Acadia Changes: What’s the difference vs the 2021 GMC Acadia?

Last year, we complained about the barely adequate base 193-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. For the 2022 model year, that engine has been discontinued, along with the base SL trim level. The base car is now the SLE with the 228-hp turbocharged four-pot, increasing the price of entry to the Acadia range from $29,800 last year to $34,800 this year. All the driver-assistance features in the previously optional Pro Safety Plus package have now also been made standard across the board, including automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist. There is a new paint color - Light Stone Metallic - and some new wheel designs too. Finally, there have been some tweaks to the standard equipment.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful available V6 engine
  • Comfortable, poised riding experience
  • Easy-to-navigate infotainment suite
  • Plenty of safety tech
  • Various seating configurations
  • Subpar cargo capacity
  • Limited space in the third row
  • Doesn't deliver the cabin quality you'd expect for the price

What's the Price of the 2022 GMC Acadia?

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2022 GMC Acadia Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
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2022 Acadia Exterior

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  • Length 193.4 in
  • Wheelbase 112.5 in
  • Height 66.7 in
  • Max Width 75.4 in
  • Front Width 64.5 in
  • Rear Width 64.5 in
  • Curb Weight 4,207.0 lbs

2022 Acadia Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.6L V6, 3.6L V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Acadia doesn't have as high a ride height as many of its larger SUV rivals or those that are lifted, so it drives more like a car than they do. However, even with the top-tier V6, you shouldn't expect the driving experience to be fun. This is a comfortable cruiser first and foremost.

To that end, the steering is light, but offers little to no feedback. Combined with a lack of dexterity, this can lead to some unexpected understeer. Luckily, plenty of driver-assistance features come standard to help counteract these issues. The brakes are strong and easy to modulate, too, so you won't have to worry on that front.

Where the crossover really shines, though, is ride comfort. The suspension does a good job of absorbing most road abrasions, while also keeping the vehicle composed over slippery roads. Naturally, you'll want the all-wheel drivetrain if that's going to be a common issue. However, don't mistake this for 4x4 capability. Even the AT4 trim isn't especially suited to going off-road.

2022 Acadia Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.0 in
  • Front Head Room 40.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 39.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.6 in

2022 Acadia Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Acadia Safety and Reliability


  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2022 Warranty \ 
  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

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  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2022 GMC Acadia A Good SUV?

Due to their enormous popularity, there is no shortage of crossovers on the US market. That doesn't mean they're all successful, though, and competition is fierce. But, if you're searching for a comfortable and practical family car, the Acadia might be worth a closer look.

It has enough power to get you around town in a timely fashion, but it never handles particularly well and it definitely isn't fun to drive. But since it is designed to be a comfortable family hauler, this can be overlooked as a weakness. What we can't ignore is the fact that the third-row seats are barely usable and the trunk is far too small with all the seats in place. Slightly larger rivals like the Hyundai Palisade or Kia Telluride are much more capable in this regard for the same money.

The Acadia's smaller size does make it a bit easier to live with if you often deal with heavy traffic or crowded parking lots, but it simply isn't enough of a pro to outweigh the cons. Even all the standard comfort, infotainment, and safety features aren't enough of a value proposition, since most of these are now included on many modern economy crossovers.

The GMC Acadia SUV may once have been competent and competitive, but it just hasn't done enough to move with the time. Nowadays, it is easy to find half a dozen alternatives that do what it does, only better and for less money.

What 2022 GMC Acadia Model Should I Buy?

2022 GMC Acadia Comparisons

GMC Terrain
Chevrolet Traverse
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
GMC Acadia228 hp22/29 mpg$36,800
GMC Terrain 175 hp24/29 mpg$29,900
Chevrolet Traverse 310 hp18/27 mpg$33,700

2022 GMC Acadia vs GMC Terrain

Slotting in beneath the Acadia in the GMC crossover lineup, the Terrain has many of the same priorities. It has a lackluster 170-hp engine, with no option to upgrade to a more powerful engine. It isn't fun to drive either but it is comfortable, just like the Acadia. Since it is smaller, it doesn't try to squeeze in a third row of seats, but this also means that it has more space to spare for cargo - 29.6 cubic feet, to be exact. Since the third row in the larger SUV is barely usable, this actually makes the Terrain more practical. But, if you fold down the rear-most seats and treat the Acadia as a five-seater, it offers more space for both passengers and cargo. Honestly, neither are great choices, but we'd opt for the larger GMC if we had to choose.

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2022 GMC Acadia vs Chevrolet Traverse

Although the pricing of the Acadia virtually matches the Traverse at entry-level, the two SUVs are quite different. The Chevrolet doesn't even bother with weak four-cylinder engines, instead opting for a V6 right from the get-go. With 310 hp on tap, it gets around quite easily, despite being larger and heavier than the Acadia. However, this extra size also means extra practicality, with more passenger space and a standard 23-cubic-foot cargo hold on offer behind the third row. Tech-wise, their list of features is pretty similar, but if you look at the top-tier trims, the Chevy will cost you a little more. However, the best value for money is not found on the most expensive model for either vehicle. Aim a little lower, and the Traverse proves itself to be the smarter choice.

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