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. Cold shifts (1-2 & 2-3) have a ton of initial feel. Horrible. Once the trans gets warmed up, they get better but still lag most competitors. 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 "shift in a turn" phenomenon. Sometimes, the trans seems to be very affected when in a slow speed turn. The 2-3 gets real firm or slips. Very weird. I can't believe that GMC won't fix this. I feel I wasted $45k & hate to drive it. 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. 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. This was going to be my last vehicle, but I fear that I will have to sell it and take a huge loss and 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.
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.
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.
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.
Test drove the Acadia Denali AWD with tech package Black on Black. Engine felt like it was struggling even though it is a V6. Interior looked kind of cheap. A lot of money for this vehicle. Now it could be that this particular engine was not good and that a different unit would drive better. Have seen frost white and crimson red exterior in another dealership with cocoa interior that looked nicer. Unfortunately wanted AWD and this was only one they had. I also wondered if FWD maybe drives better.