GMC’s new generation mid-size SUV had been introduced a year ago, so there will be no changes for the 2018 model. However, judging by the current sale figures, the 2018 GMC Acadia will be one of the most interesting vehicles in 2017 which force us to see what’s so special about the mid-size crossover.
2018 GMC Acadia: Styling and Equipment
The 2018 GMC Acadia isn’t the most handsome SUV in the class, but it definitely has its own style. The carmaker kept the boxy bodywork from the previous generation model, but it also added a number of new details. In the front, the vehicle features GMC’s blocky LED headlights and pretty attractive grille. Below, the 2018 Acadia sports a discreet bumper with a huge air intake. The boxy body gets no exciting finishes at all, as the rear end goes almost straight down. However, you will see a number of exciting cues around back, as the SUV sports interesting taillights and exhaust layout. Of course, everything is at least twice better if you choose the Denali trim. The topper has more chromed details, bigger wheels, and more standard equipment.
Inside, the new generation Acadia changed its one of the best card for the upscale treatment. The predecessor was able to accommodate up to eight passengers without any problem. On the other hand, the 2018 GMC Acadia is limited at seven seats only. What’s more, the manufacturer introduced an optional two-row five-seat model, as well as the ultra-cozy six-seat model that features captain’s chairs in the second row. Now, unlike the previous generation Acadia, the new model provides plenty of space for first two rows, while the third row can fit just kids because it’s tight in every angle. If you ask me, it’s best for you to sit in the front, as the SUV sports the amazing bucket seats, which are also heated and ventilated.
Trims and Safety Features
The 2018 Acadia comes five trim levels, so you can choose what’s best for you for sure. There are SE, SLE, SLT, All Terrain, and Denali models, which have good standard features and plenty of additional kits. Anyway, no matter which one trim you choose, the SUV will have an amazing design with door panels and dashboard that feature only soft-touch materials. It also sports a big infotainment touchscreen that’s placed at a perfect place. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are optional, but the vehicle gets standard OnStar system and 4G LTE connection. However, in case you want a dual sunroof and a low vision camera, you will have to give some extra money.
Acadia’s safety rating is pretty good. The SUV gets a five-star rating for a crash and four-star score for rollover safety. However, this is practically the best result for high-riding vehicles. Except it sports a rear view camera, the 2018 Acadia has eight airbags and plenty of other aids. There are five cameras, ultrasonic sensors, and three radars, which helps other safety systems to work correctly. The standard equipment such is lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, front park assist and pedestrian detection with low-speed automatic braking make the SUV really impressive.
Performance and Fuel Economy
Except it has around 7 inches smaller footprint, the 2018 GMC Acadia also rides on the all-new architecture. The platform made the vehicle about 740 pounds lighter, which significantly boosted the fuel economy and made handling a lot easier. You can choose between two pretty good engines:
The base model uses a 2.5-liter I-4 unit with 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. The 4-cyilinder engine achieves pretty good fuel economy figures. The front-wheel drive model achieves 21/26 mpg city/highway, while the all-wheel-drive version stops a little bit below at 21/25 mpg city/highway. In case you need more power, you can go for the 2018 Acadia with the new 3.6-liter V6 engine. The unit is capable of delivering up to 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. The V6-powered SUV manages to achieve 18/25 mpg city/highway with both front- and all-wheel drive. SUV’s towing capacity is limited to 4,000 pounds, which is respectable result in the mid-size SUV segment.
A base price of the 2018 GMC Acadia isn’t too high at all. The amazing SUV starts at around $29K, while the range-topping Denali trim can easily cross $50K.