With the introduction of the all-new 2024 model year, the GMC Acadia is returning to its roots as a larger three-row crossover. However, because of those larger exterior dimensions, the new Acadia is now set to go head-to-head with some rather stiff competition, namely the Jeep Grand Cherokee L and the still-new Mazda CX-90. Critically, with these two rivals on deck, the 2024 GMC Acadia still doesn’t offer one very important seating feature, namely ventilated second-row seats.
Ventilated seat technology can be a game-changer for those customers living in warmer climates, significantly improving the comfort of passengers by pumping air through small holes in the seat surface. Sometimes, these system even incorporate built-in air conditioning, reducing the temperature for passengers even further.
Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee L and the Mazda CX-90 offer ventilated seats for the second-row, while the all-new 2024 GMC Acadia notably does not. That’s an issue, as we think this technology has such a profound effect on passenger comfort, it could be the deciding factor for those customers cross-shopping these vehicles.
In our opinion, vented second-row captain’s chairs should be included as standard on the 2024 GMC Acadia Denali. After all, higher-end trim levels in this segment are all about features like vented seats, so here’s to hoping GM decides to add this feature sooner, rather than later.
As a reminder, General Motors unveiled the 2024 GMC Acadia this past September, debuting an all-new third generation for the crossover. Among the updates and changes was new exterior styling, larger exterior dimensions, an overhauled cabin, and a new four-cylinder powerplant. Only a single engine option is offered, namely the turbocharged 2.5L I4 LK0 gasoline engine, as GM Authority was the first to report. Output is rated at a maximum of 328 horsepower and 326 pound-feet of torque, while the long-wheelbase variant of the GM C1 platform provides the underpinnings. Production takes place at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant.