GM has a lot of SUV and crossover models in its portfolio and the 2018 GMC Acadia is a midsized crossover SUV that has a loyal user base. It is a vehicle that competes well with most midsized SUVs in a market and offers solid performance. For 2018 it gets a good makeover.
2018 GMC Acadia – Design
The 2018 GMC Acadia is smaller than the existing model, which is somewhat surprising given the fact every brand is increasing size of their existing models nowadays. However, it is still equipped with 3 rows of seats. The good thing is it is lighter than the existing model by 700 pounds. There are 6 trims – SLE 1, SLE 2, SLT 1, SLT 2, All Terrain and top end Denali. Grille design varies from one trim to another and so does the wheel. Now the grille is trapezoidal in shape. All Terrain model gets blacked out trim while Denali trim gets enough chrome trim all over the body.
The cabin of 2018 Acadia looks suave and sophisticated, if not exactly lavish. The features and amenities are good too. Its dashboard is now more car like and seats are quite comfortable. The All Terrain model lacks third row of seats and so gets more cargo space. It gets a rack instead. There is no denying how the reduction in size has affected the cargo capacity of the Acadia. The third row is ideal just for kids and teens and can accommodate 2 of them. GM offers Smart Slide control for seats in 2nd and third row which is helpful.
2018 GMC Acadia – Engine Options
The 2018 GMC Acadia gets a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that churns out 310 hp. It is quite fast and does not feel stressed even when the car is fully loaded. There is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder unit too that is ideal for city driving. All trims get a Traction Select system and some trims get a sport mode too. You can get Denal is equipped with Continuously Variable Ride Control. In the All Terrain trim, you get Active Twin Clutch AWD which enhances ride quality but it is not a true off road vehicle as such. Owing to the reduction in size and weight driving the Acadia in pesky city traffic is now easier but some amount of body roll sets in when you turn at high speed or drive on highway.
GMC Acadia 2018 gets laden with enough safety feature and entertainment features too. You get features including surround-view camera system, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitors, pedestrian detection, front park assist, forward collision warning. Denali trim gets most of these features inbuilt and in other trims, you have to pay extra for most of these features. All trims get airbags and rear view camera.
The 2018 Acadia gets Intellilink infotainment system’s enhanced version. It is operated by an 8-inch display unit. You can also make use of the myGMC mobile app to control car features from distance.
Base SL trim gets 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition, heated mirrors, cruise control, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped telescoping steering wheel, USB-auxiliary audio input, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot. In SLE trim, you get LED running lights additionally. In SLE 2 trim, there are features like 18-inch wheels, power liftgate, fog lights, roof rails, heated front seats.
SLT 1 trim adds 120-volt power outlet, auto-dimming driver mirror, leather upholstery, Bose audio system, Driver Alert I package. SLT 2 Trim brings in 20-inch wheels, Driver Alert II package. Denali trim gets polished wheels, navigation system, xenon headlights, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats. Technology package is optional for Denali trim. For trims SLE2 and above, two-panel sunroof is optional.
2018 GMC Acadia – Price and Release Date
GM is yet to announce final pricing for the 2018 Acadia. However, you can expect the base trim to be priced around $30000. Top of the range Denali trim may be priced around $48,000. Release date is in late 2017.
The 2018 GMC Acadia is a superb midsized SUV that gets a styling revamp and enhancement in technologies. The customization options are also aplenty for all trims. If GM does not raise the price by a large margin, the new Acadia will cope with rivals in its segment very well.