How Much Can The GMC Acadia Tow?

May 10th, 2024 by

Two GMC Acadias Parked on a Beach

The GMC Acadia is all-new for 2024. An updated Acadia means that it was built to give customers more of what was already great about the previous Acadia: a new engine, better technology and safety features, an overall larger interior and exterior, and a new style that brings the crossover more in line with the flagship Yukon and Sierra models. 

GMC Acadia Parked Side View on a Beach

Trim Levels

Three trim levels are available, including the base Elevation, AT4, and Denali. The Elevation and Denali trims are standard with front-wheel drive but can be optioned with all-wheel drive, while the AT4 is AWD-only. 

 

All-New Engine & Exclusive Features

The new engine for all Acadia models is a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces 328 horsepower and 326 lb-ft of torque while being paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. When choosing the Acadia AT4, buyers will get an exclusive off-road-capable Active Torque Control AWD system to complement the all-conditions and terrain usability of the AT4.

GMC Acadia Parked Front 3/4 View on a Beach

New Towing Capacity

The previous generation Acadia could tow either 1,000 lbs or as much as 4,000 lbs when equipped with a trailering package. However, with the upgraded engine, suspension, and size comes extra towing capacity. The base FWD and AWD Acadia Elevation can tow up to 1,500 lbs when properly equipped. Adding the Trailering Equipment Package, or getting a trim with that as a standard feature, allows the Acadia to tow as much as 5,000 lbs. And don’t forget to always make sure to load your trailer up correctly. 

GMC Towing Recommendations

With all of that known, GMC recommends not towing anything for the first 500 miles of ownership of a 2024 Acadia. You should also change your engine oil before towing and try not to go over 50 mph for the first 500 miles of towing, just to let the vehicle break in properly during the first few times towing. 

GMC Acadia Front Interior Dashboard Passenger Side Perspective

Important Details

It is also essential, according to GMC, to deactivate Park Assist, Reverse Automatic Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Braking, and Lane Change Alert. Adaptive Cruise Control should also be turned off unless your Acadia is equipped with the extra trailering functionality. 

GM Super Cruise

The 2024 Acadia can be optioned with GM Super Cruise, the brilliant hands-free driver assistance software. However, if you are using an aftermarket trailer brake controller, GMC advises turning Super Cruise off before using the brake controller. You should also not use automatic lane change with Super Cruise when towing. 

GMC Acadia Parked Rear 3/4 View on a Beach

Base Price & Cargo Space

The 2024 GMC Acadia has a base MSRP of $43,995 and 80% more cargo space behind the third row than before, with 23 cu.ft. Folding the third row down will give buyers 57.3 cu.ft., and folding the second row opens the vehicle up to have 97.5 cu.ft. of total cargo capacity. 

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