Are you interested in purchasing a 2022 GMC Acadia? According to MotorTrend, it ranks last compared to other three-row SUVs. What makes it fall short and how far behind is GMC’s offering? We compare the Acadia to other three-row SUVs and discuss the negatives of owning one.
The 2022 GMC Acadia is MotorTrend’s 12th worst three-row SUV
Out of 12 different three-row SUVs, the 2022 GMC Acadia is dead last. MotorTrend ranks its best models in each category every year, and the Acadia fell short. However, its overall rating isn’t terrible, just worse than its rivals. MT gave the Acadia an overall score of 7.1/10. That’s just behind the 11th-ranked Volkswagen Atlas, which scored just 0.1 higher.
According to MT, the disadvantages of owning a GMC Acadia are not a long list. In short, the quality of the materials on the interior could be much better. Also, it’s a smaller interior than the Chevy Traverse, the same SUV. If Chevy’s version of the Acadia is cheaper and more spacious inside, what’s the point of buying the GMC variant?
Last place GMC SUV gets better fuel economy than even the class leaders
MotorTrend’s top three-row SUV is the 2022 Subaru Ascent. With an overall rating of 9/10, there’s a lot to like. In addition, it has a powerful engine, off-road capability and a sliding second row of seats. All of these are things Acadia lacks. Subaru’s offering uses a 2.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, making 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. However, the Acadia comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
On the other hand, GMC’s three-row model actually gets better fuel economy than the top-rated Ascent. Additionally, its 22 city and 29 highway mpg are among the best in the segment. Even the well-rounded Kia Telluride only averages 20/26 mpg, which isn’t on par with the Acadia. Plus, the weaker GMC engine gives it better fuel economy than even its corporate counterpart, the Chevy Traverse, which averages 18/27 mpg.
The Acadia’s pricing is competitive with other three-row SUVs
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Three-row SUVs offer plenty of space and capacity. They are the perfect option for families with several children or just someone who needs a lot of space. However, these amenities can be very expensive. Fortunately, even the lowest-rated Acadia comes with a competitive price. Whether you go for the base model or a fully loaded version, GMC’s SUV isn’t far behind.
For a base model GMC Acadia, you’ll need to pay at least $34,800. Even in its highest trim level, the Acadia is only $48,600. Staying under the $50K mark is quite an achievement, especially compared to other models. For example, a top-of-the-line Dodge Durango costs $66,275 and a top-of-the-line Honda Pilot is $50,620. Even the Chevy Traverse, virtually the same as a GMC Acadia, costs $53,400 for a fully loaded model. Alternatively, the Traverse is cheaper in its base form, which helps drop the Acadia to last place.
Why is the GMC Acadia in last place?
There’s not much to dislike about the GMC Acadia. MotorTrend ranked it dead last compared to other three-row SUVs. It is competitive in most aspects, such as price and fuel economy. Its biggest problem lies in the quality and space of the interior. Especially for three-row SUVs, the interior is a major selling point for most people. Those who need a three-row model probably plan to transport groups of people, family or otherwise, frequently. It would be nice to have a high-quality, spacious interior for those long drives. According to MT, you’ll have to look elsewhere for that kind of comfort.
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