Mid-size SUVs are perfect for families who need to haul their entire household and belongings on road trips but don’t want to handle a massive full-size SUV. When it comes to a great mid-size SUV, it doesn’t get much better than the 2023 GMC Acadia. Decked out with features to keep everyone comfortable on long rides, this reliable and easy-to-navigate vehicle has three rows of seating for up to seven total passengers. Opting for second-row captain’s chairs will make it a six-passenger vehicle, with plenty of legroom for all. The 2023 GMC Acadia puts drivers’ minds at ease thanks to the many tech-forward and intuitive features that enable safer driving and a more comfortable ride. It’s rich with cargo space while maintaining the agile control of a smaller-size vehicle.
GMC has been making the Acadia since 2006; it was first released for the 2007 model year, replacing several other large vehicles in the GMC-Pontiac-Buick lineup. This included the GMC Safari van, the GMC Envoy, and the Pontiac Montana. It quickly became clear that the Acadia fulfilled much of what those other vehicles did, all in a stylish design with a cushier interior. It’s an excellent passenger vehicle but looks good enough for professional environments and has the capability to venture off the pavement. With tons of configurable cargo space, it can quickly transition from a carpool vehicle to an essential camping companion. Plus, throughout the trims, you’ll find distinctly different, head-turning styles, ranging from sporty to sophisticated; it’s the best of several worlds. Let’s take a deeper look at this great mid-size SUV’s many features.
There are countless ways to make room for your passengers and their belongings in this vehicle. Thanks to second and third rows that fold flat and a third row that splits, the cargo and passenger configurations are numerous. You can split the third row and put down just one side to make room for a larger item while still leaving a back seat available for a passenger. You can put down the whole back row to load up on coolers, adventure gear, and suitcases, or put both rear rows down, throw a camping mattress in the back and take it on your wilderness overnight trip.
Thanks to a Smart Slide second row, passengers also find it easy to get to the third row without having to climb over second-row passengers. The cargo doesn’t stop at the trunk, though. This SUV features a large pass-through under-console storage, giving this car a total of 79 cu.ft. of storage space. There won’t be any fighting over who can pack what when you ride in the 2023 GMC Acadia.
A few other features bring luxury to this mid-size SUV. Two of these features include available heated and ventilated seats to keep passengers toasty when it’s cold out and cool when it’s hot. There’s also an available heated steering wheel, which isn’t just a pleasure to experience but can keep a driver’s hands nimble and ready in cold climates. Finally, the available Dual Skyscape Sunroof, boasting one panel over the front row and a second over the middle row, gives everyone a great view of the above surroundings. Between its customizable cargo area, sunroof, and climate control features, it’s clear that this is the car to take on that National Parks road trip or that next big family adventure.
When managing a vehicle the size of a standard SUV, advanced safety assistance features become a priority. It’s a lot of steel to navigate and see around, so you need features that will be your second set of eyes and ears. The 2023 GMC Acadia delivers in this category because the GMC Pro Safety Plus is standard on all trims.
GMC Pro Safety Plus is a package of features that reduce the chances of accidents or help minimize their severity if they occur. One such feature is the forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking that will notify you when you get too close to a car in front of you and automatically activate the brakes when you fail to do so. It also has a following distance indicator, which will help you maintain a safe distance between yourself and other cars, hopefully reducing the chances you ever need that emergency brake system.
Rear cross traffic alerts and a rear parking assist system help handle those tricky backing-up scenarios like parallel parking and exiting driveways onto busy streets. These combined systems will notify you when a car is behind you and let you know when you’re about to come in contact with another car, wall, or object.
Other Safety Features
Lane change alert will let you know when you’re accidentally veering out of your lane and gently push you back into it to prevent a collision. Plus, the blind zone alert will tell you when someone is in your blind spot during a lane change. Finally, the IntelliBeam automatic high beams will automatically turn on in low light settings to enhance visibility and shut off when they detect oncoming traffic to maintain safe driving conditions for all.
This powerful mid-size SUV comes with two available engines: a 3.6-liter V6 with a nine-speed automatic transmission, producing 310 hp, and a 2.0-liter Turbo engine, also with a 9-speed automatic transmission but producing a slightly lower horsepower at 228 hp. The 3.6-liter comes standard on the Denali and AT4 trims, while the 2.0-liter engine comes standard on the SLT and SLE trims. Both engines deliver smooth performance and excellent acceleration.
Several intuitive features come standard on the 2023 GMC Acadia that gives drivers the confidence they need in a variety of environments and weather conditions. One of these is Adaptive Ride Control, which constantly adjusts a Continuous Damping Control system to adapt to the surface beneath the vehicle and ensure a smooth ride. Passengers and drivers alike often remark how well the GMC cushions them from bumpy roads, and parents can appreciate that a smooth ride means napping children stay asleep, so the adults can get a little peace and quiet.
Then there’s the Traction Select System, a GMC fan favorite. This system lets you choose between a handful of modes for various road conditions. On front-wheel drive vehicles, these modes include snow, sport, and trailer/tow mode. On all-wheel drive models, these modes include front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, sport, off-road, and trailer/tow mode. Drivers anticipating going on rougher roads and trailering larger loads should opt for the AWD models, but those driving on more normal roads will do well with the FWD models.
Finally, all 2023 GMC Acadias have hill start assist and hill descent control. These automatically override certain mechanisms when the car is on an incline or facing downhill to prevent the car from rolling when you switch from the brake to the gas and give the driver a smoother ride when descending rough terrain. Drivers in particularly hilly cities like San Francisco know that a feature like this can prevent costly accidents.