Are you looking for a family ride with a hint of luxury? The 2020 Acadia might be the vehicle you are looking for. And guess what? It comes with a reasonable price tag. Acadia offers enough to make you take a second look, but also consider the competition.


Model Options

So, there are a total of five trims you can choose from, but a couple of those trims are only available with a different drive type. Trims include: SL, SLT, Denali, and AT4. SL is only available with FWD and AT4 is only available with AWD.  

What’s new for 2020?

A new turbocharged four-cylinder engine option is available. The 2020 comes with an upgraded navigation and entertainment system.The six-speed unit is out and has been replaced with a nine-speed transmission. And finally, a new trim level has been added. The AT4 trim is now available in AWD.  


The Acadia gives you a pleasing to the eye interior design. The controls are within reach of the drive and are intuitive. On the contrary, of the materials have a cheap look and feel.  

The first two rows of this 2020 are comfortable and spacious. But come row three, it gets a little tight. 

Cargo space is limited behind the third row. Before putting down the second and third row seats, only two carry-on suitcases fit in the Acadia. Once those rows were put down, 28 cases fit. Compared to one of its competitors that held four cases behind the last row and a total of 30 when rows were folded. So if you plan to max this vehicle out with 7 passengers, they might have to pack light…really light.  

Drive Time

The 2.5-liter engine’s ratings are 21 city and 26 highway. If you opt for the 3.6-liter V6 with front-wheel drive, you will drop on city miles to 19 and increase highway miles to 27. Either way you can expect good fuel economy from the 2020 Acadia.  

The optional V6 engine will give you quick acceleration. And the refined ride quality makes it comfortable in any driving situation.  

Tech and Safety

There is enough technology in this SUV for the whole family. All passengers can stay connected to their favorite YouTube page or while watching a movie on Hulu, with onboard 4G LTE wifi. And with the amount of USB ports, they won’t have to worry about their device running out of power. A responsive and intuitive infotainment center adds to the technology that is offered in the Acadia.  

Allow me to hit you with another downfall. While the driver-assistance technologies will add another level of protection, they will be expensive add ons or they will force you to purchase a higher, costly top trim. 

Final Thoughts

Based off of appearances, I would definitely add it to my list of SUVs to check out. The biggest turn off for me is the lack of cargo space. If I have a vehicle that can hold up to 7 passengers, I expect that it will also be able to hold their belongings. Driving with suitcases in between legs and seats is very uncomfortable. The fuel economy and technology moves it two steps forward, but the lack of standard features brings it two steps back. I think this is a vehicle worth getting some one on one time with. Really decide what you want and need in a vehicle and what you can live without. If after that, this fits, then sign your name on the line.  


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