2018 GMC Acadia

Pros: New generation Acadia has improved maneuverability and fuel economy; good selection of available technology and safety features, availability of well-trimmed Denali model

Cons: New generation Acadia also has reduced cargo room; 3rd-row seats are cramped; some safety features restricted to higher-line trim levels

CG Says: After its redesign and downsizing last year, the 2018 GMC Acadia has few changes. Acadias with the All Terrain package are now available with a 3rd-row seat. A tire-fill alert that provides an audible signal when inflating a tire is a new feature. Acadia is a crossover midsize SUV that offers 5-, 6-, and 7-passenger seating configurations. A 193-horsepower 2.5-liter four cylinder with fuel-saving automatic start/stop technology is the base engine. Also available is a 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6 with cylinder deactivation. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. An All Terrain package includes a more sophisticated all-wheel drive system than other AWD Acadias. Available safety features include a surround-view camera, a “Rear Seat Reminder” that sounds an alert to check the backseat for passengers before leaving the vehicle, and a forward collision mitigation system with low-speed automatic braking and pedestrian detection. Other available features include OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto functionality, heated/ventilated front seats, and power tilt/telescopic steering. Compared to the first generation Acadia, the current version gives up some passenger room and cargo space, but gains maneuverability, fuel economy, and a host of up-to-date technology features. Acadia’s tidier size puts it direct competition with the leaders of the midsize crossover segment, where it stacks up very well.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5, 6, or 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer GMC
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices SL: $29,995
SLE-1: $33,535
AWD SLE-1: $35,535
SLE-2: $36,155
AWD SLE-2: $38,155
SLT-1: $39,435
AWD SLT-1: $42,535
SLT-2: $42,835
AWD SLT-2: 44,835
Denali: $45,995
AWD Denali: $47,995

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder (SL, SLE-1, SLE2, FWD SLT-1)
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Optional Engine
3.6-liter V6 (AWD SLT-1, SLT-2, Denali)
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

2017 All-New GMC Acadia Denali
2018 GMC Acadia Denali
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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