A midsize SUV with lots of power.

GMC Acadia | CarMax

A midsize SUV with a roomy interior and ample storage space, the 2020 GMC Acadia is a practical vehicle that can match your basic day-to-day needs around town as well as be a convenient and functional option for all your long-distance trips and off-road excursions. With the ability to tackle different types of terrain alongside an upscale interior with lots of advanced tech features, this is a modern SUV that aims to meet all your expectations.

While we currently do not have many 2020 GMC Acadias on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the GMC Acadia with similar features.

Below are average prices for prior model years of the GMC Acadia.1

  • 2017 - Average prices less than $27,5001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $29,0001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $30,5001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 GMC Acadia review:

Key Specs & Features


  • The 2020 GMC Acadia with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

  • With the rear seats up, the 2020 GMC Acadia has 41.7 cubic feet of interior cargo space.
  • With the rear seats folded down, the 2020 GMC Acadia gives you a maximum cargo volume of 79.0 cubic feet.

Towing Capacity:

  • The towing capacity of the 2020 GMC Acadia powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine is 1,000 lbs. when properly equipped.3

Seating Capacity:

  • All 2020 GMC Acadia models have a maximum seating capacity of seven passengers.

Engine Options:

  • 2.5L four-cylinder with nine-speed automatic transmission delivering 193 hp
  • Turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with nine-speed automatic transmission giving you 230 hp
  • 3.6L six-cylinder with nine-speed automatic transmission generating 310 hp

Tech Features:

  • Traction Select System with off-road mode
  • LED headlamps and taillamps
  • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility


The GMC Acadia has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Off-Road Ready

If you enjoy going on occasional off-road trips, you can't go wrong with the 2020 GMC Acadia. It comes with available all-wheel drive on all but the base trim, which is great if you find yourself often driving over difficult terrain or in varied weather conditions. The all-wheel drivetrain provides better traction and makes the throttle much more responsive, ultimately helping you maintain control over tricky surfaces.

2. A Nice Selection of Trim Configurations

Another reason you might be attracted to the 2020 GMC Acadia is the versatile trim lineup that includes something for everyone. Starting at the base SL trim you'll enjoy a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and seating for you and six friends. Move up to the newly added AT4 trim that's specially designed for off-road driving and enjoy some extra adventure on the weekends. Finally, all the way at the top-level Denali trim you can expect lots of advanced tech features and upscale interior touches, ideal for those looking for a little luxury. With that many options, you can easily choose a trim that will fit your lifestyle.

3. Abundant Storage Space

Plentiful storage is often a big factor when it comes to buying an SUV. If you carry a lot of cargo, the 2020 GMC Acadia delivers in this area. With an interior cargo volume of 41.7 cubic feet, it offers plenty of space for your groceries, sporting equipment, a few suitcases, or any other robust and heavy items you might need to haul. The total cargo volume increases to 79.0 cubic feet when you fold down the rear seats, which means your DIY projects or trips to the garden center will be easy too.

4. Bold Exterior

Although performance, convenience, and functionality are probably at the top of your list when searching for an SUV, a nice looking exterior is always a welcomed bonus. The Acadia boasts a bold and stylish design that helps it stand out from the crowd—and in your driveway. The newly-designed front end for the 2020 model year includes LED headlights with GMC's signature C-shape and an imposing grille that will leave a lasting impression as you drive on by.

5. Lots of Technology

The 2020 GMC Acadia is equipped with lots of tech features that help provide a pleasurable riding experience. For starters, it comes with an intuitive and handy infotainment system featuring an eight-inch touchscreen as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility that keeps the driver and passengers connected and entertained. It doesn't hurt that it includes five USB ports and automatic temperature control as standard features, either.

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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • SL: Includes tri-zone automatic climate control, five USB ports, available Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth® connectivity, and more.4
  • SLE: Adds satellite radio, road emergency tool kit, 18-inch all-season tires, and a turbocharged 2.0L engine, among other features.
  • SLT: Offers power-adjustable front seats, remote start, a hands-free programmable power liftgate, second-row captain's chairs, eight-inch GMC infotainment system with navigation, and more.
  • AT4: Includes everything from SL, SLE, and SLT trims, along with additions such as hill descent control, automatic hill hold, and standard all-wheel drive.
  • Denali: Comes with a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel, and more.

Available Colors

  • Carbon Black Metallic
  • Dark Sky Metallic
  • Ebony Twilight Metallic
  • Quicksilver Metallic
  • Red Mahogany Metallic
  • Red Quartz Tintcoat
  • Satin Steel Metallic
  • Smokey Quartz Metallic
  • Summit White
  • White Frost Tricoat


  • Maximum cargo capacity of 79.0 cubic feet
  • Seating for five passengers
  • GMC infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen
  • Active noise cancellation, wireless device charging, an available dual-pane sunroof, and front bucket seats

Average CarMax Prices

The 2020 GMC Acadia is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the GMC Acadia.

Pricing Data:

  • 2017 - Average prices less than $27,5001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $29,0001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $30,5001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2020 GMC Acadia, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

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Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the 2020 GMC Acadia5

The 2020 GMC Acadia is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used GMC Acadias with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the 2020 GMC Acadia.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 3.0/5.0
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $734.00

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 GMC Acadia

The 2020 GMC Acadia received an overall 5/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 GMC Acadia, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

GMC Terrain

The GMC Terrain is a small SUV that's characterized by its smooth ride and comfortable interior. It can seat five people, who will all benefit from the array of standard tech features. A nice selection of engine options makes it a versatile companion, no matter your lifestyle. It underwent a complete redesign for the 2018 model year, which marked the start of the second-generation GMC Terrain. 2018 models feature this standard equipment:

  • IntelliLink infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen
  • Four USB ports
  • Voice recognition
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

GMC Yukon

Now in its fourth generation (2015–2020), the GMC Yukon is a large SUV that's ideal for families with children that need lots of passenger room and high storage capacity. It can seat up to nine people and comes with available all-wheel drive as an option. With a maximum towing capacity of 8,500 lbs. when properly equipped (with the 5.3L V8), the 2019 GMC Yukon can haul heavy loads, making it a great choice if utility is chief among your priorities.3 2017–2019 models include these standard features:

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Available 4G hotspot4
  • Voice recognition
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Chevrolet Traverse

With a spacious cabin and room for you and seven other passengers thanks to the third-row seats, the Chevrolet Traverse is another convenient vehicle that is well suited for getting you around town as well as long-distance trips. All-wheel drive is available as an option across all models years and you can choose from eight different trim configurations. That means there are plenty of engine, interior, and tech feature options, so you can find the combination that fits your needs best. 2018–2019 models include these standard features:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen
  • Enhanced Smart Slide® second-row seat
  • Noise-canceling cabin

The Bottom Line

If you are after a vehicle for your daily commute but you'd also like it to have enough room for family and friends, then the 2020 GMC Acadia is a great choice for you. With an imposing exterior and well-equipped interior, it's just as stylish as it is practical.

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1Based on CarMax average prices from December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
4Wi-Fi hotspots require a data plan to activate and may also require a compatible device. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.
5RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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