The 2023 GMC Acadia was recently included in a study by Consumer Reports identifying the quietest crossovers currently sold in the United States.
Consumer Reports rated the quietness of SUVs objectively and subjectively, in addition to each vehicle’s overall rating on a scale of 1 to 100 based on several factors. The 2023 GMC Acadia scored 66 out of 100, according to CR‘s experts.
The report noted that utility vehicle cabins are frequently noisier than those of sedans and similar cars. Their taller, chunkier body configuration tends to disrupt quieter aerodynamic flow over the exterior, creating louder wind noise. Additionally, a higher suspension lift for off-road mobility leaves increased space between the road and the undercarriage where highway and engine noise can be amplified.
The report praises the 2023 GMC Acadia’s responsive handling and smooth ride, calling the crossover “impressive.” The cabin is decently quiet, helping the Acadia obtain its overall 66/100 rating. The article also notes the range-topping Denali trim is the quietest, of all thanks to added sound insulation GM incorporated into the design.
This is the second positive rating the 2023 GMC Acadia has received from Consumer Reports in recent months. The organization gave the crossover’s 2023 model year a “recommended” rating in January 2023, with braking, acceleration, comfort, and practicality among its high points.
Meanwhile, the upcoming 2024 GMC Acadia has a start of regular production (SORP) scheduled for the unusually late date of January 2024, according to information exclusively obtained by GM Authority from knowledgeable sources.
This remote date, combined with the fact that the 2023 GMC Acadia is the seventh model year of the crossover’s second generation, suggests the 2024 model year will debut the nameplate’s third generation.
The next-gen GMC Acadia will not only receive a likely exterior and interior overhaul, but will also be larger than the 2023 GMC Acadia and preceding model years. We exclusively reported as early as 2020 that the third-generation Acadia might return to its first-generation dimensions as a full-size three-row crossover. The General confirmed a bigger third-gen Acadia in 2022, with GM President Mark Reuss describing it as “really just a Professional Grade SUV in this three-row category for us.”
GM Authority spy photographers captured the 2024 GMC Acadia prototypes road testing on several occasions. Some of these shot confirmed a more upright, boxy style and longer wheelbase despite heavy camo. Later shots provided a look at the interior, verifying details such as a GM Super Cruise strip along the upper rim of the steering wheel. Finally, in late April 2023, more images captured a 2024 Acadia in lighter camo, giving a good look at the reworked fascia, lighting signatures, profile, and more.
Under the body panels, the 2024 GMC Acadia will ride on a modified version of the GM C1 platform. Motivation could be sourced from the 3.6L V6 LGX gasoline engine, mating to the GM 9-speed automatic transmission and sending power to the front axle as standard, or all four wheels as an optional extra.
It’s also possible the 2024 GMC Acadia will again be available with the more-economical turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, while an all-new powertrain could be introduced as well. Production will take place at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan.