2021 GMC Acadia vs. Its Competition

2021 GMC Acadia AT4
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Acadia has its work cut out for it against a host of competitive rivals.

The Acura MDX gets a new look for 2022, with fantastic style and more advanced performance options.

The latest Ford Explorer represents a much-needed reboot of its predecessor; it’s slick, but the related Lincoln Aviator is sleek, with a fabulous interior and a Range Rover-like look.

The best come last: Kia’s Telluride and Hyundai’s Palisade dazzle with spot-on specs, sophisticated style, and top-drawer warranty coverage; we named the Telluride our Best Car To Buy 2020.

2021 GMC Acadia AT42021 GMC Acadia
#10 in Large SUVs
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Quick Specs
6.2
The 2021 GMC Acadia shines most brightly in turbo-4 spec, but rival three-row crossovers put out more lumens.
The 2022 Acura MDX assumes the flagship spot in the Acura lineup with sleek looks and plenty of technology.
6.8
The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list.
7.3
The 2021 Hyundai Palisade builds a bridge to luxury with three rows of seats, big touchscreens, and quilted leather.
7.5
The 2021 Kia Telluride earns our Best Car To Buy nod with its excellent features, warranty, space, and style.
7.3
The 2021 Lincoln Aviator drops sensational style and space, but the Grand Touring plug-in’s a bit of a misfire.
MSRP From     
$29,800N/A$32,225$32,525$31,990$51,100
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4N/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/AStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door SLN/ABase RWDSE FWDLX FWDStandard RWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
7N/A7887
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 DoorN/ASport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilityRWD
Transmission     
AutomaticN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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