If you are looking for a family-friendly SUV to tow your camper or trailer, you may want to add the 2022 GMC Acadia to your list. This full-size SUV has plenty of room for your whole family, and their gear. It comes in a range of trim levels for every family and every budget, so there’s plenty of options to choose from.

But, how much can the 2022 GMC Acadia tow? Like many other full-size SUVs on the market today, you’ll have to choose your Acadia wisely if you want to get the most towing capacity possible.

Here’s what you need to know before you purchase a 2022 GMC Acadia for towing your camper or trailer.

How much can the GMC Acadia tow?

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The GMC Acadia has two different towing capacities; the entry-level towing capacity and the upgraded towing capacity.

If you are looking at the entry-level trim packages for the GMC Acadia, you’ll notice that the towing capacity is only 1.000 pounds. Now if you’re looking to use your trailer hitch for things like bike racks, cargo platforms, or towing a very small trailer, then the base trim towing capacity is fine.

However, if you’re wanting to use your GMC Acadia for towing your camping trailer or even a small fishing boat, you’ll want to go with the upgraded, V6 engine. The optional V6 engine can tow up to 4.000 pounds, which is plenty for most small camper trailers or small boats.

GMC Acadia tow packages and additions

Even if you’re content with the towing capacity of the base-level trim models, you’ll get more performance towing with your GMC Acadia if you add the optional towing package to your Acadia.

GMC’s trailering package makes towing even small trailers safer, and easier. Here’s what you get in the GMC trailering package:

  • Class III trailer hitch
  • 7-pin wiring harness
  • Heavy-duty engine cooling system
  • 170-amp alternator
  • GMC’s Hitch guidance system with HitchView

Select Acadia trim levels allow you to add some other towing options including:

  • Trailering camera system
  • Trailering mirrors
  • Trailer brake control
  • Trailer sway control
  • Steep grade braking assist
  • Transmission temperature gauge

Do remember that many of these options may not be available on the base-level trims, so make sure that you work with your dealer to make sure that you get the right trim level for your needs.

What engine options are available for the 2022 GMC Acadia?

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The GMC Acadia comes with two different engine options on their five trim levels. The standard engine option is a 4-cylinder 2.5L engine that provides 188 lb-ft of torque and 193 horsepower. For some SUV owners who aren’t looking to tow, the standard engine will provide plenty of power and performance.

For those who are looking to tow or who want a little more power to get through deep snow the GMC Acadia comes with an upgraded engine in the higher level trims models. The upgraded engine is a 3.6L V6 engine. The V6 engine brings 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque.

Both engine options come with a 9-speed automatic transmission for smooth acceleration and shifting. You can also get the Acadia with AWD for better performance in slick or reduced traction driving conditions.

What trim level options are available for the 2022 GMC Acadia

The 2022 GMC Acadia, like most other GMC models, comes with a number of different trim options. Each trim level gives you unique features and options that improve comfort, performance or both.

When it comes to towing, especially if you’re expecting to tow your camper or small boat, you’ll want to take a step up from the base level trim, so you can take advantage of the larger V6 engine and 4,000 pound towing capacity.

The trim levels available on the 2022 GMC Acadia are (from lowest to highest) SL, SLE, SLT, AT4 and Denali.

Acadia SL

The base model Acadia is the Acadia SL. It comes with the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, with 1,000 pounds of towing capacity. It features GMC’s standard 9-speed transmission and front-wheel drive.

The towing package is not available on the SL, but you can still tow a small boat or trailer.

Acadia SLE

The Acadia SLE is the second trim level in the Acadia line-up. It comes standard with the 2.0L, 4-cylinder turbo engine or choose the 3.6L V6 engine for added power. The SLE has front-wheel drive as the standard, but you can also upgrade to the part-time or full-time all-wheel drive options.

The towing package is available on the SLE. With the V6 engine this increased your towing capacity to 4,000 pounds.

Acadia SLT

The third trim level in the Acadia line is the SLT. The SLT comes standard with the 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. This trim package does come with the optional V6 engine for added towing capacity.

As you start moving up in the trim levels, there is less difference in the engine and transmission options, and more variability in the comfort features that are either standard or optional.

Acadia Denali

The Acadia Denali is the top-of-the-line Acadia. It looks and feels more like a luxury SUV than the lower trim models. The Denali comes standard with the 3.6L V6 engine and the trailering package.

If you know you want to tow, you may want to jump right into the Denali and pass by the other trim levels. Comfort features that are standard on the Denali trim include leather seats, Wi-Fi hotspot and an upgraded Bose audio system.

Acadia AT4

The Acadia AT4 is a trim level all to itself. New in 202 the AT4 is made for off-road adventures, but is still great for on-road driving. The AT4 comes with the V6 engine standard, but features a twin-clutch all-wheel drive system.

This advanced all-wheel drive gives the Acadia AT4 more control on difficult terrain. Adding to the off-road performance of the AT4 is a heavy-duty radiator and the limited-slip differential. The AT4 has a 4,000 pound towing capacity standard.

What is traction select system on the 2022 GMC Acadia?

Since our recommendation for the Acadia buyer that wants to tow stuff is to go directly to the Denali trim, you should know about one feature that is standard on the Denali that is only optional on the other trim levels.

This is the Traction Select System. This great system allows you to switch between driving modes depending on the terrain or road or weather conditions. This gives you more control and can be a lifesaver if you’re towing and the weather turns bad.

What the Traction Select System includes

  • Tour: For everyday driving, normal road conditions and the best possible fuel economy.
  • Sport: This option is great for increased performance including quick acceleration and better handling on dry roads. Does decrease your fuel efficiency.
  • Tow/Haul: Optimizes traction and performance when you’re hauling extra weight.
  • All-Wheel Drive: Sends power to all four wheels to give extra traction on muddy or wet roads.
  • Snow/Ice: This mode will help you have a bit more grip in snowy or icy road conditions. It won’t get you unstuck but it will give you some added control. Remember, all-wheel drive doesn’t mean you won’t slide on icy roads, it just means you get a little more control at safe driving speeds.
  • Off-Road: If you do want to go off road, this setting will give you more traction and control on rough or uneven terrain.
  • Terrain: Intended for times when conditions change frequently, when you need a slower speed or if you are towing on slippery surfaces such as a boat ramp.

Safety features on the 2022 GMC Acadia

The 2022 GMC Acadia comes with some great safety features that make it even more comfortable and reliable for towing your camper and your family.

OnStar Connected Services

All GMC vehicles come with the OnStar system for safety and security. You can call for emergency services with a push of a button or track your vehicle remotely if it’s stolen by activating the Wi-Fi hotspot.

This service is an optional service and is available by subscription for a monthly fee.

Safety and driver-assist features

Safety and driver-assist features make your vehicle safer for you and your passengers, especially when you are towing a camper or other trailer.

Standard driver-assist features include:

  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Eight airbags
  • Brake assist
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Teen driver safety system
  • Child seat anchors

Available driver-assist features include:

  • Blind-spot monitoring and alert
  • Lane change alert
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear park assist
  • High-definition rear vision camera

Final thoughts

We think that when it comes to a great vehicle for towing you should consider the 2022 GMC Acadia. This full-size SUV has all of the performance you need for towing, and a great variety of trim levels.

If you want a vehicle that can go from the campground to a night on the town, the Acadia Denali is a perfect all-in-one option for a great price.

When it comes to safety, performance and reliability, the 2022 GMC Acadia has it all and is the perfect family-friendly SUV for all of your camping and towing needs.