The GMC Acadia is a crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV), meaning that it has some of the features of a passenger vehicle. It has been in production since the 2007 model year and is currently in its second generation, which was introduced for the 2017 model year. The Acadia was originally a full-size SUV, but the latest version has been changed to a mid-size SUV to allow it to compete in this growing market. The 2018 Acadia is built on the C1XX platform, which it shares with the Cadillac XT5.
The most obvious change in the second-generation Acadia is its overall reduction in size. The total length is reduced from 200.8 inches to 193.6 inches, and the width is reduced from 78.9 inches to 75.4 inches. The total weight reduction for this version of the Acadia is about 700 pounds. The 2018 can comfortably accommodate five to seven passengers, depending on the cabin layout. This flexibility allows you to take your family on trips throughout south Texas, including Austin and San Antonio.
The engine options for the latest Acadia include a 2.5-liter and 3.6-liter engine, and an all-terrain drivetrain has been added to the front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) options. The Acadia introduced the AppShop
feature in 2017, which is an application store for the Acadia’s infotainment system. The fascia and lighting have also been redesigned.
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What's New for 2018
One of the biggest changes for the 2018 Acadia is the All-Terrain package is now available with three rows of seats in 2018. All models provide an audible alert to indicate when the tire is full, and the steering wheel is automatically heated. Blue Steel Metallic has also been added as an exterior color for 2018.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the AWD version of the 2018 Acadia its highest safety rating of five stars. The FWD version has received a four-star rating from the NHTSA. The Acadia has also been was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The 2018 Acadia has 158 degrees of forward visibility, which is the highest in its class. Its narrow roof pillars in the front and rear help reduce blind spots, and the short hood drops off quickly to improve your view of the road. The Acadia has 113 degrees of rear visibility and large side-view mirrors to see the lanes next to you.
The second-generation Acadia introduces a reminder for drivers to check the rear seats before exiting the vehicle, which helps to prevent leaving children behind. The commands on the Acadia’s remote control include driver door lock/unlock, passenger door lock/unlock, rear doors lock/unlock, trunk release, remote start and panic alarm.
The engine options for the 2018 Acadia include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder I4 gasoline engine and a 3.6-liter six-cylinder V6 gasoline engine, depending on the trim level. The transmission for both engines is a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5-liter engine produces a maximum of 194 horsepower (hp) at 6,300 revolutions per minute (rpm) and 190 foot pounds (ft⋅lb.) of torque at 4,400 rpm. The 3.6-liter engine produces a maximum of 310 hp at 6,600 rpm and 271 ft⋅lb of torque at 5,000 rpm.
The 3.6-liter engine with FWD takes the Acadia from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. It finishes a standing quarter mile in 15.0 seconds at 95 mph. The Acadia accelerates 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds when equipped with the 3.6-liter engine and AWD. This version finishes a standing quarter mile in 15.2 seconds at 93 mph. The 2018 Acadia with the 3.6-liter engine and FWD corners at 0.83g and brakes from 60 to 0 in 172 feet. The 2.5-liter has a towing capacity of 1,000 pounds, and the 3.6-liter engine has a 4,000-pound towing capacity when properly configured.
Its smaller size has improved the Acadia’s handling, which is forgiving and stable under normal driving conditions. Adaptive suspension adjusts the dampers every two milliseconds, which smooths out the ride when going over bumps and improves corning when driving more aggressively. This feature is standard for the Denali trip and an option for the SLT-2 trim with AWD.
The 700-lb. weight reduction has increased the Acadia’s fuel economy for the 2.5-liter engine and FWD to 21 miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined. The 3.6-liter engine with AWD gets 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg combined. The 22-gallon fuel tank provides the 2018 Acadia with a maximum driving range of 572 miles.
The 2018 Acadia has modern, handsome styling and is the smallest vehicle in its class, allowing it to maneuver in tight parking spots. It also has a low height, so it can fit into garages more easily. The edges are more rounded on the second-generation Acadia, although it still has a squared-off grille. Most models have plenty chrome trim on the exterior except those with the All-Terrain package, which has blacked-out trim. The Acadia also has large windows with narrow body pillars to increase the driver’s visibility. All versions of the Acadia have a power lift gate as a standard feature, except the SL and SLE-1 trims.
The 2018 Acadia has an attractive design, with intuitive controls that are within easy reach of the driver. The wide openings and low steps make it a breeze to get in and out of the Acadia. Most models have a cluster of black-and-white gauges with red needles in the center console that provide important information about the engine at a glance. The Denali trim includes a center screen that the driver can reconfigure to display many other readings. The leather-wrapped steering wheel has aluminum trim that provides the interior with an upscale look, and the buttons make a tactile click when you push them.
The 2018 GMC Acadia has three possible seating configurations. The 5-passenger layout has two rows of seats, with two bucket seats in the front and a bench seat in the rear. The 6-passenger layout has three rows of seats, with two bucket seats in the front row, two bucket seats in the second row and two seats in the third row. The 7-passenger layout also has three rows of seats, with two bucket seats in the front row, a bench seat in the second row and two seats in the third row.
The leg room and head room of the front seat is competitive with its class, despite the Acadia’s smaller size. The front seat has 40.3 inches of head room, while the front passenger has 41 inches of leg room. The second seat has 39.6 inches of head room and 39.7 inches of leg room, which is the highest in its class. The headroom of the third seat is 37.2 inches, and its leg room is 31.1 inches.
The front seats slide back and forth, and recline. The front seats are 28 inches above the ground at their lowest position, although this height can be adjusted upwards. These seats also offer lumbar support. The second row slides back and forth, and reclines by several degrees for greater comfort. The entire second row also slides forward by pulling a lever, allowing access to the third row.
The Acadia can store two pieces of standard luggage behind the third row with all of the seats up, and the storage space in this location is 13 cubic feet. The total storage capacity with the second and third-row seats folded is 79 cubic feet, or about 26 pieces of standard luggage.
The 2018 Acadia has a three-zone climate control system, which the driver and front passenger can adjust independently. The second-row passengers have separate controls, and all three rows have dedicated vents. The interior noise level of the Acadia at the driver’s position is 67 decibels (dB) for the SLT-1 trim and 68 dB for the Denali AWD while driving 70 mph.
The trim levels for the 2018 Acadia include the SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2 and Danali trim levels. The SL trim is the base trim level, which must be custom ordered. The SLE-1 is a minor upgrade over the SL, and the SLE-2 has substantially more features than the SL. The SLT trims are the next step up, and the Denali trim is the highest trim level with several exclusive features.
The SL trim has FWD and a seven-passenger seating configuration. Standard features on this trim include the following:
• 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
• Six-speaker audio system with a USB port and auxiliary input
• Seven-inch touchscreen
• Apple CarPlay
• Android Auto smartphone app integration
with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hotspot
• 17-inch alloy wheels
• Tri-zone automatic climate control
• Heated mirrors
• Keyless ignition and entry
• Height-adjustable driver seat
• Leather-wrapped steering wheel
• Teen Driver system
• Rearview camera
White and silver exterior paint are available as options on the SL trim.
The SLE trim has all the features of the SL, except as otherwise noted. The 2.5-liter engine is standard on the SLE trim, but the 3.6-liter engine is also available as an option. The SLE-1 trim also adds satellite radio and LED running lights. The All-Terrain Package is available for the SLE and SLT trim levels, which gives the Acadia a more rugged appearance. This package now includes an option to remove the third row. AWD is also available as a option on the SLE trim.
The SLE-2 trim has captain's chairs in the middle row as a standard feature, with a bench available as an option. The touchscreen is also increased to eight inches and upgraded with additional driver information beginning with the SLE-2. Additional standard feature for the SLE-2 trim include the following:
• 18-inch wheels
• Power lift gate with programmable height stops
• Roof rails
• Fog lights
• Remote engine start
• Eight-way power-adjustable driver seat
• Heated front seats
The Driver Alert I package is available with the SLE-2 and up, which includes blind-spot monitoring with rear parking sensors and cross-traffic alert. The SLE-2 also adds a two-panel sunroof as an option.
The SLT trim has all the features of the SLE, except as otherwise noted. The SLT-1 trim adds the following features:
• Auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirror
• Upgraded driver information display
• Household-style power outlet
• Leather upholstery
• Power-adjustable front seats with lumbar adjustment
• Eight-speaker Bose audio system with a subwoofer
The touchscreen also has the option of getting a navigation upgrade beginning with the SLT-1 trim.
The 3.6-liter engine is a standard feature on the SLT-2 trim and up. This trim level also has the Driver Alert II package, which adds additional features to the Driver Alert I package such as lane departure and forward collision warnings. The SLT-2 also adds the following features:
• 20-inch wheels
• Trailering package
• Driver-seat memory functions
• Heated outboard middle-row seats
The Denali trim has all the features of the SLT, except as otherwise noted. Additional features that are standard on the Denali trim include the following:
• Polished wheels
• Xenon headlights
• New grille
• Hands-free lift gate
• Configurable virtual gauge display
• Ventilated front seats
• Heated and power-adjustable steering wheel
The Technology package is also available as an option on Denali, which adds adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree parking camera.
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