The 2021 GMC Acadia is offered with two engine options, including the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY, and the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX. As it turns out, opting for the turbocharged LSY will net a $495 MSRP credit.
Per the 2021 GMC Acadia online configurator, Denali trim levels with front-wheel drive and the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine are priced at $47,300, while Denali trim levels with front-wheel drive and the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX are priced at $47,795. Both models are also available with all-wheel drive for an additional $2,000. All engine and drivetrain configurations connect to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Note that prices listed do not include tax, title, license, dealer fees, or optional equipment.
|Engine||Front-Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive|
|Turbo 2.0L I4 LSY||$47,300||$49,300|
|3.6L V6 LGX||$47,795||$49,795|
The reasoning behind the pricing difference is down to the fact that the LSY is considered a “downgraded” engine in the range-topping Denali trim level when compared to the more-powerful 3.6L V6 LGX.
Interestingly, a similar engine strategy will be employed with the upcoming 2022 GMC Acadia.
Additionally, the 2022 GMC Acadia will ditch the naturally aspirated 2.5L I4 LCV gasoline engine, making the turbo LSY gas engine the new base-model powerplant going forward, as GM Authority covered previously.
As a reminder, the 2021 GMC Acadia’s turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY is rated at 228 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm, while the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX is rated at 310 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 271 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.
The Denali trim level sits at the top of the 2021 GMC Acadia lineup, with the rest of the lineup including the base-level SL, followed by the SLE, SLT, and off-roader-spec AT4.