A grey 2022 GMC Acadia Denali is shown driving on an open road.

The Grand Denali

Designed to take your adventure to all new heights, the 2022 GMC Acadia is the perfect balance of rugged and luxurious. With four trim levels, the SLE, SLT, AT4, and Denali, there are more than enough options to go around. The midsize SUV comes standard with a range of features that make GMC such a popular name in SUVs. But if you decide to level up for the ultimate driving experience, check out the 2022 GMC Acadia Denali.

When it comes to the Denali, the Acadia is putting on its game face. The 3-row, 6-7 seater is far from what you’d expect a midsize SUV to be. With options for 4-wheel drive plus an impressive V6 engine, drivers get a powerful yet smooth experience. The handsome looks of the exterior coupled with the refined interior make driving the Denali a luxe experience every time you get behind the wheel.

The well-rounded SUV delivers enough power and performance to get you through your busy day and onto relaxing nights. So if you’re looking for something that checks all your boxes when it comes to style, value, and durability, then you might find the Acadia Denali is just what you’ve been looking for.

A green 2022 GMC Acadia Denali is shown from the side sparked in a lot.


Drivers will notice a difference right away when they opt from the standard Acadia to the Denali, the vehicle’s highest trim package. Not only does the Denali boast a whole range of extra touches to inspire your daily drive, but the 3.6-L V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower plus torque of 271 lb-ft makes an unforgettable first impression. Drivers will also enjoy having a towing capacity of up to 4,000 lbs at their disposal.

Drivers can switch up the standard front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive with Active Torque for a heightened off-road performance. Or, opt for the available Adaptive Ride Control that uses Continuous Damping Control. This allows your Acadia to adjust to the road ahead—literally. Every two milliseconds, the system updates to ensure you and your passengers have a smooth ride every trip.

The Denali doesn’t back down when it comes to hilly or steep terrain, either. Hills Descent Control plus Hill Assist Start are available for the Denali if drivers choose. While the Hill Descent Control helps deliver a smooth ride as you’re heading downhill, Hill Assist Start can hold the brake as you switch from one pedal to another, keeping your Acadia in place—even on steep terrain. No more rolling backward.

For those who find themselves in need of trailering, the Acadia Denali has your back with an option for a Hitch Guide with Hitch View. This available system helps take some of the stress out of towing and hauling with a rear vision camera, which displays a guideline that makes hitching up your trailer easier than ever. And, when you’re on the road, use the camera to check on your trailer to make sure everything is where it should be.

When you find yourself faced with changing terrain, the Denali is more than prepared. The Traction Select System gives drivers a boost in confidence when they need it the most. Those with front-wheel drive will have the option to choose from Normal, Snow, Sport, or Trailer/Tow modes. Whereas, if you opt for all-wheel drive, options range from Front or All-Wheel mode, as well as Sport, Off-Road, or Trailer/Tow. The flexibility the Acadia Denali offers makes this midsize SUV a great choice for those who might spend their weekends on the freeway, but definitely like to get lost in nature when the weekend rolls around.

Interior and Tech

The interior of the Acadia Denali is as refined as the performance is rugged. Drivers should have no problem settling down for their next ride. Conveniently located controls and tech make driving the Denali feel like second nature.

The cabin room provides ample space for drivers, passengers, and whatever cargo you need to bring along. One feature that’s sure to help out families is the second-row Smart Slide seat and tip seat option. These two features allow easy access to the third row, even in the case of a second-row infant car seat. The seat folds and tips slightly forward to allow others to enter or exit without the need to remove the car seat. Add to that the third-row split seating and second-row seating that all fold flat so you can make use of the Acadia Denali’s max 79.0 cu.ft. of cargo space.

The Denali was designed to make a place for everything. Plenty of smart storage like a second-row drawer in the center console ensure passengers have all the space they need. Plus, the large pass-through center console allows drivers to optimize every inch of their ride so no space is wasted.

While the versatile Denali offers plenty to make your day a little better, it’s the extras that really make this trim level stand out. Advanced Temperature Control uses tri-zone climate controls to keep drivers and every one of their passengers comfortable no matter where they’re sitting. The standard leather-wrapped heated steering wheel also features conveniently mounted buttons that allow drivers to adjust the audio or make and receive phone calls without taking their hands off the wheel. The details the Denali model features, like real ash wood accents and embroidered front-seat headrests, give drivers the refinement and luxury they want without the heavy price tag. Overall, the Acadia Denali is a win-win for drivers.

One of the great things about the Denali trim package is that all of the luxuries carry over to the latest and great tech. This includes a colored Heads-Up Display that projects information like speed, fuel levels, audio levels, and more directly onto the windshield. The 8” GMC Infotainment System helps keep things connected and lets you answer calls or listen to messages hands-free while driving. The option to connect your smartphone to either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto means drivers can take their playlists, access GPS directions, and stay up-to-date on road conditions.

For busy drivers who don’t have time to spend shopping or need to pick up something last-minute, Amazon Alexa is available to help you out. With Amazon Alexa, drivers can shop for and listen to your favorite audiobooks, purchase something in their Amazon shopping cart, or even get in touch with compatible at-home devices. Being busy has never been so easy.

The sunroof is shown in a 2022 GMC Acadia Denali.

Safety First

With its enhanced performance capabilities and sleek, modern interior, you can guarantee that the Denali comes packed with a whole list of amazing safety features thanks to GMC’s Pro Safety Plus. The Pro Safety Plus is safety taken to a whole new level and comes standard on all GMC vehicles.

A range of features helps keep drivers tuned into what is going on around them. Front Pedestrian Braking alerts drivers to a possible collision with a crossing pedestrian and sends an alert to the driver. Your Acadia can even apply brakes automatically as a preventive measure. Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Emergency Braking works about the same as Front Pedestrian braking. If the system detects a potential front-end accident, the system sends an alert to the drivers and then slowly and evenly applies the brakes to try and reduce the impact.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert helps reduce stress when you’re backing out of a parking space or driveway and can’t see oncoming traffic. The system alerts drivers to approaching traffic from the left or right so drivers can react accordingly. Meanwhile, Rear Park Assist helps make backing up simple. The system can detect objects behind you that you might otherwise not be aware of, preventing rear-end collisions.

The Denali is looking out for drivers with Lane Change Alert with Blind Side Zone Alert. Both systems work as a second set of eyes, keeping drivers alert to vehicles in their blind spot or coming up behind them, making it safer to drive and change lanes in busy traffic. Lane Keep Assist with a Lane Departure Warning keeps an eye on the driver’s movements; if they begin to drift from their lane, the system alerts them and may even inform drivers that it’s time for a break if they’re feeling fatigued.

If you have a teen driver on the road, the Denali is there when you’re not. Standard Teen Driver helps young drivers develop safe habits behind the wheel by allowing parents to set limits like audio volume and speed levels so their teen stays focused on the road and not on the radio. The In-Vehicle Report Card lets parents know how their teen is doing and what areas need improvement.

Best of the Best

Inside and out, the Acadia Denali never fails to impress. Whether you go for its standard features or choose to customize your SUV to fit your off-roading lifestyle, the Denali is up for it. The SUV is nothing if not flexible where and when it counts. With plenty of storage options and cargo room, plus all the power you need to tackle your toughest jobs, it’s no wonder the Denali is considered the ultimate Acadia trim. So if you’re in the market for something a little smaller than a Yukon but bigger than the Terrain, you may finally meet your match in the 2022 Acadia Denali.