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What are the Differences Between the 2020 GMC Acadia and the 2020 GMC Yukon?

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2019 GMC Acadia All Terrain

The Acadia and Yukon are both large, luxurious SUVs from GMC. While they both go big on style, space, and comfort, these models have features that help them cater to different lifestyles. Here’s a look at what differs between them.

Large and In Charge: The GMC Yukon


The Acadia comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that offers 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. Upgrade to the SLT for 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, courtesy of a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine. The range-topping Denali model boasts a 3.6-liter V6 with 310 horsepower, 271 lb-ft of torque and Active Fuel Management technology, which helps it earn 27 mpg on the highway. Plus, this mill lets you tow up to 4,000 pounds

The Yukon is a larger vehicle, so its engines pack more of a punch. Its standard 5.3-liter EcoTec V8 delivers 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, while its available 6.2-liter V8 pumps out an impressive 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, the Yukon can haul up to 8,500 pounds.

Whichever model you choose, you’ll have enough towing power to haul a small trailer or boat. The Acadia has more than enough muscle to tow your camping gear, ATVs or dirt bikes. However, if you’re looking to bring along something like a horse trailer or travel trailer, the Yukon will better suit your needs.


Seat up to seven people inside the Acadia’s three-row interior. For more room, fold down the back two rows for 79 cubic feet of space. Compared to the Yukon, the Acadia boasts more optional packages, such as the Cargo Package, the Bright Accent Package, and the Adventure Package, which adds handy features such as roof-rack cross rails. The Yukon also boasts three rows, but can seat up to nine passengers. Fold down the back two rows to access 94.7 cubic feet of cargo room.

Both models come standard with tri-zone automatic climate control and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, so you’ll be able to keep all of your passengers comfortable and entertained on long journeys. You can also opt for heated and ventilated front seats, along with heated rear outboard seats, on both SUVs.

Refreshed and Ready for Action: The 2020 GMC Acadia Denali


In terms of tech, the Acadia outclasses its big sibling. The Acadia offers HD Surround Vision, Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking, and the Driver Alert Package, which adds plenty of helpful features like Front Pedestrian Braking and Forward Collision Alert. On the other hand, the Yukon doesn’t have quite as many tech tools at the base trim level, but it offers them as available features.