2021 GMC Acadia Interior Review

While the 2021 GMC Acadia’s spacious interior and plenty of tech features make it a great family vehicle, its cheap interior materials leave something to be desired.
Written by Sarah Williams
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
The 2021 GMC Acadia interior boasts plenty of space and tech features, but its cheap interior materials don’t hold up to the competition. 
With an option second-row bench seat, the Acadia seats up to seven passengers—making it a spacious option for many families. Unfortunately, its $30,995 starting price feels steep considering the quality of its interior materials. 
Whether you’re looking for your next family SUV or the interior specs on your 2021 GMC, we’ve got a rundown of everything you need to know about the 2021 GMC Acadia interior. 

2021 GMC Acadia interior

As a family SUV, the 2021 GMC Acadia interior seating, tech, and storage are key to ensuring you have enough room to transport both passengers and cargo comfortably. Let’s take a closer look at what the 2021 GMC Acadia has to offer once you step inside. 


With an optional second-row bench seat, the 2021 Acadia can seat up to seven passengers. In higher the trims, you’ll get access to: 
  • Heated front seats (
    , AT4,
  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat (SLT, AT4, Denali) 
  • Ventilated front seats (Denali)
  • Heated second-row seats (Denali)
  • Driver-seat memory functions (Denali)
Interior dimensions
Total passenger volume
143.8 cubic feet
Front headroom
40 inches
Front leg room
41 inches
Front shoulder room
59.4 inches
Front hip room
55.7 inches
Second-row headroom
39.6 inches
Second-row legroom
39.7 inches
Second-row shoulder room
58.7 inches
Second-row hip room
53.3 inches
Third-row headroom
37.2 inches
Third-row legroom
29.7 inches
Third-row shoulder room
54.3 inches
Third-row hip room
42.9 inches
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Every 2021 GMC Acadia comes standard with: 
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and six-speaker sound system
  • Five USB ports along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 
  • An onboard Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Safety features like a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
Moving up the trims, you’ll gain access to additional tech features like an eight-speaker Bose audio system and a wireless charging pad. The top Denali trim is eligible for two different additional packages. The Technology Package includes:
  • Enhanced automatic braking for forward collision mitigation system
  • Adaptive cruise control 
  • Surround-view camera system 
  • Digital rearview mirror 
With the Technology Package, you’re also eligible for the Denali Ultimate package, which includes a sunroof, adaptive suspension dampers, and a tow package. 


With 79 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, 41.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 12.8 cubic feet behind the third row, the 2021 GMC Acadia has plenty of storage. With all the seats up, however, the luggage space is limited—so you may have trouble hauling passengers and cargo simultaneously. 


Now that we’ve covered comfort, stograge, and tech, it’s time for a vibe check on the overall 2021 GMC Acadia interior.
While the 2021 Acadia’s interior well laid out and nice to look at, many of the materials are cheaper than the $30,995 starting price would imply. The leather-wrapped steering wheel with aluminum trim is an upscale exception. 

The bottom line

Overall the 2021 Acadia is a solid family transport vehicle, but if you’re in search of a luxurious interior, you’ll have better luck among rival SUVs. 
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