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2024 GMC Acadia First Drive Review: Second Wind

This is a comprehensive look at the 2024 GMC Acadia's new features, technology, and performance.


Strengths

  • Better overall ambience.

  • Highly efficient Super Cruise system.

  • Intuitive infotainment system.

Weaknesses

  • Unproven reliability.

  • Engine lacks refinement.

  • Fairly high fuel consumption.

2024 GMC Acadia | Photo: Benoit Charette

Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina – The GMC Acadia proudly enters the 2024 model year with a complete redesign. It now boasts a more spacious three-row interior, ditching the V6 engine in favour of a turbocharged 4-cylindre. Three trim levels are available for the Canadian market, with the option of the Super Cruise hands-free driving system on most versions.

More assertive styling

The GMC Acadia 2024 adopts a bolder, more imposing stance, recalling the Yukon’s rugged design. Its square, contemporary styling is adapted to suit the version chosen. The AT4 model features dark accents, red tow hooks and higher ground clearance, complemented by off-road tires and plastic wheel arches for a resolutely adventurous look. The Denali version features silver accents and optional 22-inch wheels.

Comfort and increased capacity

2024 GMC Acadia | Photo: GMC

The new Acadia is now on a par with its Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse counterparts in terms of size, seating up to eight passengers in three rows. Second-row captain’s chairs, optional on the base version (Elevation), are standard on AT4 and Denali models. The interior benefits from a notable improvement in the quality of materials, particularly on AT4 and Denali versions, offering a more refined and welcoming environment.

Cutting-edge technology

Acadia also stands out for its cutting-edge technological features. A 15-inch central screen and 11-inch digital instrument panel are included as standard. Premium options include a panoramic sunroof, laser-etched wood trim, perforated leather seats, and a 16-speaker Bose audio system. The Google-based GMC Premium infotainment system offers convenient features such as Google Maps and Google Assistant.

Inspiring hands-free driving

2024 GMC Acadia | Photo: Benoit Charette

The Acadia 2024 is loaded with safety technologies, offering a host of standard features such as automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and much more. The Super Cruise system, available on AT4 and Denali models, impresses by its user-friendliness and performance. With over 600,000 km of compatible highways in North America, this hands-free driving system remains unrivalled in the industry.

A certain lack of finesse

Gone is the V6 engine, replaced by a 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylindre producing 328 hp and 326 lb-ft of torque. This engine, combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission, delivers better overall performance than the previous V6. Although initial acceleration may seem hesitant due to the weight of the vehicle and the response of the electronic pedal, once under way, the engine proves responsive. However, it lacks refinement when overtaking.

Hands-free and trouble-free

2024 GMC Acadia | Photo: GMC

The picturesque roads of South Carolina were the ideal setting for testing the Acadia. The Super Cruise system offers an unrivalled driving experience, keeping the vehicle in its lane and automatically adjusting the distance to other vehicles. On a quiet two-lane road, the system even overtook by activating the turn signal and then automatically swerving back to the right without driver intervention. It slows down to keep up with traffic, and then slows down to a stop. Once the steering wheel is right in front of your eyes, the system is ready, and when it turns green, you can let go. When it turns red, you can take the wheel again.

In off-road mode, the AT4 proves competent thanks to its all-wheel drive system and increased ground clearance. Even so, it’s not a vehicle designed for the most demanding off-road routes. Driving comfort is generally good, although the engine can make unpleasant noises under hard acceleration. The Acadia offers a respectable towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, sufficient for most family uses.

Fuel consumption

The new 4-cylindre turbo engine fails to significantly improve fuel economy over the old V6. GMC claims fuel consumption of 12.4 l/100 km in the city and 9.9 l/100 km on the highway, for a combined average of 11.3 l/100 km. Our tests revealed fuel consumption of 12.3 l/100 km on mixed roads.

Pricing

2024 GMC Acadia | Photo: Benoit Charette

Three versions of the Acadia are available on the Canadian market. The base model, Elevation, starts at $54,499, including shipping and preparation. The AT4 is priced at just under $60,000, while the fully-equipped Denali starts at $66,499.

Conclusion

The GMC Acadia 2024 represents a clear improvement on its predecessors. With a more refined design and advanced technology, it positions itself favourably in the crossover market. However, the mystery of reliability remains, as previous models have not shone in this respect. It remains to be seen whether this new generation will rise to the challenge.

2024 GMC Acadia | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 GMC Acadia | Photo: Benoit Charette

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