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Should-you-buy Should You Buy a 2020 GMC Acadia AT4

Should You Buy a 2020 GMC Acadia AT4

Recently we had the chance to test drive the all-new 2020 GMC Acadia AT4. Should you buy one or not?

We took a trip down to Jackson, Wyoming to see what the refreshed 2020 GMC Acadia had in store for us. Our tester was a new AT4 variant that was added to the SUV’s lineup this year. Here’s why we think you should (or shouldn’t) buy a 2020 GMC Acadia

With a few cosmetic touches, a dash of technology, some chassis adjustments, a new engine and an off-road-oriented AT4 variant that sits just below the top Denali trim, the 2020 GMC Acadia is back in the mid-size SUV ring for 2020.

Physical changes include a new front and rear fascias, LED Headlights and taillamps and a choice of different wheel styles. Safety systems like Rear Cross Traffic Alert & Rear Park Assist and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert have been added to make the Acadia more up to date with the competition on that front. Inside, a Head-Up Display, a Rear Camera Mirror and the latest version of GMC’s Infotainment System have been fitted as upgrades.

Ergonomically, the transmission controls have changed from a lever to dashboard-mounted buttons, providing more space in the centre console. Finally, the 2020 Acadia’s suspension has been bettered to provide occupants with a smoother ride.

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This three-row SUV is still available with the 193-horsepower, 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, along with the 3.6-litre V6 producing 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. The new turbo engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit that puts out 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. A new 9-Speed transmission replaces the 6-Speed unit from the outgoing model.


Why you should buy a 2020 GMC Acadia AT4

2020 GMC Acadia | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

It has a trustworthy engine. The tested and true 3.6-litre GM V6 engine is what you will find when you pop the hood of the 2020 Acadia AT4. This powerplant is nothing fancy, but it has enough guts to get the Acadia AT4 going. And the pairing with the new 9-Speed transmission is on point. From a standstill, the Acadia AT4 has no problem promptly ripping through the gears. On the highway, pickups are easy, linear and responsive, and the gearbox doesn’t take time to look for the right gear.

It handles the road pretty well. The 2020 Acadia AT4 struck a good balance between driving comfort and handling. This, paired with the precise steering, made the drive in the city enjoyable. The dual-clutch AWD system wasn’t there for us to test off-road, unfortunately, but cornering performance was certainly enhanced by this component.

It’s comfortable. We don’t need to mention that the available third-row seating in the 2020 Acadia is cramped for a full-size adult. But other than that, our AT4 variant had great-looking seating that provided superior comfort and plenty of support, wherever you sit in the truck.


Why you shouldn’t buy a 2020 GMC Acadia AT4

2020 GMC Acadia | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

The AT4 variant doesn’t come with the new turbocharged engine. Even if the V6 shows the best power number in the engine trio, offering the turbocharged engine option would’ve been beneficial on two points. Not only for fuel economy, but also for power delivery, thanks to the twin-scroll turbocharger unit on the 2.0-litre.

The AT4 variant doesn’t really have any off-road bits. While the AT4 variants of the Sierra and Sierra HD get Rancho shocks, skid plates and other off-road components, the 2020 Acadia only gets cosmetic add-ons, along with the twin-cutch AWD system and All-Terrain tires. It seems that GMC only wants to spice up the pickup trucks, for now!


Conclusion

2020 GMC Acadia | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

The 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 provides an all-around solution for the family on the go. Despite the lack of off-road character in the AT4 compared to other GMC models, this Acadia still gets that subtle, rugged look along with all the commodities and tech you would expect from a trim that’s not too far from the Denali.


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Louis-Philippe Dubé
Louis-Philippe Dubé has been contributing at MotorIllustrated.com for over a year, and for the NetMedia360 network for nearly three years now. His passion for everything automotive comes from a career as a mechanic, but also from the family vehicle collection that includes a 996 Porsche Turbo and a 2004 Ford GT. We've been bugging him to drive the GT, but he hasn't responded. Send L-P an email

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