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AT4 Is Fastest-Turning GMC Acadia Trim Level

The GMC Acadia AT4 is the off-roader trim of the Acadia lineup, debuting with the introduction of the GMC Acadia’s 2020 model year. Now, GM Authority has learned that the rough-and-ready AT4 is the fastest-turning trim level in the GMC Acadia lineup, spending just 37 days on dealer lots before being sold.

That 37-day turnaround for the GMC Acadia AT4 is close to half the 60-day turn-time considered optimal for the U.S. auto industry, suggesting that demand for the off-roader trim is greater than the supply.

What’s more, GM Authority has learned that the GMC Acadia AT4 tends to attract younger customers, and is considered to a “high accessory opportunity” and “high profit model” for dealers.

Looking over the sales figures from the fourth quarter of the 2020 calendar year, we find the GMC Acadia slots in towards the middle of its segment, with 21,378 units sold during the Q4 2020 time period, an increase of 9.79 percent year-over year. That places the Acadia above the Subaru Ascent (17,788 units sold in Q4 2020) and Hyundai Palisade (22,078 units sold in Q4 2020). Leading the segment was the Toyota Highlander with 70,975 units sold during the time period, followed by the Ford Explorer with 66,008 units sold and the Jeep Grand Cherokee with 56,930 units sold.

Sales Numbers - Midsize & Full-Size Mainstream Crossovers - Q4 2020 - United States

MODEL Q4 20 / Q4 19 Q4 20 Q4 19 Q4 20 SHARE Q4 19 SHARE YTD 20 / YTD 19 YTD 20 YTD 19
TOYOTA HIGHLANDER +19.75% 70,975 59,268 13% 11% -11.34% 212,276 239,438
FORD EXPLORER +28.71% 66,008 51,284 12% 10% +20.93% 226,217 187,061
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE -1.72% 56,930 57,929 10% 11% -13.66% 209,786 242,969
CHEVROLET TRAVERSE +23.50% 41,534 33,631 8% 6% -14.67% 125,546 147,122
HONDA PILOT +8.93% 33,811 31,039 6% 6% -8.29% 123,813 135,008
FORD EDGE -14.88% 32,024 37,621 6% 7% -21.39% 108,886 138,515
VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS +44.22% 31,445 21,803 6% 4% +7.18% 87,362 81,508
HYUNDAI SANTA FE -2.31% 30,337 31,054 6% 6% -20.90% 100,757 127,373
KIA TELLURIDE +47.02% 28,514 19,395 5% 4% +28.20% 75,129 58,604
CHEVROLET BLAZER +1.02% 23,243 23,008 4% 4% +62.78% 94,599 58,115
HYUNDAI PALISADE +44.50% 22,078 15,279 4% 3% +187.66% 82,661 28,736
GMC ACADIA +9.79% 21,378 19,471 4% 4% -27.05% 72,537 99,429
SUBARU ASCENT -18.84% 17,788 21,916 3% 4% -17.49% 67,623 81,958
KIA SORENTO -40.28% 14,185 23,751 3% 5% -22.17% 74,677 95,951
NISSAN MURANO -25.63% 13,396 18,013 2% 3% -14.78% 58,255 68,361
DODGE DURANGO -17.39% 12,372 14,977 2% 3% -14.45% 57,828 67,599
HONDA PASSPORT +8.58% 11,902 10,962 2% 2% +9.65% 39,567 36,085
NISSAN PATHFINDER -32.39% 11,054 16,349 2% 3% -26.05% 48,579 65,691
MAZDA CX-9 -13.13% 7,226 8,318 1% 2% +2.89% 27,638 26,861
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER -51.09% 3,665 7,494 1% 1% -28.53% 27,132 37,965
TOTAL +5.22% 549,865 522,562 -5.11% 1,920,868 2,024,349

The GMC Acadia also sold 861 units during Q4 2020 in Canada, and 178 units in Mexico during the same time period.

The GMC Acadia AT4 features a number of components and upgrades that lend it the appropriate off-road-ready composition, including a black chrome-accented grille, black mirror caps, and black roof rails. The Acadia AT4 also rides on model-specific 17-inch wheels with Continental Terrain Contact all-terrain tires.

Providing the traction is an Active Torque Control all-wheel drive system and Traction Select System with Off-Road mode. Output is sourced from the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX gasoline engine, which produces 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, and mates to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

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Jonathan Lopez: Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

View Comments (7)

  • I see them buried in the dunes. They all use a similar layout transaxle and ifs rear with a tiny diff and cv joints. The rear looses traction or if there is grab the power diverts back to fwd, the transaxle over heats from spinning and then you have to wait for it to cool. Or I drag it out of the way with my 4Runner so we can get to the beach

    • Really interesting that they put the twin clutch awd (aka the same one as the Range Rover disco sport with locking center and rear diffs) in the soccer mom Encalve/Traverse and not the off road package Acadia. They’re probably using it to go after the Acura MDX in terms of sportiness. Rear diff in my Encalve is actually huge (maybe 15” across? It’s way bigger than a Colorado) with fairly beefy suspension links and cv shafts). I would be fairly confident with it off road if it weren’t for the 7” of ground clearance and 20” wheels with “eco+” tires. That’s what my cheap Toyota is for.

  • Yes this is no off roader. Why does GM do this tell people its off road charge more money then they go get stuck in remote areas. Unless its a fire road I wouldn't chance it.
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    • Not just GM. Honda Ridgeline, passport, pilot. We had a pathfinder for a few years, I hated it. Nissan went so far as to put 4x4 on the rear hatch. False advertising I’d say. My dad bought a new 86 1/2 pathfinder and that was awesome off road. But with the exception of a handful of trucks (jeep, bronco, 4Runner Tahoe?) none are able to off road like they did 25-30 years ago. But that’s what you see on the road. It’s an appearance package kinda like the late 70s “gto” or chevelle. All show no go.

  • What a terrible idea. Even my 16 yo son said why did they do that to that suv 🤣.
    My first thought was why would they do this to a family oriented SUV when you could have done something proper with the new blazer ?.
    Instead GM designs a Blazer on a new Camaro platform, give no proper AT /Off road version just a sporty AWD model and call it a day.

    The blazer should have been properly designed as the 21st centuries rival to the new Bronco as originally intended like when they first rolled out the Blazer in 1969 to rival the 65-66 Bronco's.