The 2021 GMC Acadia is the fifth model year of the second generation, following up on a mid-cycle refresh (also known as a facelift or mid-cycle enhancement) ushered in for the 2020 model year. The Acadia also received a number of minor changes for the 2021i (or 2021 interim) model year. Add it all up, and the latest 2021i Acadia is a better value than the preceding 2020 model-year vehicle. Here’s how.
To begin, certain GMC Acadia trims received price cuts for the 2021 model year. For example, 2021 SLT trims saw a price drop of $900 compared to the 2020 model year, while the 2021 AT4 trim cut $1,100 compared to the 2020 model year. Furthermore, the top Denali trim level received head-up display for the 2021 model year, while pricing remained unchanged, upping the overall value of the trim as a result.
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Following Distance Indicator
- Forward Collision Alert
- Front Park Assist
- Front Pedestrian Braking
- Intellibeam Auto High Beams
- Lane Departure Warning
- Lane Keep Assist
- Safety Alert Seat
Further updates for the 2021i GMC Acadia include free-flow availability (unrestricted by any trim or package) of the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine. Previously offered as optional on the SLE trim and as standard on the SLT trim, the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine is now available across the GMC Acadia lineup.
Further changes for the 2021i GMC Acadia include the addition of the new Preferred Package (RPO code PDO), which replaces the Premium Package (RPO code PCV) and includes everything from the Luxury Package (RPO code WPL), but adds a heated steering wheel while dropping HD Surround Vision Camera.
There are standalone options offered for the crossover as well, such as new 20-inch aluminum wheels (RPO code Q9P) as a free-flow option for the SLT. Finally, the 2021 GMC Acadia adds the Elevation Edition as a standalone package, which is optional on SLE and SLT trim, and adds a selection of exterior styling upgrades.