2018 GMC Acadia

The GMC Acadia comes off from a complete redesign, so for 2018 buyers shouldn’t expect even the slightest of changes. The looks, feel, and emotions of the existing 2017 model are still fresh in the minds of both the GMC engineers and buyers in equal measure, as such, General Motors isn’t expected to offer any changes for the new 2018 model.

Dimensions too are expected to be carried over to the new model which reduced some slight cuts in comparison to the previous generation. It is 6.6 inches shorter in height, 3.5 inches thinner, and 7.2 inches shorter in length – leaner dimensions that’ve continued to impact positively to its fuel efficiency. However, the interior space got a severe beating at least for the front seat leg room and third row leg room which lost 0.3 inches and 2.9 inches respectively. The second row space however ballooned a bit by 2.9 inches.

The new 2018 GMC Acadia will come riding on the same improvements the existing model enjoys. New features introduced by the 2017 model include keyless entry and ignition, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated mirrors, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.


Performance wise, the same engine lineup that highlights the existing model should be expected to continue into the 2018 model range. The base engine that fires the ignition currently is a 193-horsepower capable 2.5L four-cylinder engine that is also credited on offering 188 pounds of torque. Optionally offered for buyers seeking to spice the performance side of things have the 3.6L V6 engine available. With this, power fires to 310 horsepower and torque to 271 pounds. Both of these mills are fitted with six-speed autos.

Safety wise, the new GMC Acadia 2018 is expected to hold things on the top end especially given the top-of-the-range safety ratings the current model enjoys. In this department, the IIHS gave the existing model a Top Safety Pick and we expect nothing short of this. Although the rating is above board, the model is still shy to the coveted Top Safety Pick Plus rating that we hope the new model will help address. But for buyers who are impatient, the 2017 top-of-the-range Denali model bundled together with the Technology Packages easily ratifies this. This will however set you back by $1,395.

Trim levels are expected to remain unaltered to just four: the Acadia SL, Acadia SLE, Acadia SLT, and Acadia Denali. The Acadia Limited and All-Terrain models are individually reviewed separately, and so is the Acadia Diesel model. For buyers looking to get the most on passenger capacity, the base SL model should be the obvious choice. It also offers tons of basic amenities and room. Those looking to go a notch higher should probably check out the SLE2 trim model. Offered options abound, but there’s the caveat – price! Yes folks, price – depending on the packages ticked the SL could quickly spring to the league of luxury SUV territory. But you could just save lots of efforts by just specifying either the Acadia SLT or the top-of-the-range Acadia Denali.

2018 GMC Acadia Interior Changes

The new model riding on the already improved 2017 model comes with straightforward easy-to-use controls. Unlike a couple of its competitors, the new 2018 GMC Acadia feels pretty much like a car once you are behind the wheel. The exterior visibility is something to be appreciated. Its low-step height is a no-brainer cool feature for short drivers. According to our review, the Acadia scores big in terms of the technology offered. Not only is the technology advanced but also the ease-of-use is something deserving of praise in its class. The vehicle however misses the mark in terms of overall quality and utility.


Has The Exterior Changed?

Simple answer, No! The simple reason being the 2018 GMC Acadia just comes in the wake of a refreshment. The 2017 model received quite a ton of changes that cut across the skin including dimension wise and as such, General Motors is unlikely – would even be insane – to give the 2018 any changes – let alone redesigns.

We still got no word on whether or not the color palette has changed. Word has it that the new model might spot new additions just to spice things up for the new model as it’ll lack major changes.

Performance Specs & 2018 GMC Acadia Engine Lineup

Just like the model it aims to take the reins from, the new model is expected to roll out with the two engines its predecessor came with. These are the 2.5L 4-cylinder mill rated at just 193 hp and 188 lbs. ft. of torque. Tagged the base engine, it comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The second offer, although optionally offered, is a 3.6L V6 engine capable of offering a whopping 310 horsepower and 271 pounds feet of torque when the pedal meets the floor.


How Much Does The 2018 GMC Acadia Cost & Expected Release Date

These two crucial details are still missing from the public domain at least as of the date of this review writing. That said however, we still expect the new model to go for sale within the range of the current model which retails at between $29K and $47K. Including the offered packages optionally offered on almost all models could however skyrocket this estimation.


Clearly, the 2018 GMC Acadia has a lot going on thanks to the changes its predecessor clads. This is demonstrated on its new dimensions, which have helped it in terms of efficiency. Technologies have been revamped as well, and so has the ease of use. In overall, I’d give the new model a ‘good’ score for the trouble it has managed to endure. Away from the praises. The 2018 GMC Acadia still faces an uphill task in its class thanks to a host of competitors baying for its blood. Rivals in this class include the Mazda CX-9, Dodge Durango, and the Chevy Traverse – all capable trucks in their respective areas. 

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