The 2023 GMC Acadia got very few new upgrades and changes for its new model year. The Acadia is one of the most affordable luxury midsize SUVs, but it needs to continue to impress. The updates have been less than exciting for recent model years. It looks like that trend is continuing for the 2023 model year, as only a new paint color is joining the GMC midsize SUV‘s lineup. What’s new with the 2023 GMC Acadia?
New paint color is the only Acadia change
According to Cars.com, what’s new with the 2023 GMC Acadia is the addition of three new exterior colors. They are Volcanic Red Tintcoat, Sterling Metallic, and Ultra Blue Metallic. Additionally, the SLT, AT4, and Denali trims now get a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel for the first time. Otherwise, the latest model is the same as the previous model year.
For example, powertrains remain unchanged, with almost every trim using a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 228 horsepower and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Optionally, the SLT and Denali trims can use a 3.6-liter V6 instead, good for 310 horsepower. In the 2023 Acadia lineup, only the off-road AT4 trim has a standard V6.
How much does a 2023 GMC Acadia cost?
Whether equipment, design, or anything else changes, buyers can always count on every model to get an annual price bump. Automakers increase the price of just about every model yearly, and the Acadia is no exception. For the 2023 model year, the GMC Acadia SLE trim starts at $38,195. It’s not much of a change from the previous model year, which started at $36,145. With only a few new paint colors to choose from, is the $2,000 price increase really worth paying?
Other trims in the lineup are the SLT, off-road AT4, and high-end Denali. They cost $42,495, $44,795, and $49,500, respectively. With the entire Acadia lineup, front-wheel drive is standard on all but the AT4 trim. All-wheel drive is standard for off-roading, a $2,300 option for the base SLE trim, and a $2,000 option for the SLT and Denali trims. Moreover, buying a fully-loaded Acadia Denali model with AWD will cost over $50,000.
Is the Acadia worth the standard features?
As a luxury midsize SUV, the 2023 GMC Acadia starting at $38,195, is surprising. However, it being affordable compared to many competitors makes most buyers think it’s ill-equipped. Luckily, that assumption is incorrect. According to Edmunds, the base SLE model has 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition/entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, six speakers, and five USB ports.
Additionally, a suite of advanced driver aids as part of the GMC Pro Safety Plus standard package is included. It adds automatic emergency braking, front/rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.
Buyers of the most luxurious Denali trim can access many more desirable amenities. For example, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, driver’s seat memory, and a wireless charging pad. Optional packages for the Denali trim are the Technology package and the Denali Ultimate package, which adds highlights like a surround-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, and the Tow package.
What’s new about the 2023 GMC Acadia?
In conclusion, the only things different about the 2023 GMC Acadia are the new paint colors and the new standard leather-wrapped steering wheel for some trims. Additionally, the midsize SUV is a bit more expensive for the latest model year. Other than those things, the Acadia is the exact vehicle as its previous version. Are these changes enough to make the GMC SUV worth buying?