The 2020 GMC Acadia Gets a Facelift—And It’s Impressive
Since the first model was released in 2006, General Motors has intended for the GMC Acadia to appeal to families who want a luxurious vehicle without paying an exorbitant price. Given the popularity of the Acadia, particularly since it went from full-size to mid-size SUV classification in 2017, it looks as if the plan is working.
While still part of the second generation, the 2020 Acadia has received a significant facelift. Along with renovated exterior styling, the 2020 Acadia comes with more technology, redesigned alloy wheels, a new turbocharged engine and transmission, and an all-new trim option.
In other words, the SUV offers more to drivers than ever before. Fans of previous Acadias who wouldn’t mind a more aggressive appearance and refined features are sure to love the 2020 models. Let’s discuss some of these big changes in more detail.
Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of the Acadia’s 2020 facelift is its exterior design. Overall, the body style is bolder and more square than previous models.
The vehicle has a refreshed front fascia that brings a ruggedness missing from previous models, starting with a bigger, more upright grille à la 2019 GMC Sierra. GMC’s signature C-shaped lighting is also updated, with the headlights enveloped by elongated horizontal features. LED forward lights come standard on the refresh.
The rear of the 2020 Acadia also sees a revamped fascia, particularly with the taillights. Instead of the C-shaped styling seen on previous models, the new Acadia boasts a simplified vertical bar that stretches from the inside of one taillight to the other.
The 2020 Acadia doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the interior. Following in the GMC tradition of luxurious interior design, the cabin includes upscale features, such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel with aluminum trim, intuitive and easy-to-reach controls, and black and white gauges with red needles. Buyers of the Denali trim will get a customizable center screen that can display tons of vehicle information.
The cabin also features more premium, soft-touch materials throughout, as well as a redesigned center console that provides more storage space than previous models. The Denali offers a new two-tone color scheme (Dark Galvanized/Light Shale) and open-pore wood adornments.
The interior of the 2020 Acadia is more than just beautiful; it’s also very functional. With the option of six or seven passengers, the Smart Slide feature and a 50/50 split third-row seat provide ultimate flexibility in terms of cargo space.
The technology in the 2020 Acadia can be summed up in one word: innovation. The optional, industry-leading Next Generation GMC Infotainment System comes with an eight-inch color touchscreen, user-friendly interface, Bluetooth connectivity, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Buyers of the 2020 Acadia can also get 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, which allows you to connect as many as seven devices. Embedded navigation with Cloud connectivity is also available, and you are guaranteed at least five USB charging ports no matter what trim level you choose.
Another key feature of the Acadia’s 2020 facelift is its performance. Now available—and standard on SLT and Denali trims—is a dual-scroll turbocharged 2.0L engine, which is good for 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, GMC promises optimum power through the high valve lift and better fuel efficiency through the low valve lift. The SL and SLE trims still come with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, while the brand-new Acadia AT4 comes with a beefy 3.6L V6 engine.
Along with the introduction of the turbocharged engine, a new nine-speed transmission replaces the previous six-speed transmission on all trims. The new Electronic Precision Shift system, which includes push buttons and pull triggers in place of a gear shaft, will control the transmission. This makes for an even easier driving experience while also creating more cargo space in the center console.
The AT4 Trim
Finally, 2020 marks the first year that the AT4 trim is available to Acadia buyers. Along with the 3.6L V6 engine, the AT4 variant brings a more aggressive and athletic look to the Acadia via distinctive exterior stylings. A harmony of black chrome and gloss black adorn the grille, roof rails, mirror caps, tail lamp panel, and 17-inch wheels (you can opt for 20-inch wheels). The AT4’s interior features dark chrome accents and exclusive Jet Black/Kalahari leather-appointed seats. Moreover, you can choose a five-seat configuration and the Cargo Management System if you want more cargo space.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly crossover that balances boldness with luxury, the 2020 GMC Acadia might be the perfect vehicle for you. From style to function, the upgrades have made the Acadia an even better vehicle than it was before. Don’t take our word for it, though. Come on down to Liberty Buick GMC for a test drive and see for yourself!