GMC's new off-road trim looks good and performs well.
We recently got a chance to take a little drive in the new 2020 GMC Acadia in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. While we didn't get a chance to stretch the Acadia's legs off the tarmac with the new AT4 off-road package, the AT4-equipped trucks performed remarkably well.
Though pricing for the off-road-oriented version hasn't been officially announced, CarsDirect has come across pricing via data from order guides, and reports that the new Acadia AT4 will start at $42,495 (including destination), representing a $12,300 premium over the base, front-drive SL model, or $6,005 more than a base AWD version.
The Acadia AT4 trim, as on GMC's pickups, slips in underneath the more luxurious Denali trims. While the Acadia has strong competition in the segment from other 3-row SUVs like sister Chevy's similar Traverse, the Ford Explorer, and the Mazda CX-9, they don't have an off-road package like the AT4 to offer. That puts it more in direct competition with outdoor lifestyle-friendly all-wheel-drive vehicles like the Honda Passport and Toyota's 4Runner but, as a premium vehicle, is more expensive than both.
Aesthetically, the updated Acadia has a new grille, fresh front and rear fascias, and GMC's signature C-shaped lighting.
The AT4 trim brings a more rugged look and drops the bright chrome for toned black chrome accents. As a package, the AT4 appears quite reasonable for those that want some extra off-road capability and a more aggressive yet subtle look. The AT4 comes standard with the 3.6-liter V6 putting out 310 horsepower with 271 lb-ft of torque and a twin-clutch AWD system.
Also standard are unique 17-inch wheels and all-terrain tires with 20-inch wheels available as an option. All 2020 Acadias come standard with new nine-speed automatic transmission that replaces the previous six-speed unit. That's controlled by what GMC calls Electronic Precision Shift, and is, essentially, a row of buttons and triggers at the bottom of the center of the dash in front of where a traditional shifter would be.