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In the crowded SUV segment, it’s good to have multiple entries that garner consumer appeal. GMC has just three options spread out across different size categories. Here is a look at what some popular auto critics have thought about these two SUVs.

A dark blue 2023 GMC Yukon parked in front of a mountain scene.
2023 GMC Yukon | Creative Commons

Critic thoughts on two SUVs

Car and Driver mentions the GMC Acadia has “unimpressive cabin materials and a small third row.” Though, it did compliment the first and second row space. Edmunds echoed similar sentiments regarding the cabin and cargo space. Both publications gave the vehicle an average score, but the SUV earned an above average score with MotorTrend.

Regarding, the 2023 GMC Yukon, C/D gave a fairly high score and complimented its space. MotorTrend found its fuel economy reasonable, but some areas in the safety features lacking. Like the others, Edmunds gave the space high marks but found the SUV’s maneuverability lacking.

What are the GMC Acadia specs?

Both the GMC Acadia SLE and SLT trims come with a 228-hp turbo-four engine. The base trim costs at least $36,500 and the Acadia SLT retails for $40,800. The SLT can also be optioned with a stronger V6 engine capable of 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque.

That engine is standard on the AT4 and Denali trims, which cost $43,100 and $48,300 respectively. The former includes a torque-vectoring rear axle for the standard all-wheel drive system, along with an off-road drive mode and all-terrain tires. However, with just 7.2 in of ground clearance, Car and Driver reports that it’s still not a true off-roading car.

Still, the Acadia has promising fuel economy estimates compared to other midsize rivals. The turbo-four is the most efficient, promising up to 22/29 mpg city/highway. Models with the V6 can potentially earn 19/27 mpg city/highway. 

The 2023 Acadia also has spacious accommodations for the first two rows, plus leather-appointed seats and stylish wood trim on the Denali model. The two most expensive have give third-row passengers less than 30 in of legroom, and the other two trims aren’t much better. Only about 13 cubic ft of cargo space is available with every seat upright.

Is the GMC Yukon worth it?

In contrast to the Acadia, the GMC Yukon has adult-friendly seating for up to nine riders. The long-wheelbase Yukon XL is the best option with over 36 inches of legroom. The Yukon XL also gives you 41 cu-ft of cargo area behind the third row. Regardless of length, both the Yukon and its XL twin have competitive maximum cargo capacities for the segment.

The Yukon’s standard engine is a brawny 355-hp V8. The 420-hp V8 is optional for the Yukon AT4 and standard on both of the Denali trims. The Denali Ultimate trim is priced at an eye-popping $96,755 thanks to its premium audio system and upgraded leather seats. However, you still have to pay extra on top of that for Super Cruise and other various tech features. 

The GMC Yukon also requires a generous gas budget, unless you pay a little extra for the 277-hp turbodiesel. Unfortunately, that engine only available for certain trims.


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