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The Exact Towing Capacity Of A GMC Acadia (And More..)

We’ve talked extensively about the GMC Acadia, its capabilities, and its features on this blog. Today, we will take it a step further and tell you everything about the towing with it. This includes the maximum towing capacity and so much more information. Let’s start with a quick answer:

GMC Acadia manufactured from 2022 onwards have a towing capacity of 1,000 – 1,500 lbs without, and 3,500 – 4,000 lbs with a towing package. Acadia from 2017 – 2021 have a towing capacity of 1,000 lbs without, and 4,000 lbs with a towing package. Between 2007 – 2016 Acadia had a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs without, and 5,200 lbs with a towing package.

However, that certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Below we’ve also outlined how the towing capacity changes with the number of occupants. Furthermore, we’ve written down everything you need to know regarding the maximum tongue load weight, what rules and recommendations GMC has concerning towing with an Acadia. We have written down a complete checklist for every generation that you can go through before towing at the end of this article. Read on!

Towing With A 2022 – Present GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia manufactured from 2022 onwards have a standard towing capacity of 1,500 lbs for the 2.0 LSY engine with FWD or AWD. With a towing package, the maximum towing capacity is 3,500 lbs. The 3.6 LGX engine has a standard towing capacity of 1,000 lbs without a towing package and 4,000 lbs with a towing package.

Furthermore, it’s good to know that you also have to keep in mind the maximum trailer tongue weight. The tongue weight is the weight placed on the vehicle’s hitch at the point where the trailer meets the car. As a general rule of thumb, the tongue weight is 10 – 15% of the loaded trailer’s weight. Boat trailers fall outside of this rule, and this should be checked in the manual of the specific trailer.

GMC Acadia manufactured from 2022 onwards have a maximum trailer tongue weight of 400 lbs. This means a trailer can’t weigh more than 2,666 – 4,000 lbs, depending on the trailer weight distribution.

Determining If Trailer Weight Does Not Exceed Limits

To ensure that you can start towing with your GMC Acadia, the load of the vehicle can not exceed the following four limits:

  • Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR): The combined maximum weight of the vehicle and trailer
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): The maximum weight the vehicle can way. Two labels on the vehicle may show how much weight it may properly carry, the Tire and Loading Information label and the Certification/Tire label. GMC does not state this information in the owner manuals
  • Maximum Trailer Weight Rating (MTWR): The maximum weight of the trailer
  • Maximum Tongue Trailer Weight (MTTW): The maximum weight where the trailer meets the car

Also read: The Exact Bolt Pattern Of A GMC Acadia

Example Calculation For 2022 Acadia With 2.0 Engine, AWD And Towing Package

  • GCWR: 8,420 lbs
  • GVWR: 6,000 lbs (example, see labels on vehicle for this rating)
  • MTWR: GCWR – GVWR
  • MTTR: 10 – 15% of MTWR

So we know that the combined weight of the car and the trailer cannot exceed 8,420 lbs. Furthermore, we need to know the GVWR of the car. As we can see, this cannot exceed 6,000 lbs. However, it usually weighs less than that.

You calculate GVWR by taking the vehicle’s curb weight and adding the passengers, baggage, and tongue weight of the trailer to that.

Let’s say the curb weight of a 2022 GMC Acadia is 4,100 lbs and that there are two passengers (330 lbs) with baggage (90 lbs) in the car. Furthermore, we expect a trailer weight of 2,000 lbs.

  • Curb weight + Passengers + Baggage + Tongue Weight = GVWR
  • 4,100 lbs + 330 lbs + 90 lbs + (15% of 2,000 lbs) = 4,820 lbs. This is less than 6,000 lbs and therefore does not exceed the limits

The final check is therefore as follows:

  • GCWR = GVWR + Trailer Weigh = 4,820 + 2,000 = 6,820 lbs. This is within the limit of 8,420 lbs.
  • GVWR = 4,820 lbs which is within the limit of 6,000 lbs.
  • MTWR = 3,500 lbs as stated in the image above. The trailer weighs 2,000 lbs and does not exceed this limit.
  • MTTR = cannot exceed 15% this should be measured with a scale to ensure this limit is not exceeded. Otherwise, items in the trailer will need to be shifted around to ensure proper balance.

Can A 2022 – Present GMC Acadia Tow It?

Below we’ve made an overview that includes different trailers and their average and empty, loaded weights. We’ve also included what type of Acadia from this generation can tow this trailer.

Trailer TypeEmpty and Loaded
Weight (lbs.)
Can This GMC Acadia Tow It?
Canoe / Kayak Trailer200 / 400Yes
Jet Ski Trailer300 / 1,800Yes, only with towing package
Motorcycle Trailer500 / 2,400Yes, only with towing package
Teardrop Trailer1,700 / 2,400Yes, only with towing package
Small Open Utility Trailer700 / 2,500Yes, only with towing package
A-Frame Camper1,700 / 2,900Yes, only with towing package
Small Enclosed Utility Trailer1,000 / 3,200Yes, only with towing package
Fishing Boat Trailer600 / 3,300Yes, only with towing package
Pop Up Camper2,300 / 3,400Yes, only with towing package
Small Travel Trailer2,800 / 3,600Yes, only 3.6L with towing package
Tow Dolly600 / 4,000Yes, only 3.6L with towing package
Large Enclosed Utility Trailer2,700 / 7,100Yes, only empty with towing package
Small Horse Trailer2,900 / 7,200Yes, only empty with towing package
Large Travel Trailer6,700 / 8,300No
Car Trailer1,900 / 9,000Yes, only empty with towing package
Large Flatbed Trailer3,000 / 10,400Yes, only empty with towing package
Large Boat Trailer2,200 / 13,600Yes, only empty with towing package
Dump Trailer4,500 / 16,900No
Toy Hauler7,600 / 17,900No
Large Livestock Trailer7,300 / 18,700No
5th Wheel Camper12,700 / 18,700No
Gooseneck Flatbed Trailer7,200 / 23,200No

Towing With A 2019 – 2021 GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia, manufactured between 2019 – 2021, have a standard towing capacity of 1,500 lbs for the 2.0 LSY engine and 1,000 lbs for the 2.5 LCV and 3.6 LGX engine without a towing package. The 3.6 LGX engine can be upgraded with a towing package which increases the towing capacity to 4,000 lbs.

GMC Acadia, manufactured between 2019 – 2021, have a maximum trailer tongue weight of 500 lbs. This means a trailer can’t weigh more than 3,333 – 5,000 lbs, depending on the trailer weight distribution.

Refer to the calculations in the “Towing With A 2022 – Present GMC Acadia” to calculate exactly how much you can tow.

Can A 2019 – 2021 GMC Acadia Tow It?

Below we’ve made an overview that includes different trailers and their average and empty, loaded weights. We’ve also included what type of Acadia from this generation can tow this trailer.

Trailer TypeEmpty and Loaded
Weight (lbs.)
Can This GMC Acadia Tow It?
Canoe / Kayak Trailer200 / 400Yes
Jet Ski Trailer300 / 1,800Yes, only with towing package
Motorcycle Trailer500 / 2,400Yes, only with towing package
Teardrop Trailer1,700 / 2,400Yes, only with towing package
Small Open Utility Trailer700 / 2,500Yes, only with towing package
A-Frame Camper1,700 / 2,900Yes, only with towing package
Small Enclosed Utility Trailer1,000 / 3,200Yes, only with towing package
Fishing Boat Trailer600 / 3,300Yes, only with towing package
Pop Up Camper2,300 / 3,400Yes, only with towing package
Small Travel Trailer2,800 / 3,600Yes, only with towing package
Tow Dolly600 / 4,000Yes, only with towing package
Large Enclosed Utility Trailer2,700 / 7,100Yes, empty with towing package
Small Horse Trailer2,900 / 7,200Yes, empty with towing package
Large Travel Trailer6,700 / 8,300No
Car Trailer1,900 / 9,000Yes, empty with towing package
Large Flatbed Trailer3,000 / 10,400Yes, empty with towing package
Large Boat Trailer2,200 / 13,600Yes, empty with towing package
Dump Trailer4,500 / 16,900No
Toy Hauler7,600 / 17,900No
Large Livestock Trailer7,300 / 18,700No
5th Wheel Camper12,700 / 18,700No

Towing With A 2016 – 2019 GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia, manufactured between 2016 – 2019, have a standard towing capacity of 1,000 lbs for the 2.5L and 3.6L engine. The 3.6L engine can be upgraded with a towing package which increases the towing capacity to 4,000 lbs.

GMC Acadia manufactured between 2016 – 2019 don’t have a maximum tongue weight stated in their owners manual. However, we recommend you don’t exceed a tongue weight of 100 lbs if you’re towing without a towing package and 400 lbs if you’re towing with a towing package.

Refer to the calculations in the “Towing With A 2022 – Present GMC Acadia” to calculate exactly how much you can tow.

Can A 2019 – 2021 GMC Acadia Tow It?

Below we’ve made an overview that includes different trailers and their average and empty, loaded weights. We’ve also included what type of Acadia from this generation can tow this trailer.

Trailer TypeEmpty and Loaded
Weight (lbs.)
Can This GMC Acadia Tow It?
Canoe / Kayak Trailer200 / 400Yes
Jet Ski Trailer300 / 1,800Yes, only with towing package
Motorcycle Trailer500 / 2,400Yes, only with towing package
Teardrop Trailer1,700 / 2,400Yes, only with towing package
Small Open Utility Trailer700 / 2,500Yes, only with towing package
A-Frame Camper1,700 / 2,900Yes, only with towing package
Small Enclosed Utility Trailer1,000 / 3,200Yes, only with towing package
Fishing Boat Trailer600 / 3,300Yes, only with towing package
Pop Up Camper2,300 / 3,400Yes, only with towing package
Small Travel Trailer2,800 / 3,600Yes, only with towing package
Tow Dolly600 / 4,000Yes, only with towing package
Large Enclosed Utility Trailer2,700 / 7,100Yes, empty with towing package
Small Horse Trailer2,900 / 7,200Yes, empty with towing package
Large Travel Trailer6,700 / 8,300No
Car Trailer1,900 / 9,000Yes, empty with towing package
Large Flatbed Trailer3,000 / 10,400Yes, empty with towing package
Large Boat Trailer2,200 / 13,600Yes, empty with towing package
Dump Trailer4,500 / 16,900No
Toy Hauler7,600 / 17,900No
Large Livestock Trailer7,300 / 18,700No
5th Wheel Camper12,700 / 18,700No
Gooseneck Flatbed Trailer7,200 / 23,200No

Towing With A 2007 – 2016 GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia manufactured between 2012 – 2016 have a standard towing capacity of 2,000 lbs for the FWD and AWD versions. With a towing package, the capacity can be increased to 5,200 lbs for both models.

GMC Acadia manufactured between 2012 – 2016 don’t have a maximum tongue weight stated in their owners manual. However, we recommend you don’t exceed a tongue weight of 200 lbs if you’re towing without a towing package and 520 lbs if you’re towing with a towing package.

Refer to the calculations in the “Towing With A 2022 – Present GMC Acadia” to calculate exactly how much you can tow.

Can A 2007 – 2016 GMC Acadia Tow It?

Below we’ve made an overview that includes different kinds of trailers and their average and empty, loaded weights. We’ve also included what type of Acadia from this generation can tow this trailer.

Trailer TypeEmpty and Loaded
Weight (lbs.)
Can This GMC Acadia Tow It?
Canoe / Kayak Trailer200 / 400Yes
Jet Ski Trailer300 / 1,800Yes
Motorcycle Trailer500 / 2,400Yes, with towing package
Teardrop Trailer1,700 / 2,400Yes, with towing package
Small Open Utility Trailer700 / 2,500Yes, with towing package
A-Frame Camper1,700 / 2,900Yes, with towing package
Small Enclosed Utility Trailer1,000 / 3,200Yes, with towing package
Fishing Boat Trailer600 / 3,300Yes, with towing package
Pop Up Camper2,300 / 3,400Yes, with towing package
Small Travel Trailer2,800 / 3,600Yes, with towing package
Tow Dolly600 / 4,000Yes, with towing package
Large Enclosed Utility Trailer2,700 / 7,100Yes, empty with towing package
Small Horse Trailer2,900 / 7,200Yes, empty with towing package
Large Travel Trailer6,700 / 8,300No
Car Trailer1,900 / 9,000Yes, empty with towing package
Large Flatbed Trailer3,000 / 10,400Yes, empty with towing package
Large Boat Trailer2,200 / 13,600Yes, empty with towing package
Dump Trailer4,500 / 16,900Yes, empty with towing package
Toy Hauler7,600 / 17,900No
Large Livestock Trailer7,300 / 18,700No
5th Wheel Camper12,700 / 18,700No
Gooseneck Flatbed Trailer7,200 / 23,200No

Before You Start Towing

The recommendations in this subheading count for every generation of the GMC Acadia.

  • Do not tow a trialer within the first 500 miles (800 kilometers) of the lifetime of a new GMC Acadia
  • Perform your the first oil change of a new GMC Acadia before towing a trailer.
  • Never attach rental hitches or other bumper-type hitches. Only use frame-mounted hitches that do not attach to
    the bumper.
  • Do not tow a trailer while using a compact spare tire on the vehicle.
  • Tires must be properly inflated to support loads while towing a trailer
  • Loaded trailers over 450 kg (1,000 lb) must be equipped with brake systems and with brakes for each axle.
  • Always check all trailer lamps are working at the beginning of each trip, and periodically on longer trips.
  • lf equipped, the trailer wiring harness, with a 7-pin connector is mounted on the trailer hitch (see image below). If the vehicle is not equipped with a trailer connector on the trailer hitch, a 7-wire trailering harness is tied to the vehicles frame. The harness requires the installation of a trailer connector, which is available through your dealer.

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