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2022 GMC Acadia Preview- Release Date, Trims, Dimensions, Interior, Refresh, MPG, Colors, Changes

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May 05, 2021 at 07:42 PM

The 2022 GMC Acadia remains unchanged from 2021 but sees the MSRP increase by $1,000 across all trims to start from $32,000 onwards. Ready to be released in Late 2021, the 2022 Acadia will retain the same trim levels, with the AT4 and Denali models offered separately. With the same exterior colors and length, the expectations of a redesign are on the 2023 Acadia. With 3 powertrains up for grabs, each one offers a different towing capacity and MPG figures.

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The 2022 GMC Acadia sticks to the brand's ethos of not changing things every consecutive year. After getting a refreshed styling in 2020, and the addition of new exterior colors and packages in the 2021 model, the 2022 Acadia retains the same specs. The prices have climbed by $1,000 across the SL, SLE, and SLT trims, while the AT4 sees an even higher jump in its base MSRP. The interior is practical, comfortable, and gets luxurious with the Denali model. All set to be released for sale later this year, it retains the same design, and length while a major redesign is expected to arrive in 2023.


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Under the hood, the 2022 Acadia is available with three different powertrains that vary depending on the trim level, its price, and usage. Depending on the engine you choose, the towing capacity varies between 1,000 lbs and 4,000 lbs, but enough for most cases. Though it has never been a fuel-efficient ride, the 198 hp 2.5L powertrain in the SL and SLE trims offer a decent gas mileage

2022 GMC Acadia

Model Specs

Price Range

$32,000 - $46,395

Release Date

Late 2021

Engine

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4 / 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 / 3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

Drivetrain

FWD / AWD

Trims

4 trims: SL, SLE, SLT, AT4

Colors

7 Color Options:

  • 2 Standard: Summit White, Cayenne Red Tintcoat
  • 5 Metallic:  Satin Steel, Ebony Twilight, Red Mahogany, Midnight Blue Metallic, White Frost

Changes

Carryover model from 2021 with the same specs and features

Despite being underpowered in its base avatar, the 2022 GMC Acadia does not find any shortage of competitors in the mid-size SUV segment. The prime competitors are Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, and its corporate cousin Chevrolet Traverse. Other worthy adversaries that contend with the Acadia are Honda Pilot, Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Buick Enclave, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Dodge Durango. 


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What are the Prices, Trims, and Features of the 2022 GMC Acadia?

Pretty much like 2021, the 2022 GMC Acadia retains the same 4 trim levels, namely, SL, SLE, SLT, and AT4. The MSRP has increased by $1,000 across all the trims from SL to SLT, while the AT4 saw a price hike of $4,000. The SL trim starts the ball rolling from $32,000 with the barebones of features for the moniker. The SLE builds on the premise of its predecessor by adding a bigger 8-inch touchscreen and a Bose Surround Sound System for $35,795.

The SLT carries a price tag of $40,995 while the 2022 Acadia AT4 is available only as an AWD option with an MSRP of $46,395. Though all the trims are available as FWD as standard, AWD can be added to the SLE and SLT for $3,000 and $2,000 extra respectively. Standard fitment across the trim levels are-17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, a plethora of creature comfort features in the interior, and top-of-the-line safety features.  

Trims

SL (Fleet)

SLE

SLT

AT4

MSRP (FWD) 

$32,000 $35,795 $40,995

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MSRP (AWD)  - $38,995 $42,995 $46,395

Key Features

17" all-season Blackwall  tires

Adds/Upgrades to SL

Adds/Upgrades to SLE

Adds/Upgrades to SLT

  6-speaker audio system

Dual SkyScape sunroof

Perforated leather-appointed first and second-row seats

All-terrain 17-inch tires

  Adaptive Cruise Control

8.0-inch diagonal infotainment with navigation

Gloss black roof rails

Hands-free programmable power liftgate

  Black finish grille

Compact Spare Tire

Auto-dimming driver-side outside mirror

Heated power-adjusted mirrors

  4-way manual driver seat Heated and ventilated front seats

AT4 grille and badging

Cargo management system

  4.2" diagonal multi-color driver information screen

Bose premium 8-speaker system

 

Heated and ventilated front and rear seats


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What engine does the 2022 GMC Acadia have and how does it perform?

Under the hood of the 2022 GMC Acadia, depending on the trim, you will get one of three engine options. Opt for the SL and SLE trims, and you will get a 2.5L naturally aspirated inline-4 cylinder engine as standard fitment. For a three-row mid-size ride like the 2022 Acadia, the power output of 193 hp and peak torque of 188 lb-ft seem low. This gets straightened out by opting for the costlier SLT trim which gets a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 cylinder engine that produces 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 2022 Acadia AT4 and Denali get the flagship 3.6L naturally aspirated V6 that churns out a respectable 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque.

Irrespective of the engine choice, the 9-speed automatic transmission remains a constant fitment. All of the power from the engine is put on the wheels via the FWD in the base and mid-tier trims, while the AT4 gets AWD as standard. AWD can be added to the SLE and SLT for an extra couple of thousand dollars. That being said, the overall ride quality is decent and well mannered and manages to go over all terrains with ease whilst isolating the interior perfectly. The 2022 GMC Acadia AT4 gets upgraded suspensions that make it a breeze to conquer off-roads and enjoy the elements with ease.

Despite being built as an upscale family car with an affinity for off-road, the 2022 GMC Acadia still packs a punch to perform while accelerating. With the standard 2.5L power box, the 2022 Acadia offers a 0-60 mph time of 7.2 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 15.6 seconds. With this engine, even the towing capacity is measly at 1,000 lbs. Upgrade to the big brute 3.6L V6, and the performance improves. With this, the 2022 Acadia sprints from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds while the quarter-mile drops to 14.9 seconds. Furthermore, the towing capacity climbs to 4,000 lbs which is impressive.

Models

2022 GMC Acadia

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Chevrolet Traverse 2021 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$32,000

$34,910

$30,995 $32,675

Engine

2.5L Naturally Aspirated I-4

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6 2.3L Turbocharged I-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD RWD

Transmission

9-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

9-speed Automatic 10-speed Automatic

Power

193 hp @ 6,300 RPM

295 hp @ 6,600 RPM

310 hp @ 6,800 RPM

300 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

188 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

263 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

266 lb-ft @ 2,800 RPM 310 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

0-60 MPH 

7.2 secs

6.8 secs

6.5 secs 5.6 secs

Quarter mile 

15.6 secs

15.3 secs

15.1 secs 15.3 secs

Top Speed 

115 MPH

112 MPH

130 MPH 130 MPH
Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs 5,000 lbs 5,000 lbs 5,300 lbs

Compared to the rest, in the base outfit, the 2022 Acadia definitely has its work cut out for itself since it's the slowest, and also the most underpowered. The corporate cousin, Chevrolet Traverse is the most powerful in this lineup but sits in second place with its acceleration times. The Ford Explorer has the smallest engine in this lineup, and yet is quite powerful, and the fastest in the 0-60 mph run. Despite having one of the lower prices, the Explorer also offers the best towing capacity. The Toyota Highlander stands third on the podium with its power specs and acceleration time.


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What MPG figures does the 2022 GMC Acadia offer?

The 2022 GMC Acadia is a lot of things, but highly fuel-efficient is not something that someone would use to describe it. Depending on the powertrain, the MPG figures tend to change. With the 2.5L pot in the SL and SLE trims, you will get 21 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highway, and 23 MPG combined. Upgrade to the SLT trim with the 2.0L turbocharged motor, and surprisingly, you will better MPG figures. This powertrain offers 22 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on the highway, and 25 MPG combined.

The biggest gas guzzler is housed in the 2022 GMC Acadia AT4 and the 2022 Acadia Denali both of which get the 3.6L V6. With this unit, you get 19 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highway, leading to 22 MPG combined. The fuel tank capacity remains constant in all the trims and models at 19-gallons. At full capacity, the SLE trim can offer an overall driving range of 437 miles, while the SLT offers 475 miles. The AT4 and Denali can offer a driving range of 418 miles. 

Models

2022 GMC Acadia

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Chevrolet Traverse 2021 Ford Explorer

MPG (city)

21

21

18 21

MPG (highway)

27

29

27 28

MPG (combined)

23

24

21 24

Fuel Tank (gallons)

19.0

17.9 

19.4 18.6

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (miles)

399 / 513 / 437

376 / 519 / 430

349 / 524 / 407 391 / 521 / 446

In this lineup, the most fuel-efficient is also the most reliable, the Toyota Highlander. Tying with it in the first place is also the Ford Explorer that also offers similar MPG figures. The 2022 GMC Acadia sits in third place with the standard 2.5L four-pot. The Chevrolet Traverse, the corporate cousin to the 2022 Acadia, comes with a 3.6L V6 as standard fitment. Hence it is a pure gas guzzler, however, it also offers the biggest fuel tank.


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Does the interior of the 2022 GMC Acadia have any changes?

The interior of the 2022 GMC Acadia remains unchanged from last year. And since there is no change in the length this year, the same kind of space is expected in all the rows. You get three rows of seating, with a lot of practical storage and cubby spaces throughout the cabin. The front seats get 41-inches of legroom which is comfortable and spacious for even the tall guys to be seated properly (unless you're in Big Shaq's league with your height). Furthermore, the front seats get power adjustability and heating as standard from the SLE trim onwards.

With its 30 grand price tag, the 2022 Acadia offers captain chairs in the first and second row both of which are spacious. The third row might feel a bit cramped but is still acceptable for regular-sized fellas. Upgrade to the upper SLT or AT4 trims, and you will get wood inlays, leather upholstery, and custom badging as well. With the Denali model, the luxury quotient of the interior increases with top-of-the-line features, and upscale materials being used for a whopping 50 grand price tag. To cater to practicality, you also get a 12.8 cu-ft cargo space which is just about enough to carry two medium suitcases and a few duffle bags.

Models

2022 GMC Acadia

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Chevrolet Traverse 2021 Ford Explorer

Passenger Capacity

7

8

7 7

First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.0 / 59.4 / 41.0

41.2 / 59.0 / 42.0

41.3 / 62.1 / 41.0 40.7 / 61.8 / 43.0

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.6 / 58.7 / 39.7

39.4 / 58.7 / 41.0

40.0 / 62.2 / 38.4 40.5 / 61.9 / 39.0

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.2 / 54.3 / 29.7

36.1 / 55.0 / 27.7

38.2 / 57.5 / 33.5 38.9 / 54.6 / 32.2
Cargo Space (cu-ft.) 12.8 16.0 23.0 18.2

Compared to the rest, the GMC Acadia has the most spacious cabin of the lot. The only one that has more space in the first two rows is the Toyota Highlander. The Ford Explorer has an even distribution throughout all the rows in the cabin. The Chevy Traverse has the most space in the last row with the biggest cargo bay as well. In terms of infotainment, the 2022 Acadia comes with an 8-inch touchscreen system with a 6-speaker sound system as standard. Upgrade to the SLE trim and up, and you get Navigation and an 8-speaker Bose Surround Sound System as standard. 

All the systems come with Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and Android Auto along with other connectivity options like Bluetooth, 4F WiFi, and USB. The system is pretty straightforward to understand and quite user-friendly and adaptive in everyday usability. The sound system across all the trim levels performs a decent job and makes the music experience quite immersive. Additionally, for a couple extra hundred bucks, you can even pick up some Bluetooth accessories like a speaker to use on a family picnic. Some of the highlighting interior and infotainment features of the 2022 GMC Acadia are:

  • Power adjustable front seats with cloth/leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Multifunction steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment
  • 4.2-inch digital driver display
  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 6-speaker standard or 8-speaker Bose Surround Sound System
  • Bluetooth, 4G LTE WiFi
  • Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • Navigation

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What are the safety ratings and safety features of the 2022 GMC Acadia?

Being a carryover from last year, the 2022 GMC Acadia retains the safety standards that its predecessor set. The 2021 Acadia procured a perfect 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA and an overall good rating from the IIHS. Both of these bolster its stance as a safe, sturdy, and stylish package at this price tag. And the 2022 MY will only take it further.

To prove its mettle in the crash tests conducted, the 2022 GMC Acadia comes with a plethora of safety features as standard right from the base SL trim. With the SLE and SLT trims, the number of features increases, while the 2022 Acadia AT4 gets off-road-specific safety features like the Torque Control AWD. Some of the other notable safety features are:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Intellibeam- High Beam Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Change Alert With Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

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What are the colors and length of the 2022 GMC Acadia?

The 2022 Acadia stands tall and bold and with a powerful attitude confronting its prominent rivals in the market. It looks subtly classic, and yet menacingly machismo thanks to its size. Furthermore, with a length of 193.4-inches, the 2022 Acadia does not get any bigger than the 2020 MY when it got a full redesign of the exterior. Depending on the trim level, the grille and front fenders change and adorn more air vents to amp up the style.

With sleek LED headlamps with LED DRLs, across the trim levels, the 2022 GMC Acadia surely makes heads turn. Pop to the back, and the familiar GMC design language comes into full display. With the 17-inch alloy wheels as standard fitment, the ride gets a ground clearance of 7.2-inches, which helps the AT4 to tread rough terrains like child's play.

Models

2022 GMC Acadia

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Chevrolet Traverse 2021 Ford Explorer

Curb weight (lbs) 

4,031

4,145

4,362 4,345

Length (in.)

193.4

194.9

204.3 198.8

Width (in.)

75.4

76.0

78.6 78.9

Height (in.)

66.7

68.1

70.7 69.9

Ground clearance (in.) 

7.2

8.0

7.5 7.9

Wheelbase (in.)

112.5

112.2

120.9 119.1

Dimensionally, the Chevrolet Traverse is the biggest and heaviest of the lot followed by the Ford Explorer. The GMC Acadia is actually the most compactly built, which reflects in its smaller cargo space and slightly cramped third row. The Toyota Highlander sits only slightly bigger in length and height than the Acadia.


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What is the Release Date of the 2022 GMC Acadia and is it worth buying?

The 2022 GMC Acadia will mark the last outing of the model with a release date set in Late 2021. The redesign and the probable arrival of the next generation are pegged for the 2023 MY. Backed with a feature-packed build and a lucrative price tag starting from $32,000 onwards, the 2022 Acadia will be available for sale in the same 4 trims as before, and the Denali model separately.

Though the competition is fierce, more cost-effective, and backed by a more powerful engine from the start, the 2022 GMC Acadia does just about enough to hold its own. Furthermore, its interior is the most luxurious of the lot, hence, we would definitely recommend waiting for it. But if you don't want to spend the big bucks for a new Acadia, you can always check out some great deals on the 2021 Acadia here at CarIndigo.


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2022 GMC Acadia Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will the 2022 GMC Acadia be available?

The 2022 GMC Acadia will be available for sale in the dealerships from Late 2021 onwards without any changes in the specs and features. 

What is the length of the 2022 GMC Acadia? Is it bigger than the 2020 Acadia?

The 2022 GMC Acadia is 193.4-inches in length. Compared to the 2020 Acadia, the length is the same and hence the 2022 Acadia is not bigger. 

What is the difference between the 2022 GMC Acadia SLE and SLT?

The biggest difference is the price tag that each carries. The 2022 GMC Acadia SLE costs $35,795 while the SLT has an MSRP of $40,995. For this extra price, the  SLT gets a 228 hp 2.0L turbo I-4 engine while the SLE comes with a 193 hp 2.5L NA I-4. Furthermore,  the SLT gets a programmable liftgate, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, navigation, and 8-speaker sound system as standard along with more driver safety features. 

What is the AT4 Package of the 2022 GMC Acadia?

The 2022 GMC Acadia AT4 is the off-roading and outdoors vehicle in the Acadia lineup. It gets exclusive gloss-black 17-inch alloy wheels and an Active Torque Control AWD with Off-Road mode. The interior features also get more tech-friendly for the higher price tag.

Is the GMC Acadia being discontinued?

No, the GMC Acadia is not being discontinued. The 2022 Acadia is a carryover model from 2021, and it is pegged to undergo a redesign in 2023 to kick off a new generation. 

2022 GMC Acadia Preview- Expected Launch Date, Price, Features, Interiors & Rivals
2022 GMC Acadia Preview- Expected Launch Date, Price, Features, Interiors & Rivals
2022 GMC Acadia Preview- Expected Launch Date, Price, Features, Interiors & Rivals
2022 GMC Acadia Preview- Expected Launch Date, Price, Features, Interiors & Rivals
2022 GMC Acadia Preview- Expected Launch Date, Price, Features, Interiors & Rivals
2022 GMC Acadia Preview- Expected Launch Date, Price, Features, Interiors & Rivals
2022 GMC Acadia Preview- Expected Launch Date, Price, Features, Interiors & Rivals
2022 GMC Acadia Preview- Expected Launch Date, Price, Features, Interiors & Rivals
2022 GMC Acadia Preview- Expected Launch Date, Price, Features, Interiors & Rivals
2022 GMC Acadia Preview- Expected Launch Date, Price, Features, Interiors & Rivals
2022 GMC Acadia Preview- Expected Launch Date, Price, Features, Interiors & Rivals
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