Looking for a roomy and comfortable SUV?
The GMC Acadia is a midsized SUV with an upscale cabin and plenty of space. The Acadia appeals to a variety of drivers, with seating for up to seven passengers in more recent models (2017 to present) and up to eight in first-generation model years (2007-2016). It also features a comfortable interior and available all-wheel drive.
The Acadia is a comfortable and practical SUV for family drivers or others who regularly hit the road with friends and family.
Learn more about the second generation of the GMC Acadia, launched in 2017, in this review:
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Key Specs and Features
- From 2017, all models come standard with a 193-horsepower four-cylinder engine, with an optional 310-horsepower V6.
- All-wheel drive is available in trim level SLE-1 and higher for all model years.
- The 2018 GMC Acadia with the base-level four-cylinder engine in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined fuel economy .1
- The Acadia comes with standard third-row seating for two in all model years and trims (except the All Terrain), and fits six to seven passengers depending on the format of the middle row.
- Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ introduced in 2017 for all trim levels
- The 2017 and 2018 model years have 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, which increases to 79 cubic feet when the rear two rows of seats are folded down.
- Six available trim levels, on model years 2016 and later, allow you the flexibility to meet your specific needs. Before 2016, the Acadia was available in five trim levels, still offering plenty of options.
Five Reasons To Buy
1. Flexible Seating, Small Size
The second generation Acadia, launched in 2017, is smaller than past years. It is 700 pounds lighter than previous models (the 2016 model weighed 4656 lbs, with models from 2017 onward weighing 3956 lbs). Despite the weight saving, the second-generation models fit up to seven passengers. The first generation, which ran until 2016, had seating for up to eight passengers and was six inches longer and nearly four inches wider than the current model.
2. Features for the Whole Family
The 2017-present GMC Acadia is a good option for those who need easily-accessible seating, but don't want a minivan. The middle row is available as captain's chairs in trims SLE-2 and higher, which give space and easy access to the third row. Parents will also appreciate the rear seat reminder feature. If you open a rear door within ten minutes of the vehicle starting, this alert system will remind you to check the back seat when the car is turned off.
3. A Wide Variety of Trim Options
The second-generation GMC Acadia is available in six trim options, allowing you to find the Arcadia that fits your budget and needs. The base-level SL trim is a good entry point into the GMC Acadia, while drivers looking for a more luxurious experience can opt for the top-of-the-line Denali trim level. Between those trim levels, the Acadia offers plenty of flexibility.
4. Access To Technology
The 2017 redesign made more technology features standard on the GMC Acadia. This includes a Wi-Fi hot spot, phone connectivity and a seven-inch touch screen. However, the Acadia also provides the comfort of physical buttons on the dashboard to control the sound system and climate control with ease.
5. A Comfortable Interior
Despite the fact that the 2017 redesign resulted in a smaller Acadia, the vehicle still has plenty of passenger space. In fact, the second generation (2017 models and later) has 39 inches of legroom in the middle row, three inches more than previous generations. The third row lost two inches of legroom in the redesign, but with 31 inches of space it is still comfortable, even for adults.
What You Need to Know
GMC Arcadia Average CarMax Pricing2
- 2014-2017: average price less than $26,500
- 2018: average price less than $30,500
GMC Acadia Trims
The second-generation GMC Acadia (years 2017 and later) is available in the following six trim levels:
- SL: The SL trim level has seating for seven, with a middle row bench seat. It comes with the standard 193-horsepower four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Standard features include keyless entry, Bluetooth ® , Wifi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto , and a six-speaker sound system.
- SLE-1: Satellite radio and LED running lights are added to the features of the SL. All-wheel drive becomes available as an option.
- SLE-2: The SLE-2 comes with seating for six, since middle row captain's chairs are standard, although a middle row bench is an available option. Other features include roof racks and a power liftgate, and an available sunroof.
- SLT-1: Leather seats become standard, as do features like blind-spot monitoring and rear parking sensors. The all-wheel drive comes with a 310-horsepower V6 engine at this trim.
- SLT-2: The 310-horsepower V6 engine becomes standard for all-wheel and front-wheel drive models. Trailering package becomes available. Features including lane-keep assist and front parking sensors are added.
- Denali: The Denali trim level comes with a unique grille and xenon headlights, giving it a unique appearance on the exterior. This trim level has an eight-inch display screen and navigation system, as well as an available technology package that features collision prevention.
- All Terrain: The All Terrain package has features like high descent control and upgraded all-wheel drive that will appeal if you like to go off-road. The All Terrain only has seating for five, since the third row is left off in order to make room for an upgraded cargo system, with 41.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
GMC Acadia Interior
The GMC Acadia has seating for five to seven passengers in the second generation, a reduction from the first generation, which had seating for up to eight people. The second generation has 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space, half of the cargo space offered in the first generation (2007-2016). However, the Acadia maintained adequate leg room to fit adults in the middle and third rows, with more than 30 inches of legroom, even in the rear.
Available Colors for the GMC Acadia
The second generation GMC Acadia (2017 and later) is available in the following eight colors:
- Crimson Red Tintcoat
- Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic
- Ebony Twilight Metallic
- Iridium Metallic
- Quicksilver Metallic
- Sparkling Silver Metallic
- Summit White
- White Frost Tricoat
Years in Review
2013 GMC Acadia
The 2013 GMC Acadia comes as-standard with seating for seven or eight people and a 288-horsepower V6 engine. Like the rest of the first generation (2007-2016), this year offered 24 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Rearview camera became standard in 2013.
2014 GMC Acadia
On the 2014 GMC Acadia, new tech features, including lane departure warning and collision alerts, became available as options.
2015 GMC Acadia
There were no major changes to the 2015 GMC Acadia.
2016 GMC Acadia
In the last year of the first generation GMC Acadia, an available Wifi hotspot became a standard feature (data package required).
2017 GMC Acadia
The 2017 GMC Acadia was the launch of the second generation. The 193-horsepower four-cylinder engine became standard, with an optional upgrade to a 310-horsepower V6. The length, width and weight of the vehicle were all reduced, cutting the cargo space to 12.8 cubic feet, and reducing the maximum seating to seven.
2018 GMC Acadia
A heated steering wheel became available on the 2018 GMC Acadia.
The Bottom Line
The GMC Acadia is a good choice if you regularly drive with family and friends. Although the second generation cuts down on cabin and cargo space, it is still comfortable for up to seven passengers.
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1To rank these vehicles, we first used city fuel economy estimates from fueleconomy.gov and then considered highway fuel economy estimates.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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