For the 2017 model year, GMC redesigned the Acadia to look smaller and lighter while retaining its family practicability. Despite the downsizing, the model still can be had in three rows but the third row now accommodates only 2 passengers. For the 2018 model year, the automaker has upgraded the Acadia inside out except for mechanical changes to enable the model to compete better with its rivals. The new 2018 GMC Acadia offers a fine ride quality, a classy cabin with upgraded multimedia technologies and enhanced safety features and to cap it all, it is more affordable than most of its rivals.
2018 GMC Acadia Exterior
GMC has built the Acadia using a lightweight body structure that not only makes the model quite economical in terms of fuel savings but also makes it easy to maneuver the model in different roads. The base SL trim features 17-inch painted aluminum wheels wrapped in all-season blackwall tires. Standard feature includes projector beam headlights, DRLs, heated and power adjustable side mirrors, Active Grille Shutters and deep-tinted rear glass. The SLE-1 trim adds LED DRLs, splash guards (both front and rear) and wheel locks with an option for molded assist steps. The SLE-2, on the other hand, adds 18-inch machined aluminum rollers wrapped in all-season Blackwall tires with an option for 20-inch tires. Fog lights, a programmable liftgate and silver roof rails are also standard. A dual SkyScape, a 2-panel power sunroof is available as an option.
The SLE-2, on the other hand, adds 18-inch machined aluminum rollers wrapped in all-season Blackwall tires with an option for 20-inch tires. Fog lights, a programmable liftgate and silver roof rails are also standard. A dual SkyScape, a 2-panel power sunroof is available as an option.
The SLT 1 rides on 18-inch painted aluminum rollers with an option for 18-inch steel wheels as well as body-colored heated Auto-dimming power-adjustable side mirrors. Moving higher, the SLT 2 rides on 20-inch bright aluminum rollers wrapped in 20-inch all-season Blackwall tires; it also features IntelliBeam headlights. The top-of-the-range Denali trim adds HID headlights, hands-free programmable liftgate and bright roof rails.
The 2018 GMC Acadia can accommodate 7 passengers but buyers can choose to have their model in five or six seats as they deem appropriate. The base SL trim comes standard with front bucket seats with a 4-way manual driver’s seat (2-way manual front passenger’s seat is optional), power door locks, humidity sensors and automatic climate control. Power windows, a leather-wrapped steering wheel; child-security rear door locks and cruise control are optional. The trim also comes with a 7.0-inch infotainment system, a rearview camera, a 6-speaker sound system, a 3.5-inch monochromatic information screen, a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and OnStar 4G LTE.
The SLE-1 adds Dark Ash Gray or Light Ash Gray cloth upholstery, a cargo net, a cargo liner and carpeted floor mats for the first and second rows. The model also adds a Rear Seat Entertainment System with tablet-like displays mounted on seatbacks of the first row seats. The model also comes with a SiriusXM satellite radio.
The SLE-2 features a 7-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and an 8.0-inch infotainment as standard. A 4.2-inch multi-color information screen, a Universal Home Remote, a 7-speaker Bose premium sound system and a Driver Alert Package are optional.
Opting for the SLT-1, you will gain lumbar control for the front passenger seat, perforated Jet Black leather upholstery on seats, 8-way power front passenger’s seat and an option for Cocoa or Light Ash Gray trim for the perforated leather upholstery. The trim also adds a navigation system on the infotainment system. Other additions include a 120-volt power outlet and an 8-speaker Bose premium audio system. The SLT-2 adds memory settings and heated rear seats.
The range-topping Denali trim comes with a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and an 8.0-inch multi color information screen as standard features in addition to features offered in the SLT-2 trim.
Engine and performance
Like the current version, the 2018 GMC Acadia is equipped with two engine options. Base models are equipped with a 2.5 L, DOHC, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 193 hp as well as 188 lb-ft of torque. The engine is also hooked up with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and mates to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. It is offered from the base trim up to the SLE-2 trim. The SLT-1 and SLT-2, as well as the top Denali, trim come standard with a 3.6 L, SIDI DOHC V-6 mill that also comes with VVT. The V-6 is good for 310 hp as well as 271 lb-ft of torque. The 4-cylinder engine is EPA rated at 21 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg on combined drives while the V-6 returns 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg on combined drives.
The SLT-1 and SLT-2, as well as the top Denali, trim come standard with a 3.6 L, SIDI DOHC V-6 mill that also comes with VVT. The V-6 is good for 310 hp as well as 271 lb-ft of torque. The 4-cylinder engine is EPA rated at 21 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg on combined drives while the V-6 returns 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg on combined drives.
Price and release date
The base SL trim has an MSRP of $32,560 while the SLE-1 goes for $35,180 and $39,225 for SLE-2. The mid trims i.e. SLT-1 and SLT-2 attract a price tag of $38,460 and $41,860 respectively. The top-of-the-range Denali trim goes for $45,020. The models are already available in GMC dealerships.