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2018 GMC Acadia

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$29,000 — $47,100 MSRP
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6-7 Seats
20-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Updated but traditional SUV look
  • Interior quality of Denali and All Terrain Package
  • Quiet interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Cargo room behind second row
  • Four-cylinder fuel economy
  • USB ports in all three rows

The Bad

  • Very limited cargo room behind third row
  • Third row sits too low
  • Narrow third-row access
  • Hard plastic trim near the floor
  • Smart Slide seat for rear access only on one side
  • Some safety technology limited to higher trims
2018 GMC Acadia exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 GMC Acadia
  • Redesigned for 2017
  • Significantly smaller, inside and out
  • 700 pounds lighter than old model
  • Seating for five, six or seven
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Available Denali trim level
  • Newly available All Terrain Package

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What it is: The GMC Acadia started life as a large crossover SUV, but as part of a dramatic redesign for 2017, it dropped 700 pounds and shrunk in all key dimensions to mid-size proportions. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is standard and a 3.6-liter V-6 is optional. Both team with a six-speed automatic transmission and are available with front- or all-wheel drive.

Competitors include the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.

New for 2018

A tire-fill alert that monitors how much air is pumped into an underinflated tire is standard on all models. The Denali version gains an automatic heated steering wheel, and the All Terrain version is available with five, six or seven seats. Last year, it came only with seating for five.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
89 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(4.0)

New car, only had it a week

by Gordon from San Jose on December 5, 2018

The car is great but I need to get a couple of small issues addressed for it to be perfect. The dealer had to order parts that will take up to 5 days to arrive. I will bring it back in when they call ... Read full review

(2.0)

Poor voice recognition

by BJ from Los Angeles on December 5, 2018

My 2018 Acadia Denali has less than 10,000 miles and has been back to the dealership 5 times with issues. The navigation voice recognition is defective, GMC acknowledges the problem but have no ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 GMC Acadia currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 GMC Acadia has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by GMC

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Acadia received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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