2018 GMC Acadia Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $30,015 | Price yours
Above Average: Tech, powertrain
Below Average: Roominess, versatility
Consensus: Smaller Acadia is nicer, less family-oriented
Resized, Restyled, Reinvigorated
All-new last year, the GMC Acadia 3-row SUV is 700 pounds lighter, slightly smaller and more efficient than the previous generation, with an upscale, sophisticated design. While the Acadia had been known as a close relative to the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, the Acadia's brand-new platform is now more like that of the Cadillac XT5. As a crossover, its role is to meld the size and usefulness of an SUV with the usability and comfort of a car, and it succeeds.
Smaller, lighter and more maneuverable, the Acadia has a new attitude on the road. During our time with it we remarked, "GMC’s 2018 Acadia SUV may not be the largest midsize-crossover SUV on the market, but its trim proportions and lighter weight make it one of the segment’s more enjoyable SUVs to drive. A small turning radius allows better maneuverability in tight parking lots, while the Acadia’s rigid platform and Cadillac CT6-derived suspension give the Acadia a leg up over the Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder." Read the rest of our 2018 GMC Acadia full review.
The Denali remains the top-of-the-line luxury model for the Acadia, but for those who want a little more off-road capability, there's the All Terrain trim level. The V6-powered All Terrain uses a different all-wheel-drive system than the rest of the Acadia lineup, offering the most traction on all surfaces, plus improved capability when climbing hills.
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We recently pitted the Acadia against some of the heaviest hitters in the segment, taking six midsize SUVs on a lengthy journey through deserts and mountains, over winding roads and highways. See how all of these new and recently updated models fared in our Midsize SUV comparison.
Weighing the Cost
Pricing for the 2018 Acadia starts at a hair over $30,000 and can approach $55,000 for a loaded Acadia Denali. Build and price your own 2018 GMC Acadia to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
There are a lot of SUVs and crossovers out there, and the GMC Acadia may or may not be the best one for you. Check out our Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide to see all your alternatives.
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