2018 GMC Acadia

2018 GMC Acadia
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2018 GMC Acadia
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What’s new

  • Optional 3.6-liter V6 now available on SLE-1 AWD models
  • All Terrain package now available without eliminating third-row seating
  • Part of the second Acadia generation introduced for 2017

Pros

  • Refined ride quality makes it comfortable in any kind of driving situation
  • Quick acceleration from the optional V6 engine
  • Simple cabin layout means everything is usable at a glance
  • Modern onboard technology keeps you connected

Cons

  • Cabin isn't particularly luxurious, even in the priciest trim levels
  • Some rival crossovers have more cargo and third-row space
  • Not many places to store small items


Which Acadia does Edmunds recommend?

The SL is enticing, but it's a special-order-only model that you won't find at the dealership. Though you can find the SLE-1 on lots, it doesn't add much and costs thousands more. The SLE-2 is a better bang for your buck: It's reasonably priced and adds a power liftgate, power driver seat and heated front seats. Its available Driver Alert I package is the least expensive way to add blind-spot monitoring to the Acadia. Whichever trim you choose, we think it's worth checking the box for the V6. Its superior performance will be appreciated when you're carrying passengers or towing.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

With a carlike ride and lighter construction (which allows for downsized, more fuel-efficient engines), large crossovers have largely supplanted traditional sport-utility vehicles. It was only natural that GMC — then known for its pickups and truck-based SUVs — was swept up in the craze just over a decade ago. The 2018 Acadia is the newest version of GMC's first car-based utility vehicle.

This three-row crossover was fully redesigned last year, a transformation that made the 2017 Acadia smaller and lighter than the previous model. Handling and fuel economy were improved at the expense of passenger and cargo room, but you wouldn't notice the pinch unless you habitually filled the third row with little ones.

For those in the first and second rows, the Acadia is spacious all around, and both back rows fold flat at the pull of a strap for maximum carrying capacity. The rest of the cabin is airy and inviting, though the overall design is more focused on function than form. That said, if you think competitors' interiors look a bit busy, you'll probably enjoy the Acadia's more toned-down approach.

Though a four-cylinder engine is available, we think it's outmatched by the sheer weight it's asked to move. Better to upgrade to the optional V6, especially if you plan on frequently ferrying friends and family.

Overall, we think the 2018 GMC Acadia is a solid choice for a comfortable three-row crossover SUV. But it might also be worth your time to look at a few other rival models, especially if expansive third-row seat space and lots of cargo room are priorities for you.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 GMC Acadia is offered in SL, SLE, SLT and Denali trim levels. The SL model seems like a great deal, until you realize that it's a custom-order model and you'll have to wait for it to be built. There are two levels of the midgrade SLE trim: The SLE-1 is only a minor upgrade over the SL (but you'll actually find it at a dealership), while the SLE-2 adds a more substantial level of upgrades. A well-equipped SLT trim is the next step up, and it, too, is split between SLT-1 and SLT-2 levels. The Denali trim rounds out the lineup with several exclusive high-end features.

Depending on trim, the midsize Acadia is offered in a two-row, five-passenger configuration or a three-row configuration with seating for six (with second-row captain's chairs) or seven (with a second-row bench). A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (193 horsepower, 188 pound-feet of torque) is standard on SL, SLE and SLT-1 models. A 3.6-liter V6 (310 hp, 271 lb-ft) is standard on SLT-2 and Denali models and optional on SLE-1 (with all-wheel drive), SLE-2 and SLT-1 trims. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic.

Technically, GMC sells an Acadia in the SL trim, with a seven-passenger seating configuration and front-wheel drive. White and silver exterior paint are really the only options on this trim. Its features include17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, GMC's Teen Driver system, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app integration, a rearview camera, OnStar (with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hotspot), and a six-speaker audio system with a USB port and auxiliary input.

It's a built-to-order trim, however, so you're most likely going to see the next level SLE-1 on dealer lots. The SLE-1 trim adds only LED running lights and satellite radio, while the SLE-2 steps it up with 18-inch wheels, foglights, a power liftgate with programmable height stops, roof rails, remote engine start, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat and heated front seats. The SLE-2 and above trims come standard with middle-row captain's chairs that reduce passenger capacity to six, but the second-row bench is available.

The SLE-2's available Driver Alert I package adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors.

Opting for the SLT-1 trim adds the Driver Alert I package, an auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirror, an upgraded driver information display, a household-style power outlet, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with lumbar adjustment, and an eight-speaker Bose audio system with a subwoofer.

The SLT-2 trim adds 20-inch wheels, the V6 engine, a trailering package, driver-seat memory functions and heated outboard middle-row seats. Also included is the Driver Alert II package that has all of the supporting Driver Alert I features plus lane departure warning and mitigation, forward collision warning (with pedestrian detection and automatic braking at low speeds), automatic high beams, front parking sensors, and a safety-alert driver seat that buzzes when alerts are triggered.

An 8-inch touchscreen is available on SLE-2, SLT-1 and SLT-2 models. It is paired with the Bose audio system and upgraded driver info display on the SLE-2, and it can be equipped with navigation on the SLT trims.

The top-of-the-line Denali rounds out the lineup with polished wheels, xenon headlights, a unique grille, a hands-free liftgate, the 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, a configurable virtual gauge display, ventilated front seats, and a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel. The Denali is also eligible for the optional Technology package that adds a 360-degree parking camera and adaptive cruise control.

You can get all-wheel drive on all Acadias except the base SL. A two-panel sunroof is available on SLE-2 trims and above. An All Terrain package is also available on SLE-2 and SLT-1 trims and adds the V6 engine, distinct exterior treatments, hill descent control, a more advanced all-wheel-drive system and a cargo management system (SLT-1 only). If five-passenger seating is specified, tri-zone climate control is replaced by dual-zone control with rear air vents. Finally, a special suspension with adaptive dampers is optional for AWD SLT-2 and Denali trims.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 GMC Acadia (3.6L V6 | 6-speed automatic | AWD).

Driving

4
A strong all-around performer, the Acadia is well suited to its mission as a comfortable, easy-to-drive family hauler. There is never a lack of power with the V6 engine, and the ride quality is well controlled over most roads. Strong, easy-to-modulate brakes round out its impressive capabilities.

Acceleration

5
When equipped with the V6 engine, the Acadia is never at a loss for power. It takes off from a stop quickly and pulls up hills with ease. We measured a zero-to-60-mph time of 6.3 seconds, which is impressive for a vehicle of this size.

Braking

4
The Acadia has a well-tuned braking system that drivers of all types will find accommodating. An easy-to-modulate pedal and plenty of stopping power. Our testing showed that, even after multiple aggressive stops, there was no loss of stopping power.

Steering

4
Lightly weighted steering makes it easy to maneuver in parking lots and at speed on the highway. The drawback, however, is limited road feel when you're driving around turns.

Handling

4
The Acadia tends to want to push wide in turns, which is typical in a vehicle like this, but overall it handles its considerable weight quite well.

Drivability

5
Overall feel from the steering, the brakes, the pedal and suspension is excellent. It's very well tuned for this kind of vehicle. The V6 is strong at all speeds, and the transmission is responsive to your gas pedal inputs.

Off-road

2.5
The optional All Terrain package adds hill descent control and a more sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. Both items are helpful off-road, but with only 7.2 inches of ground clearance and 20-inch all-season tires, the Acadia is better suited to snow-covered roads, not rocky trails.

Comfort

4.5
The Acadia is a very comfortable vehicle for road trips or daily errands. The Acadia has soft, forgiving seats and a compliant suspension that smooths out most road imperfections. Road noise and wind noise are also kept well in check.

Seat comfort

3.5
The front seats don't have aggressive bolstering but are comfortable over several hours. The rear seats have short cushions but are well contoured. The third row is tighter than in the previous Acadia. There's enough room for carpool duty, but longer trips would be uncomfortable even for kids.

Ride comfort

5
The Acadia gets high marks. It soaks up rough roads very well and with very little cabin noise intrusion. It's not too soft and always feels in control. The All Terrain model is surprisingly supple for a vehicle with 20-inch wheels and tires.

Noise & vibration

5
Very quiet on the road. There's minimal wind or road noise when you're driving on the highway, and engine noise rarely intrudes. High marks.

Climate control

4
There's a dual automatic climate control up front along with additional controls for the rear. The layout is simple with minimal buttons. There are eight fan speeds, and the lowest speed is acceptably low. Dual seat heaters (back and cushion) and ventilation are available depending on trim.

Interior

3
The overall design of the interior is straightforward with easy-to-use controls. It feels more like a car from behind the wheel compared to some of its competitors, but outward visibility is about the same. Shorter drivers will appreciate its relatively low step-in height.

Ease of use

3.5
The Acadia uses the same overall layout as the GMC Sierra pickup, which is good. A minimal number of knobs and buttons make it easy to figure things out. But it's not very luxurious-looking.

Getting in/getting out

3.5
A low step-in height makes it very easy to get in and out. An average-size adult will drop down slightly when getting in, so there's no climbing up into the Acadia. The doors are light, and they open wide. But we're not fans of the door handle design because the handles can pinch fingers easily.

Driving position

3.5
It feels more carlike than the Honda Pilot. The windshield angle is steep, but the base of the windshield sits low. You can rest your elbows easily on the door and the center console.

Roominess

3
With the seat all the way back, you can barely reach the pedals. And your head is nowhere near the ceiling. The high console makes it feel a little tight up front. The second row is about average, but the third row is very tight.

Visibility

3
The steep windshield angle reduces the overall view forward. The windshield pillars are average-size. The rearmost pillars are thick with smallish back windows. The mirrors are average size. The rearview camera has good coverage but not the clearest picture.

Quality

3
Inside, the parking button is off-center. The quarter panels at the front roof pillar don't line up on the inside or outside. Other interior areas look and feel fine.

Utility

3
There's a decent amount of space with the second row folded, but the Acadia isn't outstanding in any other areas. There's not an abundance of storage space up front, and the limited area behind the third row means you need to pack light.

Small-item storage

2.5
The center console is deep but square, so it doesn't fit anything longer than a pen. There is a small bin in front of the shifter for things such as keys. The shallow door bins don't hold anything very sizable. There's an average-size glovebox and a place for sunglasses in the overhead console.

Cargo space

4
Open the liftgate and you've got a wide, unobstructed cargo floor (with the third-row seat folded) to work with. Remote-release handles make it easy to fold the second row. Note, however, that with the optional third row in place, there's only enough space for a couple duffle bags.

Child safety seat accommodation

3
We like the easy-to-find LATCH attachment anchor points. The raised center seat on models with the second-row bench makes it more awkward to fit a child seat in the middle.

Towing

2.5
Towing capacity is 4,000 pounds, which is 1,000 pounds less than that of most competitors.

Hauling

4
The All Terrain package forgoes a third-row seat in favor of a more flexible cargo bay. This means adjustable tie-down rails, additional attachment hooks and a usable underfloor storage system. The cargo area itself is wide and flat, making it well suited to accommodating cargo.

Technology

4.5
The touchscreen technology interface used in the Acadia is one of the easier systems to use at a glance. It favors the features you use most often, which is a plus. Bluetooth pairing is quick and easy.

Audio & navigation

4
The standard GM touchscreen interface is generally good thanks to simple menus and large, easy-to-read icons. There are knobs for tuning and volume, which are always a plus. The rest of the controls are kept to a minimum to reduce clutter.

Smartphone integration

5
Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available. Bluetooth pairing is simple and quick.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 GMC Acadia.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Could be better.... Update
Blob,10/20/2017
UPDATE I now have ~7000 miles on my SLT2 FWD. I was pretty critical of the transmission in my first review. Well it has improved quite a bit. Most modern transmissions have the ability to learn. The 2-3 shift is the main concern & is the most inconsistent but it is now generally acceptable. Most people wouldn’t notice the issues I notice as most of my engineering life concerned automatic transmissions. I hope GM continues to review customer feedback and offers updates as they have in the past. During the first included oil change service, I asked the service agent if there is a service bulletin for the incredibly loud CHIME volume for the seatbelt, key left in car & tail gate open warning. This complaint is most common with the Bose Entertainment system. Even with the chime volume setting at the lowest level, it is still obnoxious. I did find a work around for the “key left in the vehicle” warning (when my car is in my garage I usually leave the key fob in the console) & that was to open the back door before the driver’s door. Apparently, the system only cares when opening the driver’s door. I would like GM to provide a way to further lower volume or even change the tone. It should not assault ones ears. The entertainment controls could be better. When in radio screen mode, I should be able to see the presets at the bottom of the screen all the time. It doesn't. If I am listening to the radio & the screen is in HOME mode & I touch the RADIO icon, the channel changes. Really?? Where’s the logic in that? I am still impressed with the performance, handling & braking of the Acadia. It has a sophisticated rear suspension design. I beat a new Honda Pilot with it a few weeks back, so it scoots pretty good. OK I am a bit nitpicky, but most of the things I have complained about are easily fixed & shouldn’t be there in the first place, or could be configurable in the driver settings. If I could, I’d give the Acadia SLT2 a 3.5. With some attention to details and fixes it could easily be a 4.5. So I will give it a 4. More later….. Initial review.... My 3.6L/6T70 SLT2 FWD Acadia handles better than I expected. I just came out of a 2008 Pontiac Torrent GXP which handled pretty good for a non sports car. I wanted to buy another Pontiac, but we all know that is not possible. So I ended up buying the Acadia. I have only driven GM vehicles for 40 years and considered the new Volvo XC60 & the BMW X3. The worst thing about the 2018 GMC Acadia is the 6T70 transmission. After 1500 miles, it still doesn't know how to shift consistently. My 2008 GXP was very good, so how did GM screw up a 10 year old design? Some 2-3 shifts have a triple feel to them (Initial feel, sag & an end bump). Terrible. Then there is a " bad shift in a turn" phenomenon. The 2-3 is really saggy. GMC Should fix this. I also found the seats to be narrower in the Acadia as compared to the buckets in the Pontiac which had a narrower chassis. I was shocked to learn that the Acadia had few & less small places to put things than my smaller Pontiac Torrent. Where is the technical memory for these kinds of things? And that damn chime is so loud with the Bose entertainment system. I have the chime volume turned all the way down & it still assaults my deaf old man ears. Give me the option to use a different sound like the tinkle used for the "check back seat" warning and to turn it down some more. It had 2 body fit issues. First, the tailgate fit very badly. Down at the driver side bottom edge, it stood very proud of the tail light. I don't know how it got out of the factory that way & wonder why it was delivered to me that way. I loosened the 2 bolts on the roof hinge & was able to correct it. The hood also fit badly. I played with the rubber snubbers on both sides to get it to look more symmetrical. Inside, the drawer that pulls open from the rear of the armrest wouldn't open because it runs into the raised lip of the optional GMC floormats I ordered. Doesn't any GM engineer check this stuff? I removed the drawer & took a hacksaw to the bottom lip on the drawer. Since it is at the bottom, no one can see what I did. It now clears the floormat. Lastly, I have to mention the GMC dealer in Western Ann Arbor on Jackson Rd. They were terrible. They forgot my deposit, screwed up the registration and failed to give me the proof of insurance after talking to my insurance company. Then they charged $210 for paper work! And no one would call me back after leaving messages. I guess they figured they had my money. I even called their Corporate Experience Mngr., and she promised to call me back that day & never did. 4 days later, I emailed her only to get more promises but no action. I'll never go to that dealer again. Being a "GM" guy that worked at the company for 34 years, this was a difficult review to write.
Big Blue
Robin Oldfield,01/02/2018
My wife named our new Acadia SLT Big Blue because of the Sky Blue exterior paint, which she loves, and because he, it's a boy, is bigger than the mid sized car she had been driving. However, for a three row seater the size is perfect for us. Spacious interior and super ride and handling. The 3.6L V-6 is normally aspirated, which is a plus for me, and makes more horsepower and torque than the competition. In addition, our real world fuel economy is significantly better than EPA estimates. We do live in the flat Midwest, but regularly get 28 mpg at 75 mph on a trip. I've actually achieved 30 plus on shorter trips when not exceeding 60. Infotainment system is easy to use and since it has Android Auto (or Apple Car Play if you have an iPhone) there was no need for us to buy the optional navigation system; just plug your phone into one of the many USB ports and map is displayed on the touchscreen. We bought it new and got a fantastic deal. So far no complaints and anticipate keeping for a long time.
1st Special Order to Replace 2012 Acadia
Scott Genrich,02/08/2018
My wife fell in love with the new model before I did. I miss the heads up display and rear cargo room. She likes the better visibilty and handling which I came around to quickly. I wanted the rare black with tan interior so I ordered it. We picked up on thrs and drove to FL on friday. Mileage is awesome compared to old model b/c you can select various modes 2wd vs AWD. The old was permanent AWD. I got 13mpg on my 2012 and I am getting 18mpg in AWD but hey its winter in IN. 2wd will get you 26-28 depends ob weight, speed, etc. but you trade a little wheel spin up front and understeer. I ordered it loaded with every option so I recommend the weathertech mats which do not interfere with anything like others mentioned. The front rear and satellite cameras are awesome for backing up blindly. This 3.6 has more power and it stops better than you would think. It handles like a dream with stabilitrack lane mgt, crash avoidance, and load leveling. I like it alot and so does the wife. I plan to keep this one for a long time. One small nuissance is an occasional shift delay like others have mentioned but I drive hard and apply more fuel so this rarely happens.
ok, I guess
Andrew,03/05/2018
Pros- The safety features are really nice, lane assist is my favorite for long drives. Cons- There is almost no trunk space at all with third row in use. I repeat, if you plan to use the third row you will only be able to fit a few bags of groceries in this thing. Our family also owns a 2014 Buick Enclave, which is a better vehicle even being 5 years older. More space, better ride, nicer interior etc. My last vehicle was a 2017 Ford Explorer. It beats the Acadia in every category I can think of. Since the Acadia is a company provided car, this review is without bias. Also, upon delivery my transmission sprung a leak and lost all its fluid stranding my wife and kids (it only had 20 miles on it). The dealership near me was an absolute nightmare to deal with.
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2018 GMC Acadia video

SPEAKER: I'm Edmund's editor Josh Sadlier and this is a rundown of the features you'll find in the 2018 GMC Acadia. The Acadia is a smaller, lighter SUV that gives up some passenger space compared to its rivals but, in return, you get improved fuel economy and a more enjoyable driving experience. The SLE2 is the best bang for your buck. It's reasonably priced and it adds a power lift gate, powered driver's seat, and heated front seats. We also think it's worth checking the box for the V6 engine. You'll appreciate its superior performance when you're carrying passengers or towing. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and rear parking sensors are available with the driver alert one package, which we also recommend. The rear cargo area has a wide, unobstructed cargo floor when you fold the third row, while remote release handles make it easy to fold the second row. There are two USB ports for second row passengers and a single port for the third row. Wireless charging and mobile Wi-Fi are also available. GMC's infotainment system supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and it's easy to learn and use on a daily basis. The top of the line Denali is the only trim level available with the optional 360 degree parking camera and adaptive cruise control. The Acadia's exceedingly roomy front row is easy to access, but it comes up a little short on storage space for your small items. The GMC Acadia's top competitors include the Toyota Highlander, the Honda Pilot, and the Ford Explorer. Bottom line, the GMC Acadia is a solid choice for a comfortable, three row SUV, but it might also be worth your time to look at a few rivals, especially if you prioritize expansive third row seat space and lots of cargo room. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2018 GMC Acadia Features Rundown

Redesigned in 2017 from the ground up, the 2018 GMC Acadia carries forward the latest generation. This smaller, lighter SUV gave up some passenger space compared to some rival models, but in return it received improved fuel economy and a more enjoyable driving experience. In this video, we highlight the key features that matter most. From mpg, interior space and technology to design and comfort - these pros and cons will help steer you toward a perfect car.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$47,020
MPG
17 city / 25 hwy
Seats 6
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
310 hp @ 6600 rpm
MSRP
$38,460
MPG
21 city / 26 hwy
Seats 6
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
193 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$41,560
MPG
17 city / 25 hwy
Seats 6
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
310 hp @ 6600 rpm
MSRP
$45,020
MPG
18 city / 25 hwy
Seats 6
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
310 hp @ 6600 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Acadia safety features:

Side Blind Zone Alert
Gives the driver a visual indicator when a car is in your blind spot. Also sounds an audio warning if you signal in that direction.
Forward Collision Alert
Warns the driver of an impending front collision with both an audible and visual alarm.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Sounds an alarm when there is traffic approaching from either side of the vehicle while in reverse.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.4%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

GMC Acadia vs. the competition

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GMC Acadia vs. GMC Terrain

The GMC Acadia and the GMC Terrain are different-size tools for similar jobs. The Acadia has three rows and offers seating for up to seven passengers, while the Terrain has two rows and seating for five. The Terrain is less expensive. And like the Acadia, it's a bit more upscale than the norm. But if you've got a bigger family, you'll want to start with the Acadia.

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GMC Acadia vs. Chevrolet Traverse

The GMC Acadia and the Chevrolet Traverse are as closely matched as it gets. They are mechanically related, so both are available with the same V6 engine and both offer three rows of seating. If you're willing to give up a bit of the luxury experience that comes with owning an Acadia, the Traverse offers a similarly comfortable one, and it's a little bigger inside, too.

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GMC Acadia vs. Ford Explorer

While the Ford Explorer may not seem like an outright luxury vehicle, it has a pretty big catalog of available equipment that evens the score between these two three-row crossovers. A high-tech, easy-to-use infotainment system and a spacious interior that's on par with the Acadia's make the Explorer competitive in the class. The Explorer is also more entertaining to drive, especially in the available Sport trim level that has a turbocharged V6 engine.

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2018 GMC Acadia for Sale

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More about the 2018 GMC Acadia

The 2018 GMC Acadia represents something of an anomaly in the automotive world. Usually when a vehicle is redesigned, it becomes bigger and heavier than it was before. Yet after being produced for nearly a decade, the previous generation of the Acadia gave way to a lighter and trimmer version just last year. Measuring 7.2 inches shorter in length, 6.6 inches shorter in height and 3.5 inches narrower in width, the latest Acadia loses some passenger and cargo space but makes notable gains in overall maneuverability and parking ease. Dropping a whopping 700 pounds in curb weight also benefits the midsize crossover SUV, improving both fuel economy and handling.

Although the cabin may not be as voluminous as before, there is still plenty of room in the first- and second-row seats. The third row, however, is best left for the little ones. Depending on trim level, the 2018 GMC Acadia can seat anywhere from five to seven people. Those trim levels range from the base SL to the plush Denali, with the SLE and SLT (with two trims each) filling in between them. Fitted with quality materials, the Acadia's interior has both a pleasing design and sound ergonomics. The infotainment system is easy to use thanks to its large virtual buttons and simple graphics.

Even the entry-level SL comes standard with plenty of family-friendly features, including built-in Wi-Fi, triple-zone climate control and a rearview camera. It seems like a great deal, considering the ultracompetitive price, until you realize it's a special-order trim that dealers won't carry. The SLE-1 costs a lot more and barely adds anything, so you'll have to upgrade to the SLE-2 before you get any upgrades of substance. Its additions include a power liftgate and heated front seats.

Pay a little more for the SLT-1 and you'll further equip the Acadia with leather upholstery, a blind-spot monitor and an upgraded stereo system. The SLT-2 bolsters the equipment list with larger wheels, the V6 and additional safety features. Perks of the high-end Denali include xenon headlights, a hands-free power liftgate and heated-ventilated front seats. An All Terrain package, which features hill descent control and a more advanced all-wheel-drive system, is available on certain trims. Despite that moniker, however, an Acadia so equipped is still limited to lighter-duty off-road work.

A four-cylinder engine with 194 horsepower serves as the base powerplant, which, along with that big weight loss, optimizes fuel economy. Performance is adequate, though under hard acceleration (such as when merging or passing) it can sound and feel strained. Those who plan on regularly filling the seats, carrying heavy loads or towing anything should consider the uplevel 310-horsepower V6. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are both available.

Given how much improved the Acadia is this year, it may factor into your short list of midsize crossover SUV choices. If so, Edmunds is ready to help you find the 2018 GMC Acadia that's just right for you and your family.

2018 GMC Acadia Overview

The 2018 GMC Acadia is offered in the following submodels: Acadia SUV. Available styles include Denali 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), SLT-1 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A), SLT-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Denali 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), SLE-1 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A), SLE-2 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A), SLE-2 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), SLT-2 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), SLT-2 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), SLE-1 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), and SL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2018 GMC Acadia?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 GMC Acadia and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Acadia 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Acadia.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 GMC Acadia and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Acadia featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall3.5 / 5.0

Driving

4.0 / 5.0

Acceleration5.0 / 5.0
Braking4.0 / 5.0
Steering4.0 / 5.0
Handling4.0 / 5.0
Drivability5.0 / 5.0

Comfort

4.5 / 5.0

Seat comfort3.5 / 5.0
Ride comfort5.0 / 5.0
Noise & vibration5.0 / 5.0
Climate control4.0 / 5.0

Interior

3.0 / 5.0

Ease of use3.5 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out3.5 / 5.0
Driving position3.5 / 5.0
Roominess3.0 / 5.0
Visibility3.0 / 5.0
Quality3.0 / 5.0

Utility

3.0 / 5.0

Small-item storage2.5 / 5.0
Cargo space4.0 / 5.0

Technology

4.5 / 5.0

Audio & navigation4.0 / 5.0
Smartphone integration5.0 / 5.0
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2018 GMC Acadia?
2018 GMC Acadia Denali 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

The 2018 GMC Acadia Denali 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,770. The average price paid for a new 2018 GMC Acadia Denali 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) is trending $8,611 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,611 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$40,159.

The average savings for the 2018 GMC Acadia Denali 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) is17.7% below the MSRP.

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2018 GMC Acadia SLT-2 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

The 2018 GMC Acadia SLT-2 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,725. The average price paid for a new 2018 GMC Acadia SLT-2 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) is trending $7,343 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,343 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$40,382.

The average savings for the 2018 GMC Acadia SLT-2 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) is15.4% below the MSRP.

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2018 GMC Acadia SLT-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

The 2018 GMC Acadia SLT-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,140. The average price paid for a new 2018 GMC Acadia SLT-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) is trending $8,368 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,368 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$36,772.

The average savings for the 2018 GMC Acadia SLT-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) is18.5% below the MSRP.

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2018 GMC Acadia SLT-1 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 GMC Acadia SLT-1 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,985. The average price paid for a new 2018 GMC Acadia SLT-1 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $6,993 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,993 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$33,992.

The average savings for the 2018 GMC Acadia SLT-1 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is17.1% below the MSRP.

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2018 GMC Acadia Denali 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

The 2018 GMC Acadia Denali 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,950. The average price paid for a new 2018 GMC Acadia Denali 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) is trending $6,418 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,418 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$41,533.

The average savings for the 2018 GMC Acadia Denali 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) is13.4% below the MSRP.

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2018 GMC Acadia SLE-2 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 GMC Acadia SLE-2 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,750. The average price paid for a new 2018 GMC Acadia SLE-2 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $6,264 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,264 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$33,486.

The average savings for the 2018 GMC Acadia SLE-2 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is15.8% below the MSRP.

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2018 GMC Acadia SLE-2 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 GMC Acadia SLE-2 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,915. The average price paid for a new 2018 GMC Acadia SLE-2 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $6,825 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,825 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$34,090.

The average savings for the 2018 GMC Acadia SLE-2 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is16.7% below the MSRP.

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2018 GMC Acadia SLE-1 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 GMC Acadia SLE-1 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,990. The average price paid for a new 2018 GMC Acadia SLE-1 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $6,050 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,050 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$29,940.

The average savings for the 2018 GMC Acadia SLE-1 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is16.8% below the MSRP.

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2018 GMC Acadia SLE-1 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 GMC Acadia SLE-1 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,595. The average price paid for a new 2018 GMC Acadia SLE-1 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $5,962 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,962 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,633.

The average savings for the 2018 GMC Acadia SLE-1 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is17.7% below the MSRP.

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Which 2018 GMC Acadias are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 GMC Acadia?

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