There are some things we already know about the incredible 2019 GMC Acadia: the nameplate is one of the most versatile SUVs in the entire industry thanks to performance specs, safety, technology, and interior space. These facts are rather obvious, and they’re a big reason why the nameplate continues to be so popular.
However, there’s probably a long list of features, amenities, and attributes that you didn’t know were included in the nameplate. This information could prove to be vital during your car search, as it will prove that the nameplate deserves a spot atop your list of vehicles to consider in your next search.
Below, we took a look five factors of the 2019 GMC Acadia that may end up surprising some customers. Take a look for yourself, and you may be itching to pursue the SUV by the time you’ve finished reading…
Surprise #1: Efficiency
The 2019 GMC Acadia isn’t your regular SUV. Sure, the nameplate is capable of providing drivers with optimal power via a pair of capable engine offerings. However, one of these systems manages to surprise with impressive efficiency specs, as well.
The 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder SIDI engine is that standard offering, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored in any way. The system still cranks out plenty of power at 186 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque, but customers probably aren’t pursuing this system because of its muscle. Rather, they’ll be enticed by the impressive efficiency specs. Thanks to the inclusion of fuel-saving technologies like Variable Valve Timing and the Stop/Start function, drivers can capitalize on a practically unmatched 26-mile-per-gallon highway fuel efficiency. While you’re going to have to dish out some money for your new SUV, you can at least save some extra cash at the gas pump.
Drivers can instead opt for the hulking 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, which predictably elevates those power specs to a whole new level. The unit ultimately cranks out an incredible 310 horsepower and 271-pound-feet of torque, all leading to a surprising and appreciated 4,000-pound towing capacity. You might not have expected this SUV to be quite the hauler, but that’s just another way that the 2019 GMC Acadia continues to surprise.
The performance specs are impressive on their own, but the 2019 GMC Acadia really manages to separate itself from the pack via the efficiency numbers. If you’re looking for a combination of these two specs, then this is clearly the ideal target for you.
Surprise #2: Technology
Sure, you were probably expecting some semblance of technology as you shopped for the 2019 GMC Acadia, While you assumed that these functions would mostly impact your enjoyment of the vehicle, you’ll be surprised to learn that these functions also play a major role in convenience.
For starters, the eight-inch-diagonal GMC Infotainment System serves as the driver’s personal concierge, assuring that they have access to any of their preferred applications at all times. Thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, drivers can easily connect their smartphone to the unit, allowing them to perform many of their gadget’s most basic functions (including phone calls and text messages).
However, as we mentioned, many of these technological features are intended to boost convenience. For instance, the Rear Seat Reminder will alert the driver if they’ve left any object in the back of their vehicle, while the towing camera allows the driver to monitor their hauled cargo at all times. There’s even a driver information center, which will deliver important specs and notes to the driver throughout their journey.
Surprise #3: Options
Many car buyers tend to opt for whatever variation of a particular model is sitting on a dealership lot. Usually, this isn’t all that big of a deal, as it’s unlikely you’d even have the ability to truly make that vehicle “your own.” However, when you opt for the 2019 GMC Acadia, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to customize your new ride.
Specifically, the brand provides customers with the opportunity to choose from 10 striking paint colors. The options include:
- Dark Sky Metallic
- Summit White
- White Frost Tricot
- Quicksilver Metallic
- Pepperdust Metallic
- Smokey Quartz Metallic
- Iridium Metallic
- Blue Steel Metallic
- Ebony Twilight Metallic
- Red Quartz Tintcoat
The options don’t end there! The brand also allows customers to choose between the Jet Black and Cocoa Light/Ash Gray interior colors, allowing them to add some sportiness or elegance to their brand-new SUV.
Surprise #4: Caters to Teens
Considering all of the amenities that the 2019 GMC Acadia provides to drivers, customers may assume that the nameplate is more of a family ride. This has already been proven to be incorrect, as the efficiency specs also make it a logical commuter. However, one thing that may be getting overlooked is how SUV also manages to appeal to teenage drivers.
The Teen Driver technology is intended to assist these inexperienced drivers at every turn of their journey. When the teenager takes the wheel, all of the nameplate’s advanced safety functions will automatically kick in. Plus, the vehicle won’t allow the driver to enjoy many of their favorite features (like radio) until everyone is traveling in optimal safety (like securing their seatbelt). Once the teenager has concluded their trip, parents can see how everything went thanks to the in-vehicle report card. If you’re wary of sending your younger driver out on a solo journey, you won’t have to worry thanks to this clever safety function.
Of course, the vehicle is also equipped with functions that should prevent both devastating collisions and minor fender benders. Features like the Lane Change Alert (with Side Blind Zone Alert) will prove to be invaluable on the highway, as it will alert drivers of any dangerous lane-changing scenario. Meanwhile, inclusion like the Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, and Rear Vision Camera System will be useful in parking lots, as they’ll cut down on pesky (and potentially dangerous) fender benders.
Safety is always a priority for car shoppers. Whether you’re buying the vehicle for yourself or your teen, you can rest easy knowing that your occupants will always be safe.
Surprise #5: Interior Space
The fact that the 2019 GMC Acadia provides customers with an incredible amount of interior space shouldn’t be all that much of a surprise. However, what is surprising is the number of storage spots the nameplate ultimately provides.
For starters, the vehicle provides more than enough room for owners to fit all of their cargo and luggage. When you fold and hide the second-row and third-row seats, you’ll be able to unlock up to 79-cubic-feet of space. Plus, it’s more than easy to access this space; the levers included on the rear seats means you won’t have to struggle in order to capitalize on this interior room.
However, that’s not your only opportunity for storage. The covered under-floor cargo-area storage spot is another place to store all of your cargo. The second-row storage drawer is a great place to hide any tools you’ll need for your vehicle, while the center console is the perfect place to hide your laptop or smartphone.
If you’re going to be relying on your 2019 GMC Acadia as a family ride, then you’ll never have to worry about your ability to haul sports equipment, school projects, or any other bulky luggage on a daily basis.
With all this wrapped in one stylish package, what more could you ask for in your next SUV?