Is the 2023 GMC Acadia SLE Premium Enough, or Do You Need to Go Higher?

The 2023 GMC Acadia SLE is the base trim level for this premium SUV. After the Acadia evolution to a smaller size, this midsize SUV fits in the lineup better than ever before. Did GMC put enough equipment in this trim level, or is the SLE only a foundational model introducing you to higher trims with more of what you want in the GMC Acadia?

What makes the 2023 GMC Acadia SLE interesting?

White 2023 GMC Acadia Posed on trails
White 2023 GMC Acadia | GMC

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The SLE trim of this SUV is the base model, but it offers the starting point for something special in the midsize three-row SUV class. Most competitors don’t have trims that have the off-road prowess of the Acadia AT4 model or the luxurious nature of the Acadia Denali. The SLE is the foundation for this GMC SUV, but it’s much more than a simple starting point. The Acadia SLE is packed with items to make it a wonderful premium SUV to drive.

What does the 2023 GMC Acadia SLE offer for your driving pleasure?

Interior View 2023 GMC Acadia
Interior View 2023 GMC Acadia | GMC

Maybe there is enough equipment in this base GMC SUV for you to have a great drive. GMC offers the Acadia SLE with:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • High-beam assist
  • LED headlights
  • A 4.2-inch color driver information display
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Push-button starting
  • A Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Five USB ports
  •  Tri-zone automatic climate controls
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Teen Driver technology
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • OnStar telematics
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Front/rear park assist
  • HD rearview camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alerts

There’s only one powertrain for this SUV

The 2023 GMC Acadia SLE is the base model for this SUV lineup. This is the only model that isn’t eligible for the upgraded V6 engine. The powertrain for the SLE trim gives you a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The power from the engine runs through a 9-speed automatic transmission. Fuel mileage for this SUV is 22 city/29 hwy mpg in FWD models and 22 city/27 hwy mpg for AWD versions.

Are there any options offered for the 2023 GMC Acadia SLE?

Red 2023 GMC Acadia Posed
Red 2023 GMC Acadia | GMC

Yes, there are some optional features and packages to give you more equipment for your drive. The Driver Confidence Package gives you:

  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Remote engine starter
  • Hands-free Power rear liftgate
  • 120-volt power port

If you want to add the Infotainment Package, you’ll add:

  • A navigation system
  • 8-speaker Bose audio system

The Elevation Edition is an option for the SLE trim, and it brings you:

  • 20-inch black aluminum wheels
  • Black GMC badging
  • Blacked-out grille
  • Exterior accents covered in black

How much does this base SUV cost?

The 2023 GMC Acadia SLE starts at $35,000 for an FWD model. If you add AWD to this SUV, you’ll increase the price by $2,300. Adding any of the packages also increases the price, but you should stay at or below $40,000 with all three packages.

Is this GMC Acadia a good choice, or do you need to go higher?

Black 2023 GMC Acadia posed
Black 2023 GMC Acadia | GMC

The SLE trim is the base model, but it’s packed with a long list of great features that make it a useful vehicle for you. The AWD system can give you some light off-roading capabilities. If you’re looking for greater comfort or an off-road-focused SUV, the AT4 and Denali trims are good options. On the other hand, if you want to spend the least and still enjoy a well-packaged SUV, the 2023 GMC Acadia SLE is a good choice.

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