Out of all the issues that can plague a car, problems with the radio are some of the most frustrating. That was supposed to change with the addition the infotainment system, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. More than one vehicle has problems with the infotainment system, and the GMC Acadia and the Chevy Malibu are the latest to make the list. Thankfully, GM Authority is taking steps to correct this issue.
What’s the problem with the GMC Acadia and Chevy Malibu?
The cluster display over the driver’s dash keeps randomly changing. This might not seem like a big deal, but it can become very annoying, very quickly. It could also prove to be dangerous in some situations.
The display screen is supposed to show information like the speedometer and tachometer. It also displays warning messages. While it doesn’t appear to be an issue yet, most drivers simply don’t want to find out.
GMC isn’t sitting on this, however. It’s taking steps to remedy the issues, so drivers can get back to doing what they do best.
GMC’s technical service bulletin
The problem with the information center doesn’t appear on all models, so if you own either a 2020 GMC Acadia or a 2020 Chevy Malibu, don’t rush to your dealer just yet. The Acadia Denali trim is the only vehicle that has the information center display that is acting out, as well as the Premier trim on the Chevy Malibu.
This isn’t something you’ll have to live with, however. “According to GMC Authority,
“The TSB (N202309750) indicates that 2020 model year GMC Acadia and Chevy Malibu units equipped with the optional eight-inch Diagonal Multi-Color Driver Information Center (RPO UHS) may change the radio station/audio track without customer input. In response, dealers will reprogram the instrument cluster, the automaker said, which will remedy this issue.”
In other words, simply go see your dealer, and present them with the TSB. They’ll get it fixed, and you should be ready to roll.
2020 GMC Acadia
The 2020 GMC Acadia isn’t selling so hot currently. Even without the problems with the infotainment system, it still has other issues that can’t be ignored.
One of the biggest problems facing the 2020 Acadia is that some critics see it as an overall lackluster choice. From the exterior to the interior, there’s just not much there to pull drivers in.
It comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is adequate, but far from exciting. To get something with a little more acceleration, drivers are required to upgrade to a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
It’s not a terrible vehicle, but there are certainly better ones out there.
2020 Chevy Malibu
The 2020 Chevy Malibu isn’t doing much better than the Acadia. In fact, it’s ranked as the worst midsize car of 2020 by Kelley Blue Book.
Poor crash test ratings for the back seat and a lackluster design were part of the reason why the Malibu isn’t considered to be that great. The seats also aren’t that comfortable, which can make daily driving a nightmare.
A lack of standard features brings the Chevy Malibu down as well. Many features that are common for other competitors such as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot alert, and forward-collision warning are optional.
There is one redeeming factor for the 2020 Malibu, however. It is one of the most affordable cars on the road, which makes it very attractive for anyone looking for a vehicle on a budget. It has a price range from $22,095 up to $33,320 for the high-end Premier.