2018 GMC Acadia

MSRP $29,000 - $35,200

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2018 GMC Acadia Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The GMC Acadia made quite the impact when it was launched back in 2017 because of its weight loss over the previous generation, and the refresh that it bought with itself as far as the looks and styling are concerned. The Acadia brought with itself impressive driving dynamics, a host of modern features, a well-connected infotainment system, and optional seating for up to 7 passengers. Under the hood, there is a turbocharged 4-cylinder as standard while a V6 is optional - both providing ample performance and towing capability. 

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Pros

Well-connected infotainment system

Handsome styling

Optional 7-passenger seating

Powerful V6 engine

Cons

Skimped out cargo space

Lack of cubby spaces inside can be inconvenient

What's New?

Available third-row seating in All Terrain package

Available automatic heated steering wheel on the Denali trim

Standard tire-fill alert

Added Blue Steel Metallic to the palette


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

150 cu.in.

horsepower

193 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

188 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

112.5 in.

length

193.6 in.

width

75.4 in.

height

66 in.

curb weight

3879 lbs.

ground clearance

7.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

143.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

79 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16.9 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

6.3

standing 1/4-mile

15 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/26 mpg

highway range

561.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SL$29,000 onwards

  • 7-Inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Gmc'S Teen Driver system
  • Height-Adjustable driver seat
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Rearview camera
  • Tri-Zone automatic climate control

SLE-1$32,600 onwards

  • Led running lights
  • Satellite radio

SLE-2$35,200 onwards

  • Eight-Way power-adjustable driver seat
  • Foglights
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Middle-Row captain's chairs seat
  • Power liftgate
  • Remote engine start
  • Roof rails

Colors and Styles

2018 GMC Acadia in Black Cherry Metallic color
Black Cherry Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.4

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

5.4

Exterior

7.4

Safety

8.1

Competition

7.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The 2018 GMC Acadia has seen very little change to it, of which the most highlighting one is the third-row of seating now available in the All Terrain model. The Acadia competes in a rather hotly-contested segment and hence gets some tough rivalry from the 2018 Toyota Highlander, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, and the 2018 Mazda CX-9.


8.0/10
Features

7.4/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

5.4/10
Interior

7.4/10
Exterior

8.1/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2018 GMC Acadia Features

8.0/10

The 2018 GMC Acadia is available in four major trims - SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali - of which the mid-level trims are further divided into two levels. The MSRP of the range starts with the SL at $29,000 while the fully-loaded Denali trim will set you back by $45,100. As for the features, the SL gets heated mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition and entry, a height-adjustable driver seat, and GMC's Teen Driver system. 

The SLE and the SLT get divided into two grades - 1 and 2 - which add significant upgrades to the available features for the “2” trim. The Denali sits right at the top of the food chart with a fully-loaded features list consisting of every amenity that the segment has to offer, and the option to go with the Technology package that adds adaptive cruise control and 360-degree parking camera to the mix. 

Models

SL

SLE-1

SLE-2

SLT-1

SLT-2

Denali

MSRP (FWD)

$29,000

$32,600

$35,200

$38,500

$41,900

$45,100

MSRP (AWD)

-

$34,600

$37,200

$41,600

$43,900

$47,100

Key features

17-inch alloy wheels

Adds to/replaces with features of SL

Adds to/replaces with features of SLE-1

Adds to/replaces with features of SLE-2

Adds to/replaces with features of SLT-1

Adds to/replaces with features of SLT-2

 

Keyless ignition and entry

LED running lights

18-inch wheels

Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

20-inch wheels

Polished wheels

 

Heated mirrors

Satellite radio

Power liftgate with programmable height stops

Rear parking sensors

Driver-seat memory functions

Unique grille

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

 

Fog lights

Auto-dimming driver-side mirror

Trailering package

Xenon headlights

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Roof rails

Upgraded driver information display

Heated outboard middle-row seats

Hands-free liftgate

 

Height-adjustable driver seat

 

Eight-way power-adjustable driver seat

Leather upholstery

Lane departure warning and mitigation

Configurable virtual gauge display

 

GMC's Teen Driver system

 

Remote engine start

Household-style power outlet

Automatic high beams

8-inch touchscreen with navigation

 

7-inch touchscreen

 

Heated front seats

Power-adjustable front seats with lumbar adjustment

Forward collision warning

Ventilated front seats

 

Bluetooth

   

Eight-speaker Bose audio system 

Front parking sensors

Heated and power-adjustable steering wheel

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

   

Subwoofer

Safety-alert driver seat

 
 

Six-speaker audio system

         
 

Rearview camera

         

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The SL trim is the most lucrative with all the features it brings in but there’s a catch: it is a made-to-order trim and is not available easily for the people to buy. The SLE-1 is the next-best option but the features it adds on is limited and the price increase is rather steep. If one wants the best value, the SLE-2 is the one you should be going for because of all the features it brings in with itself and also the amenities like heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats and power liftgate. Also, the Driver Alert I package costs an insignificant amount more but adds blind-spot monitoring to the mix. 

2018 GMC Acadia Engine and Performance

7.4/10

The 2018 GMC Acadia comes powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5L inline-4 engine under the hood which is rated at 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. This engine is the base option for the SL and the SLE trim (including all the other upgrades). The SLT-2 onwards gets a 3.6L V6 which bumps up the output to 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. Both the engines come paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the front wheels only as standard. AWD is available, but is a $2,000 option. 

As for the acceleration, the base engine’s figures are dismal with a 60 MPH run taking a leisurely 9.2 seconds while the 16.9 quarter-mile isn’t something to boast about either. The bigger V6 tones down the times to 6.3 seconds for the 0 to 60 MPH run but will run extra over the MSRP. 

Models

2018 GMC Acadia

2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Nissan Pathfinder

2018 Mazda CX-9

MSRP

$29,000

$31,830

$31,530

$32,280

Engine

2.5 Litre inline-4 cylinder

2.7 Litre inline-4 cylinder

3.5 Litre V6

2.5 Litre Turbo inline-4 cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6 speed automatic

6 speed automatic

CVT

6 speed automatic

Power 

193 hp @ 6,300 RPM

185 hp @ 5,800 RPM

284 hp @ 6,400 RPM

227 hp @ 5,000 RPM

Torque 

188 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 4,200 RPM

259 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.2

8.2 

7.4

7.1

Quarter Mile (seconds)

16.9

16.4 

15.9

15.5

Top speed (MPH)

115

115

142

113

The GMC Acadia isn’t the most powerful and hence, the acceleration is dismal. The less powerful Toyota Highlander manages to score lower times, that too by a whole second! The Nissan Pathfinder is the most powerful of the bunch with its standard V6 but the CVT on the crossover ruins the acceleration, which lags behind the comparatively less powerful Mazda, which makes the CX-9 the fastest one in the comparison.

How well does the 2018 GMC Acadia handle?

The 2018 GMC Acadia handles really well around a twisty road. The suspension damps the undulations and unevenness of the road well, while the engine and gearbox work in perfect harmony to provide ample power to have a fun time driving the crossover. The engine might get a bit lethargic sometimes but overall, it carries the Acadia’s weight well. The windscreen is massive and the overall view out of the cabin is very good which also adds to the overall driving feel. 

The steering is pretty nice and light which helps in maneuverability in the city, making U-turns no big deal. The feedback is very nice and the handling is precise, leaving no space for ambiguity. In the city, the base engine feels very potent and the gearbox always makes power and torque ready to be sent to the wheels, while the bigger V6 engine one ups this quotient and provides the best grip with the optional AWD on offer. 

2018 GMC Acadia: Braking performance

The 2018 GMC Acadia’s base engine isn;t the quickest in the block but the brakes are rather potent and will keep the crossover maintain its composure once the going gets hard. The hardware on the crossover measures 12.6-inches in the front and 12.4-inches in the rear with both the rotors getting all the latest safety aids available in the market. The brake pedal feels appropriately tight and the bite is strong but gradual, stopping the car from 60 MPH in just 130 feet. 

Models

2018 GMC Acadia

2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Nissan Pathfinder

2018 Mazda CX-9

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

12.9

12.6

12.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.4

12.2

12.1

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,879

4,134

4,293

4,217

60-0 (feet)

130

128

124

123

The braking hardware on the GMC Acadia is rather impressive and is very similar to the one in the more powerful Nissan Pathfinder, but the ones on the Nissan work better and bring the crossover to a halt in just 124 feet - 6 feet short of the Acadia. As for the others, the Mazda excels the braking test while the Highlander’s is very similar to that of the Acadia. 

2018 GMC Acadia Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2018 GMC Acadia’s base engine - a 2.5L inline-4 - is a rather slow one when compared to the other vehicles in the segment but works pretty well when it comes to being fuel-efficient. The base engine gets an EPA rating of 21 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway for a combined 23 MPG from its 19.0 gallon fuel tank. If one opts for the bigger V6, expect a drop in the economy by a couple of MPGs across driving conditions. 

Models

2018 GMC Acadia

2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Nissan Pathfinder

2018 Mazda CX-9

MPG (City)

21

20

20

22

MPG (Highway)

26

24

27

28

MPG (Combined)

23

22

23

24

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

19.0

19.2

19.5

19.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

399/494/437

384/460/422

390/526/448

418/532/456

The Acadia is pretty much on-par with the competitors while the Highlander’s 4-cylinder mill is almost as frugal as the Pathfinder’s V6. The latter also has the biggest tank in the group which lends it a massive advantage in the highway range and also in the combined range. Apart from the Pathfinder, the CX-9 is the only one to run more than 500 highway-miles in a full tank of gas, with the Acadia following pretty close.

2018 GMC Acadia Interior

5.4/10

The 2018 GMC Acadia’s interior carries a very simple and visually-appealing design which is very suitable for the price tag that the crossover demands. Right from the base trim onwards, the cabin exudes poshness that only more expensive cars can offer. There are soft-touch areas on the door panels and the dashboard, with the higher trims getting brushed aluminium and other trim pieces to complete the visuals. The dashboard is pretty low and maes up for a good view upfront while the material quality is top notch. 

In the centre console, there are the usual controls for the climate settings and for the heated/ventilated seats. The console also gets a rather deep open cubby space which could’ve used a door to cover the void-ish looks. Towards the driver are a couple of cup holders and a knob to switch between the different drive modes, along with the gear shifter. The centre armrest gets a soft-touch treatment to rest your hands on and has a lot of space for storing small things. 

The seats are super comfortable and can be had with leather upholstery way down in the trim table. There is ample support for the occupants with cloth being the standard upholstery material which can be upgraded to leather in the higher trim. As standard, the seats get power adjustability while the trims SLE-2 onwards get heating, with the Denali topping the cake with ventilation. The rear seats are super comfortable as well with the third-row not skimping out on the comfort. There is ample room in the cabin for the first two rows, but the third row can be tight for adults. 

Models

2019 GMC Acadia

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2019 Mazda CX-9

Seating Capacity

7

8

7

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom, in inches)

40.3/59.4/41.0

40.7/59.3/44.2

42.2/60.9/42.2

39.3/57.9/41.0

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom, in inches)

39.6/58.7/39.7

39.9/59.6/38.4

39.4/60.4/41.7

38.5/58.1/39.4

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom, in inches)

37.2/54.3/31.1

35.9/55.0/27.7

37.8/57.1/30.7

35.4/53.1/29.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

12.8

13.8

16.2

14.4

All the crossovers can seat 7 people, with the Highlander having a rear bench seat to accommodate one extra soul in the cabin. The Acadia’s cabin is pretty spacious and with tremendous shoulder room and impressive headroom across the three rows of seating. The legroom is justified in the front and the second row, while the third row has impressive space which comes at the cost of rear cargo space. As for the others, the Pathfinder is the most spacious and also has pretty impressive cargo space - nearly 26.5% bigger than the Acadia’s. 

Some of the highlighting interior features of the 2018 GMC Acadia are:

  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Leather-wrapped, heated, and power-adjustable steering wheel 
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver seat
  • Power lumbar adjustment for the front seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Cloth/leather upholstery

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2018 GMC Acadia?

In the centre of the dashboard, the 2018 GMC Acadia has a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which runs GMC’s OnStar and has a very fluid interface with crisp graphics and smooth transitions. The screen can be upgraded to a bigger 8-inch one in the Denali trim that also brings in-built navigation to the equation. Both the systems also bring in basic necessities like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while also offering Bluetooth and multiple USB ports and a 12V socket. The standard music system is a 6-speaker unit but paying a bit more gets you an 8-inch BOSE system that is good enough to satisfy the audiophile in you. Some of the highlighting features in this system are:

  • 7-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth
  • HD radio
  • Satellite radio
  • Multiple USB ports
  • 6-speaker music system
  • Optional 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Optional 8-speaker BOSE speaker system 

2018 GMC Acadia Exterior

7.4/10

The 2018 GMC Acadia got a refresh last year and looks as handsome as ever with a more European-ish look. The front-end of the Acadia is a neat design sweep and has a nice sculpted headlight. The front bumper gets the fog lights, which are surrounded by chrome in the Denali. The front grille is proportionately massive and has the GMC logo on it which is, again, covered in chrome on the higher trim. 

The sides have typical crossover styling but with a lot more jazz and with stylish alloy wheels upping the styling quotient. The windows get chrome treatment and look posh, while the rear quarter-window seamlessly wraps around to the rear windshield. The rear is flat and nothing protrudes. Ending the styling note is the exhaust setup that brings in a lot of sportiness to the overall character. 

Models

2019 GMC Acadia

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2019 Mazda CX-9

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,879

4,134

4,293

4,217

Length (inches)

193.6

192.5

198.5

199.4

Width (inches)

75.4

75.8

77.3

77.5

Height (inches)

66.0

68.1

70.6

69.0

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.2

8.0

7.0

8.8

Wheelbase (inches)

112.5

109.8

114.2

115.3

The GMC Acadia is the lightest of all the crossovers here which is the primary reason for such agile handling characteristics, despite the weak base engine. Dimensionally, it sits in just right for the segment with a spacious cabin and a big enough cargo space. The Nissan Pathfinder is the heaviest with the biggest engine and shares its dimensions with the CX-9

Some of the highlighting exterior features of the Acadia are:

  • Xenon headlights
  • 18-/20-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Fog lights
  • Roof rails
  • Power liftgate with programmable height stops

2018 GMC Acadia Safety

8.1/10

If safety is one of your major requirements for an ideal crossover, the 2018 GMC Acadia has you backed up with the latest technology that the company has to offer. Although the standard driver-assistance list is short, the American carmaker has ensured to make available most of the features in their “Driver Alert” packages which are available as options on the SL and the SLE, while the features come standard in SLT and Denali trims. Some of the highlighting safety features of the Acadia are:

  • Blind-spot monitoring 
  • Rear cross-traffic alert 
  • Rear parking sensors 
  • Auto-dimming driver-side and rear view mirror
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Lane departure mitigation
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Front parking sensors
  • Automatic high beams
  • Safety-alert driver seat
  •  360-degree parking camera 
  • Adaptive cruise control

2018 GMC Acadia Competition

7.0/10

2018 GMC Acadia Vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander

The GMC Acadia is a better overall package with a spacious cabin, posh material quality, plethora of customisations, and a strong features list. It is also more powerful and has more MPG to offer, but the acceleration on the Toyota is quicker. It also has a slightly bigger fuel tank which has some advantage over the Acadia in terms of range, but overall remains very similar. 

2018 GMC Acadia Vs. 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

The Pathfinder has a V6 as standard and as such, has quicker acceleration and lower fuel economy. It also has a big cabin, like the GMC, but the overall quality isn’t that good because of the materials used inside. The Pathfinder has a bigger cargo area as well. The Acadia has a lighter curb weight, better driving dynamics, a more potent optional V6 engine, and a strong list of features to make its way ahead of the Nissan. 

2018 GMC Acadia Vs. 2018 Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 is a strong contender for the Acadia’s badge with its driving capabilities, posh interior, superbly comfortable seats, and a good features list. The Acadia’s design, on the other hand, has a wider appeal with the refreshed design and also has decent fuel economy to boast of. It also has a cheaper price tag and for the price the Acadia is more value than the Mazda. 

2018 GMC Acadia Final Verdict

The 2018 GMC Acadia isn’t the most popular offering in the class but is surely worth the price tag it demands. It has a solid trim line-up with the super-posh Denali having each and everything one desires, while the engine options are powerful as well. The crossover drives well and is super comfortable for long trips with good fuel economy. Inside, the Acadia has a very comfortable cabin with the latest infotainment system and a comfortable seating for 6 people. Given the safety n offer along with the handsome looks, there isn’t a reason why this shouldn’t be your next choice. 


2018 GMC Acadia FAQs

How much does the 2018 GMC Acadia cost?

The GMC Acadia starts at $29,995 and goes all the way up to $47,995 for the top-of-the-line Denali trim.

How much can the 2018 GMC Acadia tow?

The 2018 Acadia can tow up to 1,000 pounds, but it can tow 4,000 pounds with the optional V-6 engine.

How much cargo space does the 2018 GMC Acadia have?

The 2018 GMA Acadia has 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 41.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 79 cubic feet with all seats down.

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